Our February Race of the Month is only days away and I am extremely excited for this one!
This will be my first runDisney event. I learned quickly after registering for the Princess Half Marathon (which sold out in a matter of hours) that this is not going to be an ordinary race experience and that WHAT YOU WEAR is almost as important as how fast you run! Foregoing a tutu or skirt for this event would almost guarantee you a spot in the minority!
With so many options for costumes, I was not sure where to start. So, like any smart mom would do, I consulted the “experts.”
My four and six year old daughters were more than happy to decide which Disney character should inspire my ensemble! After a bit of debate, they agreed that Mommy should be Belle!
Fantastic! We had a starting point. I didn’t want to break the bank with my costume purchase since I am not confident that I will get much (if any) use out of it after the race. If you do a quick search on Etsy for princess running costumes, you will see that some people go all out and spend upward of $300 for their race day attire! What is this – a Royal Ball or a race?!
First, I found a shirt that I liked online at Wet Seal. I ordered the tank which has a cartoon Belle and Beast design and fell in love with it when it arrived. Comfortable and cute, it was a keeper!
For my skirt, I decided to buy an inexpensive gold sparkle skirt from Sparkle Athletic that is intended to be worn over running shorts or tights. The skirt is lightweight so it really feels no different than wearing my regular running clothes. I considered buying a more expensive running skirt with built-in shorts and pockets but decided to save the cash to spend at the parks! I will wear my Flipbelt to hold my phone for taking pictures (a must), GU, chapstick, and other necessities.
I completed my princess outfit with a pair of blue knee socks from the Sox Box and yellow running sleeves with an embroidered rose purchased from Run Alice Run. As a final touch, I plan to tie a big blue ribbon in my pony tail on race day.
What was the total cost of my royal attire? Less than $100!
I have tested my outfit for comfort and potential wardrobe malfunctions with an 8 mile training run on the treadmill and it’s a go! The “experts” are happy with my princess costume and so am I!
Stay tuned for my Race of the Month post to see my costume and hear about my magical 13.1 mile journey!
Countdown to the Royal Celebration:
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