May 23, 2013

A Surprise Race Without Music

As many of you know, I ran the Goofy Challenge in January at Walt Disney World.  Despite being super organized and obsessed over my gear and race day outfit, I made a huge mistake.  My ipod shuffle was not charged.  Despite putting it on the charger the day before, I also left it overnight in the on position.  Somehow, I did not check the settings properly and I ended up in my starting corral with a shuffle that had no charge.  That's right, it could not even play one song.  Thankfully, this dilemma was not evident until just a couple minutes before my corral was going to start.  In fact, I had maybe two or three minutes to get anxious, and then get over it.  Waiting for the race to start with Christine and several other running friends made the time go quickly and also keep me from losing my cool.  A half marathon with no music sounded terrible.  But I handled it and stuffed the ipod and headphones inside my Sparkle Skirts pocket and started running.
These pockets could hold a picnic for 2, but I just had my gels and the  shuffle
One thing about Disney races is the on course entertainment and volunteers who cheer, and provide water are plentiful.  There are also many things to look at including the costumes of other runners, the mileage markers, the parks you run through and of course the character stops along the way.  All of these things were a great deal of help considering I am attached to my music when I run.  It is probably not the ideal way to run, but it works for me.
Excited and ready to run in Corral B....smiles before I realized the Ipod was not charged!
Finishing this race about five and a half minutes faster than my plan was probably due in small part to the lack of music.  Also, I was running the half by myself since Christine was going for a PR, which she achieved!  Once the race was complete, I hurried back to the hotel room to put my ipod on the charger!  I must have checked it at least three or four times so that I would be sure to have music for the Mickey Marathon! And it was a "Happily Every After" story because I did have my music the next day!

(Pam)

20 comments:

  1. The iPods must have been revolting during Marathon Weekend, because mine was dead before the marathon! Thankfully Krista charged it at Magic Kingdom and handed it off at mile 6 :) I always need to have some sort of music, thankfully Disney knows how to entertain us on the course!

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    1. So happy I had mine for the marathon...the half was okay without, but I will not make that mistake again!

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  2. Ugh. That is certainly a last minute glitch in the plan. I'm glad it ended up working out so well and you had your tunes for the next race!

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  3. Oddly, I always train with music or listening to podcasts, but I don't like listen listening to music during races! (I always bring my headphones just in case, but never end up putting it on!)

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    1. Since I ran the half on my own, I would have enjoyed my music. Instead, I looked at costumes and ran faster than planned.

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  4. I always run with my ipod. I fear I would be lost without it if I was running a race - but you do have a good point that on the runDisney races there are a TON of spectators who help to motivate and push you along.

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    1. Sarah,my initial reaction was panic....but I quickly calmed and ran with no problems.

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  5. I never run with music. I find it disruptive to my pace. I will go faster for some songs and slower for others, and I like to be steady. I think I am in the minority, but at least I never have to worry about this technical glitch.

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    1. My super fast sister never runs with a Garmin or music. I can't understand it, but envy her ability to run really fast and not depend on electronic devices!

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  6. I run with music when I'm alone and sometimes during a Marathon - but I tend to ditch the music during Disney races! :0)

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    1. I have not run since without music, except for my recent 5k in London. It was a blast but only 25 minutes of running!

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  7. My iPod was fine, but my Garmin died at mile 18 of the marathon. Horror! By mile 22, I could not keep track of what mile we were at.

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    1. I would really dislike being without my Garmin. The iPod is one thing, but keeping track of pace and miles would be a real problem without my watch. Glad you finished!

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  8. My iPod went on the fritz during Princess! I've only run a few times without music and it just isn't the same! At least Disney races have other distractions and entertainment to get you through.

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    1. Agree Emily. Disney has great distractions during a race!

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  9. I ran without music for WDWMarathon. It was my first 26.2 and I only ran one Half before, and my iPhone died at Mile10 bc I had been using GPS & tunes. I got a Nike watch to fix one "problem" and a Mophie battery for my iPhone for the music & social media. My new watch wasn't freshly charged for 26.2 and died before Mile20 bc that's when I handed it over to my hubby. I was cautious with my iPhone bc in case I couldn't keep up with CorralG, I wanted to make sure I had music to run solo.it would have been fine, now that I know what the Mophie can do. Honestly, I may have not had the same group experience if I had music. It was a great first runDisney & first marathon experience with corralG!

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    1. Jill, I think corral G made the marathon a huge success for the first timers. Ae you all signed up for Dopey together? Although I wanted to join the group, I just was too nervouse about my first marathon too, and stuck with my corral and race plan. Thankfully, my shuffle worked perfectly for the marathon!

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  10. It's great that you didn't manage to get bored or lose focus. I tend to pull focus without the monotony of music flooding my ears because as a beginner runner I use it to keep pace like a game, run through the chorus and walk through the verses. Maybe I'll try my practice run this weekend without music to see if it helps but maybe that will work better once I'm a little more disciplined.

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    1. I think because I have always used music to run as a diversion, it has been helpful. However, while on vacation the last 10 days, all my runs have been without music since I am in strange places and I want to stay alert for dogs etc.

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