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Hey everyone! Thank you so much for the good luck wishes for the half marathon <3



(That’s my prince charming right there)

After a painful 4am wake-up call, the pilot and I drove down to the race where I met up with Kelly and Meara.

The pilot got this pic of the PINK fireworks they set off at the starting line:


He even saw me run past him! I was so excited 🙂


It was FREEZING outside and wearing the Wal-Mart sweats and chucking them before we started ended up being a golden plan.

Here are my splits for the race and how I felt:

Mile 1: 8:47 I was so cold, hating life and wondering why I was doing this…again.

Mile 2: 8:51 Started to feel much better and found a good pace to stick with

Mile 3: 8:54 My iPod died (even though I charged it for 6 hours yesterday). I was bummed out, but Disney kept the distractions coming with DJs, bands, characters and trivia on signs lining the race

Mile 4: 9:01 I attribute this mile to seeing Tarzan in his loin cloth glory (sorry, Pilot heh heh)

Mile 5: 8:59 FINALLY started to warm up and got some feeling in my legs

Mile 6: 9:03 Stopped to get my pic taken in front of the castle and messed around with the Flip cam. Runners who can film and run are extremely talented.. I am not one of those people

Mile 7: 9:02 Had a blasty running through Disney World, waving and slapping high-fives with the volunteers and employees

Mile 8: 9:00 Took 1/2 Clif Gel and started to get a little tired. Kept thinking of the pilot’s pep talk to keep going

Mile 9-11 (8:59, 8:48 and 9:30): Started to get extremely HOT (not seksi-wise, but temperature-wise) and my right calf started to cramp. Decided to take a 2 minute walk break to take my jacket off, which ended up being a crazy challenge since I had no feeling in my fingers and had to take off my race bib and re-attach it to the shirt I was wearing underneath the jacket. I also rubbed Biofreeze all over my legs

Mile 12: 8:48 Came back with a BANG 😀

Mile 13: 8:37 (I saw Meghann!!! It was so lovely to see her and Derek cheering us on!)

I ended up finishing at 1:58:10 according to the Garmin –the race distance was a little over 13.1 and my final chip time was 1:58:38.


Not too bad 😀


While I was running the race, I kept being tempted to compare myself to last year. It wasn’t until around mile 10 (when I took the epic walking break) that I realized that last’s years Princess Half and this year’s are totally different beasts. Last year, the pilot was deployed and I trained a LOT more. I was also spinning twice a week and teaching step (and insane? Hahaha). This year, the pilot was home, it was a much colder winter –I’m a Triple W (Winter Workout Wuss)- and I didn’t train nearly as much. I realized that all I could do today would be my best for *right now* NOT my best for last year. ****Lesson of the day: Compare yourself to YOURSELF! It doesn’t matter what your friend did or what you could do before—do what you can do at this moment, with this situation.


So all in all, it was an AWESOME race and I had so much fun (despite the pain) 😀 Disney knows how to put on an awesome running event and if you’re considering doing a half or full marathon, definitely check it out.

When we got back to my aunt’s, check out the extremely cute sign she had on the door:



I took a terrible ice bath –my left knee isn’t my friend right now- and then the pilot and I went out for bfast at our favorite spot, First Watch. Since the wait was pretty hefty, we stopped at Bizzle for drinkies. I had a Refresh tea and a plain perfect oatmeal


At First Watch, I had the usual Tri-Athlete omelet (egg whites, mushrooms and green chilis with salsa) with salad instead of the English Muffin and fruit.

first watch

Face was rocked.

We’re back home now and are going to chill for a while before heading to the kennel to get Viesa. Then, THE OSCARS! I love looking at all of the gorgeous dresses 😀

Have a wonderful night and I’ll see ya in the morning with a giveaway!



CONGRATULATIONS to all of the beautiful ladies who ran the princess half this morning!!! <3

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  1. Lauren @ eater not a runner on March 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Congrats! What an awesome run 🙂

  2. Kat on March 7, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Congratulations Gina! Thank you for your continued inspirational blog and experiences!

  3. ida on March 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    congrats on a great race! too bad about the ipod though

  4. Tyler Ramey on March 7, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I KNEW you would rock it out. Next step is finding one to run in together.

    And thank you, now I can’t get the mental image of a loin-cloth wearing Tarzan out of my head. 😉

    • Fitnessista on March 7, 2010 at 9:58 pm

      hahah, you’re welcome 😉

  5. Carolyn on March 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    You go girl!!

  6. glidingcalm on March 7, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    your aunt is so sweet! and congrats!! you did rock it!!! anyone that can complete a half in my book is absolutely SO amazing and inspiring!!! the disney half looks/sounds like such a fun race!!

    lots of hugs to you, Gina!!!

  7. Whole Body Love on March 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Congrats!! I wish I didn’t live so far north. I would love to do the Princess Half !

  8. crystal on March 7, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    CONGRATS!!! i love the metal thats toooo cute!

  9. fittingbackin on March 7, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Great race recap – congrats! Love that you stopped along the way for pics – so cute! SUCKS about the iPod though – so glad you had other entertainment!!

