Princess Half Marathon Weekend Wrapup

Some final thoughts from our race weekend.

First, thanks very much to the volunteers!  Everyone we ran into was very pleasant and helpful.

I thought that the 10K course was not as nice as the one we ran in DL.  In that race we ran for about two miles outside of DL and then ran the rest of the race inside both of the parks with a finish through DTD.  Of course, a lot of this is areas I was not familiar with as it was my first trip to DL and had only been in one park the day before.

For the Enchanted 10K, we spent the first 3.5 miles in parking lots and on roadways.  And even then, we only spent .75 miles running through World Showcase and then we were out of the park. Once we we got back to the park to run around the ball, we only spent about a half of a mile before we were back out to the parking lot. The corralling system was better at Epcot vs. DL, however.

The half marathon course was the standard half marathon course at WDW. It was the same as the Donald that we ran at  marathon weekend for Goofy.  However, it does seem that runDisney has learned some lessons with the corralling.  The corrals were much smaller which made for a more efficient run.

I was interested in running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon since it was a different course.  But, since we were running the Tower of Terror 10 Miler the month before & it sold out in a day, we won’t be doing it this year.

The shirts were actually the most usable ones we have gotten for a runDisney race so far.  The other ones we have gotten have so much paint on them due to the silk screening processes that they are unusable for actual running.   These are light with minimal paint.

This was our first time staying at a monorail resort.  Traveling by monorail was much more convenient to the start of the race than stressing out in the buses.  If we do marathon weekend in January, I will certainly attempt to get a room on the monorail just to avoid all the other madness.

08. March 2014 by TheBald
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Glass Slipper Challenge – Princess Half Marathon

Princess Half Marathon Map - Courtesy of runDisney

Another day, another race. Transportation for the half marathon started half an hour earlier than the 10k did. There were about 9.5 thousand runners for the 10k. Conversely, there were 25 thousand runners for the Princess Half Marathon. We set the alarm for 2:00 to get on the 3:00 monorail. I actually slept that night, well if you call getting up at 2:00 AM with my alarm as sleeping. I think the 10k took something out of me.

Different race, same routine.  We set everything out the night before and were on the 3:00 AM monorail. For this race, I was wearing new balance (no not the Disney shoes) 1400 v2s based on a recommendation from Pete at runblogger.com.

This course is the normal half marathon course at Disney World. We got through bag check and then waited in the holding area until they let us through to walk to the start. The walk is a very slow half mile or more walk to the corrals. We took a left to head to the front corrals. Once we got there we noticed a part of the highway that was free. We were alredy being passed by two women who looked like twin runners warming up.

Half Marathon Warmup

Half Marathon Warmup

We started warming up by running back and forth along the corrals. About 20 plus people started warming up with us. After our warm up, The Blonde headed towards a corral with the elite women. I headed towards the D corral. Yes, the D corral. I screwed up my entry and put down a realistic finishing time, but a bad supporting time.  I figured that runDisney would realize that it was a hot half time based on Goofy and I had ran a full the next day.  Unfortunately, they did not see it that way. I was not able to talk my way up to B corral.

Since this was the Princess Half Marathon geared towards women I was not eligible for any awards as a male. And since I was in D corral and my right calf was still bothering me from my charlie horse the day before, I was not sure how hard I was going to run the race. I was tempted to just treat it like a decent training run and stop and take some pictures, etc.

The only problem with that plan was that we had signed up as a coed team, which was eligible for an award. I did not want to let down the team. And Caleb had already called us out on the Internet for competing in it. I figured I would see how it goes.

I got into D corral and made my way to the front. I was one layer back as I did not want to shove any women out of the way since this was their race. We waited patiently for the race to begin. Meanwhile they were were trying to get people to dance and showing emotional videos making everyone cry.  Finally, after a long time of waiting, it was time to start.

First went the wheelchair athletes. Then the runners were off with A corral and The Blonde. I wasn’t keeping track of how long it was between the corrals to be released. My final time seemed to be seven minutes off of clock time so maybe a minute and a half between corrals?

