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02/23/2013 10:57 am ET Updated Apr 25, 2013

Disney Princess Half Marathon Playlist (LISTEN)

One year ago, I'd hadn't run so much as a mile since the presidential fitness test in high school. I've never had a weight problem, and I'd always assumed that since I live in a city and walk everywhere, working out wasn't necessary. But then I started my first job and began sitting. A lot. Like, eight or nine hours a day. I felt tired and restless. So, I decided to sign up for a 5k and get in shape.

It wasn't easy, but music carried me through it. A playlist full of my favorite songs helped distract me from the monotony of running. Truth be told, Rihanna got me through the first mile I ever did without stopping to walk. It wasn't long before I could run the 3.1 miles with ease and confidence.

Now, a year later, I'm about to run my first half marathon: the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Yep, I'll be doing 13.1 miles from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back. I'll even get to run past Cinderella's castle. Before my last training run, I made a new playlist to help get me excited for the big day. It's got all of my favorite artists (from Mumford & Sons to Kanye), songs about being strong to keep me going during those challenging last few miles (like Christina Aguilera's 'Fighter') and, of course, plenty of Disney.

Happy running!

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