My goodness there is so much to say about my first half marathon. I didn't know where to start so I let my favorite picture from the race inspire me..
This pic was taken by yours truly during the race between mile 5 & 6 while running through the castle. These little dudes with the trumpets (you can barely see them there on the second level) were playing as my cousin and I ran through Cinderella's castle wooing and yipping. Definitely one of the high points of the run. Possibly one of my all time favorite pictures <3
Now back to the beginning..
Here is Chrissy & I on the bus from our hotel to Epcot to start the race around 4:45 am.
This is Jamie from runningdivamom.blogspot.com! I trained by myself and don't have runner friends so it was lots of fun keeping up with her blog from across the country while anticipating the race. A few of us bloggers were supposed to meet at a designated place & time but due to crazy amounts of people and a never-ending bus line I wasn't able to make it in time. I said to Chrissy, my cousin, "let me know if you see a runner with a leopard headband and skirt" but I knew out of 13,000 people I probably wouldn't see her. My cousin and I had to check my bag and take the oh-so-glamorous port-o-potty break. While we were waiting in the potty line I spotted her! I said "Oh my gosh that's her!" I went over and said "Are you Jamie?!" and gave her a big hug when she confirmed. That really made my morning because I felt so bad about not making it to the meeting spot and didn't want her to think I stood her up! Anyway we got to chat on the way to our corrals and then....
(PS!--shout out to runzoerun.com and kbrunsdisney.blogspot.com for all their posts too. All of your experiences helped me be a better runner and do my first half marathon!)
...the suspense builds! Chrissy and I did some stretching in the FREEZING weather! But the walk from the pre-race area to the starting line was pretty long so that was a nice warm-up. The fairy godmother was there talking to us all before the race as we waited in our corrals. Cute!
^These lil feet had no clue what they were in for!^
The other waves went & then..WE'RE OFF! Chrissy took this picture of me during the awkward time period when your waiting to get across the start line.
^ I just loved the cute little story book setups they had at every mile. There were a lot of characters along the race which I thought were fun to look at but I wasn't about to stop and take pics. I really just wanted to focus on the race. I made the goal of running the first five miles without stopping. I figured that would get me in the Magic Kingdom and then I would walk a mile in there and enjoy the sites but no- I actually had the endurance to run the first 8 miles with my cousin!
Chrissy heading in to MK!
I adore these mid-race pics haha
Chrissy in Tomorrow land.
Me running toward the castle. :-D LOVE this picture so mucho.
Overall I am so glad to have accomplished my first 13.1 :) The last few miles were rough because so many people were on the sidelines cheering and I really wished my mom or dad were there cheering. If my dad was still alive I know he would have been there to spend this weekend with Chrissy and I. Heck! He probably would have run it because he was that amazing of a dad! When I was running in Epcot I got choked up and had to tell myself-- Self! You can't run if you can't breathe! Lol Stop crying!
Chrissy and I had a BLAST parkhopping all weekend. I love her dearly and was so happy to experience my first BIG race with her!
I recovered fairly quickly after hobbling around the Magic Kingdom, Hollywood studios and Epcot on Sunday. My achilles and that whole area was super sore but better by Thursday when I went out for a 6 miler. Since that run though my foot/ankleish area has been bothering me
There's something about the magic of running and Disney that formulates a fabulous combo.
I am addicted to 13.1 and can't wait for my next!