Finally, D corral was up. I was right behind two women. We got the release and the fireworks and we were off. I waited until there was a little bit of separation and I darted ahead. Again, it was very odd as I was basically running by myself. A couple of people from D corral started fast as well, but I dropped them pretty shortly.

Within half a mile I had reached the end of C corral.  There were already some Gallowalkers going. It had been mentioned that runDisney had started implementing smaller corrals. That certainly seemed the case as there was not a whole lot of congestion. I only had to get on the grass once in the first three miles. I did try to stay on the left side and just passed people. It was certainly lighter from when we ran Goofy the year before and we were fighting the crowds.

I think by mile four I passing people from B corral. By mile five, I was probably hitting A corral runners. We did the dip under the canal between Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon. I hopped up on the sidewalk for that section. We were getting close to the Magic Kingdom. We turned in past the bus entrance and headed in right before Main Street.  I was expecting a mental boost at this point seeing the castle and hearing all of the crowds. For some reason, it just never clicked on.

As I was running through Fantasy Land, I passed the 1:50 pacers who were in the A corral. I figured as long as I was ahead of them, I was going to do ok. I was not destined for a PR today based on the level of effort from the previous day or even close to my original goal time, but I had decided that I still wanted to do well.

As I was getting ready to go through the castle, I was cut off by a woman who stopped to take a picture. She apologized which I appreciated greatly. As I was running through the castle the woman in front of me kept weaving for the cameras and almost ran into me.  We ran out of Frontier Land and hit the water stop. I think that this is when I started pouring water over my head to cool off.

Princess Half Marathon Map - Courtesy of runDisney

Princess Half Marathon Map – Courtesy of runDisney

I hit the road to go back South towards Epcot. This is one of the dull parts of the race course. We were staying at the Grand Floridian and when I was running past that I was thinking it would be nice to stop there. But I soldiered on. I kept on past Shades of Green and the golf courses. I then hit the pirate ship again and watched the group of runners still within their first few miles as I was wrapping up the last quarter of my race.

I hit 10 miles which is where I was supposed to kick up the pace. It was not happening for me today. This is also where I was passed for the first time. However, I did not feel too horrible about it as I had passed him several miles beforehand and he looked about half my age and weight. I was passed by one woman a bit later, but I passed her back up later.

I could tell that the heat was getting to me as every time I poured water on myself my pace picked up. Unfortunately, it was brief relief. My right hamstring was tweaking a bit on and off throughout the race. I did a stutter step through a water stop and irritated it further. Fortunately, my calf was not bothering me while I was running.

I hit the overpass with the camber that I hate. I should have known it was coming up as the green army man was standing there shouting at everyone. I had enough energy to throw him a salute and plow up the bridge. I was not going to stop and do push-ups for him.

At the end of the overpass heading towards Epcot is a u turn. I was wondering if I would see the blonde. I did not. So, I figured she was having a decent race as we were about two miles from the finish.  I headed into Epcot and hit the last water stop. Not much left at this point. I believe it was less than a mile from the finish line. I managed to pick it up at this point. I headed past the fountain and towards the World Showcase to do the u-turn. It was at this point I saw The Blonde. She was about 800 meters in front of me. I shouted her name, but I got no response, so I ignored it and kept on running.

I did my u-turn and headed towards the ball.  Once I got past the ball, I gave it everything I had and started picking people off.  At that point I hit the bandstand area where the spectators were. I heard a couple of shouts of encouragement about great kick, which just pushed me a little bit further. I finally hit the finish line. My finish photo says it all. I look like absolute crap. I tried to raise my arms in celebration and I have three angles of me looking like I am trying to fly. No pictures with my arms over my head, just at chest hight. Shortly after I crossed the finish line, The Blonde came flying into me and practically tackled me. We both agreed that the race was tough.

