We ran into some more peeps I was happy to FINALLY meet in person!
We Run Disney’s Pam and Christine!
I have been in the same park as these ladies…the same race as these ladies…and always seem to miss them! Christine and I both even ran MCM as our first full marathon! These ladies were doing the full Dopey challenge too. We chatted all through the walk to the corrals and into the starting area where we met up with the rest of the TrD Corral G bunch.
There was a slight mishap in the opening celebrations as Corral F didn’t get the magical Disney fireworks – so I guess F doesn’t stand for Fireworks…sad face.
About 15 minutes after the initial start, we were OFF!
The usual route took is through the Disney property connecting roads into the Magic Kingdom! Character stops were totally on our list of priorities. Jack and Sally were on my list, as I missed them in all 4 races last year and we also saw the rare Darkwing Duck and Launchpad!
Main streed is where the energy is at! We made a pit stop at Tomorrowland also running into Heather!
Then we were on our way towards the lights and spectators on Main street before Cinderella’s castle!
We were lackadaisical until we decided to light a fire under our butts and finish the race in under 3 hours. Yes, this was a Personal Worst race for me, but totally intentional. I was not up for any PR action in the humidity nor in the hub-bub that is the craziness of a busy Disney race. So, we pushed it into gear around Mile 8 and made our way back towards Epcot to finish this race up!
I couldn’t have been more blessed and thankful to have Linz with me during both races. We’ve been good friends since we met in California and had fun being a hot mess in both the 10k and the half. I couldn’t be more proud of him for finishing up the Dopey Challenge – all 4 Disney Race weekend races – with a smart plan for each.
This would make Half Marathon #9 for me! As I run each 13.1 mile race [this one ended up being 13.37, Oops] I enjoy the distance more and more. I’d love to run another full marathon again one day, but with a half marathon I feel like I can move on with my day and walk around the parks or do other tasks without too much soreness. The training, too, is much easier to fit into a busy schedule. With both races I learned to love the run/walk method, running in intervals of 2:1. I am also debating using that method for my next full!
What’s up next? The Best Damn Race 10k on February 1st, Gasparilla 5k on February 23, some more vacations, and then the Austin 10/20 race in April! BOOYA!!
Have you used intervals to run a half or full?
Do characters help distract you during a race and feel like a big kid!?
Check out my other 2014 WDW Race Weekend posts:
The Expo, Meetups + the #WDWRaceTweetUp
Inaugural WDW 10k