...putting down the martini I'm sipping on. What? Did you expect anything less? So now that I'm back from my cruise, I have a bit of an announcement to make... Tink and Wen, put down your wedding hats...it's not that announcement As many of you know, Baleigh has long wanted to run the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2016 (her senior year of high school). For those unfamiliar, the Glass Slipper Challenge (GSC) is a runDisney event held in February during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. The GSC is a 19.3-mile run held over two days. Participants run the Disney Enchanted 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you are awarded the Glass Slipper Challenge medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals. I, of course, believe my daughter can do anything she puts her mind to, so I was 100% on board with her plan and had been looking forward to chEARing her on - until she dropped a bit of a bombshell. Yes, she wanted to do it...but it was bigger than that. She wanted me to run with her. Um. Wait. What? Yeah... See, in her mind it will be the most amazing mother/daughter bonding moment of all time - the perfect crescendo to college and all the great adventures that life holds. In my mind, it will be the stupidest thing I've ever attempted - the culmination of every vodka soaked daydream I've ever had. But...I agreed. I agreed because I've spent 16 years teaching this amazing girl that she can do anything she wants, and now she's asking me to put those lessons into action. So I decided I would set a goal of running the Enchanted 10K (6.2 miles), and in August I started the Jeff Galloway training program. Let's be clear here. I AM NOT A RUNNER. View attachment 18917 But as the months went by, I found that I enjoyed the time I spent running - if not the activity. I enjoyed the peace. I enjoyed the freedom to listen to a new podcast, a favorite album, or nothing at all. I enjoyed the challenge of doing something I never thought I could do. I progressed from being utterly winded after 30 seconds of jogging to sustained runs of 26 minutes. I am a runner. Granted, I'm slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter, but I am a runner One snowy Saturday, I found myself at the gym with the rare luxury of an unscheduled afternoon. I decided to run a 5k (3.1 miles) on the treadmill just to see if I could do it. After 3.5 miles, I felt amazing - so I kept going. That afternoon, I ran 5 miles. It occurred to me that I was only one mile (and change) short of the 10K I had agreed to run in 2016! And I had done it in a pace that was under the required pace set by Disney (they will sweep you if you don't keep pace). View attachment 18918 Over the next week, my goal grew. I announced that instead of the Enchanted 10K I would run the Princess Half Marathon (13.1 miles) during our 2016 weekend (I mean, after all, I still had over a year to train, right?!). Two weeks later, I started reading blogs from runners who had run the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. This race goes through three parks, including Hollywood Studios, where runners pass through the Osborne Lights - lights dancing and music playing. Then I learned that runners (and guests of runners) are invited to attend an after party in EPCOT until 4am, during which all the F&W kiosks remain open. Wait. What? Osborne Lights?? Food & Wine until the wee hours of the morning?? This is a race designed for me!!! So.....I've moved the needle a bit more...and on March 3 (early registration because I have an Annual Pass!) I will be registering to run the Food & Wine Festival Half Marathon on November 7, 2015. View attachment 18916 As is the case with most impossible things, it seems that as far as I've come, I still have far to go, and I would love for you to join me on the journey. Think of it as a really long trip report - all the way to the finish line.