Hi friends! In case you missed my ‘hinting” in my Instagram post on Monday, I AM RUNNING THE RUNDISNEY GLASS SLIPPER CHALLENGE! Jen and I have been planning this for awhile, but it took until yesterday to get all the details hammered out, so I didn’t want to share until we knew FOR SURE it was happening.
So here is mine and Jen’s history with the Glass Slipper challenge, and it’s not a good one. In 2014, I ran the inaugural challenge. At the time, I was nine weeks pregnant, and morning sickness was in full swing. No one but family and close friends knew I was pregnant, so I figured I could just run, have fun, and conceal my pregnancy for a few more weeks.
Bobby, my parents, and myself all ran the 5k together, well, run walked which was fine with me because I was not feeling so hot.
The next day, my mom and I ran the 10k together, and the lack of sleep plus not eating much and the nausea really hit me and I was miserable and cranky the whole race. Also, after crossing the finish line at the 10k, Carissa texted me because Rudy wanted to know if I was pregnant! OMG! I knew I was bloated and already starting to show a little but this terrified me that people would find out. So I told, but swore them to secrecy, and wore loose tops the rest of the trip.
After the 10k, I crawled into bed and slept for hours. I experienced exhaustion like never before and don’t even know how to explain it. I felt so bad because I was ruining the trip for everyone. The next day I ran the half alone, and cried when I had to get out of bed at 2:45 while everyone else slept. I managed to finish the half but it was really difficult feeling so nauseated and tired.
I again slept all afternoon, and we barely made it to the parks at all. I would call that a less than magical Glass Slipper experience. Honestly, I was so scared by it that even though I ran last year, I only signed up for the half marathon. Of course once I was there I wanted to run the whole thing, but I just did my one race. I was only 4 month post baby, so I wasn’t exactly ready for the challenge.
Then we have poor Jen who was signed up for Glass Slipper last year but ended up in the ER with a bad stomach virus the night before the 10k. She ran the half with me and we took it nice and slow, so yes, she needs a redo as well!
So, we will be back, both signed up for the Glass Slipper Challenge, and both desperately trying to stay well! We will be staying at Hilton Bonnet Creek for two night and then Port Orleans Riverside for two nights. We are frantically trying to pull costumes together for the half, and I have nothing planned for the 10k as of right now. I need some inspiration!
QOTD: Are you running the runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge? Favorite costume you have seen at a race?
I’ve been following your blog for awhile but this is the first time I’ve commented! I am also running the glass slipper challenge in a few weeks! Its my first challenge and third half marathon. I am super excited but also nervous running 2 races back to back! I sure hope you and your friend have a better experience this time around!
Mindy (Road Runner Girl) says
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray this year is uneventful unless it’s magical events for you both!!!
Melissa @ melissakolbeck.com says
This makes me want to run another Disney race!! But I’m also not sure I want to commit to a race yet. Oh but Disney! Decisions, decisions… 😀
Cannot wait! Off to lock myself in a bubble for the next 2.5 weeks…
My mom and I will be doing the Glass Slipper Challenge this year! This will also be my mom’s first half marathon. Can’t wait to experience this awesome trip with her. I will be Pocahontas (10K) and Daisy Duck (half marathon) and my mom will be Minnie for her first half. I went a little Etsy crazy trying to buy clothes for the costumes. All your post race recaps are huge helps and motivators! Thanks for sharing all your awesome tips and stories.
Kim @ Confessions of a Domestic Goddess says
Fingers crossed for a fun and healthy trip! As for costumes… if you want to stay in theme, but not be Ariel, you could go the Flounder/Sebastian/Scuttle route. Or two of Ariel’s sisters? Have a great trip!
We have half costumes planned but I’m running the 10k without Jen. Excited to share our half
Peggi Konvicka says
What about a jungle book theme for costumes? I was trying to think of something that would be different or how about something from Aladdin?
I’m so not creative. We have half marathon costumes but I will not be running the 10k with Jen so I am not sure what I will do
Jennifer Z says
Oh how fun! You guys are going to have a blast!!! Big hug for both you and Jen and I expect lots of fun pictures!