  10. Marianne on March 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Congrats on your half marathon 🙂

  11. Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place on March 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    congrats! that race sounds like so much fun 🙂

  12. Ana Alvarez on March 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Congrats!! 🙂

  13. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on March 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Congrats girlie!!!

  14. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on March 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Whoo hoo! Under 2 hours. Way to go!

  15. Pure2raw twins on March 7, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Congrats girl!!! You rocked it!!

  16. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on March 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Congratulations girlie! You did awesome! That omelet sounds amazing!!!

  17. caronae on March 8, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Congrats and good for you for not comparing to your last year self! I totally watch the Oscars only because of the dresses too:)

  18. Lisa on March 8, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Congratulations, Gina! Also, I MUST Get me one of those “Will Run for Wine” shirts.

  19. Steel Springs on March 8, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Congratulations on a great race! I love your breakdown of each mile. You have a great perspective on race times. Wonderful recap!

  20. alyssa on March 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

    you gina! awesome job! i wish they had the princess half in disneyLAND since that’s so much closer to seattle than disneyworld. considering i am OBSESSED with all things disney. my mom got me a cinderella cake for my 20th birthday this year…. and i guess every year previous to that… LOL.

    Anyway, I was wondering how you liked your CHI rocket?? (Saw it on your hair post a while back)… I was thinking about investing in either the CHI rocket, CHI nano, or one of the Bespoke labs t3 dryers. My main issue is time. it takes me 15 minutes to dry my hair! (long, blonde, stick straight). How do you like your rocket and would you recommend any modelin particular or the bespoke t3 over what you have? I’ve heard good things about the chi and t3… the only personal experience i have with chi is i have a straightener that i never use because my hair is already stick straight, but it’s nice.

    Thanks gina,

  21. TorontoGirloutWest on March 8, 2010 at 2:22 am

    You did an awesome thing girlie!!! I dare say you rocked that half Mary – hanging on when
    the times are tough is the mark of a true champion!

    And on another note – how cute is that finisher’s shirt?!?! Love it!!!!

  22. Leah @ Simply Fabulous on March 8, 2010 at 2:29 am

    Way to go!! You did absolutely amazing!! I LOVE the medal that you got at the end … its so pretty!

  23. Megan on March 8, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Wow!! Congrats! I hope I can do a marathon one day! Just need to start training but overwhelmed of how to start!!

  24. Kirsty on March 8, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Congrats!! Sounds like you had the most amazing time, I cant wait until I do this next year :o)

    Well done again and watch those knees.

    Kmac xx

  25. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on March 8, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Congrats! I’m so in awe of everyone who ran this. What an accomplishment.

  26. Jennie {in Wonderland} on March 8, 2010 at 8:21 am

    You are a WARRIOR! If my iPod had died, I would have considered giving up 😉 I can barely stand the elliptical for 30 minutes without music…

    My friend Stephanie ran the 1/2 too – she works at Disney and decided to run it for fun. For FUN… oh, I love my friends!


  27. Catherine on March 8, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Congrats!! Ok, the bib saying “Princess Gina” and the finishing medal is seriously enough to make me wish I did it too.

  28. Tina on March 8, 2010 at 8:45 am

    CONGRATS on your run, girl! 🙂

  29. RHODEYGIRL on March 8, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations Gina! Great run!

  30. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on March 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Congrats, great job!


  31. Kristina @ MendonPondMusings on March 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Congrats Gina! I love the thought on comparing yourself to yourself right now and just doing the best you can at this moment.

  32. Paige (Running Around Normal) on March 8, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Congrats, Gina!! You did an amazing job:D Love the fact you that you didn’t let a dead iPod get you down!

  33. Christie @ Honoring Health on March 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Congrats on the awesome race!!! You are a rock star!!

  34. Shayna @ Cuts and Curves on March 8, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I love this post!! It makes me want to cry! I love the part when you talk about comparing yourself, to yourself. I am SO bad for not doing this. Thanks for the reminder. I’m so proud of you (and I don’t even know you! haha). You had an awesome race!!!!

    • Fitnessista on March 8, 2010 at 9:34 am

      thank you!

  35. Laura J. on March 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Congrats girl!! I bet it was so nice to have the pilot cheering you on this time! 🙂

    That tiara medal alone is enough to make me consider giving this princess half marathon a try 😉 haha

  36. kalli@fitandfortysomething on March 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Great job!!!! Your time is inspiring….

  37. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Congratulations!! Your time isn’t important – the fact that you FINISHED is what’s important! That would be so much fun to run in Disney World. 🙂


  38. Theorist on March 8, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    YAY! congrats!

  39. Erika on March 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats to you !!! That is fantastic! Sounds like afun day was had and you should be proud. Aren’t we funny how we always want to compare how one race is to another depsite that everything is different in where we are at….Proud of you for starting and finishing and enjoying the race! Woooot!

  40. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well. on March 9, 2010 at 12:54 am

    Congrats! I’m running my first half marathon this Sunday! I would love to run the Disney one next year.. Do you have any tips for post-race recovery? Or pre- race prep even?

  41. All Women Stalker on March 13, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    So proud of you for doing this. Truly, you can do anything in this world as long as you persevere.

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