It’s finally here! The fairy dust is flying at Disney’s Magic Kingdom as Princess Half Marathon Weekend is underway.
We’ve loved tracking the progress of first-timer Yolonda Tyler. You can read more about this awesome mompreneur here. But just to get you up to speed (get it, a running pun!), Yolonda ran short distances in high school and college, and recently added longer runs into the mix. She is a self-proclaimed Disney fanatic, so knew the Princess Half would be the perfect fit for her first long race. (And as a side-note, she does reveal some of her Disney tips on Twitter, so feel free to follow her there.)
We caught up with her at Amaya Papaya this week.
DC: When you close your eyes and picture the race, what do you see?
Yolonda: I visualize lots of crying for myself! And aside from having a blast and rocking this race I am SO very proud of myself for training so hard and being consistent. Running has changed my life. So much has happen in the last few years and i truly believe that running has kept me sane and kept me looking forward.
Yolonda: Running at Disney for me is a dream come true. I know that sounds very cheesy, but being able to do something that not many people do in such a special place is so HUGE to me. I hope I can be an inspiration to many woman out there, especially black women and little black girls.
DC: What’s your goal?
Yolonda: I think I can do it around three hours, but I’ve been told this isn’t a good race to time yourself, but I am determined!
During my runs this week I have seen myself running through the castle and in Magic Kingdom. I keep telling myself to just enjoy every moment and get to the parks!
Good luck, Yolonda! We can’t wait to hear your updates Sunday morning!