walt disney world half marathon recap

January 9, 2012

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” — Walt Disney

Well said by Disney many years ago, it describes exactly how I feel about the entire whirlwind of a weekend I just went through. Going into the race on Saturday, I couldn’t believe it was actually here. In fact, I feel like I trained for so long for this race, put so many hard hours into it, and was so excited for the actual outcome of it all.

Saturday morning started bright an early at 2:30 in the morning. In fact, I couldn’t even believe I had to wake up at such an ungodly hour to run 13 miles — runners are quite a strange breed, don’t you think? Despite the early time, I made a point to have my usual oatmeal and coffee breakfast. If I know one thing, I know not to mess with food choices on the day of a race. Thankfully, my mom and I had a full kitchen in our hotel suite, which made it quite easy to prepare food for the morning.

Disney was by far the most organized race experience I have ever had. They had buses running from each resort to the actual race, and I have to say even if I lived in Orlando, I would have stayed in one of the Disney resorts just for the night so I wouldn’t have to think about transportation the day of the race. The buses started running at 3:00 and the last bus to arrive at resorts was at 4:00 in the morning. I was nervous we wouldn’t get a bus, so we left our hotel room around 3:30 or so, and I was more than surprised to see more than one bus lined up and ready for runners and spectators. It took a while to get to the actual location of the race, but again — I couldn’t believe how organized it all was.

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We were dropped off and had about a five minute walk to the main tents where runners could check their gear based on last names. The night before, Katy and I had discussed our goals for the race, so we both agreed it would be a good idea to find each other and stick together during the morning. After a few text messages and a phone call, we found each other, said goodbye to our moms, and headed to the gear check area. After Katy checked her gear, we had quite a trek ahead of us. It was a 15-20 minute walk to the actual race start, and there were portables lining the streets for runners to use before the race. Katy and I stopped twice (just to be on the safe side — ha!) and made our way to the A corral, where we were both placed.

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Once we got to our corral, I started to get pretty anxious and nervous. I’m the kind of person who “doesn’t think about it” — like literally, at all. In order for me to stay calm, I just get out there and, as Nike says – just does it. Yes, I have goals in mind, and yes I push myself, but if I sit there and think about the “what if’s”, I can drive myself crazy. Katy and I found our “goal pace” group — the 1:50 group. It was quite a stretch for me, as my best half time was 1:58, but I have gotten faster since then so I wanted to set the bar high. All or nothing!

After some stretching and keeping ourselves busy by chatting, it was finally time for the 5:30 start time. We both ditched our “throw away” warm gear, and got ready to go. After the national anthem, the fireworks finally went off and it was go time!

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Since Katy and I were in the first corral, we crossed the start line fairly quickly. I believe it only took us about two minutes to really get going. We started out with a really good pace, and despite my irresponsible three days of walking around Disney parks, my legs felt fresh and strong. For the first few miles, Katy and I talked, but quickly lost the 1:50 pace runner. Since it was fairly crowded, it was hard for us to keep up with him without barreling through other runners. He was in my sight for the first few miles, which was all I cared about. After I lost sight of him, I told myself as long as I finished in between 1:50 and 1:55, I would be more than happy.

The first three miles went by so quickly (they were all highway running), and they really are more of a blur than anything. Right before we got to the Magic Kingdom, Katy and I were separated when she was having breathing difficulties.

I’m a runner who really enjoys taking short walking breaks when my legs get tired, and I was more than ready for one by the 5th or 6th mile marker. However, I wouldn’t let myself stop, especially since I was in sight of Cinderella’s castle. The course took us through a back entrance, and up and down Magic Kingdom’s Main Street. At this point when I rounded the corner and was greeted by a Disney “cast member”, I saw the crowds cheering on the runners, and I thought “this is what I was training for”. I felt so much gratitude for my body allowing me to run, and running down Main Street almost brought tears to my eyes as I ran towards Cinderella’s castle (is that so totally weird?).

The course then took us around into Tomorrowland (where Space Mountain is) and through Cinderella’s castle. After running through a bit more of Magic Kingdom, the course took runners out of the park and onto more road to run past Disney’s Polynesian and Grand Floridian Resort. When I got to Mile 7 or 8, I took my first walk break through the water station. I also ate a few of my energy jelly beans that I had stashed in my shirt. My legs felt really good, but I knew I would be able to keep my pace up if I took a few breaks as well. I was averaging about a 8:30 pace, which wasn’t necessarily a 1:50 finish pace, but it was strong, and I was pushing myself pretty hard.