We did the usual grab liquids, take pictures, and get some snacks. I got some bio freeze for my hamstring and sat for a bit. I did learn my lesson and did not kick off my shoes, but untied them and gently removed them.  We also went directly to the monorail.  We did not pass Go.

Our cumulative time put us into second place for coed placing. We were pretty happy with that result. First and third were anchored by men who placed in the top ten with much slower time for the women on their team.

I saw that the overall winner, who was female, won with a 1:11 time. Knowing that is pretty darn fast for a female, I figured she was someone elite.  So, I did some research on her.  It turns out she is a three time olympian from New Zealand sponsored by New Balance. She is considered one of the best female half marathon runners in the world with a PR of 1:07:11 which is the fasted female half marathon on US soil. She set the course record. I read an article where she said that the heat and humidity affected her, so I don’t feel so horrible. Oh, and those two women who were warming up at the beginning of the race, they were teammates who ran cross country at Clemson.  They came in second and third female overall.

As a male, I officially don’t in the numbers, but that won’t stop me from calculating them up.  I was 22nd male, third in my age group, 62nd overall with a total time of 1:40:08.  The Blonde placed 102nd female, 23rd in her age group, and 142nd overall with a total time of 1:45:46.

Apparently, I did not run the vectors very well on this race.  Strava gave me a best half marathon effort of 1:38:47.

Strava Awards

Strava Awards

 

03. March 2014 by TheBald
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Glass Slipper Challenge – Enchanted 10K

We did our shakeout run the day before. It was hot and steamy. Quite frankly it gave me pause on some of my goals for the weekend. We ended up running around our resort and the Polynesian. We finally found an area to do our strides in, the bus parking lot at the ticket and transportation center.

Based on our experience with marathon weekend, we figured we would get on the earlier monorails. Since the first monorail started running at 3:30 am, we set the alarm for 2:30 am. As we are good runners and had all of our stuff for the race laid out the night before, were we good to go.  I really didn’t get much sleep that night per normal. We got to the Grand Floridian monorail stop pretty much right at 3:30AM. The ride over to Epcot was pretty uneventful. It took about 30 minutes total between the stops and the train change.

10Kwarmup

10k Warmup

After we got to Epcot we walked over to the race area through the parking lots. My guess was that it was around half a mile. We quickly went through bag check and got to the start finish area. We made our way to the end since that is where A corral was and there were no people. About an hour before start time we started our warm ups. We basically ran two miles in a short little loop between the corrals and the port a potties. We also had some strides and skipping.

We were then told to start getting into the corrals. I wanted to make sure to get to the front to avoid the crowds. Caleb had given us some advice about dealing with the crowds and I was hoping I wouldn’t have to use them.  I figured that the corrals were going to leave from the back corner and that they were going to walk us along the back, so we headed back there. Fortunately, I guessed correctly. The gates opened and we walked over to the start.

The walk was short but interesting. We walked past all of the other corrals. All of the other runners cheered us on as we went past them. I felt a bit like a rock star.

They lined us up for the start. Here we got the national anthem. It was an excellent rendition by a trumpet player. Having played in grade school, I could appreciate how difficult the version he played was. After that we had the fairy godmother come out to start the race. The actress playing her was quite good.

I think I was about four or five rows back from the front. We got the countdown and then the fireworks and we were off! The course runs out of the parking lots and turns left onto the highway. I was trying to figure out my strategy on positioning, but I really didn’t need to worry. By the time the first turn came up, the course had opened up.

I couldn’t figure out how many people were in front of me. I ended up passing a group of people talking about one of the runners in front. Apparently he wears the same Minnie Mouse costume to all races, which are mostly Disney by looking at his athlinks profile. At this point we went under a overpass and Elsa was on top waving to everyone. Snow was falling off the bridge. Quite frankly, this the only character I remember as it was early in the race. I think it was around .75 miles into the race.

