Race: Disney Half Marathon
Distance: 13.1 Miles
Date: January 12, 2013, 5:30 am start time
Finish time: 2:19:57, 10:40 min/mile
What sets this race apart: Running through the Disney parks, character pictures, crowds.
|Crowded doesn't really cover it.|
We picked up our packets, all the girls realized our shirts were too big and made plans to stop by on Saturday afternoon when the released the Goofy shirts that hadn't been picked up. I was doing the Goofy Challenge, so I got three shirts in my packet, one for the half marathon, one for the full marathon and one for doing both. Here they are with some extra stuff...
|Three shirts, a button and shoelaces in the packet. Plus, an early preview of all three medals.|
|Posing sexy at the Expo entrance!|
|Oh, and we posed with Jeff Galloway|
If you are not an elite and in the first corral, plan to go VERY slow for the first two miles in a Disney race. It was wall-to-wall people. I'd intended to start slowish at an 11 min/mile pace, but it was impossible to even get to that pace, despite being in the corral assigned for those planning a sub2:30 half. It was actually slow enough that my ankle started to hurt from the clipped strides. I watched one runner yell at someone else that complained about the pace saying that "some people are here to have fun." I actually couldn't resist saying to the yellee, "maybe we just have different definitions of fun."
The downside of the slower start? Once I saw an opening after mile 2, I took it and tried to race ahead of the crowds. I had my watch displaying average pace and didn't realize until post race how fast I took miles 3 and 4. At which point, I got concerned that I sabotaged my marathon. Silly I know.
Then we came into the magic kingdom and the castle. It was still dark (my corral started at 5:56am), and the castle was all lit up. It was amazing. I had to pull over onto the sidewalk and have one of the volunteers take a picture of me in front of the castle.
|And yes, did I forget to mention I dressed as Minnie?|
And then the entire race course came to a complete halt. I mean. We stopped. Completely. There was a line for one of the pictures that was holding up the entire race. I finally pushed through on the side and got going. For the line, they were taking pictures of each runner running alone in front of the castle. Once I realized what the line was for, I kind of regretted not getting in the long line for a bit, but I was already past and kept going.
Mile 5 - 10:47
Mile 6 - 11:43
There were lines to take pictures with characters throughout the course, but most of the lines were long enough that I just didn't have the patience to wait. Even if it wasn't mid-race, I am not a fan of lines. I did manage to wait until the last mile to really just run without consciously holding back though! (I had to save something for Marathon day!)
Mile 7 - 10:44
Mile 8 -10:38
Mile 9 - 10:22
Mile 10 - 10:18
Mile 11 - 10:14
Mile 12 - 10:18
Mile 13 -9:36
Last 0.28 -8:15
|1 race down!|
|In fact, this lovely sign was EVERYWHERE.|
I called my Dad and Stepmom while waiting for friends, and got lots of words of encouragement from them. I'd had all my split times post to Facebook, they'd followed my progress that way, and were very proud. That was a great moment for the day.
|I know, the picture doesn't really show the necklace very well.|
The first race of the Goofy Challenge was DONE! One medal earned, the Donald.
|Me, Amanda and Laurie posing with our medals and our 20th Disney Marathon temporary tattoos.|