Sunday, March 14, 2010
Well I guess I did not do too well updating the blog on my training for the princess half marathon! The race was awesome!! Disney did an outstanding job organizing the race, especially with over 11,000 runners! I had to be up and ready by 3 a.m. on race morning! I could barely sleep with all the anticipation, so I was up dressed and out the hotel door at 3 a.m. sharp! I grabbed the bus from our hotel and went to the starting area! They had a HUGE prerace party with a great DJ and vendors.....however, on the Morning of March 7, 2010 Orlando broke a temperature record and it was 35 degrees outside, so it was freezing out there! I danced and sang (along with 11,000 other women) to keep warm until we could walk to the starting line! The starting line was about a mile or so away from the prerace party and it was pitch black outside...it was kinda cool though! Once we got to the starting line, we found our corrals (the starting point for your assigned running time). Because I had never run a half marathon, I got stuck in the back...with 8,000 runners ahead of me...boo! The race was to start at 6 for corral A, but my corral, corral D did not start until 6:28 a.m. It was pretty cool waiting though...besides freezing, they had a DJ down there too and he kept playing music and making announcements! When corral A started they had a great fireworks display and the fairy godmother was up front wishing everyone good luck! They did that for every corral's start time, so it was really neat! After finally crossing the start line, we were off! I got real emotional when I first started running....the fact that I was actually doing it was overwhelming, but even more so why I started in the 1st place. As I was running, I cried for about 5 mins. then turned off the water works to focus and not run into all the people I had to weave through! It was awesome though...characters were all throughout the race, not to mention LOTS of people cheering and lots of high school bands playing! After about mile 2 I had a pretty good consist pace going. I was determined to run the entire race. At about mile 3, i got thirsty because the sun had come up and it the temp was rising, I got some poweraid from the water stop....Disney had water stops at just about every mile so it was nice....I drank the entire cup not thinking I was going to have to go to the bathroom in a few mins. At mile 5 I had to potty so bad....I stopped at the closest porta potty and so did about 500 other ladies...I had to wait 10 mins. just to use one...but after I was done I was ready to run....at mile 5 I entered the magic Kingdom, it was so cool to see all the princesses there! Most runners stoped to take pictures, but I didnt have my camera, so I kept on running! Before I knew it, I was out of the magic kingdom and back on the road. Of course I had hit up a few water stops, so I waited for a porta potty again, but this time only about 5 mins. I was feeling great miles 7-8 came and went before I knew it...then came mile 9....ewwww....mile 9 I knew I still had 4 miles to go and I was getting tired.....I pushed through it with the help of the faries and then came mile 10....yipeee only 3 miles to go.....I picked up my pace and started running faster....not a good idea for a novice runner...when I hit mile 11 I was out of breath and slowed way down to almost a jog....I was beat, but knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel...I past mile 12 and was back in Epcot....I rounded the ball and then saw the finish line! My official time was 2 hours and 39 mins. My original goal was 3 hours, so I did manage to beat that, but I was hoping to finish in 2:28 mins. With my water stops and bathroom stops I figured I did it in my goal time or a little under! It was an awesome experience and I cannot wait to go back in October to run the Wine and Dine half Marathon at Disney....this time my other half is running with me so I know its going to be a blast!! Keep checking back for my latest updates!!