Week In Review (February 18 – 24, 2013)

Hello, friends!  I’m writing this as I rest post race at Walt Disney World with an ice pack on my left knee and two new shiny metals glittering on the nightstand next to me.  It’s been one heck of a busy week for this busy bee, but also one filled with many accomplishments (or personal triumphs, as I like to call them).  I’m so happy to be able to share my thoughts on the past week with you.  Your continuous support never ceases to amaze me!

Cramming It All In Before WDW

I mentioned I’ve been even busier this week than usual.  That’s because I did a whole lot of filming, editing, uploading, and scheduling to cover my three YouTube channels while I’m away.  I knew I didn’t want to leave a ten day gap with no content whatsoever and it turned out to be quite the feat to get all I had planned ready before my departure.  I am proud to say I managed to complete seven videos in advance to publish on YouTube while I’m away – one on OLJ, one on MHWL, and five on TBBB.   Doing this while keeping up with my regular content posting made for a week’s worth of early wake up calls, but it was worth it.  I actually met all of my deadlines before we left on Thursday for our trip.  That’s always such a good feeling!

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Growing Braver in New Social Situations

As some if you may know, I suffer from social anxiety, which makes personal encounters challenging for me, especially when I’m meeting people I don’t know.  I’ve been doing a lot of growing and changing in this area for the past couple of years.  I receive frequent requests to host meet-ups where you guys can come meet me.  Just the thought of it completely terrified me up until recently.  After a botched attempt at piecing together a meet-up at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon last month, I decided I was ready to actually give it a real chance.  I committed to a bonafide meet-up at the race expo on Saturday with an exact time and location.  No backing out of that one (which was the point)!

I actually met one nice family at the Magic Kingdom on our first night here and was shocked that someone recognized me in the crowd!  (They actually were able to identify us due to Don’s “distinguishable head.” 😉 ) A couple of people found me at the race expo on Friday (which was an absolute zoo!), too.  I was a complete ball of nerves for the latter half of the week leading up to the meet-up, but luckily I had Don’s hand to hold, which is always helpful.  I really didn’t have anything to worry about, because everyone I’ve met so far has been incredibly sweet.  I met ten people at the meet-up, which far exceeded my expectations.  Thanks to all who came to visit me!  I also met about five more people who recognized me during the race this morning.  All in all I had an extremely positive experience this weekend meeting new people.  It was such a pleasure to meet you all!  Please feel free to come up and introduce yourself if you ever see me somewhere in the future.

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going

This crazy week culminated in the Princess Half Marathon, which took place this morning.  O.M.G.  It did not go quite as I had hoped, but proved to be one of those real life learning moments.  Sometimes life throws you curveballs and you just have to deal with them, no matter how big or small.  I was coasting for the first four miles, feeling really solid and strong. Suddenly the outside of my left knee started to twinge.  By mile six I could barely keep up a steady run.  I resorted to a strange walk/run/shuffle combination until mile eight when the pain was so great I had to stop running altogether. Fortunately I was able to walk pretty fast without too much pain.

I had to really battle with myself and my expectations to come to terms with the situation.  First I was upset that I couldn’t run the way I wanted to.  My lower legs felt solid and my lungs and heart were strong, but my left knee just couldn’t deal with the impact, even at a shuffle.  I managed to let go of my disappointment and moved on to sheer determination to will myself through the last five miles of walking.  By mile eleven I had started to really hurt again, but gritted through it because I was just so darn close.  Once mile twelve rolled around, I had entered Epcot for the final leg of the race.  At this point I was filled with a sense of euphoria and walked the whole last mile with a huge grin from ear to ear.  I managed to hobble over the finish line, finishing in just under three hours.  Not only did I earn my beautiful Princess bling, I also picked up the Coast To Coast medal, an honor awarded to those who complete a Disney half or full marathon on both coasts in the same calendar year.

I can’t bend my left knee right now and I’m uncertain how serious this injury is just yet, but I am ecstatic nonetheless.   I think the race means even more to me since I had to overcome this unexpected hurdle.  I know it’s not the worst thing to happen to a person in the grand scheme of things.  I am just so grateful that I was able to deal with the loss of my race expectations and set new goals on the spot.  This is definitely a personal triumph for me in itself.  Finishing the race with two new medals to add to my growing collection is just the icing on the cake.  What a way to celebrate turning thirty!  What can I do at thirty-one to top this? 😉

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This week was all about personal triumphs for me.  The thing is, it’s not easy to get there, but once you do it is more than worth the effort in my experience.  It’s all about the journey, friends, and I’m so happy to be able to share it with you.  What a week!  I hope you all had a great one.  If you’ve had any personal triumphs lately that you’d like to share, please do! ((HUGS))

** Knee Update – I started recovering very soon after ice, Advil, and a restful afternoon post race.  I am already able to bend the knee  and walk normally just one day later.  I can tell it will need a longer break from running, perhaps a couple of weeks.  I wanted to thank you guys for your kind words, congratulations, and well wishes for a speedy recovery.**

(FYI – the Internet situation at the hotel has been spotty at best, so please forgive me if it takes me some time to approve your comments and get posts up on WTZ for the next week.)

