They did the usual pre-race speechesÂ and I heard something about Al Roker being there, but couldn't understand if he was running or just a commentator. It also turned out some soldiers in Iraq were running the race in Iraq with us.
The first mile I was feeling ok. We were running down the roads between the parks away from Epcot and toward Magic Kingdom. It was a site to see runners running off the road into the woods to pee. There were port-o-poties setup in the median, but it was probably quicker to use the woods than stand in line. I even so a girl run into the woods too. Some runners were dressed in disney costumes. There were high school bands playing in the medians to the left of us. And every mile or so there were Disney characters with runners stopping and standing in line to take pictures. I was too concerned about getting a certain finish time and I guess they weren't trying for any PR.
Here's my splits:
1 0:11:16 2 0:11:25 3 0:09:30 4 0:09:07 5 0:09:10 6 0:09:29 7 0:08:46 8 0:08:29 9 0:08:31 10 0:08:34 11 0:08:05 12 0:07:58 13 0:07:42 13.1 0:00:45
I was hoping to start with a 9:30 time. I didn't get a proper warmup because of the large crowds and there were so many runners. My warmups always include 20-30 minutes of walking then jogging. My right calf was also still feeling tight as I mentioned in my pre-race training. At least I was havingÂ a great time!
There were water stops every mile or so where you could get Powerade first or water afterward. I opted for water each time and took a Cliff Shot Block every 15 minutes.
In Magic Kingdom we ran through the front entrance down Main Street. Spectators were cheering us on and I waved at a few. I looked for photographers and tried to smile. We went through Tomorrow Land and to the back of the Castle and under it. Out the Castle is where I saw Leala trying to take a picture. As I ran by here I felt bad I didn't stop and I felt guilty about it for a few minutes. Then as quickly as we came into the park, we were back out onto the roads back to Epcot.
It wasn't until mile 6 that my right calf was loose and I felt confident enough to pick up the speed. That's when I really realized how packed the course was and it was hard running through. Especially after Magic Kingdom I had to run in the grass a lot to get around people because the road got narrower. I felt bad because of some people I bumped into trying to squeeze through. I apologized each time and tried to warn them.
In between the Epcot parking lot and actual park is where I saw Leala again. I was excited she was able to make it there in time from Magic Kingdom to see me again. We made our way to the right of the globe, to the front of the lake where they had the Christmas tree still setup. We ran around the tree and it was another mile or 2 back to the finish line. I remember tring to run faster and faster these last 2 miles, but the course curved too much and too many people. I ended up making some sharp moves that could of hurt me.
At the finish you get your medal with Donald on it. They give you water and powerade right away. I tookÂ one water and the volunteer forced a second one on me. They also handed out foil blankets. I was heated up throughout the race, but after finishing you start getting coldÂ since your wet from all the sweating and it was probably about 60 degrees out. Then a friendly photographer takesÂ a picture of you against a Run Disney back drop. He right away asked me if I was Brazilian. I guess there were a lot of Brazilians there.
The last section is filled with bananas, oranges, muffins, Cliff Powerbuilder bars and more water.Â I grabbed 2 bananas and the powerbuilder bars. Then I exited out to the reunion area.
I waited about 10 minutes at the car and she wasn't there. Then I went back to the reunion area and realized there were signs with letters that you meet up with a persons last name. I called her name out again, walked around a bit and finally found her.
I changed into a dry shirt and put my the long sleeve half marathon shirt they gave us at the Expo over it. The traffic getting out was very slow. I used The Stick to loosen up my muscles while waiting and hear a person walking by say "Hey, that's The Stick" to his companions. I also had to pee really bad and my left shin was aching. I put some bio-freeze on it which really stunk up the car. After waiting about 10 minutes in the car and traffic not moving, I got out of the car and went to pee and then got some ice. When I made it back to the car, Leala hadn't moved much. The ice felt really good. I was drinking some Cliff ShotÂ electrolyte mix I brought along and a protein mix.
It was probably about 30 minutes before we got out of the parking lot (it was sooo slow)Â and the roads to Cape May were clear. We were running about 20 minutes late when we got there but they allowed us to come late. We waited about 15 minutes to sit and got to see other Half Marathon finishers with there medals on. I had mine on too :) I stetched a bit while waiting.
When we got home, I took an ice bath right away, which really helped. I tried to nap, but I think the coffee kept me awake. Except for being a bit spaced out, I was feeling very good. I didn't have much aching in my body and I used The Stick one more time and put some bio-freeze on.
Next time I do this, I want to make sure to get there about 30 minutes early and get my usual 15 minutes of warm up jogging done. I also think I shouldn't have done intervals or anything else up to a week before, which probably led to my tight calves.
This is a great video on YouTube which really shows you how everything looked. They happened to catch me 8:27 into it at the finish line:
Here are the official results I copy and pasted fromÂ active.com
|Overall Place||2795 / 21953|
|Gender Place||2024 / 9549|
|Division Place||289 / 1269|