So That Happened
Yep. I finally did it. I signed up for my first real runDisney race.
My husband’s response “What did you do that for?”
It isn’t my fault. It is Tiffany’s from Peanut Blossom. Tiffany insisted on turning 40 and inviting her friends along to celebrate at the 2017 Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon weekend.
Who am I to say no?
Don’t Get Too Excited
I know many friends are like “YAY! Kuleen is running!
Don’t get too excited. I signed up for the 5K. The one that (some) people can walk. The one that little kids do along with their parents.
The fact is, this girl will never be running the 10K, 1/2 marathon, and absolutely never the marathon.
Truthfully, I have zero interest in running for exercise. Even the thought of a pretty Disney metal isn’t enough to entice me to do more than a 5K.
Which is a good thing, because I have crappy feet.
Really crappy feet.
Flat-as-a-pancake, custom-orthotics-can’t-completely-correct crappy feet. Seriously.
My foot doctor told me not to even think about anything over a 5K. Who am I to go against doctor’s orders?
My (Non) Running History
So back in 2013, I attended the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. About a month ahead, it was announced that runDisney would sponsor a 2-mile Fun Run. Not wanting to pass up the chance to wear a costume, I signed up. And I ran. Well walked and ran. And I did it. I was the 3rd to the last to finish, but I did it.
I attended the conference again in 2014, and again I ran the runDisney Fun Run. This one was through Disneyland and California Adventure.
In fact, a month before that conference I mostly walked the Castaway Cay 5K during our Disney cruise.
BUT. And this is a really big BUT. I didn’t train ahead of time.
Yep. Big mistake. The end result was a damaged nerve in my right foot which has caused my 2nd & 3rd toe to separate into a “V” shape. It isn’t pretty. It also resulted in doctor’s orders to wear my tennis shoes with orthotics all-day, every day, or I can have foot surgery in 5 years.
2017 Run Disney Princess 5K Here I Come!
So here I am. Signed up to run a Disney 5K. But this time I will start preparing NOW.
And I don’t just mean working on my costume.
This is Katy Rockstar Murphy
That cute patootie in the picture is Katy Murphy otherwise known as Katy “Rockstar” Murphy. Katy was born with a congenital heart defect called Restrictive Cardiomyopathy. But that didn’t stop Katy. She was a dancer, soccer player, awesome big sister, Girl Scout, artist, and Little Mermaid fan.
Katy died in December 2014 after her body rejected her heart transplant. She was seven years old.
I became friends with Katy’s mom, Amiee through a mutual love of scrapbooking. I never had the chance to meet Katy in person, but I got to know her through all the fun stories Amiee told. Katy and I shared a huge love for Disney and our favorite princess is Arial.
My friendship with Amiee grew even stronger after Katy’s death. I watched her go through immense grief as she found her new purpose in life – Honoring Katy’s Memory by helping the families of other sick children. Last year I had finally had the chance to visit her and Katy.
The Katy M. Murphy Foundation
I am humbled to serve on the board of the Katy M. Murphy Foundation. Our purpose is to support families with critically ill children, and 100% percent of funds raised go directly to support families.
Our main fundraising goal is to provide money to families that are unable to purchase a headstone for their child’s gravesite. We hold an annual toy drive each Christmas to provide toys to Boston Children’s Hospital – Katy’s home away from home.
I’m Running for Katy
On February 24, 2017, I will be running the Disney Princess 5K on behalf of the Katy M. Murphy Foundation. I should say that Katy and I will be running the race because I won’t be able to do it without her.
I know for a lot of people a 5K is no big deal, but for this overweight, out-of-shape, middle-aged woman, it is huge.
Please consider supporting my run by donating to the Katy M. Murphy Foundation.