Things sure have changed since that first race! For starters, registration. Back then, I registered a month before the race. A MONTH. This time, I fully expect the 5K to sell out in a day. Word's out and runDisney races are popular, folks.
(Note: if it's near 12pm EDT and you're here reading this, and you plan to register for any of the 2015 Princess races, STOP READING and get over to runDisney.com to register! I'll still be here later.)
Know what else has changed? Leo no longer runs with me. I'm pretty sad about that, but he's 12 now and is still figuring out his "thing" so I try not to let it get to me. Plus I'm still hoping a Star Wars race appears on the WDW radar to tempt him.
The race itself has changed, growing from 5,000 participants in 2012 to 10,000 in 2014. When I first ran it, strollers were allowed; now, no strollers and participants must be over 5 years of age.
I've changed a lot since that first race, too! I'm blonde now, and weigh almost 15 pounds less. I'm a whole lot stronger, too, and I've since completed two 10-mile races, four half-marathons, two 10Ks, more 5Ks than I can count, and my first back-to-back-to-back challenge, the Princess Triple Crown. Back in early 2012, I don't think I ever saw myself someday being where I am now!
And, despite my claims in February that I was DONE with all things Princess for a while... I am, right now, pre-registered for another run of the Triple Crown: the 2015 Royal Family 5K and the Glass Slipper Challenge (Enchanted 10K + Princess Half-Marathon.)
Princess Weekend? I just can't seem to quit you.
Thanks, Patty, for the inspiration to take a look back!
And to all who will be registering today for their first race, I wish you much success and a whole lotta fun!