I realize it’s taken me a while to recap this past weekend and it’s because I’ve been struggling with how to put it all into worlds. I mean, I can pull a page out of The Bachelor and use the word amazing about a hundred times, but I’m pretty sure you’d all leave comments with a link to a thesaurus at the end of the post.
I really wanted to write it all in one post, but I have way too much to say (not a surprise) so it’s going to have to be a two parter.
I remember getting out of bed around midnight to do….something. Check my phone? Go to the bathroom? I’m not sure, but I do know still being awake at midnight and having an alarm set for 3:15 is not a fun feeling. Also, with the time change I realized when I went to bed people in Calgary were going to to bar and when I woke up people in Calgary were still at the bar. *sigh*
I dragged my bum out of bed with minimal complaining and tossed on my running outfit. I did; however, leave my running underwear at home so I was wearing my Rundies instead – I even went with my Easy Six pair for the 10k 🙂
At 3:45 the six of us piled into the Swaggar Wagon and headed off to Epcot to park and get Ann her bib so she could run. Thankfully the bib pickup was a breeze. Although I had been assured we’d be able to grab the bib, you just never know. Once Ann had her bib safely secured (and Lexie ran back to the van to grab hers!) we made our way to the runners are to use the porta-potties and get situated.
Just before 5am we all headed off to our respective corals, Ann, Kelly, Kelly and I were all in corral A so we took a seat and chatted until it was time to move to the starting area. At this point the lack of sleep was catching up with me a bit and I was ready to RUN!
Right at 5:30 off went the fireworks and off we went!
Ann and I settled into an easy pace and Kelly and Kelly shot off like we knew they would 🙂
Just after mile 1 we stopped for a photo with the White Rabbit.
I stopped at mile 2 for a picture with Ariel since she was the inspiration for my outfit.
As we ran past the different stations I’d break into song and dance while running and Ann would resist the urge to punch my chipper face 🙂
Somewhere just past mile 4 we saw a sign that said Almost Finished (thanks Lori’s FaceBook page for the photo).
LIES. ALL LIES.
2.2 miles left is not almost finished.
I was chipper enough to laugh at it, but really. Not cool 🙂
After running through some back lot sections (boring!) Ann and I finally hit Epcot and stopped for a selfie.
Notice the sweat glistening off our foreheads? Yeah, it was humid.
We ran and ran through Epcot until we hit the mile 6 marker and saw Kelly and Kelly waiting. Then? We hung out and waited for Lexie and she hung out with us.
See, it was Lori’s first 10k, so we all decided we’d surprise her at the mile 6 marker and run her in – and surprised she was! You should have heard us hooting and hollering at her when we saw her running toward us!! People must have though we were crazy.
Then we joined to run her in and with the finish line in our sights she took off like a rocket! We all looked at one another and ran across.
We grabbed our medals, water, PowerAid and food and headed back to the van to shower and eat.
Considering all six of us needed to shower and get presentable, we made pretty good time getting out the door for breakfast. After breakfast we headed to the Expo to get Ann her swag and to make a lap. About 2 minutes after getting into the Expo I was done. Just done. That lack of sleep was catching up with me and my brain wasn’t braining at all.
We decided to do a quick lap and then head home for a nap (Expo purchases will be shared on Tuesday!).
Nap you say?
Yeah. I did not nap. My body didn’t know what way was up and sleep just wasn’t happening for me, so I joined Lexie on the pullout for snacks, because that’s how we roll.
Slowly everyone else joined us on the bed for snacks and beers.
Then it was time to make a lap of the Outlets. Well, six females making a “quick lap” of the outlets is usually never quite as fast as one would hope and before we knew it it was 6pm and we needed food in our faces. Stat.
Once again we were all tired and hungry and wanted food NOW and our brains wouldn’t brain. It was also kind rainy-ish and the pool bar wasn’t seating people outside. Thankfully we were able to find a seat in the cafe so we could stuff our faces full of burgers and fries. Instead of, you know, thinking ahead, I crammed it all in my facehole <– that’s what she said.
After getting our race gear together, into bed we went at 9:30pm.
And? I slept!!