127 comments

127 thoughts on “Week In Review (February 18 – 24, 2013)”

  1. Congratulations Jen! No matter what, you finished and did it with a smile on your face. That is real courage! I hope that your knee heals and you are able to enjoy the rest of your trip. Thank you for inspiring me everyday 🙂

  2. Hi Jen!

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. I hope that your knee injury will heal quickly. I’m a new subscriber and have enjoyed peeking into your life! 🙂 I can’t wait to see your vlog posts when you return home.

    Kathy

  3. Hi Jen, what a wonderful blog post and very inspirational. I was just speaking with a friend this morning and I spoke about how when i go against my desire to keep doing what i am doing and changing, it always works out so much better. This year will be about making leaps of faith for me as i am in a rut currently and have to shake things up. Thank you for sharing your experience as it always helps me. Congratulations on your wonderful achievement today :-)) Louxx

  4. Congrats Jen!! Wow! You should be so proud of yourself! Yay! You did it!! Plus putting yourself out there for a personal challenge is a great achievement in itself!! Enjoy

  5. Well Done Jen ! for completing the race despite your poor knee, and for over coming you anxiety for the meet up, sending you support and best wishes, x

  6. Jen you are such a role model. Congratulations on finishing 2 half marathons. I really hope your knee is okay. You are such a strong person im sure you will bounce right back. You have really been an inspiration to me. I have a lot of weight to lose and have been doing weight watchers. Slowly but surely it’s coming off. I signed up to do a 5k run in September. Im so nervous as I have never ran before. I’m giving my self these next several months to gear up for it. I know 5k is nothing, but figured its a start. I’m thinking of doing the couch to 5k app. If you have any suggestions id love to hear from you. Take care and can’t wait for more blogs and vlogs!!

    1. You’ll do great! Just remember when the time comes to run your own race at your own pace. Don’t worry about what others are doing. It’s all about you during the race!

  7. Well done Jen 🙂 How great it is your pushing the boundaries of what you feel comfortable with. I deal with anxiety also and my motto is “The fear is often greater than the feared” and usually its right! Congrats on the run, hope it doesn’t stop you having fun at Disney xx

  8. I am sorry to hear about your knee but wow you accomplished a lot of major things! I give you major props for still finishing the race! Also, how awesome that you overcame your fears and did a meet up. I also have social anxiety and pretty much any other kind of anxiety you can think of and I know how hard it is to push through your fears to accomplish something like that. Even though it is scary, that feeling you get afterwards is amazing!

  9. Congratulations Jen you did it! It doesn’t matter if you ran, walked, or hobbled across the finish line you accomplished what you set out to do way to go girlie! I am so proud of you. I hope your knee feels better soon so you can enjoy the rest of your trip. I am so glad you are able to share your life experience with all of us. I also suffer from social anxiety it’s a struggle every day but like a book i once saw said feel the fear but do it anyway. Thanks for all you do for us. You have helped me in so many ways .<3

  10. I got choked up reading this. Your accomplishment came at various levels. What a way to turn 30! What a way to live life!

  11. Congratulations, Jen!!! I am so glad that you got the coast-to-coast medal, in addition to the other medals. You have achieved so much this week. Everything that you post always inspires me to try harder in my personal life. I have really bad social anxiety, but I think that the only way for me to get through it is to step outside my comfort zone and socialize. It is definitely easier said than done. On another note, I am going to Disney World this summer with my husband. I am 23 years old, and I haven’t been to Disney World since I was 9 years old. I’m really excited about this trip. I will be staying at the Dolphin resort. Do you have any advice for me? 🙂

    1. Book your dining reservations now! Also, I recommend doing the dining package for Fantasmic if you want to see it. Be advised that it’s best to show up super early to get a good spot to see the MK light parade & fireworks show.

