I was so excited for this race! I went in really wanting a PR, but unsure if it would happen because of the crowds I had heard about, my shin splints, and frostbitten toes. I read a lot of race reviews and so many people (even in some of the first few corrals), said that the crowds didn’t thin out as the race went on. So that definitely made me a little worried. BUT, the good news is that I only felt like I was going to trip over people twice during the race. I really was expecting that throughout the entire course. And what’s even better, my shins felt fine and my toes felt totally normal the entire time I was in Florida. WOHOOo!
Let’s dig right into it….
I went to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex to pick-up my race packet after half a day in Magic Kingdom on Friday. I also was excited to shop the expo (which, as expected, there was not much merchandise left by the time I arrived). I intended on going after dinner on Thursday, and even then I was worried there wouldn’t be much left. Dinner at Cinderella’s castle took much longer than expected, so we didn’t make it over there Thursday.
I did find a headband I liked and it was the only one like it around, so I bought it.
I set my alarm for 2:00AM and woke up a few minutes before, so I turned it off so I wouldn’t wake up my husband and daughter. I got ready and headed to the bus around 2:40AM.
The bus left at about 3:00AM for Epcot. When I arrived I took advantage of the princess photo opportunities, knowing I didn’t want to stop along the course for photos.
This picture above made me laugh when I saw it! Just chatting it up with Rapunzel ;).
After photos I headed to gear check where I dropped off my bag with my bottle of Nuun + a GF protein bar, and then headed toward the corrals…which was quite a little hike. I wish I would have looked at my watch, but I’m pretty sure it took over 20 minutes get to the corrals. I was in corral E (they went from A-P).
They set off fireworks for every corral start, which was kind of cool!
As far as the course goes….I knew this going into it, but you are not in the parks for very long. Most of the route is on the roads between the parks. While I knew this, these parts seemed a lot longer than they were. There were characters along the route, a hot air balloon, and a band among other things but I didn’t stop for them. And honestly, I don’t know if stopping would have made me enjoy the race any more. I feel bad even saying that! I love Disney, but I think I’m one of the few that were just kind of ‘Egh’ about the race.
The time in Magic Kingdom just flew by! This section really was a lot of fun.
After going through the castle you had the option to go to the left and get a photo in front of the castle, or to continue on the route by staying right.
I honestly don’t remember a lot of the race. It’s like I completely blocked it out. I don’t remember the section in Epcot at all…except approaching the finish line and giving a character (Donald Duck??) a high five. 🙂
After crossing the finish line, you get your medal and then you walk to some lines to get your photo taken in front of the RunDisney backdrop. Smile for PR’s!!!! 🙂
I was able to meet fellow runner and blogger, Tanya, after the race. So cool to meet others with the same passion for running and health! 💕 Check out that awesome costume 😍. I give her serious props for running a half marathon while pregnant!
Results:I sure liked my pace on my watch better, but I also wasn’t super efficient in running the tangents on the course as I covered .14 miles over the 13.1. My official time was: 2:16:12 (10:24 pace). Just a note, men CAN participate in this race. I did see a handful of guys out there. You can actually see a guy behind me in the pic of me going through Magic Kingdom. I looked it up and there were 2,036 men in the race….they were just a little out numbered! 😉
I am happy I got a new half marathon PR! I was still hoping to do better, but I guess I’m just taking baby steps to get there and that’s ok especially considering the time I had to take off for injury.
Have you ever ran a RunDisney race? Which one? What did you think?