|Disneyland Half champ Rachel Booth could take crown at Princess Half Marathon|
On Sunday Booth will line up for the start of her first Princess Half Marathon at Disney World, with hopefully the same results.
“I’m excited to be here. I have two little children so they are loving this,” she said.
Booth is coming into this race just six weeks after running the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2:37:59, a personal best by five and a half minutes.
“Because of the Trials I’ve taken a few weeks off and only done a few workouts, so we’ll see what happens on Sunday,” she said.
On Friday morning Booth led a small group of women on a pre-race warm-up through the World Showcase at Epcot Center. For a lot of these women, getting a pep talk from an elite runner was a unique experience.
“The only reason I do this is to run through Disney,” joked Lori Lovell, a representative on the Walt Disney World’s Mom’s Panel.
While runDisney races aren't known for attracting elite athletes, the events give Booth the chance to combine fast training runs with family time.
“The first time I did the Disneyland Half it was a family vacation. I was preparing for the New York City Marathon so it worked out timing wise,” she said. “I had a good race there so now it’s kind of a tradition to make a family vacation out of it.”
In the four days leading up to the race, Booth is doing what every runner is told not to do before a big event: spending a lot of time on her feet.
“We spent the entire day at one of the Disney parks yesterday and we’ll probably spend a few half days there as well,” she admitted.
Booth’s next goal is to run the USA Half Marathon Championships in June, and hopefully earn a spot on Team USA at the World Cross Country Championships.
“I have two kids, I work a part-time job and then there’s my training, so to do it all is challenging,” she explained.
But her kids don’t complain, especially when they get to tag along on trips to Disneyland and Disney World.
“The one thing I’ve always lived by is that if I don’t follow my dreams, how can I teach my children to do the same?”Source: http://www.examiner.com