Team Freedom.


Hey Guys!

A few notes about Team Freedom.

1. Like last year, registration will be a 2 step process. You’ll first need to register with Disney. REGISTER HERE. This is completely separate from The JOY FM registration. The JOY FM is not affiliated with the Princess Half Marathon. We simply participate in this event as Team Freedom.

2. Registration will open for Team Freedom on The JOY FM website on September 14, 2012. This event isn’t until the end of February. I’m just giving you a HUGE heads up, so you can begin training.

For those – like me 3 years ago! – who can’t run from here to the mailbox:

3. Start training! I absolutely, positively credit Couch to 5k for getting me running. If you have a smart phone, download this app and use it! You’ll be running 3 times a week. It’s an interval training program; you’ll be doing a walking/running combination. By November, you WILL be able to run a 5K. Promise.

4. I will post a Training Schedule Part 2 on October 1.  We’ll start at 3 miles (I know many of you will only be on Week 5. That is OK!! Promise.) Stay with it. I got to Week 6 and was able to run a 5K. It’ll all even out once we start adding mileage. Since we add incrementally, once you establish your base, it’s easy (relatively speaking) to add mileage.

5. Of course you can start walking now. August is just too hot for me. But a brisk walk, or even light jog is great. Just get your body moving.

Disney Princess Half Marathon
February 24, 2013

Training SchedulePart 1
Week 1 2-8 Couch to 5K  Week 1 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 2 9-15 C25K  Week 2  – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 3 16-22 C25K  Week 3 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 4 23-29 C25K   Week 4 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 5 Sept 30 – Oct 6 C25K  Week 5 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 6 7-13 C25K  Week 6 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 7 14-20 C25K  Week 7 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 8 21-27 C25K  Week 8 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 9 28- Nov 3 C25K  Week 9 – Day 1, 2 & 3
Week 10 4-10 30 Min Run || 45 Min Run || 3 mile run


“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up.”

- George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

12 Responses to “Team Freedom.”

  1. Annie Hitchings August 8, 2012 at 1:02 am #

    Here’s the thing…
    Decided to do it. Even trained today. But right now… I am freaking out here! I am Not a runner. I’m 45. Don’t exercise at all. Never liked running. Decided it was time to do this thing! Downloaded the training on the Disney site. I skimmed over it. My bad. I knew today I needed to be out there for 30mins alternating walking & running. So, I walked 5 mins, ran 5 mins, 3 times. Got home and read it again. Oops… it said to only run 10 secs, then walk 55 secs. 10 SECONDS? Is that why the back of my thigh part of my right leg has been aching BAD all day? I also saw on the training that the time limit for the race would be 3:30. How hard could a 3 and a half minute run be? A 5K… isn’t that like 1.25 miles, or maybe 1.75 miles? Oh, I think NOT! I thought this was a nice little fundraising event, but this is like a MARATHON! I went back to the training info. Can’t understand the instructions… “After the standard warmup, try increasing the running portions: run 10 seconds walk 50 seconds for 5 or more intervals, then run 15 sec/walk 45 seconds for 5 repetitions. At this point, take a 2-3 minute walk break and try 20/40 for 5 minutes, walk 2 minutes and try 30/30 for 5 minutes. WHAT??
    Good grief! Don’t know which way to run! :0

    • Theresa Dermody August 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

      OK, I am thinking about doing this but am very technology disadvanted/ FIrst is learn how to respond to the blog…do I just submit comment now????

      Next is to download my very first app…there are a few C25K by different developers…anyone know

      Annie, thanks for your post, it makes me feel so much better…

      Does anyone live near the Eastern End of Bee Ridge in Sarasota that would like to partner for training….

