After getting dressed and having something to eat, we headed over to the starting area which was very close to the Disneyland Hotel where we were staying. After passing through the main staging area, we kept walking and soon were in corral A waiting for the start. Rudy Novotny and a fill in for pregnant Carissa entertained us while we waited just a short while for the national anthem and the race to begin. Before this, we were lucky to run into several runDisney running friends. We had fun chatting with many and also wishing speedy feet to Kellie Nickerson dressed in her green tutu! She ended up winning the race in a cool 39 minutes and change!
Our race plans were a little different since Christine is a faster runner. My goal for the 10k was to run a time of between 55 and 56 minutes and she would definitely be running quicker than that. After chatting with my coach, and looking at last year's results page, if I could run around 9 minute mile pace it would put me in position to place in the 60-64 year old age group. My secret goal for this race weekend was to place in my age group in not one, but both races of the Pixie Dust Challenge. It was a crazy goal, but coach Sami encouraged me to go for it!
Christine and I wished each other luck after running together for the first few steps from the starting line. After about a quarter mile, I took a peak at my Garmin and realized I was running way too fast. The pace was 8 minute miles and there was no way I was running that for 6.2 miles. I backed off and soon mile one was complete.in 8:45 pace. After a few more miles we passed the 5k split and my time was 27.12 which was slightly faster than my goal pace. I started to do the math in my head and realized a PR might be possible. This is when I started to focus on the miles. This course takes you through both Disneyland Park and California Adventure, so you are running the majority of the miles being entertained! Luckily, most of the hills were in the first few miles except one tiny one between miles 4 and 5. My splits were pretty even until the 6th mile when I knew I needed to pick up the pace. I put my head down and concentrated on a girl in front of me who was running a great pace,. After the sixth mile marker I turned on the jets and took my pace down to 7:25 for the last .2 miles. It was an absolute delight to finally achieve a 10k PR after more than 2.5 years.
Finish Time: 53.50
Division Place 60-64 year old female: 2/217
Overall Female Place: 154/7379
Christine was waiting for me at the finish area and unfortunately her knee had given her alot of trouble during the race. She was on PR pace for the first half and then throttled back to save her knee and make sure she could finish the half the following day. Despite that, she finished 114/7379 female finishers and 21/1285 in her age division.
It was now time to celebrate by going to the Disneyland and California Adventure for the rest of the day after a shower and a quick stop for breakfast. Wearing our 10k medals, our first stop was at Pixie Hollow to see Tinkerbell and take some photos! She told us we had won the race because we were the first runners with medals to visit her! She is now my favorite character ever!
More picture opportunities and tons of fun rides and entertainment kept us busy until late afternoon!
|Dale loved checking out Christine's medal|
|Posing with our favorite Chipmunks!|
|We;love the Walt and Mickey statue!|
After a final photo stop, it was time to rest up for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon!