The plan was to make dinner the night before the race, I’ve been wanting to try a three cheese tortellini with lump crab meat (It’s my top choice at Amerigos!). Well, lucky me, I got a whole package of unopened four cheese ravioli in a hotel room earlier this week and then my lovely roomie, Nic, offered me her marinara sauce. So between a pricey 20 dollar meal and a FREE meal, you can guess which one I chose! The pasta was delicious though and the perfect thing before my race!
I’ve been working on my outfit for a few weeks now!
My tutu- $8 (Cast Connections- a Disney cast member discount store)
My crown- $2.50 (Cast Connections)
My purple top- $12 (Walmart)
My perfectly matched compression capris in purple- $33 (Nike Store)
My shoes- $140 (Newtons, they are wonderful!)
Apparently there was something like 20,000 people registered for this race, it seemed like a never-ending slew of people constantly filing into their placement letter. At the start of each section of the race, they had fireworks, it was really great!
Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures during the race, I just wanted to get to the finish line, and when you’re running a race by yourself, it’s not as fun to stop and get your picture taken haha. The race went VERY well (A lot better than the MS Blues, read about that here). I started off pacing myself really well, no pain at all. I started feeling pain around mile 7 or 8, but not as bad as my last race. When I got to mile 10, I was in one of those “Wow, I actually just ran 10 miles” kind of moods! At the last mile or two, I was booking it, I was pushing as hard as I could because I knew I was soo close. I remember at the MS Blues, the last 5 miles were the worst, it was horrible! This race was so much better!!
I’m a finisher!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t have any family at the race, and Nick was unable to come to the race, and none of my roommates were able to make it due to work, so I was solo on this one. Disney did this awesome thing where friends and family could sign up to get text and e-mail alerts during your race to stay updated, so my dad, Nick, and a friend from work all signed up for that and kept up with me throughout the race. Even though I didn’t have anybody there in person, I had a lot of people there in spirit- and that meant so much! I had to ask a volunteer to take my finisher picture because I didn’t have anyone else to do it!
The good stuff
We got lots of goodies after the race
Crackers and Hummus (my new favorite snack!)
Yeah, I already devoured that!
The prized possession
Some lessons learned
1. At MS Blues, I didn’t wear compressions, I wore running shorts, and I had the worst chaffing ever! I learned from that and wore compressions this time and I swear it made a WORLD of difference!
2. At MS Blues, I didn’t take a pack with me to hold my water and snacks, I did for Disney and it made a huge difference with time, I didn’t stop at a single water stop because I had my own with me.
3. Research your race first! At MS Blues, it was the hilliest race you could probably go on and that wore me out quicker than the actual race, this time the only hills I encountered were going up circular ramps to get on another road, I was much better prepared for this race on the simple fact that there weren’t so many hills.
My goal was 2:30
My time was….