  2. cathy darby August 9, 2012 at 12:35 am #

    hey carmen!..i am not a runner either but this whole human trafficing cause means sooo much to me…i have recruited 7 people so far for this year … i truly beleive it will be more like 300 or more people willing to run for the cause…my heart is sooo on board …i have scars that havent healed from the training last year…truly gods reminder to keep praying for those not free to run yet…the race is truly not over yet..looking forward to hitting the pavement again ..against the heat and my over weight body saying no!..thank you for all you do…tell natalie we cant do this with out her…God is good!

    • carmen August 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

      I love your heart. And I believe we’ll have over 300 too! So glad you a part of this team. And recruiting others, too!

  3. Edie Rhea August 13, 2012 at 12:56 am #


    Well last year was my first 1/2 marathon for Team Freedom and truly I loved every minute. The thought of the fun and fellowship but most of all the thought that people are willing to help women of Human Trafficking. And this year I was praying that we (the joy fm community) would continue to run and help the victims. Well truly the Lord heard my prayers and Team Freedom is BACK!!!! Everyone has read or heard my story last year about my childhood and how I was sexual abused and Human trafficked from the age of 10 til 17. And the horrible things that I had to go through.So yes this means the world to me. Well again Carmen when I heard you say we (the joy fm community) will be running streams of tears came running down my face. The reason the tears came I know that girls/boys will be rescued and made whole again. This is very dear to my heart and I have said before if I can help just one women, if I can just give hope to the hopeless then I will be satisfied. So I am pulling my running shoes back out and lacing them up.And training again, yes there will be pain from it but it can not compare to the pain that these young children go through. So I am pleading with everyone to roll up their sleeves and do something. If it is running, donating time, money or prayer. please help. Thank you Carmen

  4. belinda August 30, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Hello Carmen,
    I’m trying to get a group from church to run.
    I’m a little nervous because I haven’t been running at all,
    two questions can the ladies do a walk instead of run? and are we going to have a facebook group to keep in touch again?
    Take care Love Belinda,

  5. Ann September 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I just came on your blog today for the SOLE purpose of finding out if you guys were running again this year. I am so excited that you just posted, as I wanted to participate last year but did not have the time to commit. So this year, I AM IN! I am hoping to get some friends also! What an amazing purpose and it will be wonderful to run with women who find importance in the same things!

  6. Jenny Gemmill September 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    Hi, Carmen. I am training for the NYC marathon this fall. I think it is awesome that you are getting a team together again for the Princess Half Marathon. It is a fun race.
    I started a blog about my training for the NYC marathon but I really write more about God and my relationship with Him. Would love for you to check it out! I am a local Tampa runner!
    Good luck with your training!
    Blog is

  7. Deanna September 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi Team Freedom! I have been listening to the progress of Team Freedom for the last 2 years and God has put it on my heart to take this journey for those who cannot. It was almost an instantaneous emotion that came over me. I too, DESPISE running and have always said that I would NEVER run a race and that I would NEVER have the interest to do so. Funny how God always changes the NEVER’S in your heart to a WILL that drives your spirit to prove to your mind otherwise.
    My 15 yr old son has commited to train with me. Woo Hoo!
    I am a beginner and starting back walking just this week and am ready to register on the Disney website and had probably a silly question…do I register as a team registrant or an individual? I am assuming a team member but just wanted some confirmation as they clearly state they do not issue refunds:o).
    Any guidance would be greatly appriciated.
    Thank you!!

    • carmen September 22, 2012 at 1:51 am #

      Hey Deanna!

      I’m so glad you’re considering running!! We would LOVE to have you!! See my latest post from today, September 21st. It answers some of your questions. We’ll also be putting up a training schedule, too! There’s also additional information at Just click on Free.To.Run.


  8. Ashley Hills November 16, 2014 at 3:11 am #

    Hey Carmen I have a problem. The Disney registration is sold out and I would really love to be there and support this cause but I don’t know what to do. Do you know some other way I would be able to go? It would mean a lot if you could get back to me.
    Thank you

    • carmen November 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Ashley! We’re running the Gasparilla! Not Disney! Go to and sign up there. 2 step process. Sign up with Gasparilla and then with us!

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