  12. Way to go Jen! Breaking a big goal into mini goals always helps to make you feel accomplished in the end! Enjoy the rest of your vacation and rock the bling! Not many can say they have run a half marathon so to have run 2 in 2 months is worth showing off all week! 🙂

  13. Hey Jen! Reading your post from our resort room where I’m resting my knee after injuring it during the race as well. 🙂 Congratulations on still finishing strong and earning that awesome coast-to-coast medal! Wish I would have spotted you along the course. I recently found you on YouTube and have been enjoying all your channels and blogs. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  14. Well done Jen. A huge congratulations to you.
    Hope you make a speedy recovery and that you can enjoy the rest of your trip.

    I really hope you and Don can make it to Ireland someday.

  15. Congrats Jen. What a huge accomplishment both with the race and the social anxiety. So proud. You are an inspiration to us all. Enjoy the rest of your Disney vacation. Say hi to Mickey for us!!

  16. Congratulations Jen!! Well done for finishing the race despite your injury! I hope you get some well deserved rest and that you get better soon.

  17. Congratulations Jen, always so inspiring. Looking forward to the video and hearing how it all went. Hope you have a great post race break and rest your legs. 🙂

  18. Congrats!!!! Can not wait to hear your opinion on your resort stay also, we have only stayed at the Grand Floridian and I am a little uneasy about staying anywhere else. In saying that I would love to hear your thoughts on a different resort. Hope your knee feels better and you are able to have an enjoyable rest of your vacation.

  19. Congratulations, Jen! It’s an incredible achievement what you did and it’s very inspiring for all of us. I’ve always hated running, but recently you made me question my hatered… I’m actually considering to try it one more time this spring.

  20. You are an inspiration Jen. So positive even after the challenges. Thanks for the update as we are all rooting for you!

  21. Yeah Princess Jen! So inspirational! It takes a lot to overcome disappointments. Some people take days, month or years. You did it in minutes and set a new goal. That is just as great of an achievement as finishing a the race. Awesome. Hope your knee feels better so you can enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  22. Congrats on your accomplishment! Hopefully you just “tweaked” the knee, and a little ice, rest and Advil will lead to a full recovery very soon. Sounds like your social meetup “practice” was a huge accomplishment for you as well, so now you just need some well deserved down time. Enjoy the rest of your vacation 🙂

  23. Congrats on finishing the race Jen I hope your knee starts to feel better soon and you get to enjoy the rest of your well deserved vacation with Don!

  24. Congrats Jen! Can’t wait to see the vlogs of your Disney trip and race. Sorry about your knee though. I hope you feel better soon. But don’t leave it took long. As a person with many sport injuries to my knees. Best to get it looks at soon just in case. *hugs* great job again! I was cheering for you from home in Canada! 🙂

  25. Way to go Princess Jennifer!!! Personal triumphs r awesome!!! It’s great to have friends and loved ones be proud of u, but when u can feel proud of yourself is even better!! Hope u and Don have a wonderful vacation together and ur knee doesn’t limit ur amount of fun time!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  26. Congrats Jen!! It’s sad that you injured yourself, and hopefully it’s not too serious, but you did so well to finish! And hooray for two new medals 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures this week in Florida 🙂 xxx

  27. Good job Jen! You finished!!! Yea you……I saw you at mile 7 ish……looked like you were struggling…good for you for finishing…..rock on!

  28. Great job Jen! I hope that your knee heals up quickly so you can enjoy the rest of your trip – we arrived home last night from Disney and the unpacking has begun – but thanks to all of your wonderful tips, our packing was complete, didn’t forget anything – and it all fit in less space than ever before! Enjoy your trip!!

  29. Congratulations Jen! I Hope your injury isn’t too bad. You should be proud of yourself. I Think if it were me I might have given up! I Have been enjoying your videos while you are away i.e. no withdrawl! I am glad your meet ups went well. who could miss Don’s georgous hair! Enjoy the rest of your vacation,hopefully your knee wont hinder your fun. Looking foward to wdw vlogs!

  30. Congratulations Jen! So proud of you and ALL you have overcome. You are an inspiration! Now enjoy that well deserved vacation.

  31. Many congratulations Jen – so inspiring – sorry to hear of the injury – hope it isn’t too serious and doesn’t spoil the rest of your vacation. Big wave to Don – you must be so proud of your Jen – we all are 🙂

  32. Great job Jen! I am sorry that you injured your knee, but proud of you for finishing! Like Dory, you just kept swimming! Your medals are so pretty and I hope you get a sense of accomplishment every time you look at them! Hope the rest of your trip is fun, can’t wait to hear all about it! Thanks for sharing your challenges and triumphs and for inspiring all of us!

