It has been seven months since I signed up for the Disney Princess half marathon. Back then, it seemed like the race was far, far in the future. Now, it is just a few days away.
A lot has changed since I signed up. Back then, I planned to train with a walk/run interval program with a goal to run more miles in one race than I ever had before.
Unfortunately, after multiple stress fractures, an ongoing bone issue in my foot, and months in and out of an orthopedic boot, I had to change my goal.
My doctor has informed me that I cannot run – ever.
In other words, if I want to complete this half marathon, I have to do it walking. I know that I can walk 13.1 miles, however, I am not sure how long it will take me. The cutoff time is 3 ½ hours, but I think that my time will be closer to 4 hours – especially if my foot starts to hurt.
If I can’t finish in 3 ½ hours, that means that I may get “swept” from the course and never have a chance to finish. I really want to finish and get my medal, but the possibility of failing won’t keep me from trying. I suppose that starting and not finishing is still better than never starting at all.
They say Disney is a magical place… maybe Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother will throw a little magic my way on race day!