February 27, 2014

Inaugural Princess Enchanted 10k - meeting a 2014 goal!

In early June 2013, I registered for the Glass Slipper Challenge with one goal in mind.  Placing top three at a Disney race was high on my radar after seeing my sister bask in the Disney race award glow at every Princess Half Marathon race she has run.  Sometimes it is hard to be in the shadow of a speed demon older sibling! Actually, it was so much fun visiting the theme parks afterwards! I would tell anyone and everyone I could about how excited and proud I was of Alison.  She is extremely modest and you would never hear her tell anyone about her accomplishments. So when registration opened for the race weekend, I was fast on the computer registering for the challenge with the plan of racing the 10k and using the half as a training run.

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
Gender: 208/7928
Overall: 320/8967

Did you run the Inaugural Enchanted 10k last weekend?  What was your favorite part?
(Pam)

40 comments:

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    1. Thanks Desiree, It wasn't a PR, but I was happy with my time given the hot, humid day!

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  2. Congratulations, Pam! I can't wait to see the plaque.

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    1. Me too Emily. My mailman will be tired of me waiting for the mail each day!

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  3. Way to go, Pam! Congrats on getting second in your age group! You may not have PRed this race, but this is still a wonderful accomplishment to celebrate!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, I was so excited when Christine shared the news!

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  4. Congratulations on finishing 2nd! That's amazing! I don't know how you did it with that weather! I was feeling so good in the beginning and then the second half of the race my body just shut down from the heat and humidity...congratulations again! Great job! :)

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    1. Thanks Kellie. I also found the second half of the race extremely difficult with the increased heat and humidity.

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  5. Once again - SO excited for you! I sense some more age group awards in your future :)

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    1. Thanks Megan. I hope so too! I just need to keep my sister at home this year until her birthday in December!

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  6. Wow Pam! That's awesome! Congrats on placing!!! Can't wait to see the plaque!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy....so excited and yes, my mailman will be my favorite person when he brings my award!

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  7. Omg that is awesome!! Congrats on placing 2nd in your AG - can't wait to see a photo of the plaque!!

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  8. Congrats! That's awesome! I lived running the race! Did all 3, leaving with 4 medals!

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    1. Congrats Crystal on completing all three races and getting the extra bling too. runDisney medals are awesome!

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  9. Ahhh Pam! I am so, so happy for you! A HUGE congrats (and I love your costume, obviously)! It is my dream and secret goal (though I guess not anymore haha) to place in a Disney race one day. I cannot wait to see your plaque!

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    1. Thanks so much Jen. You can definitely place once the bun is out of the oven! I'm really anxious to see the plaque too!

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  10. Wow congratulations and what an awesome time! Plus you placed 2nd and the costume was pretty cool too.

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    1. Thanks Frank. I must admit, I wanted to rip off the collar to my costume during the race, it made the outfit so hot.

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  11. You are a hardcore! 2nd place!!! :) A big congratulations to you! :)

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    1. Thanks so much. Obviously I am very excited still!

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  12. Way to go Pam!!! I did not even notice Ariel and Cinderella at the finish line - then again, we stopped a bunch for pics so perhaps they were already gone by the time I finished - LOL.

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    1. Thanks Kristen. Hope you enjoyed the race!

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  13. Holy cow! That's amazing!! Congratulations, you certainly deserve it after all of the work you've put in!

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    1. Thanks Jamie....I have worked really hard the last few years and I appreciate the comment!

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  14. Wow. 2nd place out of that many people is amazing!

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    1. Thanks Abby, I was so tickled when Christine found the official results!

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  15. That's so awesome and super inspiring! Way to go.

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    1. Thanks so much Christy. There are so many runners that have inspired me along the way.

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  16. I have yet to do a Disney run, but it is on my "bucket list" :) they always look so fun

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    1. Don't hesitate Lynda, you will have a blast!

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  17. Congrats on placing in your age group! I ran the half and I agree that it was sooooo humid! I went way slower than I thought and drank so much water but I actually didn't feel too bad once I finished! And PS I love your costume! So cute!

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    1. Thanks Kristen. Disney is the only place I am comfortable running in a costume!

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  18. That is so awesome to have placed in a Disney race and to get some extra race bling ( in plaque form of course). I really enjoyed this 10K course ( mostly the 2nd half) and hope to participate next year as well. -M

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    1. Meranda, I really do not like the first half of the course, but due to the length of the race, I am not sure there are other options. In any case, I would do it again, and may next year. How is your leg?

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  19. Congrats on that age group placement - how exciting!!

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    1. Thanks Karien. I will truly believe it when I receive my little award!

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  20. CONGRATULATIONS, my friend!! I'm so proud of you and your AG placement! Can't wait to see your plaque!! Sorry we weren't able to meet up on the bus but I'm glad I found you at the reunion area! :0)

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    1. Thanks so much Karen. The bus situation always makes me nervous, especially with stories from 2013 Princess from POR. So glad we met up at the family reunion area pre race.

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