  33. So happy and proud of you Jen. You h ave accomplished so much that it difficult for a lot of us, borh physically as well as emotionally. I pray that your knee will be free from any injury and that you and Don can enjoy the rest of your WDW vacay as. planned. Love you!

  34. Congrats Jen, what an accomplishment it is to have run 2 half marathons back to back. 🙂 So happy for you. I’m happy you got to meet some of your followers that is so great.

    I hope your knee feels better and you and Don enjoy the rest of your vacation.

  35. CONGRATULATIONS JEN!!!!!!!!! 😀 Hope your knee heals soon 🙁 I MOST DEFINITELY AGREE with Schwenksvillemom’s comment about finishing that race with a smile… It defintely shows real courage! <3 Hope you enjoy the rest of your vacation and hope to see (the vlogs on MHWL) and read (your blog posts) soon!!
    P.S.: I watched your Bedside Table Organization video on OLJ and I was wondering what is this "big project" that working on for the entire month of March about? I was a bit confused
    P.P.S.: I just saw a pic of your race outfit on Twitter!!!! So cute!!
    Take care Jen
    <3 Katherine from Winnipeg, Canada

  36. Jen-what a lovely and inspirational post. You set another amazing goal for yourself and you met it! I look forward to sharing more of your journey with you in the months/years to come. I also wanted to say how much I love your blog. Would you consider doing an anatomy of your purse type blog post? Thanks again!

  37. Congratulations Jennifer!… on all your personal triumphs this week! I hope your knee is nothing too serious and you heal quickly. Thank you for sharing your life with us…you really do inspire a lot of us. I hope to run a Disney race before I’m 40…I think I have plenty of time (I’m 33) to train 🙂

  38. Congratulations!!! I’m glad you were able to make it through and I hope your knee heals so you are able to enjoy your trip. Overcoming hurdles can be tough and you’re finishing the race is inspiring. Enjoy the rest of your trip at Disney!!!

  39. Yeah for you for finishing the race! Just praying a few days of rest will be all that’s needed for your knee to heal! My biggest hurdle to date hasn’t been so much a hurdle but this past week I’ve finally been able to cook a few of my own meals, take a few pics at church with my big camera ( up until my arm issue i had been our churches photographer/web manager) and for the first time since the pinched nerve I actually was able to iron Marc’s shirt for church for him. Not a big deal to many but since he’s had to basically do most of these things for me the last few months it felt good to help him out! enjoy the rest of your vacation Jen….you deserve it!

  40. You have some real grit lady!! I’m so proud of you for completing such a fantastic goal, and to keep going when it must have felt like that finish line was a million miles away. Congratulations Jen!!!

  41. Congratulations Jen! You should be so proud of yourself. Hope you feel better and enjoy the rest of your vacation. You are a true inspiration

  42. Congrats Jen! What an amazing accomplishment! I hope your injury isn’t too serious, heals quickly, and doesn’t hinder your vacation!! You’re such an inspiration!

  43. Congrats Jen!
    Great finish to an awesome person! Entering, planning , and training are the hard parts! Crossing the finish line is the reward! Hope you can still spend Some time in the parks. Can’t wait till you get back.

  44. Congratulations Jen,I am so proud of you! You did better then if everything would have been perfect.It was so great that you didn’t give up.You made your goal.You learned many lessons from this race.Have a great vacation with Don.There will be a time for healing and reevaluating what physical exercises you can part take of in the future.God bless you with happiness and lots of love.Bonnie in Tx.

  45. Jen, congratulations on finishing the race! I hope your knee is better soon. Perhaps you hurt one of the ligaments? The fact that you can’t bend your knee (or couldn’t at the time of your writing the blog) is definitely not a good sign. Prayers and good thoughts that you’ll be better soon!

  46. Congratulations! I had no doubt you had it in you to conquer this challenge! Rest that poor knee of yours and enjoy your time away!

  47. Congrats Jen!! I knew you could do it!! I’m sorry you injured yourself & I pray that it is not too serious. Enjoy your vacation!!

  48. Congratulations, what an accomplishment! I sure hope you can enjoy the rest of your WDW visit. We were just there a few months ago when I suffered a foot injury which limited my walking ability. My hubby and daughter REALLY wanted me to rent a scooter but I refused, lol! Fortunately, I was able to power through it after a day of rest. So take it easy and if all else fails, rent the scooter, you’ll have great videos and photos! Have fun!

