Saturday morning we were up bright and early and it was freezing. I am so happy that I packed an Under Armor heat gear zip up before we left and I even packed extra mylar blankets with me (best move ever!). Between those two items I was able to stay decently warm (but not particularly happy at 4 am...). We were staying at the Grand Floridian so rather than taking the buses we took the monorail to Epcot. I have to say this made a world of difference. There was no long line to wait in, we were quickly dropped off and I bet we could have even left 15-20 minutes later and made it with plenty o time to spare.
Once we were at Epcot we walked to the start line and found our corrals. I think runDisney should consider counting that two mile walk (okay, it might not actually be that far but it's a decent distance!) towards overall mileage for the day.
I was in Corral M and my family was in Corral P, we said our goodbyes and good-lucks and went our separate ways. Because it was so cold and I wanted to save my legs, I did a little stretching and sat for most of the time in the corral until the race began and it was time to start moving up.
I love the anticipation as you move closer to the start line and I love the sendoff runDisney gives every corral. It makes everyone feel like a rock star at the start and I love that!
Miles 1-3 were relatively uneventful. It was dark but I was familiar with the course and I took my time, stayed to the right and felt great. I always love running through the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. The sun is always rising so the sky isn't pitch black and it makes a great picture.
I always gain momentum once I pass through the Transportation and Ticket Center. I love seeing the crowds and as we approach the Magic Kingdom, I look forward to seeing my family and running through the castle, of course!
Once I reached the Magic Kingdom the sun was up but it was still cold! My hands were freezing so my husband handed me some gloves (they were a big help). I stopped to say hi to my family, took a few pictures and before I knew it, I was at the 10K mark! I have to say, I was surprised at the lack of characters inside of the Magic Kingdom! I was really disappointed that Mickey and Minnie weren't outside the castle. I wasn't sure how much longer I was going to be able to continue so I stopped and waited 12 minutes for a picture with Cinderella. Looking back, it was a good move to stop and catch my breath, take a break and score a picture! I was really excited when I hit the 10K mark as that was my original goal. Anything past mile 6 was a bonus in my book for this race.
After I had passed the last medical tent and mile marker 12, I knew I was going to make it...I had to finish, look how far I came! Reaching that milestone was the momentum I needed to push me over the finish line. Running (err..walking) through EPCOT with all of the people cheering was a great moment. I stopped for some of my favorite pictures along the way and savored every minute of that last mile.
Of course I had to run across the finish line. My family (who had already finished) were cheering in the stands and it was so much fun to see them as I crossed the finish line. I had a lot of momentum but had to stop dead in my tracks when I spotted this guy for a picture! Usually, race officials won't let you take a picture with Mickey (at least that's been my experience with Mickey pics at the finish line) but this time there was someone there to snap a pic...score!
I was absolutely thrilled when I finished and received my medal. I honestly didn't think I was going to finish. It wasn't easy but it wasn't awful and I'm so proud of myself for not giving up. I'm also proud of my brothers and soon-to-be sister in law (who ran with a fractured foot!) for finishing as well!
It was a great race and one that I definitely won't forget. I'm not sure if I would run a half marathon again during pregnancy but it gives me confidence knowing that if I wanted to and I set my mind to it, I can accomplish difficult things. Another great runDisney race weekend in the books!
Question: Did you run a race during the 2015 runDisney WDW Marathon weekend? How was it?! Have you gone into a race unprepared? Ever run a half marathon pregnant?