As you can gather from Mom's race recap, we ran together until we separated at the Magic Kingdom exit. I was very fatigued from running hard in the 10k the day before and knew I didn't have the juice in my legs to sustain her PR pace. At around mile 4 or 5, I knew I didn't have it but I told myself to hang on through Magic Kingdom to enjoy running through the castle with her just like we did 4 years ago during our first half. I was really bummed to have to say goodbye, but I knew she had worked hard for a chance to PR the half marathon distance and I wasn't about to hold her back from that goal!
As she ran past me, I enjoyed a quick walk break at the water stop just after the Magic Kingdom exit and reevaluated my race plan. Since my legs felt like bricks, I decided to drop to a 4:1 run:walk interval to get some rest. After about two miles of this, I was feeling much better! And also during that time, I decided to text Megan to see how she was feeling. She felt about like me - tired and lacking speed. On a whim over text message in the middle of a half marathon, we decided to try to finish the race together. Given that we had started in different corals, about a mile of road separated us. As she was catching up to me, I lolly-gagged on a race course like you cannot imagine - lots of walk breaks, a quick stop at the medical tent to get some bio freeze for my achy hamstrings, and lots of photos. But really, I was having a BLAST even though I was by myself!
|The slipper almost fit!|
|Is it vacation time again?|
|Sun coming up over World Drive|
|My first pirate photo! How could I say no as there|
was no line?
|The critical mile for the WDW Half and Princess Half...|
not only the mile 10 "wall' but the dreaded on-ramp!
|He only asked me to do 2 push-ups....I did 3 for good measure and then|
was instructud to make up the 10 seconds I wasted doing push-ups
by passing 5 runners. Sarge was serious!
|One of my favorite race photos!|
We were easily able to meet up with Mom and my Aunt and I was thrilled to see Dani chatting with them...about what else but Boston marathon! Soon enough, we decided it was time to get back to the resort so we could enjoy our day in the park.
|Celebrating in Magic Kingdom!|