During halfs, I always start to hit a wall around mile 9 or 10. It’s probably all mental on my part, but I always just want it to be over once those miles start to hit. To help myself combat this, I made sure to listen to some music that would carry me through the roughest parts of the race. It would be a lie if I told you that Justin Bieber did not have a part in my running pace during those miles. A few other things helped me run through those miles — one thing that helped was actually singing out loud during the chorus of a song. Weird? Yes, but I figured so many people were hyper focused on themselves and on their own music that no one would mind and/or notice if I was singing out loud. So there I was singing “I will never say never” out loud to myself, but I swear singing made my legs move faster. I also picked someone in front of me to catch up to and eventually pass. If I gave myself a goal to focus on, I was less apt to focus on the fact that I had just run 10 miles and still had 3 miles to go. It worked!

At mile 11, I took my last walking break. I grabbed a cup of water, looked about 1/2 mile ahead, and cursed (not so softly) because there was quite an incline to run up. The last portion of our highway running was up an overpass so we could enter into Epcot. There was someone on the side, holding a sign with a button that said, “push for power” — you better believe I pushed the crap out of that poster as I began to run by it.

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When I got to mile 12, I saw the clock read 1:44, and I knew I could make my goal. I think I even screamed “yes!” when I ran past it. All that was left was the run around a large Christmas tree in Epcot and make my way back into the parking lot for the finish line. All I wanted to do was be done with the race, but I knew I had to push it to the finish. I was in my own world, and the only thing I focused on was finishing hard. My mom got a great shot, which makes me look like I’m in intense pain, but in reality, I am running as fast as I possibly can (which wasn’t too fast at this point).

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I crossed the finish line when the clock read 1:56, but I knew since I started two or so minutes after the clock started, I had reached my goal. I couldn’t wait to see what my official time actually was. After grabbing a water, a blanket, and thanking some volunteers for being there, I made my way out of the way of other finishers and headed to the food area to grab another water and some fruit. After I made my way out of the tents, I immediately found my mom since we were actually smart enough to talk about a meeting place once I was finished.

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After talking with my mom for a few minutes, she showed me the texts she received about my pace — the same ones that were tweeted at my 5k, 10k, and finish time (all with expected finish times). My official finish time was 1:54:08 — a whole four minutes better than my last half time! If I could have jumped up and down, I would have at that point. Instead, I sat down to stretch and meet back up with Katy to congratulate her on her finish and make sure she was okay.

My mom and I quickly made our way to another shuttle bus to take us back to our hotel, and once we got back, I started to feel really sick. I had drank two bottles of water already and had eaten some fruit, but a wave of nausea hit me like a tons of bricks after I got out of the shower. Despite it only being 10:00, my mom and I were making lunch, but food was repulsing me at the moment. I laid in bed, tweeted about how horrible I felt, and the consensus was I needed to get hydrated and eat some more food. I forced down some food, and my mom made me drink something with electrolytes, and within a half an hour after, I felt almost normal — still queasy, but okay to keep going for the day.

Saturday is one of those days that I will truly never forget. Disney World totally gets to me. Even though it is viewed as a place for children, it represents so much more to me. Walt Disney was someone who believed in dreams, believed in making yourself into something more than you could even imagine, and even more than that, believed in success and the future. Just thinking about it gives me goose bumps, and I am always inspired after a trip to Disney.

All in all, I would definitely do another Disney race again. Even though the price tag is pretty hefty, it was the most well organized and inspiring race I have ever ran. And more than that, it was pretty fun to have an excuse to take a vacation. Hey, I will travel to run!

“A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” — Walt Disney

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 9, 2012 at 6:08 am

I loved reading this recap. You made your dreams come true! What a great run and entire experience you had! ……You worked really hard for this and I’m glad that it was an unforgettable experience!
Bummer about feeling so icky but I’m glad you pushed through so you could enjoy the rest of the day! Good job! yourockedit#

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Julie!

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Khushboo January 9, 2012 at 6:09 am

LOVED reading your recap and a very HUGE congratulations to you! It really does sound like a magical race! I definitely hope I can do a Disney race at least once :) ! Just outta curiosity, what did you have a ‘celebratory meal’ when the hunger kicked in?

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

My mom and I just made some food in our hotel room for lunch, but for dinner we went to a cuban restaurant in Downtown Disney that had the BEST vegetarian platter ever. It was filled with cuban black beans, white rice, vegetables, and plantains. I am recreating it this week.

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Khushboo January 9, 2012 at 6:29 am

Er wow just the thought of it has me drooling! Send some over please :)

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 9, 2012 at 6:10 am

What an amazing post and so many things resonated with me starting off with “Disney was by far the most organized race experience I have ever had.” — agreed for me, too.

And finishing with “it was the most well organized and inspiring race I have ever ran. ” and an excuse to take a vacay!

When Scott and I ran our half at Disney about 8 yrs or so ago, we experienced the same as you…truly a class act from the start line to the finish.

Congrats on your amazing race!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that!

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alyssa - fashion fitness foodie January 9, 2012 at 6:12 am

You just got me so psyched for my disney half next month!!! Love the disney quotes too – Congratulations on your awesome time!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

And apparently it’s okay to walk around for three days before it! ;)

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Katie @ Raisins&Apples January 9, 2012 at 6:13 am

fireworks at the start of a race?! that sounds magical!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

It sure was magical!

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Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee January 9, 2012 at 6:14 am

Congratulations! That’s awesome. If I ever run a half marathon, I want to run one where I get to run by Cinderella’s castle! :)

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Laura @ LauraLikesDesign January 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

Aw, this was such a great read! Thanks for sharing and CONGRATS on your running time!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Thanks Laura!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset January 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

This was a wonderful recap Chelsea! I have always had it in my future plans to run this race… reading this makes me want to do it even more :)
Congrats on the amazing, what an accomplishment!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Thanks Tessa! It was a great race – I highly recommend it!

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kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 9, 2012 at 6:21 am

Awesome recap Chelsey and congrats on an awesome pr!

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Michelle@PeachyPalate January 9, 2012 at 6:22 am

Great recap! well done!!! I hope you got around to celebrating when you got over your queasiness!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I did! My mom and I went to a great Cuban restaurant for dinner!

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Michelle (Peachy Palate) January 10, 2012 at 12:32 am

oh was that in city walk? If it was I think I was there!!! Plantains all the way! :)

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 9, 2012 at 6:24 am

WOW! What an amazing race! I love race recaps….makes me feel like I was right there with you! I definitely want to run the disney half one day!!

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats January 9, 2012 at 6:27 am

Well this post has me wanting to do a Disney race! :) Congrats on your PR!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

You have to – it was awesome!

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Simply Life January 9, 2012 at 6:33 am

congrats! that’s great and looks like such a fun race to run!

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Cait @ Beyond Bananas January 9, 2012 at 6:37 am

You make me want to run this SO bad!! Sadly, I don’t have the week after New Years off.. so i would have to take a day or two off from work. I don’t know if that is doable. I want to run Disney SO bad though!!!

What a great time. it sounds like an INCREDIBLE experience. Congrats on PRing.. and good luck getting back into the swing of things at work!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Yeah getting off of work when you’re a teacher is tricky! I always just schedule vacations around my time off!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

how amazing!! What an awesome experience :)

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katie January 9, 2012 at 7:02 am

Congrats! I am so proud of you! A experience you will never forget for sure! What a great recap too!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Katie! <3

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Sarah January 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

yayy congratulations!!! Totally not weird that you teared up some parts I have teared up during races before. Races are such a big deal! They are what you spend months and months training for, your whole life changes and revolves around that one race and it’s so special because it’s all for you. You dedicate yourself to each morning run and to each workout. You rocked that race! Congrats!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for your insight! I don’t feel quite as weird anymore.

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Jamie January 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

Great job! It sounds like a really fun race.

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 9, 2012 at 7:18 am

Disney races always seem like so much fun! Congrats!

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Lindsay @ biking before bed January 9, 2012 at 7:26 am

Congrats on an awesome finish! If I ever do a half it will definitely be at Disney. I loved that you started and ended the post with Disney quotes.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

:) Disney has a lot of awesome quotes!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers January 9, 2012 at 7:32 am

Great run! Thanks for the recap. It’s great that you can “just do it.” I think waaaaay too much into things. I bet it’s also much more enjoyable that way.

Again, great job! :D

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Just clear your mind – it works!

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Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health January 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

Loved your recap! That sounds like such an amazing race…I mean seriously, how cool is it that you got to run all through disney world? Awesome! And congrats again on your time! That is so awesome :D .

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thanks Lindsay!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 9, 2012 at 8:09 am

Great recap! Congrats again, what an awesome race and time accomplishment :)

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Lindsey January 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

LOVED reading this post! It took em back to September when me and my husband ran the Disneyland half. It was by far the best race we have ever ran and though at first we thought the $125 fee was high after we both agreed it was not and we would do another Disney race it a heart beat.
Reading your post made me think I should have done a better job recapping mine! haha. And the tears to your eyes part? Not weird at all, I had the same feeling when we ran through the Angels stadium and had everyone cheering us on, it is definitely a feeling you cannot explain.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:20 pm

That must have been so much fun running with your husband!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb January 9, 2012 at 8:16 am

congrats, chelsey!! loved reading your race recap.

p.s. i have that exact same sweatshirt…we have definitely crossed paths on the pool deck :)

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

ahhh! We must have! That is crazy. What high school did you go to?

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kathleen @ the daily crumb January 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

new trier!

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Rebecca @ Miss Magnolia Munches & Moves January 9, 2012 at 8:45 am

Congrats!!! I loved reading your race recap. It feels like I was right there with you.

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 9, 2012 at 9:13 am

strong work chelsey!! it sounds like it was an awesome experience! congratulations!

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Lauren January 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

Congrats, Chelsey. That’s a great time! I would LOVE to run a Disney race some day. Or ya know, just go to Disney again, ha ha.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Let me know – I’ll come with! ;)

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Heather @ For the Love of Kale January 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

Congrats, Chelsey!!! What an amazing accomplishment. So proud of you! I loved the recap, so thoughtful and inspiring. :-)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Thanks Heather!

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

Great recap! Congratulations. So inspiring.

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Megan @ The Road to Skinny January 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

Loved reading this! Being 20 weeks pregnant and dreaming of getting back into running (I stopped running shortly before I got pregnant due to back pain and didn’t want to pick it up again once I got pregnant for fear of loosing fitness and pushing myself too hard) and I asked my husband recently if he would take me to Disney if I ever trained for a half marathon and he agreed! So I love reading the race recaps from this past weekend because I think the only way I could motivate myself to run so far would be if it was in Disney World!

Congrats on the new PR!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Congrats on your 20 weeks – only 20 more to go!!!

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Bridget B January 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

I loved reading this recap. I have never done a 1/2 (or a whole haha) marathon before, and this post may have changed my mind. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and trials along the way. Congrats on a great finish!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

I can’t believe you had to get up so early to do this race! It seems kind of mean to make racers wake up so early when they should be in ideal condition (ie. well rested!) to run the race. :P But it sounds like it was worth it anyway! Congrats again! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Apparently it only matters if you got a good night’s sleep two days before the race?

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Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

Congratulations!!!! That sounds like a great race, I would love to be able to run disney one day, mostly so I could be at the park! Haha I love Disney World

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janae jacobs January 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

We really are a strange breed. Girl, you killed it and you are GORGEOUS without makeup..I am jealous!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Oh stop it. Thanks so much!

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles January 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

Congrats on the PR! The race looks like a blast. You have some great ideas for keeping motivated during the tough miles. I especially like choosing a person ahead of you to catch and pass.

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Alyssa @ Life of bLyss January 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

CHELS, congrats! I’m so proud of you for making those extra four minutes disappear… YOU’RE A ROCKSTAR.

and I agree with Janae. you make no makeup look goood.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Stop it. You girls make me blush.

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Paige @ Running Around Normal January 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Way to go, chelsey! PR’s feel sooo good, right?! Sounds like a great race girl :D

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Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Have Disney, will travel !!! :)

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Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter January 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Awesome recap Chelsey! So glad that you lowered your time!! :) What a great quote..:)

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Hannah January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Love this recap! Congrats on the race.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

So cool to read this…makes me want to run it sometime! But the getting up EARLY part…eek.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Yeah it kind of stunk.

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Anna @ the Guiltless Life January 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Well done for beating your PB! Your race recap was awesome to read, especially because it was at Disney – I LOVE Tomorrowland! And Cinderella’s castle! haha…glad you had a great trip and a great race, and that with some electrolyte help you felt better fast!

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Evan Thomas January 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Congratulations, Chelsea! That’s a great time.

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks Evan!

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Amber K January 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

What an inspiring post. Way to go on beating your goal!

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Candy @ Healthy in Candy Land January 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Congrats to you, Chelsey! All your hard work and dedication made you more than ready for accomplishing your goal. You are an inspiration to many and should be very proud.

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Melaina January 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I’m so excited for you!! I did two sprint triathlons over the summer and have decided I want to do a half marathon this coming summer! GO RUNNING! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’ve always wanted to do a triathlon!

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Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries January 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

You are a CHAMP! I’m quite impressed.

