it isn’t easy running like a princess, especially without beauty sleep
Now that my big work event is finally over, it is time to tell you about the race! It was a great race, if not a bit silly, and I am very content that I gave it my all, before, during, and even after the race! Hey – park hopping through Disney isn’t easy!
Let’s start from the beginning.
Prepping in Brooklyn: I spent the night before the flight trying to pack, but in reality, I was working on making a sort of ‘Disney Princess’ running outfit. This is what I came up with, which also made me go to bed WAY too late:
Sporty Snow White?
To Florida: Shaun and I had to wake up at a pretty ungodly hour to get to the airport at the crack of dawn. We arrived in Orlando and Magically Expressed to our hotel. It took us awhile to get situated after we realized it was colder than we had expected, but we dutifully headed out to the runner’s expo to pick up my race packet, and then the parks to scare myself silly on Animal Kingdom’s dino-ride (sooooper scary) and find pasta in Epcot’s Italy. There was only one restaurant open there, and ALL the people, presumably runners, were there to carb-up too. We ended up getting a table outside in the freezing cold. Was it all worth it for my tiny and expensive plate of pasta and big beer? Only time would tell.
A pirate among Princesses
Expo says it all
Tower of Terror is nothing compared to the scary dinosaurs!
Freezing in Epcot's Italy just to carb up for the big race
We booked it back to the hotel after dinner because we were really frozen. It was kinda…miserable. I was getting really nervous about the next morning, since I would be in my running shorts and tank. And guess what time we had to be on the bus?
Needless to say, we went to bed around 10:30pm to shortly wake up at 3 in the freakin’ morning and get to the corrals.
3:30 AM: We managed to wake up on time and be in the bus line promptly at 3:30am. The bus took us to Epcot and soon after, I had to say goodbye to Shaun, giving him my one long sleeve shirt to hold, and then shuffle off to my corral.
Pretty perky for 3:00am
Not perky anymore: Catching a few more Z's on the bus
Corral A: After being very nervous about my corral placement, originally the LAST corral since I had no official 10K time when I signed up for the race, I managed to change my corral to the 1st corral at the expo! This was awesome news since there were about 16,000 runners and I did NOT want to be behind 15,000 of them. The only downside was that Corral A took about an hour to get to from the Runner’s Only gate. That meant a long shuffle from about 4:30am – 5:20am in the pitch black freezing cold which is pre-dawn.
Corral A sticker!
15 seconds from the Start Line!
After a pep talk about not shooting off too fast from Jeff Galloway and a blessing from the Fairy Godmother….it was 3, 2, 1…..GO!!!!!
To be continued!