Enchanted10k

Enchanted 10K Map – Courtesy of RunDisney

After the first mile, we did a u-turn and swung up on a overpass. I had seen a couple of the more elite runners on the bridge already. I figured that there couldn’t be more than 20 in front of me. I attacked the hill and moved up. Coming down the hill I was passed by one woman. The rest of the race was basically myself, her, and one other guy running within 50 yards of each other.

I ran for a bit on empty highway and hit the half way point. My 5k split was 20:52. I started heading to the back of Epcot to run around World Showcase. I was really having difficulty maintaining my goal 10k pace, so I ended up dropping to half marathon pace. The heat and humidity were getting to me. I finally hit World Showcase which was around the 3.5 mile mark.

I ran around World Showcase.  There were some cast members cheering us on and a water station.  I grabbed a bit of water and kept moving on. I exited through the back entrance between France and England. I then did the loop around the Boardwalk, over to the Yacht Club, and past the Beach Club. I always hate running the Boardwalk. The boards are always loud over there and it makes me feel like I a running super heavy. Tread lightly, I am not.

I was keeping my running “partners” in view, but I was feeling myself slip. I had to keep reminding myself that I only had a mile and a half to go.  I ran past the backside of Epcot and headed towards the ball. I think we ran past Innoventions, but I really wasn’t paying attention. At this point I started to close on people. I finally passed the other guy in our threesome.

I made the last turn towards the finish line and was ready to catch up with the woman in front of me. I gave it the last bit that I had. Right at the end, I thought I had a chance to pass her. As we went over the timing mats they use to call out names, I heard that she was the third place female. Crap, I thought to myself.  I pulled up and over a little bit as people were rushing over to her.

I gave some fist bumps to a couple of guys that came in behind me. I am not sure what happened, but somehow my voice dropped an octave as I congratulated them. All I could think of was I had to find a bathroom. I was so soaked, I could have probably peed my shorts and no one would have noticed.

I got my picture taken, got my medal, liquids, and snacks.  And then I just wondered for a while. After a bit, I ran into The Blonde. We went back and got our picture together. We also had them take a picture of our backs, which had our team name for the half the next day.

Two negative things happened after the race. The first was that I got a massive charlie horse in my right calf from kicking off my shoes. Really??? The Blonde was nice enough to go get me some ice while I tried to stretch it out.

The second was our bus driver ended up being an idiot and didn’t go to our hotel. Even though his sign said so and the guy checking people on asked if we were going to one of the three hotels on the sign. We ended up all the way back at Epcot! We got off the bus and walked over to the monorail and took that back to the Ticket & Transportation Center and walked back to our hotel. It took us twice as long to get to our hotel as it did to run the race!

While, I was not able to maintain my goal pace, relatively speaking I did alright. I did have a PR of 42:11 and Strava ended up giving me a bunch of first place overall efforts for my personal times. I ended up placing third in my age group and 17th overall. I did need a bit of luck for that to happen. The overall winner was a fifty year old local male. That freed up the masters spot. The first place in my age group got the masters award which bumped me from fourth to third. The Blonde ended up placing second in her age group with a PR of 45:32. She was 38th overall. There were about 9000 finishers overall. We will have photos up of the placement awards once they mail them out.

A couple of other notes: I am not used to being at the front of the pack of a race. So it was a different experience not watching runners in front of me. I looked up the third place female winner. It turns out she is 13 years younger than me, owns her high school records in the 400 & 800, ran cross country for Xavier, and lives in the area. This overweight, no talent, 1.5 years of running experience (with injuries), masters runner from the North will take that result against that competition.

01. March 2014 by TheBald
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Prairie Fire Half Marathon

The Blonde talked me into doing the Prairie Fire Half Marathon.  It is her hometown race.  We ended up signing up for it while we were still at Disneyland.

After doing Disney races, it was a big switch to go to a local race.  We were able to walk right into the expo and pick up our packet.  Which was quite a change from the hour wait that we had at DL.

