Guess what guys? I got to run a Disney race! Woohoooo!!
As one of the announcers for the RunDisney race series, actually running a race isn't often a possibility. We are usually tasked with working the expo, kids races, and start and finish of all races. However because of the demanding schedule of the marathon weekend I was given the morning off...so what did I do? Get up at 3am and run cuz baby I'm a runner!
10,000 runners took on the Inaugural Walt Disney World 10k which started and finished in the parking lot in front of Epcot. I drove over from the hotel with Tara Gidus, our RunDisney nutritionist, and Kelly and Carrie from Team Sparkle. We got there without any traffic and had plenty of time for pre-race pics.
The morning was warm and humid. What's new in Orlando? I started and tried to keep around a 9-minute mile pace for the first mile. This mile took us out through the parking lot of Epcot, up an overpass, and onto the freeway. There was a character stop with Peter Pan and Wendy and a water stop full of wonderful volunteers. I didn't stop or try to take photos. Forgive me, but I wanted to run! I think mile 2 was also on the freeway and there was a jumbo TV screen playing a music video, which I LOVED! I think it gave me a half mile of distraction!
Sparkle Athletics. I know that both are these girls are faster than me, but the pace was right so I kept up. Kelly stopped before mile 3 to use the bathroom and Carrie and I kept on. I told Carrie that I wanted to keep up this pace and finish sub-9, but I was afraid I'd mentally bonk out. We crossed the 5k mark around 27:50, which is well off of 8:45 pace.
After the 5k mark we entered Epcot backstage and ran under test track and onto World Showcase by China. Carrie was trying to talk to me and keep me moving. She's never actually been into Epcot, so I "tried' to talk to her about the countries, but I didn't have much energy to talk. At this point I made the decision to not look at my Garmin pace and just run and at pace that was "uncomfortable" but not impossible. Around France the song "Let It Go" from Frozen came on and I was motivated to keep it up!
We left Epcot and ran the loop around Disney's Boardwalk. I have run this loop before, so I knew what to expect and that there was one bridge. I just kept telling myself to believe that I could keep going. Somewhere on Boardwalk we passed mile 4 around 35:00. I knew that was on pace and I wanted an 8:45 pace and a sub-55 finish! It was hot, but I was NOT going to quit. After Boardwalk we re-entered Epcot for the final 0.5. In retrospect I could have pushed a little harder in this part...come on girl!
Official time - 10k (6.2 miles) 54:33 - 8:46 average pace.
What is your favorite park to run in?
Ladies have you ever run in a Sparkle skirt or any skirt?
Love and PR's,
Carissa & Kyle