For the past month, this has been the background on my computer:
If only the mice from Cinderella (in cartoon form, not costume, obv) were really going to be along the race course... Oh well. I guess I will make do with the many characters that will be there...plus, running through Disney World should keep me from being bored... :) Kidding. There will be nothing boring about this race or this experience. When I first heard about the princess half last July, I knew I had to do it. Running a half-marathon had not really even been on my radar. But I signed up right away. I think somehow the Disney Magic effect had taken hold on me and convinced me I could do something beyond anything I had ever attempted. Last July, this race seemed SO FAR OFF in the future...but now it's almost here. Tomorrow, in fact.
I am so freakin' excited to run through Disney. I LOVE Disney. My family and I went to Disney World several times when I was growing up, and since my brother moved to Florida in 2005 we've done several one-day trips to the parks while visiting him. I'm not much of a theme-park girl (give me beach and a book ANY TIME over waiting in a long line), but there is something about Disney that is just...magic.
I'm a realist. I've never been in love, I'm pretty cynical when it comes to relationships, and I value my independence. I'm not a girl who likes to be rescued or taken care of, or who likes seeing ANY girl rescued or taken care of. I like it when movies have realistic endings where not everything works out perfectly. I'm not a girl who should love fairy tales. Yet for some reason, there is something about a Disney princess movie that just gives me butterflies. And something tells me I'll be feeling those butterflies and that Disney magic all the way from mile 1 to mile 13.1. Even if I'm crawling across the finish line, tiara (headband) askew.
Because in a "world" where an intelligent bookish girl can save her father's life and tame a beast, where a mermaid and a man can somehow cross all boundaries to be together, where a girl from China can impersonate a soldier and rescue her entire country, where a princess can defy her father and marry the man she loves even though he is basically a homeless pick-pocket, where good ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wins in the end, and where dreams come true, maybe a girl like me who was never an athlete but decided to "dream big" for a change can run (walk/hobble/stagger/crawl) 13.1 miles. In any case, I am sure excited to try.