Baby’s First Trip to Walt Disney World
Race Recap of the weekend! And forewarning: Photos are a-plenty!
After some character photos and a visit from friends and family, Kris and I decided to go to our Corral (A) together, but that she’d go ahead and I’d frolick behind somewhere. We train together, but she’s faster than me altogether – also, she and I have different race schedules and goals.Help Our coach “grades” our races A-C and we take it from there. So, we enjoyed our time in the Corral together – Kris taking a potty break in the woods in between – and were on our way once the fireworks and Fairy-Godmother instructed us to!I decided to take this ‘race’ in stride. My last Disney race, I regretted not stopping to take character photos and I was going to do that this time for sure! So, as a forewarning, this recap isn’t a one of me gunning for any PR action or anything crazy – this was actually my PW (Personal Worst) and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything 😉 Also, this was the same route we took in the Disney World Half Marathon in January.
Just as we did at WDW weekend, we made our way in the pitchblack dark down World Drive towards the Magic Kingdom from Epcot center where the race started. I first saw the Pirates and then spotted Aladdin! I pulled over for a photo with him and the other men of Disney!
I was now at the Magic Kingdom!
After a visit with Lightning McQueen and the Villianesses and a Huma energy shot, I twisted through the park and decided to take a potty break in Tomorrow Land.
Eh, why not? I was enjoying myself – and honestly I didn’t have to ‘seriously’ go. Since it was a chance to pee in an actual bathroom and not the woods or a port-o-let I decided to hop on it. We cruised along Main Street around miles 4-5 (my favorite part of the race) through a sea of spectators lining the lit-up streets and buildings. As you turn right, you see the ever-elusive castle!
As I rounded a bend around the castle, I bumped into two buds of mine, Meghan and Tori! It was nice to see some familiar faces and have some company for a bit. They were with a few others from the Tampa Lady Bloggers who were running a bit behind since they were taking photos at ALL of the photo stops – mad props to them. We caught up and then made our way INTO the castle – and once again I was photobombed as I attemped to get my “just exited the castle” race photo.
It was a little bit after leaving the Magic Kingdom that I saw the Genie from Aladdin and told the girls I’d catch up with them later!
I also found Waldo 😉
After Genie…Around mile 8 I had a scare when I saw a girl get ‘caught’ by the runner behind her – I turned to look and she was as white as a ghost. A few of us tried to let the medical peeps know we needed help over on the left side of the course – I was a bit disappointed in their lack of hurriedness as they walked over to help her. I trudged on, but seeing others hurt always messes with me as I feel bad and wonder if they are okay.My, do Iove when I see organic fuel provided for a race: Clif Shot gels were provided around mile 9. I headed into Mile 10, I saw the Drill Sargeant shouting positive words of encouragement to runners passing by. I had to get a photo with him, as he reminded me of the upcoming marathon I have to train for: the Marine Corps Marathon!
After mile 10, I bumped back into Tori and Meghan. Funny enough, it was at a medical tent I saw Tori and wondered where Meghan was. I worried until I saw her appear out of a port-o-let – just a routine potty stop, thank goodness. We grouped up again and made our way towards the on-ramp slant (ughhh) and the 3 overpass/bridges that lead into the finish. I knew these were coming to made sure to be prepared! We chatted away and smiled as spectators cheered us on: “Go Minnie, Go Jasmine, Go Rapunzel!” – Meghan was also dressed as the Tangled princess with her own awesome yard braid, mad props to her for running with this! We decided to all finish together 🙂
At the finish, I saw an opportunity to get pixie-dusted and couldn’t pass that up!
I loved this “Personal Worst” race. I stopped looking at my watch, I chatted it up with strangers, thanked spectators and volunteers and high-fived the crap out of people.
PSA: Running is meant to be enjoyed. Remember why you started running in the first place so that you don’t forget the positive aspects of it!
Some races are about PRs, but that’s not what all races are about. Or all running period. If you race and race you’re only going to end up hurt or tired of the sport. Running has given me tons of friends and training buddies and bonds I am forever grateful for! I am thankful to FINISH any half marathon – my lungs challenge me every day – so I never forget where I came from.
Have you done a race just to enjoy running?
Does pixie dust make you sparkle like a Vampire?