So, I had a kind of whirlwind tour of Walt Disney World last week when I went down for the half marathon. I got in late on Wednesday night after way too many delays and flight changes. The first thing I did after going to bed was hit the expo to get these puppies…
These are the official runDisney Minnie Mouse running shoes. How cool are they??? I found out about them from a runDisney tweet on Wednesday night while sitting at the airport and I knew I wanted them. I also knew they would sell out fast and boy did they! They were already running out of a few sizes by the time I got there at 10 AM on Thursday. Hot cakes! The greatest thing about these shoes is that they are New Balance model 860 which is already the running shoe I’ve been wearing for years. Hell yes!!
I also found my name on the big wall of tiny names of everyone running the race. My name was on the crack
After that my friend and I hit Magic Kingdom for the day and had a good time. On Friday we started the day at Hollywood Studios to go on the best two rides there (Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster) and then went to Epcot. In the afternoon we met our friend Katie at the Packet Pickup and hit up the rest of the expo. I bought an awesome Minnie Mouse 13.1 Sweaty Band (seen in a picture below) and of course, a pint glass. I have a pint glass from every half marathon I’ve done and this one is pretty sweet! Donald Duck always reminds me a little of my Dad because I remember him making Donald Duck sounds/voices when I was little
Now on to the actual race. I had to be on a bus by about 3:30 in the morning to get to the start corrals on time. That means getting up at 2:30 AM. Holy crap. Luckily Friday night was totally out of character for me and I was able to go to bed at around 8:30 PM so I actually got decent sleep.
Time for a confession: I did a terrible job preparing for this half marathon. Actually, I really didn’t prepare. And that was a HUGE mistake that I will NEVER make again. Mark my words. I have learned my lesson! But obviously my only goal this race was to finish and even that seemed like a long shot. Disney enforces a strict 16 minute/mile pace and hitting that with a walk/run strategy seemed like a long shot. For some reason I’ve always been a slow walker.
I started off the race with a jog 5, walk 1 plan. I was able to keep that up for about 8.5 miles. After that it went to jog 5/walk 2, then 4/1, then 4/2. Basically I fell apart. Not at all surprising when my long run was… well, yeah…
Anyhoo! The important thing is that, even with a significant amount of walking in the last 3.1 miles, I crossed the finish line and got my awesome Donald Duck medal.
After the race my friends and I went to my absolute favorite restaurant down there, Raglan Road. It is an Irish pub and restaurant with amazing food. Seriously. The smoked haddock and Dubliner cheese dip appetizer is worth the flight to Florida all on its own.
After the race I spent a day with my 2nd cousins and a day with my friend Katie on the beach near Tampa. It was wonderful. Then today I flew home and had to sprint across the Atlanta airport to catch my flight. That’s when I learned how incredibly NOT recovered my poor, sad, sore legs are. Looks like I’ll be giving them at least until the weekend before I’m doing much!
At least I have all my cool swag and memories from my 2nd Disney race!