And angels sang 🙂
Since we didn’t need to pick up a bib before the half marathon, we decided to set our alarms a bit later on Sunday and woke up at 3:45 with the goal of leaving at 4:15. (Please note that I normally wake up at 7am and start work at 8am, morning are not my forte).
This turned out to be either a great or terrible idea – none of us have decided. We assumed we’d be able to park in the same place as last time, but that didn’t happen this time. We ended up parking in the Magic Kingdom after following a winding road in the dark. Then we had to hop on a tram to make to the start line. Yeah. To say we were stressed would be an understatement.
None of us remembered reading anything other than “road closures” in the book, so that we had to take a completely different route was a complete surprise to all of us.
After riding the tram to Epcot and meeting up with a sea of thousands of other runners, we all relaxed a bit. Thanks to Lexie we were even able to find some porta-potties with no line. Let me say that again: we found porta-potties with no line.
Then? It was off to the corrals, which were a 10-20 minute walk from the finish area.
Ann and I were the last people in corral C and when they announced it was the sub-2:00 corral we just laughed. Yeah, that was not happening this race. At all.
Our plan was to run to each mile marker and stop and take pictures along the way.
Mile 5 – this line totally killed the rest of our run
Right after this picture I found a real bathroom and then treated Ann with her very on damp paper towel. I think in that moment she may have married me.
At this point Ann and I were doing far more walking than running, which I was okay with because it let us check Twitter and the hockey scores 🙂
— KT (@MsSchnauzie) February 23, 2014
The guy at the water station was totally hot.
(For anyone who ran, he was the dude in the Hollister shirt at the first table on the right hand side. We pegged him around 19, I mean, he was wearing a Hollister shirt, but dayum, he was a nice treat at mile 9).
Ann may have also wanted to murder me over announcing that Canada was winning. #sorrynotsorry
Right before mile 10 I announced to Ann that we were going to pull a T-Rex (woo! Danielle!!) and run in the last mile. I think I used up all my damp towel credit in that moment and she wanted to kill me.
Thankfully we also found out they had cold towels at the end.
— KT (@MsSchnauzie) February 23, 2014
(Please note that Kelly ran this race in 1:53 and was Tweeting while running. She’s a beast!!)
We decided to walk to the mile 12 marker and then run it in. So we walked. And chatted. And truly had the most wonderful time ever. That said, it did seem to take for-freaking-ever to get to mile 12. And when we were there? I was ready to run. Except then at mile 12.1….I had to poop. We’re runners, we’ve all been there. Let me tell you, with one mile left there was no freaking way I was stopping.
We did it. We ran in the last mile (while complaining about the stupid turnaround in Epcot. I dislike turnarounds that are really only there to add mileage. I get it, but I’m also annoyed by it) and ran our slowest and funnest (shut up, it’s a word) half marathon ever.
Fun beat times. Every time.
Kelly, Kelly and Lexie had all finished long before us (it was Kelly’s first half and Lexie beat her SeaWheeze half time by 10 minutes woo!!!!!) and we grabbed our medals (x2!) towels, water, PowerAid, and food and met up.
Then was the decision of 1) what to do. We were sweaty and gross and hungry and wanted food but also had to take a freaking tram back to the Swaggar Wagon.
Finally we decided to look for a Starbucks, got turned around in Magic Kingdom, drove the race route again and yelled at people who didn’t step on the gas a green lights. Since there didn’t appear to be a Starbucks in sight our bellies decided Panera would do the trick and in we went. Sweat, medals and all.
Sandwiches and coffee later we arrived back at the hotel to greet Lori, rinse off and head down to the pool.
I’m a huge fan of pool time after a race now.
After the pool was more resting, real showers, snacks and dinner.
Upon arriving at dinner we realized we’d all ran a half marathon that day but never ate lunch. Yeah….I don’t recommend it. We. Were. Starved. That guacamole and queso never stood a chance.
Our last stop of the day was Downtown Disney. The tired was really setting in and after going into the Disney store I decided I was going to probably/possibly kick a child, so it was decided we’d head back to the hotel to pack and sleep as *sniff* Ann, Kelly and Lori were going home in the morning 😦
All six of us agree that we truly had the best weekend and are already working on plans to get together at least once a year to drink and gossip and run.
Thank you ladies for making this weekend so, so memorable!!
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