|Here comes the rain….na, na, na, nah. Being prepared is half the battle.|
Well, you guessed it…contrary to popular belief…..we were not in the elite group. Big surprise eh? The Doc is waaaayyyyy faster than me but being the kind soul that he is, won't leave my side the entire time. Tradition. He is the 'pace car' and I just follow….tucked into a kind of 'race trance' that helps me log the passing miles without thinking about how much further there is to go or how far I've been. He is awesome.
This year I was in much better shape than last…..but the end of October, the first of November are super crazy busy times for me as a wife, mom and em-ploy-ee. Lots going on that has prevented me from running/training as much as I'd like. I was worried we wouldn't make our goal of bettering our last year's time. I ran my first half marathon in my mid-twenties….and until last year hadn't done another. It's a daunting distance and training is critical. Hard to do while you have babies and toddlers around….which we've had for years:) However, we are firm believers of setting goals and 'doing hard things.'
|Headed to the bus. Epcot right behind us….wondering if we were crazy.|
With a crazy time schedule and not enough miles packed into the last three-ish weeks…..I was a little nervous about this race. I didn't want to disappoint The Doc by going SLOWER than last year. That would be a personal disaster in my book. I am not a late night person. We are usually in bed between 9-10pm and up by 5. So…..this race, as fun and awesome as Disney makes it STARTS at my bedtime and ends right before I have to get up. It tests all aspects and limits of my hard.
Then we checked the weather. Understand that it NEVER rains in Central Florida in November and certainly not at night. Race night forecast= rain….and lots of it. On our way out to Disney we headed to our local sports store and got ready…..cause the worst thing you can do is not 'weather the weather.' We checked into our hotel and 'rested' and ate our last meal. With Disney races you are not allowed to park your car at the start. In this case the race started at the Wide World of Sports (fantastic venues) and you had to board special busses hired just to transport runners to the start. Mind you, we got a bus at 7pm. The race didn't start until 10. Early, early to the bus because 14,800 runners were all heading to the same place. We hung out in the pre-race field for another few hours. There is music, food, dancing, check-in's and all around fun going on there. We rested and talked to a few friends also running.
|Getting in some R&R in the field hours before the start. I can sleep anywhere.|
Disney does an incredible job of having entertainment along all parts of their race routes. …..it's what makes Disney races so awesome. The characters are available for pictures and you are never without music of some kind. Disney does it right…..unless it's 50 something degrees and pouring rain. They they make cuts and don't want their costumes to get wet….or their equipment. We plodded on numb foot and all. Somewhere in here my phone with my music started shorting out because of the rain. It continued to work but kept repeating the same song and would fade in and out. A runners nightmare. Plod-plod, moving forward….still can't move foot….but doing well and happy.
|13.1 miles through Disney World.|
|Got our medals! (and our coats were waiting at the finish line for us!!)|