By 10 pm, we started moving out and headed toward the starting line. Along the way, we sang the national anthem and cheered as every corral ahead of us was called out. The best part about running at Disney is that every corral that goes out gets a nice fireworks display. However, for some reason, our corral didn't get one. We felt like the middle child!
By the time the gun went off for our corral to start, I had forgotten about the bagels and I had a surge of energy after eating an entire pack of Power Beans. Adrenaline kicked in. As soon as we got out of the gate, we run up the ramp to Osceola Parkway. This was our first time to run up a "hill" in a long time since most of our training runs are on flat roads. It was definitely a challenge. Ralph told me after the race that he started having hip pain at this time. Thank goodness it went away after a mile. They had some fire display in the pond next to the exit and boy was that hot. We then
|Showing off our medals!|
When we got back to Hollywood Studios' New York sound lot, we felt very excited. We knew that we were close to the finish line. We stopped for a photo op at this time. They say that when you run a half marathon, the final .1 is the longest distance. Well, when you run a 10-miler, the last mile is the longest! It seemed as though we made so many turns before we actually saw the finish line. The volunteers were screaming, "the finish is right around the corner". This was just mean when they knew that around the corner was about 6 more turns!!! Unlike at the Princess Half Marathon, this time Ralph and I crossed the finish line hand in hand! We posed for every cameraman man along the way to the finish. We had so much fun in these last few yards because we knew we were close to the end! We did it again - another fun run and another accomplishment for both of us!
|At the expo earlier in the day!|
We walked towards the volunteers who were handing out the medals and beelined towards the food and drinks tables. The walk to the bag check area felt like a "death" march! My feet were hurting and I could hardly walk anymore. We finally got our bags and I decided to remove my shoes, take off my compression socks and wear my flat slippers. Big mistake! I could hardly walk towards the bus and couldn't walk towards our hotel room. It felt better when I put my shoes back on!
I iced my knees and legs after we arrived in our hotel room and wore my full compression socks to sleep. We didn't get to bed till 3:00 am! Phew, what a long and tiring day! Although I was in pain after the race, this was still a fun race to have run. The on-course entertainment was great and the volunteers were awesome! This being a night race definitely posed some challenges and was a learning experience. Lessons for the next time? Make sure to take a long nap during the day, have plenty of time to eat a decent dinner and do not forget to eat a bagel on the way out the door! Oh and don't run on a new pair of shoes and insoles!
This was my 11th race in 2013! I have two more races to go and I will have accomplished my goal of running 13 races in 2013! I never imagined myself to have the will to stay on course to achieve this goal, but I have, and for that I am very happy! Thank you all for cheering me on!
Next race, Let's Get Moving 10K. This will be my first 10k race!
Our first time to visit Wide World of Sports
Inside the expo for packet pick up.
Our hotel building at Pop Century Resort!