I know I’m among the last to post race recaps from the Dumbo. I guess I’ve been saving it for a day when I need to remember the good times of the trip (hence also saving the recaps of the Big Island and Maui). I’m just trying to savor the memories as much as possible.
I’ve kinda of hit a breaking point with a lot of aspects of my life right now. So, I need a reminder of the Happiest Place on Earth!
This was my first race in Disneyland and Doug’s first race period. OK, technically he had done that glow in the dark 5K in July, but believe me, that definitely does NOT count as a race.
So, for race day, we set not 1, not 2, but 3 alarms to go off at 4:45 (neither of us need a lot of prep time). We wanted to be safe since our bodies were still 3 hours behind, not ahead. But it was so nice getting to sleep that “late” for a race, such a total perk of being able to walk to the start line.
The costumes we saw before the race were amazing! They were all so great! I wish I had taken more pictures!
Unfortunately, getting in the corrals was much more chaotic than typical at a RunDisney event. Doug was definitely a little surprised and annoyed by it (he’s kinda OCD and already cranky about being up that early on vacation and then running lol). They had decided to the 5K right before the 10K. The 5K had a start time of 5:15am and the 10K had a start time of 6:00am. As a result, we couldn’t get into our corrals until pretty much 5-10 minutes before the start. We weren’t in corral A, so it was no biggie, but I definitely don’t think we started in the right corral…oh well!
Before we knew it, we were off
I was going to do a run/walk method for the 10K to try and rest my legs for the 1/2 the next day, but everything was against me. I had forgotten my Garmin. I had then decided I would maybe just try and gestimate it…run a song, walk till the chorus of a song, etc. Then I pressed play on my ipod (I have a Disney song playlist, includes songs from the theme parks and the movies) and the first song that was played? The song from the movie from the French pavilion in Epcot! That song is like 10 minutes long! I knew Doug wanted to run the whole thing (his first race and all) so, I figured what the hell, and I decided to run the whole thing too.
After the first 1-2 miles, we were in the parks, where we’d be until mile 6!
Because Doug wanted to run the whole thing (and the lines were kinda long) we didn’t stop to take any pictures, so these blurry shots were the best that I could do!
The beginning of the race was outside the parks, but the majority was in them, which was really nice. What wasn’t so nice? The heat and the humidity! I was promised NO HUMIDITY! Just saying…I was dying. It was like the NY summer weather was contagious. And it was brutal.
There was about 2.5 miles between a water stop (at one point) and it was unbearable to get to that point. As someone who always gets water at the stops I was dying in between. Between the heat, the humidity and the mouse ears not letting any of my body heat escape, I was in bad shape (and I wasn’t even running at my fastest!) I felt like I was going to be sick.
As we exited the parks we were almost there! A quick run through Downtown Disney and the finish line was in sight!
We did it! And I had to do everything to NOT throw up as soon as I crossed the finish line (sorry for the TMI). I have never felt that bad during a race/run and considering my pace, I still don’t even understand it entirely. Point is, Doug an I finished! We crossed the finish line together! His very first race! The farthest he’s run! Yay Doug!
Well, it wasn’t pretty…it was somewhat fun…but 6.2 done! Only 13.1 more to go!