We got to the race pretty early as we were unsure of how the traffic was going to be.  We probably got there a bit early.  We sat in the car for a while and then headed over to the race start a couple of blocks away.  At this point we started to do our warm ups.  My time in downtown Wichita is limited at best.  I never realized what a nice river front there was down there.  We ended up running for 20 mins or so at a slow pace with some strides sprinkled in.

A bit later they started calling all of the runners to the start.  The Blonde wanted to start near the front.  We ended up a little too close to the front in my opinion, but that was ok.  We ended up standing right next to the woman who set the state record in the half that day.

My training had not been going as well as I had liked.  The plan at that point was to help pace The Blonde for the race.  Coach Caleb gave us the instructions again of the half being a gradually increasing casual run with a 5k at the end.

We started off running along the river and then turning through downtown.  We were getting passed quite a bit, which is different from our normal race positioning.  However, we did start off a bit faster than planned due to our positioning and being surrounded by faster runners.  The first three miles were a pretty straight stretch with a slight incline.  The pace for the first three miles were 7:37, 7:53, and 7:51.

Mile four peeled off of the main road and into a neighborhood. At this point the course started curving a bit and going uphill.  The neighborhood was pretty nice. Miles four and five was through these neighborhoods. The pace for miles four and five and 7:47 and 7:38.

Mile six is where the course took a turn and headed back to the downtown area.  At this point, the marathoners broke away from us.  The course was still heading a bit uphill.  The pace for mile six was 7:47.

Miles seven, eight, and nine were pretty much straight back West. There were some gorgeous houses on this part of the route.  Some older houses and some ginormous houses. Mile eight was all downhill. While I had packed some fuel, I left it at the in laws.  Fortunately, The Blonde had a bit of Tootsie Rolls.  So, we split this at mile eight.  I think it was more psychological at this point, but it was a bit of sugar.  The pace for miles seven, eight, and nine were 7:44, 7:34, and 7:38.

Mile 10 was a bit rough.  The problem was that we turned away from downtown.  So, mentally it was tough.  It was also tough because I knew how tough it was going to be starting at mile 11.  I really did not have much of a drop off at this point per my watch because I took off when my watch hit mile 11 vs. the course.  We were able to run pretty close to the marked course due to not having a lot of people. However, we certainly had a bit of extra distance compared to the marked course. The pace was 7:39.

Miles 11, 12, and 13 were the hard part.  I had been pacing The Blonde up until this point, but I figured I would push it here.  So, I took off at a pretty decent pace.  Since I was not familiar with the area, I really had no sense of where I was.  I was just going by my watch of the distance.  Mile 11 headed back downtown. Around mile 12 there was a DJ blasting “Eye of the Tiger”.  I know it is cheesy, but it is hard not getting pumped with that song blasting.  Mile 12 curved around the river and mile 13 came back along the river.  At this point the route merged with the 5k route.

It was here that I started to pick people off.  There were not a whole lot of people in front of me at this point.  I picked off a group a four runners.  There were also a couple individual runners at this point I also picked off.  However, for most of mile 13 I had no one immediately in front of me. Unfortunately, this entire mile was into the wind as well.  Again, I wanted to stop and take a break, but I knew that I only had a bit more to go.  The pace for miles 11, 12, and 13 were 7:01, 7:06, and 7:02.

The last official .1 miles (.2 miles by the watch) was across the bridge over the river and curved in the finish.  Here is where the bulk of people cheering were.  At this point I knew I had a chance to break 1:40. I picked it up again and gave it what I had left.  My pace for the last .2 miles was 6:26.

The weather was pretty much perfect for us.  It was sunny yet cool.  I wore my new #teamwickedbonkproof team shirt with arm warmers.  My official time was 1:39:34.  That was good for 9th in my age group, 79th for gender, and 97th overall.  The Blonde came in with an official time of 1:40:31 doing much better than she thought.  That was good for 5th in her age group, 21st in her gender, and 108th overall.  Both of those times are PRs for us.

