A Princess in Running Shoes – How I Found My Tribe at a Marathon!

Hey you!  Yes, I’m talking to you!  I want to tell you about the amazing-ness that is RunDisney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  Now you may say, I’m not a runner, this isn’t for me.  But you’re exactly who I want to talk to.

I kept rewriting this blog, wanting to tell you how wonderful of a girls weekend it is.  About all the fun my tribe of women have going to nice dinners and rocking out at Jelly Rolls, but I won’t (lol maybe next time I write about it!)  Instead, I want to tell you about how this event, which once was a bucket list item for me, has become one of the most important weekends of my year!

I never thought I’d be a runner.  There are still days I look back at what I’ve done and truly can’t believe it.

I signed up for my first half marathon on a whim because a bunch of my girlfriends were doing it.  I’d never run a 1k let alone a half marathon.  But I was determined.  I trained for 9 months.  It was hard and it sucked.  I won’t lie about that part.  But the sense of accomplishment was real too.  Every run made me feel stronger.  And I knew I had an amazing group of women training right along with me.

On the day of the race, I was terrified.  Here I was, a 275 lb non-runner, lining up in a corral to attempt a half marathon.  I was afraid people would judge me, that they would immediately know I wasn’t one of them.  But I could not have been more wrong.

Imagine thousands of women coming together not only to face the course themselves, but to build each other up.  And not just in the corrals, but 13.1 miles of love and support from strangers.   If a woman saw someone else struggling, she was there to give them encouragement and support.  I met several amazing women on that race that encouraged me to stay with them.

Crossing the finish line, I was in tears.  Because I had done it.  And as sweaty and gross as I was, I got a hug from a cast member. A random stranger threw her arm around my shoulder and said she was proud of me.  My friends and I met back up and just kind of stood in awe of what we had done.  It’s a feeling I hope you all experience at least once.  

Since that first race in 2014, I’ve made sure to run this race each year.  I encourage my friends to attend with me, and once they try it, they want to come back again and again.  It’s such a powerful weekend for women.  A chance to connect with friends, accomplish great things, build up other women and have them build you up in return.

Will it be easy?  No, probably not.  But you’ll walk out of that weekend recharged and with your love bucket full.  You’ll come out feeling like a stronger, better version of yourself.

So even if you’re like me, and don’t consider yourself a runner, this weekend is for you.  So don’t make a race a “someday” dream, I challenge you to do it now.   Registration for the 2019 Princess races is August 7, 2018.  Take that leap of faith and register.  You won’t regret it!

Beth Borneman is a featured writer for this blog and Travel Agent with Fairy Tale Concierge.  To learn more about her and read more of her articles, click here!