I’m a Crowned Princess
I did it. I f*cking did it.
Our trip to Disney was just that magical. We arrived after a long delay of sitting on the plane at Toronto, to sunshine and heat. I took my first ever uber ride, got the food I needed and hit the pavement to the Magic Kingdom.
Thursday morning we got up and took the bus to the expo. We got in line at the “Run Disney” merchandise tent and it wasn’t that bad. I talked with everyone and it moved quickly. I was able to purchase my running shoe ornament and my Minnie Mouse running singlet. I was set. Bib pick up was just as easy.
The expo with vendors I could spend hours in there just chatting. I want to thank the wonderful woman at the Spibelt booth who helped me find a belt that will work with my phone, epi pen and puffer. I was able to stop by and meet Warren from Zensah. I was able to grab more sparkle skirts and arm sleeves from my ladies from Spark Athletes. I love running in these skirts as they add to my outfits.
Thursday was Koren’s birthday so we went to Disney Springs to wander around and have a nice birthday dinner.
Trying to find a restaurant that is vegan friendly was a chore but we ended up at Rain Forest Cafe. I did learn in the states when you’re a vegan you don’t speak to the manager the actual chef comes out to discuss your meal. Well after it was all done the chef just made me something sort of on the menu but not.
Friday – 5k day! Our goal was just to go out and have fun. Be silly, take pictures and enjoy the sunrise. We had a blast. I stopped for Dopey and the folks from the Canadian house! I dressed as my girl Minnie Mouse.
Saturday – 10k! My goal was just finish, as the heat was present. We had fun again with others. While waiting in the corral before you start (trust me it’s over an hour or more), we met this amazing couple from Toronto! So we chatted with them. I was happy with the timing and we didn’t push it as we knew tomorrow with the hot sun and heat the half was going to be harder. I loved this course around the boardwalk and seeing the people out cheering through Epcot.
Sunday – The half! This was the run I was chasing redemption on. I was up early as I was in the last corral and for my own mental game I needed to be at the start far away from the balloon ladies. We arrived and got to be the starting group toeing the line at the start for when we were shot off with fireworks. We had a plan, while running out on the major road ways we were going to push, make time so when we entered the parks where the road narrows we would be ok. At the 5km mark (give or take), I wiped out, I think I thought I was going to be like Tinkerbell and fly. I landed on my face and my left side. To all the runners who picked me up and placed me back upright. At this point my concern was getting going again. A medic appeared out of no where and told me to get my hand iced and he would allow me to continue.
We continued on. I was in loads of pain as I felt like my left arm was no longer attached, running hurt as I couldn’t bend my arm. But I got it done. These pictures show how congested it was running through areas of the half. I honestly don’t remember much after I had my fall. The heat was creating havoc with my asthma and the sun was up so it was becoming crazy hot. I made sure I refilled and nuun’d up at each water station, kept my endurance tap in me to keep the energy going. My allergies were crazy from all the cherry blossom trees so my nose needed blowing constantly.
I crossed the finish. It was a moment I said in my head, yes. I won. I am a Disney princess. I got all my medals.
Once I crossed I went right to the medic tent as I was in so much pain, I needed someone to look at my arm. They were able to get everything back in place as best they could and saran wrapped me to keep my shoulder and arm in place. Was given medical instructions and I went on my way to get my fairytale challenge medal.
I didn’t let this get me down or slow me down with my mission of enjoying my time at Disney. I wore my sling, found a tube of biofreeze and figured it was nothing.
I am completely proud of myself for getting up after eating pavement at the 5km mark and finishing 16km in pain, blood and a swollen arm. I learned in this how deep you can dig, how much more you have in you before you want to give up. I was on a mission and I succeeded. I won this round at Disney. My asthma didn’t take me off course, my legs and my heart got me to the finish.
Since I’ve been home I’ve went to the doctors, saw a concussion specialist. I have had testing (xray, ultrasound, CT). I am a tad broken, but I will heal. I am working and listening to the doctors. I know my limits and I will heal. I will be back on the pavement training. I got more goals this year and I will accomplish them.
Thank you Disney for testing me, showing me how strong I really am!