PHM would not be my first race or even my first half marathon. But a RunDisney event was my goal. It was on of the motivators to get me started running again. I found out about RunDisney races and I knew I needed to do one.
Let me back up. As a kid and young adult I was not active. I was always overweight and didn't know a thing about sports. In 2006 at 24 I decided to join the U.S. Air Force to get some direction and earn the education benefits That meant crash dieting for a few months to make the weight requirements and getting in good enough shape to pass the physical fitness test. I started running. And I hated it. I hated it the entire time I was enlisted. It was hard. My feet and legs were always causing me problems and I could not have been happier when I got put on a waver to excuse me from running the last year or so I was in. When I got out in 2011 I figured I would never exercise again, much less run.
Then, one day, I decided I wanted to run. I saw friends posting on Facebook about the 5Ks they were running. It looked they were actually having fun. So I talked my husband into doing a 5K with me and I started Couch to 5K a few days later.
Our first 5K was in June 2012. By this time I knew about Run Disney and wanted to run one. I signed up for an 8K, joined a gym and had plans to keep eventually train for a half marathon. Then I had a spasm in my shoulder. Looking back I really used it as an excuse to quit. What should have been a week or so of rest was about two months of me doing nothing. Thankfully, one day I snapped out of it. My husband had to go out of town one weekend in September so I decided to run a 5K. I signed up for a local half marathon talking place January 2013 and haven't stopped since. We are Disney Vacation Club members and we were out of points until after the Princess so I was planing on a trip to run the Wine and Dine half this year or next. A few weeks later I realized I had just enough extra money and airline miles to make it to Disney's Princess Half marathon. It would have to be a very short trip for me, only four nights and alone, but I could make it happen.