This past weekend, the Disneyland Half Marathon was held at Disneyland/in Anaheim, CA. I was pouring over the various runner’s blogs I like to read, anxious for any race recaps or photos I could get my virtual hands on. It was during this weekend I realized I am done. There is no hope for me, I am addicted to runDisney.
All of this really started back in July when my husband and I agreed we wanted to lose weight, get healthy and be more physically fit. We are both in our 40’s, and we want to be able to enjoy the second half of our lives to the best of our ability. I am nearly six years out from a serious breast cancer diagnosis (stage IIIb), graduated from a master’s program and transitioned from a registered nurse to a nurse practitioner a year ago. I have raised three young men and helped raise a young lady into adulthood. We started going to the gym and I started thinking I would really like to be a runner. It was time.
As a teenager, I wanted to be a runner. I used to watch some of my friends and classmates run effortlessly, and I was jealous. You see, I was blessed (really?) with very large breasts. Running was a painful endeavor, and not something I enjoyed, and that was primarily due to my anatomy. There really weren’t enough sports bras in Upstate New York to hold those puppies down! Fast forward 30ish years, and now I do not have that particular issue. When you deal with a life-threatening illness like breast cancer, and you have to have a double mastectomy, you deal with that how you can. I like to look on the bright side of things, and voila! Bright side! I could theoretically become a runner now!
I started slowly (who am I kidding, I am still moving slowly) and followed the Couch to 5K app on my phone for a few weeks. I have a trainer at the gym and did some metabolic testing, and she tweaked my running intervals some, and on I ran. Now, I am running 3 days per week using run-walk-run-walk intervals, and walking another 3 days per week. I am becoming a runner!
So, I am the kind of person who needs goals. I have to be working towards something that is significant enough to help me overcome obstacles and days when I just feel like lying in bed watching Netflix and seeing how infrequently I can get up to use the bathroom. This is no easy task for anyone, but I had made the commitment to myself. I started browsing running stuff on the internet, and I ended up on the runDisney website. I LOVE all things Disney, as does my husband. Disney World was where I had my second date with my husband. The Magic Kingdom opened the year I was born, and I am pretty sure for the first 18 years of my life, I went at least once a year. I thought to myself, A half marathon though? Aren’t you getting a little carried away? Well, of course I was, but no, that was not good enough. In true Julie style (jumping in head first) I decided to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon Glass Slipper Challenge. This means I will run the Disney Enchanted 10K on Saturday and the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. Yeah, you haven’t met me, but if you had, you wouldn’t be surprised.
Now on to the reason I have started this blog. As I will discuss in coming weeks, I am committed to participating in runDisney events, more than just a one and done approach. Currently I am also signed up to run the Pixie Dust Challenge at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon in May 2016, and I am going to sign up for the Rebel Challenge at the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side in April 2016. I am obsessed with running Disney! In order to fuel my obsession, I scour the internet looking for blogs written by people who have run or are planning to run at Disney events. I have come across some really good ones, and I feel inspired to track my own journey with a blog, and maybe even give someone else some inspiration along the way!
Plentyofpixiedust.com was born today, and the name was chosen because I love when Peter Pan tells Wendy and the other children all they need to fly is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust. All things considered, I figure when you are an overweight, middle-aged breast cancer survivor, you might need plenty of pixie dust! I plan to write about my running progress, races, Disney, and my weight loss. No doubt for me, the highlights will be runDisney events. I am eagerly counting down the days (163) until I am living the magic and I will be able to blog about my own experiences. Come fly with me!