And that Disney quote at the end? THAT gave me goosebumps :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I know, RIGHT!??!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Let me say that I was saying “i know” to the quote comment, not about me being a champ.

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natalie @ southern fit foodie January 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

I loved reading your race recap! It’s so inspiring!

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Clare @ Fitting It All In January 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

AWESOME recap chelsey! and congratulations!

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 9, 2012 at 4:36 pm

What a great recap!! Congrats!!

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Sarah January 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I really enjoyed reading your race recap! You did such a great job- congratulations on your PR!

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Jen January 9, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Congrats on an amazing race girl! I’m so happy you had a positive Disney race experience. I know so many people dislike Disney races, but they’re my favorites!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Whaaat!? How could anyone not like a Disney race? It was awesome!

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Carissa January 9, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Congrats girl! You post made me teary thinking about Cinderella castle! I’ve never run Disney, however I did make your blog via photo in the shot of the finish. That’s me in the announcer booth…totally chatting and not announcing! haha!

I have a sub-2 marathon goal this month and I will def think of you as I try to push myself!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:30 pm

shut up!!! That’s hilarious!

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Angela January 9, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Okay, I love that you almost cried running up to Cinderella’s castle! LOVE! Great race girlie!!! You rock!

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Syndie January 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Yay!!! Way to go. So happy for you. Can you write a post in what exactly you wear. I know you discussed undies and throw aways. Wasn’t sure if you have certain pants, shirt and socks? Running my first half this year and would appreciate it :)

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

I always wear my most comfortable running gear – things I know work when I run.

I wore my wunder unders from lululemon (they never move). On top I wore my Handful sports bra, a tekgear short sleeved shirt, Nike dri-fit socks, and a sparkly soul headband. It worked!

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Emily January 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Congratulations! I knew that you’d rock it.
I definitely want to run one of the Disney Half Marathons sometime soon. Being surrounded by Disney would make for such an entertaining run! <3

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Michelle (Better with Berries) January 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That sounds like such an amazing race. It is definitely not weird that you teared up while approaching Cinderella’s castle – it sounds like it was a beautiful moment :-)

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Danica @ It's Progression Not Perfection January 9, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Congratulations, Chelsey!!! You should be SO proud of that time!!!
I’m running my first half marathon this coming May and this makes me so excited for it!

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Good luck!!!

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Pure2raw twins January 9, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Congratulations Chelsey!!! you are awesome! congrats on your time!!!
glad you had such a great time :)
Michelle is sorry that she never got to meet up with you, we will have to plan it out better for another time!
Hope all is well.
xoxo
Lori

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cleaneatingchelsey January 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

It was a busy jam packed weekend – we WILL meet some time!

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Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) January 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Good job on your race! It’s so fun to beat old times!

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Cara January 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Congratulations on the race!! That is so awesome! I love Disney! I ran a Disney race about 5 years ago and have been longing to do another one every since! Hopefully next year!

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J @ ... semplicemente j ... January 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Congratulations … I hope to do a Disney Half one day … I have to say that I get teary eyed when I go to Disney … and my oldest will be 18 this Saturday … so we have been experiencing the Disney joy for quite some time … and the magic still lives on … first as a child, then with my children! Congratulations again …

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Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food January 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Great job!! That sounds like such an amazing experience and such a fun race! Congrats! :-)

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stephanie January 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm

congrats! i am so excited for you and i love the recap! disney (maybe the goofy challenge) is on my dream race lists, youre so awesome!

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nicole marie January 10, 2012 at 3:10 am

crossing the finish line beside a cute guy isn’t too shabby whatsoever! ;)

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Heather January 10, 2012 at 7:59 am

congrats girl! You did awesome! IS is sad that as you described the parts of the race I knew exactly what mile marker you were at? lol! I too am obsessed with Disney (of course I am, I’m a disney travel agent!) and the races always make me so emotional. I can’t wait for princess next month! Great recap!

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Katy (The Singing Runner) January 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I’ve said it a million times, but I am really so proud of you! I knew that you were going to have a great race a few miles in! :)

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elise January 11, 2012 at 7:44 am

you. effing. rock.

i savored this recap yesterday on my lunch break. sorry the post-race feelings werent 100% awesome, but at least you bounced back! hooray for disney :)

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lauren January 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

Awesome job!! I love Disney and have read a ton about Walt Disney, so I LOVE your quotes!
Reading this got me really psyched for my Disney Half next month. I was wondering if I could PR at a Disney race, or if it would be too distracting. Glad to see it’s possible :)

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