|Pre race with my sis, Christine with our friend Megan (bottom right)|
Relaxing before a race is not my strong suit. I get very anxious and on Sunday morning I may have made at least 8 trips to the porta potty before entering corral B around 5:00 am. Having Christine to keep me company in the corral was helpful and we were entertained by Rudy and Carissa, the runDisney announcers who exude energy and excitement. Finally after the surprise announcement of the new runDisney Paris race in September 2016, the national anthem was played and we were off two minutes after corral A.
Christine was running with me and we started out with our first mile at 9:12, exactly as planned which was slightly slower than goal race pace. We gradually descended our pace over the next few miles and quickly we were approaching the entrance sign for the Magic Kingdom and the announcement cautioning runners about the speed bump ahead. This part of the half marathon course is so exciting because you know you will be in the park shortly and running through the castle is always one of my favorites.
After racing the 10k the day before and achieving a PR, Christine had tired legs. She told me several times, prior to mile 4 that she wanted me to go ahead. Finally as we departed Magic Kingdom and after slowing down further to a 9:14 and then 9:21 mile 5 and 6, I went ahead to try to finish under two hours. A little side note here..... I was not abandoning my best running pal. We had made these plans prior to the race after her very hard 10k Saturday morning.
The next landmark on the course was the DJ just past Magic Kingdom who announced we were halfway, I looked at my Garmin to see a time of 1:00.42. This was slow and I picked up the tempo and completed the next few miles at a faster pace. At mile 9, my butt needed kicking and who should appear but my sister who started in the corral behind me! I was so relieved to see her and we both decided it was time to show the race course who was boss. At this point, I knew I needed to make up approximately a minute in four miles to meet my goal. Alison kept me company and we ticked away those miles at under 9 minute mile pace until mile 12 with the last highway ramp. I really struggled on this one and my tempo showed. Finally as we ran into Epcot, we shifted gears and ran an 8:38 pace for the last mile followed by the .2 at 7:22 minute pace. My PR wish came true by 5 seconds and another half marathon under two hours! And Alison, she finished in a cool 1:57.41 at 65 years young!
|Three happy finishers|
679/18459 female runners
4/275 60-64 age group
Not a race stat but yes, I earned another age group award at a Disney race! I can't wait for it to arrive in my mailbox!
My goals were met and now it is time to finish my training cycle for Boston! Do you set goals for every race?