Fast forward to February 22nd and it was race morning! I woke early, before my scheduled alarm of 3:00AM and quickly got dressed, ate and got ready for the bus ride to Epcot.
Sorry I am so hopeless at taking a "selfie." Let's just say that my age has prevented me from having the crack computer and cell phone skills of the younger generation(s). Back to race morning, I texted Karen and planned to meet her at the bus stop. However, when I arrived there at 3:25, one bus was leaving and another was already loading. I took that bus and met Karen and some other friends shortly after arriving
|Brandi and her mom Karen and the other Karen below!|
After a quick chat with these girls, I made my way over to my starting corral. Soon, Lisa found me in the corral and she kept me company until it was time to start. She was not feeling well and planned to run near the pace I was hoping for that day. Soon enough it was time for the race to begin and we said our goodbyes and wished each other a great race.
The first few miles of the 10k course are, well, boring. You are out on roads with sparse entertainment so the miles tick by fairly slowly. Fortunately, Lisa was just ahead of me, and I tried to keep up with her for as long as possible. She had no idea that she was pacing me, but it was really helpful to have someone to follow. Finally we got to the backside of Epcot and the fun began. We passed quite a few characters stops, but I did not stop for any since I was trying to race this course. Unfortunately, the heat was really getting to me around mile 4 and at each water stop I was pouring a cup of water on my head and drinking one. I even took 3 or 4 walk breaks because at one point I thought I might lose my breakfast. After passing the boardwalk and making our way back to Epcot, I got really excited. The crowds were cheering us on, and the end of this hot, humid race was in sight. I knew a PR was not possible, but considering the weather and doing the math in my head, I would be pleased with my effort. Finally I rounded the corner after passing Spaceship Earth and saw the finish line. I raced those last few meters and finished at a strong pace for the last .2 mile.
After passing through the finish shoot I spied the volunteers handing out the race medals and saw a lovely girl with a crown. I asked another volunteer to take a photo while this pretty princess gave me my medal.
|My favorite part of a race!|
|All smiles with this girl!|
Now it was time for some fluids and food. I immediately chugged a bottle of Powerade, followed closely by a banana and a bottle of water. After leaving the food area, I noticed that there were two Disney princesses set up for photographs. This was an opportunity I could not pass up!
|Ariel looked beautiful in her aqua gown!|
|So excited to see my favorite Princess, Cinderella|
Other than the weather, this was a wonderful race morning. It got even better when I received a text shortly after finishing from Christine. She had been monitoring the results and was quite certain I had placed in my age group. Finally the results were confirmed and indeed I had placed second in the old lady category, 60-64! Now I am patiently waiting for my little plaque to arrive from runDisney!
And here are the numbers:
Finish time: 55:41
Age Group: 2/172
Did you run the Inaugural Enchanted 10k last weekend? What was your favorite part?