Here’s a guest post from rebeccaruns.
Up until this year, I was always setting myself fitness targets and never sticking to them for very long. Life just seemed to get in the way every time; the universe cruelly conspiring against my fitness and weight goals. I’m sure I’m not alone in this, either!
But this year I’ve set myself a fitness challenge of a weird and wonderful nature…and I’ve actually stuck to it for 5 months!
A 10K Race a Month…as a Disney Character
Yep! That’s it in a nutshell!
I’ve entered a 10k race every month so far this year, dressed as a different Disney character each time. For all you doubting Thomases out there, check out the photographic evidence below! (Or even visit my blog, Rebecca Runs, or my Facebook page for more info!)
I decided on 10k because it’s a challenging distance, but doesn’t require too much time to train for; it takes me just less than an hour to run the distance. Anything longer and I wouldn’t be able to fit in regular training runs.
How Have I Managed to Stick at it?
That’s any easy question to answer!
Because I’m doing it to raise money for a dog shelter in Thailand that I had the pleasure of working at a few months ago (Care for Dogs – www.carefordogs.org).
And there’s nothing like a bit of pressure from knowing that homeless, sick animals are depending on you to raise some funds for their food, shelter and medical care. Damn them!
The Highlights of My Runs so Far
It is a bit of a weird experience, turning up at an organised event in a Disney costume – particularly in a foreign country. Boy, have I had my share of bewildered looks!
But every run has been an entirely unique experience, so I thought I’d share my highlights…
- Jessie (Toy Story), Chennai, India (March)
This has probably been my favourite run so far – mainly because I was treated like a minor celebrity by the Indian runners!
I’d never even heard of Chennai beforehand, and I only entered this race because it fit into my timescale and the organisers agreed to let me.
The run itself was incredibly tough because, as I later found out, I’d contracted a virus the week before in Delhi (didn’t find that out until I took a trip to Singapore hospital a few days after the race!) and was feeling pretty rotten (I had thought it was Delhi-belly at its worse!).
But after the race, I’m not kidding, HUNDREDS of people wanted a photo with me (some wanted pics of me presenting them their race medal!), and it was bags of fun chatting to everyone.
- Mike Wazowski (Monsters, Inc), London, UK (January)
Sunday, 11th January this year was the day I lost my dignity and first experienced the realms of Utter Humiliation.
Mike has been my favourite costume so far because it’s the quirkiest – and because I could completely hide in shame within it! Although I must have sat in the car with my boyfriend giving me his best, “do it for the dogs” speech in an attempt to get me out of the car for at least 20 minutes before I worked up the courage to face the world!
- Mrs Incredible (The Incredibles), Auckland, New Zealand (April)
I’ve got to wonder about the Kiwis’ Disney knowledge because I think I was called every name BUT Mrs Incredible throughout the race! Robin, Wonder Woman, Mrs Superwoman – but at least I stood out!
I enjoyed this race because I achieved my costume Personal Best of 57:56 – Incredible by name, incredible by nature ha ha!
- Olaf (Frozen), Alibaug, India (February)
A snowman on the beach! What a fab concept.
In theory, anyway.
In practice, I was sweltering and so bloody uncomfortable! Also, while running on a beach sounds romantic and picturesque, it’s actually hell, because the track seems endless and it feels like you’re making no progress at all!
I took my Olaf fleece off at the end and I could have wrung it out. It was that gross!
- Minnie Mouse, Beijing, China (May)
It’s been SO hard to find a 10k in China! Many of their organised runs have entry cut off times months in advance, and some organisations don’t like the idea of someone running in costume.
So, admittedly, this run wasn’t an organised event; instead, it was just me against the clock in Beijing’s Olympic Park (which is a gorgeous place to visit if you’re ever in Beijing).
I got LOADS of weird looks, and tonnes of people telling me how ‘cute’ I looked; I think they thought I was just some random white girl who’d chosen a really ostentatious dress to run in.
And the Future?
I’m committed to this challenge for 2015 at least so I have 7 runs left to do, but there’s no telling WHERE I’ll be running next, or WHICH Disney character I’ll be running as…
Thanks for reading!
This article was written by Becky, and to follow her 2015 10k challenge check out her blog, www.rebeccaruns.co.uk. Even better, if you can offer your support and like her Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaruns, she’ll be eternally grateful!