|Four mini sandwiches, followed by assorted pastries and strawberries & cream. |
And I was hungry again a couple hours later.
|How did they know I was in need of a new visor?! Perfect!|
This one required an even earlier Stupid-Early wake-up: 2:45am to get out the door by 3:30am. Really, I should have gotten up at 2:30am; I woke with a pounding headache, tight muscles, and the need for a long, hot shower. I settled for a short shower and I think I managed to hit the road by 3:45. I again drove to the race, which also started and finished in the Epcot parking lot, and was again parked within 10 minutes of leaving my room.
Despite eating a bagel with peanut butter and downing some caffeinated brown water (NoOffenseJoffrey's), my headache continued to get worse as time went on. I sucked it up and smiled my way through another pre-race meet-up with my running group (which was pretty easy, since despite the pain, I was happy to be there!), and jumped in line for a final porta-potty stop before it was time to get into our corrals. The lines were much longer that day, and by the time I got done, corrals had been called and my friends had all dispersed. I was on my own for this one.
I'm not complaining - I like running on my own! It's actually a surprise to me that I've come to enjoy running with friends so much. So I was fine with being on my own and got ready to settle into my corral (C) to wait my turn to start. And, actually, I wound up having a nice chat with a lady next to me about runDisney events, the crazy recent weather, and race costumes. The time flew by and next thing we knew...
|THREE roman candles! Oooo, aaaaaahhh...|
... we were OFF!
My goal once again, was to take it easy: lots of walking, a little easy running, no sprinting. Get it done, remain uninjured, live to run the next day.
For the first few miles, I did just that. The on-course crowding was significantly less for me than in the previous day's 5K. I had plenty of room to walk, run, pass, be passed, and pull over to tie my shoes. Repeatedly. I wore my new Brooks Ravennas and quickly discovered that their laces were still pretty stretchy; no matter how tight I tied a knot, the laces kept stretching, and I kept pulling over to tighten them up. Good thing I wasn't looking for a fast time, I guess.
The first three miles took us out of the Epcot parking lot...
|With Elsa making it snow from an overpass above us!|
... up what is normally a ramp down to the parking lot...
|Trust V - in the dark, wee hours of the morn, this is HI-larious.|
... and up over another overpass before turning back down to the backstage area of Epcot, from where we entered World Showcase.
I'd like to mention something at this point. See how fuzzy that pic above is? That's only partly due to camera movement. The rest is due to extreme humidity. I believe it was in the high-60s that morning, with around 100% humidity. Which was NOT helping my headache. At all. Every running step made my head throb, and I could feel a migraine hovering in the wings, ready to take its curtain call at any moment. So I slowed way down through World Showcase and made myself stop to take some pictures.
|Snow White and some topiary dwarves. This seemed like a brilliant shot at the time. |
Now, it looks s little odd - Happy looks ready to attack and Grumpy looks like he might cut someone.
|"Temptations. They're the wrong things that seem right at the time..."|
Like, oh, say... three races totaling 22.4 miles over three days, Jiminy???
I. am. SO. glad. I stopped for this! Jiminy had a long line, but it was time for me to eat (again) anyway, so I parked it in line, ate a Cliff Bar and finished just in time for my photo turn.
With some fuel in me and the morning dew beginning to burn off some, my head started to feel a little better, and I picked up the pace to get through the remainder of World Showcase and out to loop around the Epcot resorts.
|Had this been open, I'd have been buying. A cold 'rita on the rocks sounded wonderful!|
Next: the main event... the Princess Half-Marathon!