Here it is!The first race recap from my Goofy 2 race weekend… the Disney World Half Marathon! We arrived in Florida Thursday evening… (By we, I mean my SIL Lisa and myself)
Hello, palm trees!
It was a little late to head to the expo- so we just ate and hung out. One little hiccup was one of my bags not arriving. The plane was completely full, so I tried to be nice and let them check my bag at the gate. Disney has a free shuttle you can take from the airports and they will grab your checked bags and deliver them to your room a few hours later. Well, the Disney shuttle person didn’t write down the number for the bag I checked at the gate- so they didn’t grab it from the airport with our other checked bags. This was the bag with all of my running gear in it. After a lot of back and forth with them, it finally arrived Friday afternoon. Thank you, Wanda at Luggage Service- she was awesome. I was super stressed until I finally got it. Seriously- I wasn’t looking forward to buying all new running clothes… or running in pajama pants and Converse All-Stars. The next morning (Friday) we set out early to get to the expo before the crowds. It was quick and easy…
In and out super fast. I was able to move up from corral B to corral A because my marathon PR beat the cutoff by a whole 30 seconds. Yeah, I’m awesome ;).
We went to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner-where I ate a giant cheeseburger (that’s good pre-race fuel, right? no?). Lisa found a friend while we were there…
He really liked her.
We got back to the room and I got to bed reasonably early. I actually slept very well which made me happy.Lisa wasn’t quite so lucky- she says it wasn’t from my snoring. I don’t believe her. We got up at 3am and headed out to the buses around 3:30. I felt good- not too nervous. Don’t I look ready?
The traffic was a little crazy getting to the staging/bag drop area.
We were dropped off near Epcot…
and found a row of port-a-potties with no lines. I was impressed with the number of toilets available throughout the race. Good job, Run Disney.
There was a 20 minute slow walk to the start line from there. A slow, shuffling walk within a giant herd of people. The traffic and the slow walking meant that my start time was 2 minutes away when we finally got to the starting line area. By then I had to go to the bathroom again. Then it turned out that my corral was still quite the jog from the toilet area.
I finally found my corral…
which was pretty much empty since the gun had already gone off :). I still had about a minute to get going before corral B got going- so off I went! No time to get nervous for the start- that was nice.
Did I mention the friend that came to join me THAT MORNING? Yes, THAT little monthly friend. No bueno. It wasn’t the best thing- but it was okay, mostly.
I had mostly decided that I would stop for character pictures during the half marathon and maybe not so much for the full.
Turns out I took lots of pictures during both races :). I just knew I wouldn’t be back there for a long time (maybe ever!) so I couldn’t pass up a good photo opportunity!
Here’s what I got during the half: (They were all taken with my phone camera, so not super high quality)
Entering Magic Kingdom:
First character I came across? Stitch!
Tiana and a very light skinned Prince Naveen…
There were 2 photos that didn’t turn out at all. Rapunzel and Mickey. Don’t worry- I got better ones the next day :).
All of that was mostly the first half of the race. By mile 7 or so we were out of the parks, so I could just run. After a pit stop, I got down to it. I used up a bit of time waiting for the pictures during the first half, but that was the plan.
I felt good the last half, so I made up a little of it
All finished- 1:54:20
No PR’s for these races, but I had a lot of fun stopping for all the character pictures. The OTHER issue I had caused the pit stop, but it wasn’t too bad.
I thought it was a great race- very crowded and a lot of running around people the whole way, but that’s to be expected with 23,000 runners.
I felt good at the end and not too gassed out for the next day.
I caught the bus back to the hotel, showered and chilled out. We spent the afternoon/evening at Downtown Disney, then got back in early to head to bed for another 3am wake up call!
2nd little hiccup- I lost my iPod and headphones somewhere between the finish line and the hotel. I never could track it down. Sad. That meant no music for the marrathon.