Thursday, January 16, 2014

Inaugural Walt Disney World 10k 2014

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 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.
We also chatted with Ali Vincent (the first female winner of The Biggest Loser) who was running the Dopey Challenge.  She is amazing!  Her joy and happy spirit never fade and she always, always has time to talk with fans who are on their own weight loss journey.
Before the race I did a quick interview on stage.  I have no idea what I actually said, but I hope it was interesting. :)
For the race I wasn't sure how to pace myself.  The only 10k that I've ever run was in 2007 and I ran a 1:03:43 (10:15 average pace) and I definitely wanted to beat that time.  I didn't know how fast my body could go out.  I've been doing some (next training session I'll do more FYI) tempo runs, but I usually warm up for a slow 1.25 before picking up the pace and I knew I wouldn't properly warm up for this race.  I didn't want to start fast and embarrassingly die at mile 4.  My pre-race goal was an 8:45 pace.  I wrote down the split times on the pad in my hotel and mentally visualized the goal.

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!
I started the race running with Kelly and Carrie of 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.
I'm thrilled with the race.  I wish the time were a bit faster, but what I'm proud of is what I mentally accomplished.  I didn't stop moving and I kept going when it wasn't comfortable.  I don't think I would have been able to do this without Carrie.  Thank you girl!
I'm typing this post en route to California for the Tink Half weekend, so I can't look up my splits, but I think it went something like this - 8:49, 9:04, 8:49, 8:40, 8:40, 8:20.  I know it was a negative split, which is always a good thing.
After running this race I can see why RunDisney events are so popular!  You simply can't beat running through the parks.  It's a truly magical experience.
Congrats to all the runners who raced this weekend at Disney!

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


  1. So glad you got to run it! Dang FAST!

    1. Girl have you seen Tara Gidus run!!!! I love seeing sub 8's but they are not easy!

  2. Great recap and great job! I'm sorry I didn't get to run into you last weekend. Have a great time at Tink!

  3. Looks like you had a great time! Wish I was there

  4. AWESOME! Glad you had such a great time. I'm addicted to runDisney and just tackled Dopey as my first marathon -- so exhausting, but SUCH A BLAST! My favorite park to run in? Hands down, Magic Kingdom. And I exclusively race in Team Sparkle skirts! They somehow make every race more fun. :)


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