As I mentioned earlier, we were next to the female finisher at the start who set a state record.  She finished in 1:14:34.  The male finisher also set a state record. He had a time of 1:06:50.  We hung around for the marathon finisher as they were hoping he would also set a state record.  Unfortunately, he did not accomplish that, but it was still a super quick time. He ended up with a 2:23:11 time.

 

08. November 2013 by TheBald
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Disney Dumbo Double Dare – Half Marathon

Ok, I figured I need to get this written up before I forget everything about this race.  Since I have already forgotten some, this will probably be somewhat short.

A couple of things of note.  One, my chip failed to register as I crossed the start.  So, my “official” time vs. my time of my GPS is off by two seconds.  Not a big deal since I was not eligible for any prizes.  However, I do have my pride.

Two, this is the first time I trained to race a half marathon.  My first and second half marathons were training races for Goofy.  My third half marathon was a survival race, The Donald as part of Goofy.  In fact, my half marathon PR was 1:53:44 from my first half.

Third, we went to the parks after the 10k the previous day.  We tried to take it easy.  However, the heat was definitely affecting us and we called it a day at 2:00 in the afternoon.  I could already feel my throat getting dry.  So we hightailed it back to the hotel room to rehydrate.  We walked past the 7-11 (which became very popular with us over the course of the weekend) and picked up some water, sports drinks, and a giant diet slurpee.

DL Half Marathon Map

We woke up a bit earlier on Sunday knowing the routine from the previous day.  We got our gear ready and headed over to the start area.  Per Caleb’s instructions, we tried to warm up on our way over.  We were a little smarter this morning and did our lunges and leg swings in the hotel room.  My guess was that there were a lot more people running the half vs. the 10k as we ran into many people in our hotel.

We followed the crowd over to the start.  They changed the route vs. the previous day, which was a little confusing, but we were just cattle following the people in front of us.  We did decide to do bag check this day and got quickly checked in.  Then we stopped off at the lovely blue boxes.  The lines were not too bad.  Then we headed out to the street to wait for the release to the corrals.

The wait was getting a bit frustrating, but it was not as bad as the 10k.  Finally we got the go ahead to head over to the corrals.  We made our way to corral A.  We stopped about halfway through the corral to warm up a bit more.  We were soon surrounded as the corral filled up.  Somehow some people got into the corral that should not have been there.

A few minutes of waiting around and listening to the preshow, we were finally ready.  They brought someone out to sing the National Anthem.  At the rockets red glare, we got some low, silent, red fireworks.  Oh yeah, Disneyland is in the middle of a residential area vs. swamp land like Walt Disney World.

The chairs were off shortly after that and we moved forward for our corral.  Finally we got the go and we were off.  We were still in the middle of the corral, so it was pretty congested going forward.

Caleb told us to think of the half as two races.  The first part was a 10 mile “moderate run” followed by a 5k.  We were to slowly build through the 10 miles and then kick it into high gear.  Given the heat and the fact that I gave it all my the day before, I did not know what the expect for the day.  However, I was certainly going to give it what I had.

The first mile took us South and around Disneyland.  As I said, it was pretty congested and we were slow going.  We were at 8:59 which was a mile behind pace.  Uh oh!

The second, third, and fourth mile ran through both parks of Disneyland.  I actually recognized some stuff since we had done the run the day before plus we had hung out for several hours in DCA.  I don’t remember much that was different.  However, Worlds of Color was all lit up, which was pretty to look at.  This was especially true since it was still darkish when we went through that area.  These miles were a bit quicker. Mile two was 8:30 and mile three was 8:18.  Mile four was 8:16. So, we were speeding up a bit, but still behind pace. I knew it was going to open up once we hit the streets of Anaheim.

Mile five took us out to Ball Road.  This was a pretty wide open road.  This was also where the only significant elevation was.  We had to climb an overpass.  The Blonde took up pretty quickly over the overpass and I followed her up.  She told me she was trying to power up the hill.  We then came back down.  Our pace was at 7:57, so we were sitting right where we wanted to be.

Mile six had a couple of turns.  This is where the bands and cheerleaders, etc. started to show up.  It is always nice to have people cheering you on.  Around this mile I had the feeling that I had to pee.  I had been taking liquids at all of the stations with a bit of sports drink.  Part of why I was drinking was to fight the feeling of dehydration I had had.  Apparently, I had taken too much.  So, I resolved to scale back on my intake and start pouring it on my head to keep cool.  The pace for mile six was 8:03.  We took some fuel around this time, a couple of blocks and some sour gummies.

Mile seven is where the classic cars started to show up, I think.  I really enjoy this because it is a welcome distraction to view these machines which are treated so well.  At first I believe it was a hodge podge of cars.  Then the clubs started to show up.  The mustang club was particularly strong.  There was a group of classic mustangs followed by a group of new mustangs.  Then came a group of corvettes and then some more mixed cars. This took us to the Honda Center’s parking lot. As we headed towards Angel’s Stadium, we ran on a gravel trail next to a canal.  Mile seven’s pace was 7:55.  Mile eight’s pace was 8:01.  Mile nine’s pace was 7:47.  See, I said the cars were distracting.

Mile 10 took us from the stadium’s parking lot, around the stadium and back out again.  There were lots of people cheering in the stadium and the adrenaline kicked in for me.  There is a mat to cross so the announcer can call out the names of the runner.  He actually got mine correct, so I was feeling pretty good!  We headed out back to the streets of Anaheim.  Mile 10’s pace was 7:45.

Mile 11 is where it was time to kick it up a notch.  Here is where it got serious.  I decided to go up a bit but not too hard.  I didn’t want to burn out this close to the finish line.  My pace here was 7:32.  I was feeling pretty good.

Mile 12 I ended up slowing down a bit.  The pace was feeling a bit heavy at this point. I ended up dropping down to 7:37.  At this point I was just counting down.  I found myself checking my watch over and over for some reason.  Again, there were lots of school groups out on the course which was nice.  I gave some kids a high five as I ran past them.  Ahh, to be young and have that much energy.

I hit the start of mile 13 and pretty gave it what I had knowing I had to last a little over a mile.  I think I grabbed a water and poured it all over me and sipped a bit of sports drink.  I wanted to stop so bad, but I had to keep telling myself, this is what you trained for.  There is no quitting now! My pace for this mile was my fastest of the day.  I was at 7:12.  I was kind of confused as I headed towards the finish line as I expected it to be the same as the previous day, but it was not.  We did not go through Downtown Disney, but rather headed over towards the hotels to run up that area.

Right before mile 13 ended was the final turn towards the finish.  I knew we were close at this point because I was recognizing the buildings and because my watch said so.  I gave it all I had at this point, which was not much.  This was pretty much the hardest I had ever run.  I finished the last .2 miles with a 6:42 pace.  My unofficial race time per my garmin was 1:45:36.  My goal was sub 1:45, so I was 36 seconds off of where I wanted to be.  But given the race the day before and the heat, I would take it.

I crossed the finish line and just stopped.  The Blonde was 12 seconds behind me so she caught up to me and we had some photos taken.  We got our medals and our wrist bands clipped off.  We headed up to the finish area and got some liquids and fuel. I also made for a beeline for the zero wait at the blue boxes.

After we collected our bags and changed out of shoes, The Blonde noticed a free massage area.  Since we were pretty close to the front of the race, there was a zero wait time.  So, I got a 10 minute rubdown of my legs, which helped greatly with walking around the parks later that day.

DL 1/2 Times

All in all it was a good race.  I improved my PR by 7:08, so I was pretty happy with that.  Two PRs in one weekend. I also ended up with three more medals for a total of four medals for the weekend. One was the 10k, the second was the half, the third was Dumbo for completing both, and the fourth was Coast to Coast saying we give Disney way too much of our money!

 

Strava Results for DL 1/2

29. September 2013 by TheBald
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