I’ve often wondered, what on earth would possess a person to want to run a half-marathon?
A 5k? Sure. Most of us (and I say this as a person who has completed a 5k while incredibly unfit), can knock out a 5k once the race adrenaline kicks in. It may not be fast and it may not be beautiful, but we can get it done.
I can even see the appeal of a 10k. A 10k puts you in this very subtle upper-echelon. (This, I say, as someone who has absolutely never run a 10k.) Sure, all your friends have done their Color Runs and their Mudderellas, but you’ve run a 10k. That’s twice as long! You’re basically a superhero!
But a half-marathon? More than ten miles? Nope. No, thank you. Absolutely not. I do not like running that much. Most longer races start incredibly early in the morning to avoid the heat and I don’t do mornings. And my relationship with diet and exercise can best be defined as “it’s complicated”. So, no. Find another sucker (or at least someone a lot more fit and hard-working than I am), because that is under no circumstances going to happen.
And yet, somehow, here I sit embarking on a blog about my quest to complete a half-marathon. How did this happen?
To answer that question, there is really only one thing you need to know about me:
I will do almost anything if I get to wear a princess dress and a tiara.
That’s it. It’s really that simple. It is a truth my parents learned early on in my childhood. Want Becca to eat her vegetables? Get her a crown and tell her she’s a Veggie Princess. Want her to enjoy weeding the garden? Put her in a floral dress with some wings and a wand and tell her she’s a Flower Fairy. The list of things I will do without complaint grows exponentially when you throw in the opportunity to dress-up.
So, the Disney Princess Half-Marathon? The chance to wear a costume that represents my favorite princess while I run? (How will I choose??) To run with a crown? A wand? Possibly a tutu?? Fine. You’ve got me. I surrender. I’ll do it.
So from now until my race on February 21st, 2016, I’ll be writing weekly blog posts to update you on my training, my trials and tribulations, my successes, and my all-important wardrobe decisions. I’m looking forward (sort of) to taking this journey with all of you!