Check out the first bit of our trip. It was truly an incredible experience even if I did have to wake up at 3am. Since the race started at 5:30am and we had to be on the bus to get to the race start at 4am I had to wake up at 3am. This was by far the earliest I have ever had to wake up for a race! My costume came together and I was so pleased to be Minnie Mouse on race day. Minnie was of course the first Disney princess and my favorite as a girl. The conditions for race day were ideal. It was in the high 50s early in the morning then warmed up quickly. I was in the first half of the corrals so I finished before it got super hot thank goodness.
The course was incredible! There were fire works for each wave and Fairy Godmother even counted off the first three with her wand. I was also really impressed that every couple miles there were distractions. There were Disney characters scattered throughout the race course and bands as well. I still couldn’t believe how many runners were there. In total there were about 20,000 runners and about 1,000 in my corral.
I felt like from the beginning of the race I was struggling. For the first three miles I was dying and needed to pee so bad. I finally stopped when I saw a port a potty. I don’t think I have ever been so ready for a fake bathroom. My legs felt fresh from the beginning but early on my feet were hurting so bad. We did a lot of walking on the days leading up to the race and I wore the wrong shoes. The cute teal Nikes in the top pic, yeah I hate them. For some reason they hurt the arches of my feet something terrible. Those shoes hurt my feet so bad that my arches were swollen and literally were swollen so far out that you couldn’t tell where my arch ended and my heel started. The day before the race we broke down and bought a new pair of sneaks, but my feet were still working through it on race day.
I ended up having to take four short walk breaks during the race which is pretty unusual for me. I hated myself for it, but my feet were in so much pain. I also hated it not only that it slowed me down but my legs felt great so it was tough mentally. I didn’t run this race to hit a PR but I definitely didn’t intend to finish with a time of 2:51. I was disappointed in my time, but was happy to finish in the presence of so many women. At the end of the race I was happy to finish due to the pain in my arches and thankful for my sweet husband who was at the finish line.
There was something so surreal about running through the entrance as well as Cinderella’s Castle. The race starts and finishes at Epcot. I’ve heard that some folks complain about the elevation of the race, but I am still trying to wrap my head around that one. The course is incredibly flat, like a pancake. There are a couple places were you run and exit ramps from road, but I didn’t find them to be anything challenging at all. The Mr. was waiting for me at the finish with a smile and my drink. I thought about that pineapple juice with coconut water for the last 3 miles and it tasted so good!
I hate it that I didn’t get any pictures with any Disney princesses or characters, but there’s always next year. I have already talked my Mom and sister into doing this race in 2016 as a girl’s weekend. I think Disney’s post race box game is on point. They gave us a banana and this beautiful snack box. After the race I drank some coconut water, a bottle of water, and mixed the electrolyte powder with a vitamin powder in a bottle of water. It was humid so I wanted to make sure I was hydrated.
After the race I just wanted to get back to the room, take a shower and foam roll so that’s what we did. We took a little time and then headed to Epcot for some grub. I was mega hungry after the race and snacks were not cutting it. We chowed down hard. The Mr. was starving too because he woke up at 4am to head to the race viewing areas. Epcot was the perfect park to enjoy post race because it wasn’t too crowded and the food is way better here than anywhere else. We made our rounds and visited the countries, but I was honestly so tired from the race that we left pretty soon after eating. I hate that!