I think it was a blog by @AskWifey that first introduced me to the Disney Princess Half Marathon. What??? I could run a half marathon that would not only take me through the Disney castle, but I would be the odd one out if I didn’t have on a tutu and tiara?
I would love to run in a tiara. I don’t have an answer to the question of why, but perhaps it stems back to when I was a little girl with a magic wand that could transform anything into a beautiful princess.
I was a dreamy child spending many an hour imagining I was Tinkerbell and talking with the other fairies up the back of the garden. I also rather liked Cinderella and her fairy god mother. Other than the obvious issues with girls expecting Prince Charming to come along with a glass slipper, I think that Cinderella holds a far greater message for us all.
I always liked Cinderella because she isn’t afraid of a bit of hard work. She is also extremely emotionally resilient and independent. You can see where I am going with this….
Training for a marathon means that I have to enjoy alot of hard work, lots of km’s, sweat, sore muscles and persistence. One also needs to be able to manage their mind and mental state both when pounding the pavement and also at all others times when injury strikes, your body aches, and you are really tired but still have to get on with the other important parts of your life, like parenthood, with love and compassion.
And the real transformation comes from within. Cinderella’s fairy godmother could be a metaphor for what happens if we all tap into our hidden princess. If we are good within, then the good shines without. Cinderella’s optimism and joy in life is what truly makes her a princess in my mind. No wonder Prince Charming comes into her life.
I am full of optimism and joy as well as the necessary hard work and emotional resilience. I am looking forward to the day when I can #runDisney and know the joy of running into the Disney castle with some of my #momsrunning and #FiTASTICMomsRun twitter crew. We have talked about it for a few years and hopefully we can make it come to life very soon.
Now where is that magic wand of mine?