February 27, 2015

Princess Enchanted 10K 2015: Race Recap

The morning of the Princess Enchanted 10K started like all runDisney events - early!  I made plans to ride the bus from Port Orleans Riverside to the race with Mindy and we met up at 3:30. Side note - I was SO excited to finally meet Mindy (dressed as Olaf) after years of chatting via blogs and social media...and not to mention, it was nice to have a bus buddy since Mom wasn't running the 10K. It was a chilly morning so we were more bundled up than originally planned.

 We arrived in the EPCOT parking lot around 4:00 so we had a long wait ahead. Nearly immediately, we ran into Dani (dressed as Maleficent) and were chatting nonstop! Soon enough, we spotted Karen in her darling Anna outfit. I was trying to catch up with Lisa pre-race since we hadn't seen in each other in ages so I parted ways with Mindy and Dani to check my bag and find Lisa. I hadn't seen Lisa in ages and it was great to catch up with her. We initially talked about running the 10k together, with both of us hoping to PR but given she had been sick for a few weeks, we scrapped that idea.
Maleficent aka Dani, Olaf aka Mindy, and me
Soon enough it was time to head to our corrals where there were several volunteers checking bibs and corral letters. You definitely weren't getting through without a bib...or going to an earlier corral! We enjoyed the entertainment from the runDisney race announcers and briefly chatted about race goals. I mentioned I was hoping to PR and ideally would run under 50 minutes.
Starting line
Soon enough, the national anthem played and we both noted that we weren't in the race, mentally speaking. Who would have guessed the girl standing in front of me turned out to be Amanda, a runner I met in Napa last year. It was fun to see her after running into her after ToT last fall. Lisa and I gave each other a good luck hug and then were off!


The first 2 miles ticked off surprisingly easy and I was surprised to be holding the pace right around 8:00-8:05. I saw the white rabbit at the first hair pin turn up the on ramp around mile 2 and the TV screen with Disney cartoons and music around mile 2. Just before mile 3, we entered backstage at EPCOT with some characters on stilts and then it was time to run around World Showcase. I think I was grinning ear to ear. I saw Jiminy Cricket in Germany (?) and Marie in France before we exited out the International Gateway. I knew there were hills ahead and just under 3 miles to go so I told myself not to burn out. I was holding 8:00-ish pace and still feeling strong.

Along the boardwalk, I saw Donald dressed as baseball player and was dying to stop since I love Donald and baseball but I pressed on. Soon enough, we traversed the steep, but quick hill past the Swan and then were making our way past the Yacht and Beach Club resorts. I was starting to tire so I focused on the crowd at this point. I smiled and enjoyed their signs. I passed royal Minnie as we exited backstage and then quickly returned to the park to loop by The Seas and then Spaceship Earth. We passed Goofy dressed in space garb near Innovations (I think).
Pretty view of Spaceship Earth
The final mile was very windy so it was hard to zone out and just run hard. I was tired so I simply focused on passing the person in front of me. Being that I have a VERY strong competitive streak, this plan worked perfectly. I was able to ignore the pace on my Garmin and fatigue in my legs and just focus on a single person ahead of me. And next I was running into the finish line stretch where I saw the race clock tick from 49 to 50. I didn't have a kick at the end to get under 50 but I still ran a big PR with my final time at 50:10. I found Lisa in the finisher's chute. Despite being sick, she ran a really strong race! We shared celebratory hugs and a picture before she headed out to enjoy park time with her family.

I enjoyed a few photos with the princesses and was able to see Lacey and Meranda before I headed back to the resort. Mom and I had plans to head to Animal Kingdom and I was eager for a hot shower.

Snow White was stunning in person!

Tiana was jamming a bit before we snapped this photo!

Lacey and Meranda looked festive in princess pink!
Overall, I really enjoyed this race. The cool weather made for perfect PR conditions and running through the parks never gets old. And while I didn't stop for character photos, I loved seeing them on course.

Race Details
Final time: 50:10
Placement: 26/1565 in age group; 181/10989 overall
Course support: Excellent as always. Water stops were great and volunteers were fantastic.
Crowding: Started in corral A and experienced no crowding issues.
Characters on course: White Rabbit, stilt walkers, Jiminy Cricket, Marie, Baseball Donald, Royal Minnie, Space Goofy

Did you run the Princess Enchanted 10k? What was the highlight for you?
{Christine}

26 comments:

  1. Hi, what's your opinion of Riverside as a resort, both in general and specifically as a base for Disney races. I'm thinking of staying there for the Goofy next year.

    Love your blog.

    thanks,
    David

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    1. Hi David,

      We love staying at POR for race weekends, but have tried loads of the other properties too. If you are looking for a moderate, we like POR versus the Caribbean Beach Hotel. We had 3 in our room last weekend and it workout out fine. We all found corners/drawers for our stuff. Let us know if you have any other questions.

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  2. Congrats on that PR girl! Sooo glad we finally met!!!! And I was so happy to ride the bus with you instead of by myself!

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  3. Looks like you had an amazing race! Great job!!!

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  4. Congrats on your PR, Christine! Between the weather and the support from the characters, it sounds like you had the perfect conditions for a PR!

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  5. Looks like fun. Love the purple pants!

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  6. great job on the PR! the weather was a bit cold at the start but once we started running, felt so great!

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  7. We both really enjoy this race. It's a great distance but still has enough "Disney Magic". It was great seeing you and congrats again on your new PR!

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  8. Congrats on the PR! The crowd can definitely help when it starts to get tough. I love reading all the creative signs at every race.

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  9. I was fast asleep when you ladies were booking it through Epcot! I'm glad you had a fabulous race!

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  10. Congratulations on your super speedy PR! :)

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  11. Congrats, Christine! I just can't bring myself to run for PR's at Disney races, so I'm super impressed!

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  12. Great recap Christine, and that is such a great PR time! I dream of that! Glad you had a good time, sorry I missed you that morning!! :)

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  13. Great recap Christine, and that is such a great PR time! I dream of that! Glad you had a good time, sorry I missed you that morning!! :)

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  14. Wow!! Awesome job Christine! Congrats on your PR!

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  15. so proud of you! i'm so super impressed, christine! great job, lady!

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  16. Congrats!! Great job!! ------ Denise

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  17. You ROCKED it! And I am totally loving those purple pants. :) Great job!

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  18. Congrats again on your awesome PR, Christine! So very proud of you! It was great seeing you guys so many times throughout the weekend! :D

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  19. Tell me, why is there always such an early start for these races? I'm assuming so they can still open the park ontime?

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    1. Sue, I think the reason for early starts is twofold. First of all they are closing down highways that access the parks and then the parks need to be cleared out. While the start is early, we actually are fine with it since we go back to the hotel for a quick shower and change of clothing so we can go to a park, usually Magic Kingdom after Princess! :)

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  20. Congrats on the PR! Loved Dani's Maleificent costume. Nice that you were able to meet up with several other bloggers/friends.

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  21. So many awesome people I love there.... jealous.

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  22. I'm so glad you had a PR!!! The weather was perfect for it. I wish I was in better shape to run with you but I certainly can't complain about my race. So great to see you!

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