Here it goes…
After getting home at midnight on Monday and a 6am wake up for work, it has been tough getting back in the swing of things and even harder to get on here and put the whole experience into words. So here I am..about to attempt to put such an amazing, fun-filled, exhausting and memorable week into words.
This was the 2nd time my mom and I took on the Disney Princess half marathon but the first time we took on the Disney Glass Slipper Challenge. I have been battling some tibia tendonitis and have not been able to run longer than 7 1/2 miles since Thanksgiving so it is safe to say that my nerves were pretty high just thinking about the upcoming races. I knew the 10k was doable and was probably my best shot at placing so I decided to make that the race of the week and really give it all I had. And if I made it out alive then I guess I would attemt 13.1 miles the next day…
And a pre-race Southwest Burger was exactly what I needed…wanted… in order to make it happen. I usually do pizza or pasta before race day but vacation time and Disney is all about having fun and doing what you want even if you have races on the schedule.
A couple things that DID stay consistent with my normal pre race routine were…
1.) COFFEE…There was no way we were getting through a 2:45am wake up without a couple of these.
2.) Pre race Selfies..never on a pirate bed though!
And once all that is done, MAKE SURE TO CATCH THE LAST 4am SHUTTLE BUS TO THE RACE! And then when you get there…make sure to snap a picture with your Mom because despite all the nerves, these moments don’t happen often, so when they do…capture them and hold them for as long as you can!
Lets talk about the race. I started out strong and held that comfortable yet difficult pace up until mile 4. The excitement of leading the race in addition to the beauty of running through Epcot was helping me remain strong throughout mile 4 despite some tired legs. By mile 5, I was really starting to feel it and as soon I saw the second female coming up behind me, it became a fight against tired legs as well as some negative thoughts. I did my best to hang on but it just did not happen. I finished strong and still can’t think of anything I would have done differently. I can’t say I started off too fast but I guess I just couldn’t hold it. Though it is easy to get wrapped up in the “what ifs”, you need to step back and celebrate simply crossing the line.
But once again, even in the midst of stress and pain..don’t forget to capture the moment when you meet up with your Mom after the race.
These races are always well-organized and with the 10k only being 10,00o runners (no big deal)..the bathroom line was super short and almost non-existent. As all you runner know, that’s a rare and special moment. And for you hardcore racers like us, it means you can stay clear the woods and start the race with some dignity 😉
I didn’t plan on splitting this recap into two separate 10k and Half Marathon posts but seeing as I’ve spent an hour just talking about the 10k, I think I need some sleep before tackling the half marathon. I now know why it takes bloggers a few days to post race recaps..they are no joke! You just want to spill all your emotions into the post but it’s exhausting trying to find the right words to describe all the emotions on race day. It is hard enough just to tame them let alone describe them!
So on that note I will end it with a picture describing the hour I had between getting back to the room and the pool/hot tub opening at 9am.
Just Kidding. I will end it with how my mom and I celebrated 6.2 done and 13.1 to go.