  49. Congratulations!! Well done for finishing the race! So sorry about your injury!

    You have inspired a lot of us to start running again, thank you. I really really enjoy any videos or blogs you do on your fitness & training regimes. And so glad you finished the race. xx

  50. Well done Jenn!!! You have accomplished so much and should be mega proud of yourself! I so wish I could meet you but I’m all the way over in the UK 🙁
    Have a relaxing time at wdw with Don, lots of love to you xxxx 🙂

  51. Way to go Jen! 🙂 my personal triumph right now is finally losing the weight after having my second baby 3 years ago! I’ve already lost 15 lbs so far since the beginning of January, and am so proud of myself. I feel better than ever.

  52. I am so proud of u, u did it i knew u would and could. i as well had a great accomplishment i recently went back to College and finished my first class and now moving on to my second and like u I well even if i have to get through it painfull and need to go slow at times but i well finish u inspire me (hugs) to u

    Vicki

  53. I hope you are feeling better today… We are all so proud of our little busy bee. We are sending you all our strength and love so that you are back to yourself in no time… Congratulations on your race. No matter what, you finished. I don’t think I could get through mile 2 even if I walked

  54. Congrats Jen! I completely understand how amazing finishing a race like that feels! I suffered the same type of injury on a run 1 week before the Marine Corps Marathon. I couldn’t bend my knee days before the race but after an MRI and my doctor telling me it was an IT band issue and I wouldn’t do more damage by running on it I decided to try and finish the race. Tons of stretching and rolling and 26.2 really painful miles later I finished. It was my slowest marathon ever but I get really excited when I see that medal because I know how hard I had to work for it! I hope you feel better and just so you know I ran the Goofy challenge 6 weeks later without one knee issue so hopefully you will be on the mend soon too!! Have a great rest of your trip!

    1. Wow! That Goofy challenge is awe inspiring. Way to go!

      My knee is already recovering nicely, so I’m not too worried about it. Just happy I was able to finish!

  55. Congrats Jen! You’re my inspiration. Wish I could have been there this year, but I’m planning to run the tinkerbell half next year!

  56. Congratulations Jen! Please, please, please go see a doctor for your knee. I know you’re on vacation & having to enter medical land on vacation totally sucks but having it looked at now & doing what the doctor tells you (even if that means renting a scooter) could very well keep you from needing surgery later. I absolutely adore you & look forward to all your videos.

  57. It’s so great that you willed yourself to the finish line with all that pain. I saw you at the race before heading to the corrals and wish I would have said hi! Oh well. Congrats on the Coast to Coast!!! Have fun for the rest of your Disney trip!

  58. Jen, I recently found your videos and blogs because of my brother! He said he had found this girl on the internet that reminded him of me. That she was a runner, liked Disney, etc. I started watching your videos about a week and a half ago and I am totally hooked!!! I started running a few years ago, always wanted to do a Disney marathon but can’t really afford them. Anyway, I have so enjoyed every video I have watched so far! You are pretty darn amazing with your crazy mad organizational skills. Very inspiring to a housewife like myself! 🙂 Thanks for putting yourself out there for all of us to enjoy! I was actually shocked to find out, as you said in a blog post earlier, that you don’t have many personal friends in real life. You’d of had me fooled, girl!

    Congrats on pushing through the painful 1/2 and earning those medals!!! 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  59. jen you def shohkd feel projd of yoirself!! younmade it through some social fears and the race injured!!! so proud of you!! hope you heal quickly and get to enjoy your vacation!

  60. Congratulations for all you triumphs!! You really did great! You can really be proud of yourself and we are too!!
    Thank you so much to have prepared all those contents for this week, knowing how much effort took you, I think I am not the only one who really appreciate it!
    I hope you recover soon 🙂 hugs

  61. Congrats Jen!! I love the honesty of your blog and your committment to keeping it real by showing us how you overcome your own challenges…so refreshing! I will be 30 in November and plan to run a half marathon in September. I am currently preparing/training. You are an inspiration! Feel better!

  62. I know u must have read this phrase a zillion times but u r a true inspiration. Whenever I feel depressed and out of the mood, it helps a great deal to watch your videos. I follow all ur channels and I’m a huge fan of yours. I’m Jordanian living in Riyadh. See how far u reached? Love u. take care and kiss that pup of yours

  63. Hey Jen, congrats of finishing even with a bad knee. I’m glad you’re feeling better though.

    I noticed that you deleted my comment to you about the Liebster Award. I was just hoping to give you more traffic and let you know that I appreciate your blog. I apologize if you thought it was just random spam. I was just trying to be kind, nothing more. :/

    1. I was pretty sure I approved it! Maybe it just hasn’t gone through yet? The internet where we’re staying hasn’t been the best…

  64. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    sorry to hear about your knee injury, but you finished, and that’s amazing! you really are inspirational and you have such determination, i love it. i just came back from disneyworld 2 weeks ago. i wish my trip lined up w/yours so i could’ve attended the meet up!

    have a great vacation!

  65. Ouch! That sounds painful. I am super glad you were able to stick it out and finish the race. Also, kudos to you for doing to the meetup. That would terrify me beyond belief. You are an amazing person. 🙂

  66. Congratulations Jen! You did great. I can barely run a mile under 10 minutes. (Any tips:) ) I am so happy for you that you finished the race even with that bummed knee. Truly inspiring! Are you planning on going back to Disney World before 2014? I hope to meet you at some point this year! Maybe on a trip to Chicago. Have fun in Disney!
    Love,
    Bella 😉

  67. Hi Jen, I am a new follower and subscriber on YouTube! I must say, I LOVE your videos, and now that I’ve found your blog I am one happy girl! 🙂 Thank you so much for your wonderful tips and for sharing your experiences with us!

    I also LOVE WDW sooooo much! I’m obsessed. Honestly, the way I found your videos was by searching for WDW family vacation videos on YouTube! Your vlog came up, and I was hooked!! Then I discovered all of your other videos and channels, and I was so happy! HUGE Congratulations for doing the run! What an inspiration! I am not a runner, but watching your drive and motivation, you have inspired me to start.

    ANYWAY, I really hope your knee heals, so you can enjoy the rest of your Disney World vacation! Woooo!!!

    Say hi to Mickey for me!

    ~Emma from Vermont

  68. Congrats on completing the race and adding those shiny new medals to your collection! I’m hoping to do the Princess Half next year too! Glad to hear that your knee is feeling better already. And awesome job on reaching all your goals and making your deadlines for all of your YouTube channels.

  69. I’m just catching up today on my blog reading and I was so glad to see your post! Congratulations on pushing through and finishing your race! What an accomplishment! Rest up and I hope you are feeling 100% real soon!

  70. Congratulation, Jen! People usually enjoy living in their comfort zone. Although it is not easy to deal with the difficulties that life throws at you, it is even more admirable to keep challenging yourself out of the comfort zone Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Can’t wait to see your videos at Disney. Love you! : )

  71. Congrats on finishing the race!! it sounds like you had to fight through a lot of pain. So glad to hear that your knee is already feeling better. I can’t wait to see your trip! I have never been to Disney World so seeing it through your eyes is so much fun!!

  72. Jen, You did it! What a wonderful experience that you will have forever! It’s been fun going along with you as you reached your goal. I am looking forward to your upcoming vlogs and having you “home”. With us again. Xoxo

  73. Hey Jen!

    I just got back from Disney World and I wanted to say Congrats on finishing! I’m one of the lucky few who got to meet you and Don at the Expo and I’m just so happy you decided to have the meet up because it was lovely saying hi. Like I mentioned I basically signed up because I saw how much fun you had at the last Princess half and I thought I should challenge myself to do a half even though I am NOT a runner. I hope my lame joke about blaming you around mile 10 for getting me into this didn’t ACTUALLY affect your knee 🙂 To be honest I didn’t yell at you at all, I had such a great race so I was actually thanking you in my head! So excited to watch your videos now that I’m back home!

    1. It was so nice to meet you, too! So happy to hear you had a positive experience. The Princess Half is such a special event! Congrats 😀

  74. Way to go Jen~
    As a runner myself, I can 100% relate to having good races and not so good races. I have done a full as well as half marathons and race experiences can change on a dime. The training imo is the hardest part. The actual race is the icing on the cake. When you have a strong support network (like you do) it makes it easier but by no means easy! Rock on sister!
    Hugs from upstate NY, Stacey

  75. I just started following you on YouTube and love your posts. I don’t know if I missed where you posted about your running skirt. I am planning on doing a Disney run and would love to make a cute skirt to wear.

  76. Jen,

    I love watching your videos! I did have a question about your 2013 RunDisney race. You talked about a charm necklace that you added a princess crown. I would love to get one for a keepsake of my Disney races. Do you know the name of the company/booth where you purchased it?

    1. It’s from a shop called I Declare – they sold at the race expos when I went (not sure if they still do). You can find them online here.

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