I started moving, albeit slowly, and realized that my eyes didn't agree it was time to get up! My cell phone looked odd and my eyes were just tired. Alas, I could hear my friends beginning to stir and I knew it was time to get up. We were really going to do this thing!
After dressing, eating, double-checking the fuel belt and applying Aquaphor, we got on the road right at 3AM. In fact, we were all ready and dressed by 2:47AM. We're hard core like that.
Since our house on MinnieHAHA Circle in Haines City was about a half hour from Epcot, we had to be precise about getting there and parking. It worked because we were literally at the beginning of the runners feed.
|Walking through the Mickey ears.|
|Mandy, Melissa, Dan, Amanda, Me|
|Yeah, the eyes were still tired.|
|Mandy, Leana, me|
Amanda and I had agreed to stay together the entire race. It was the first time I had actually done that since my first half in 2009. I am glad we did! It was awesome to have company and be able to share the experiences of Disney with her. Neither of us wanted to race this race - just wanted to have fun - so it worked out perfectly. One of the things I loved about this race was there was no lacking of things to see. I didn't realize it at the time, but the Cinderella castle ended up being my favorite view!
The course winds you back to Epcot via an highway overpass and Amanda & I both were not loving the heat. It was then I realized I needed to make sure I modified my Sunday plans and take it slower then planned. The finish line never looked sweeter! Arms up! Sunglasses off! Time to cross and collect our medals!!
This was my first time wearing a running skirt and for that matter - a headband but I loved the skirt! When I first bought it, I thought "one wear item." Now? I can't wait until summer so I can wear it again! It was awesome.
The finishing corral was really easy and we met up at our rendezvous point of the Q meet-up tent relatively seamlessly!
|Mandy, Amanda (she wears skirts on her head), me|
|Day 1 - Done!|
We heading home to refuel, rest, relax, relax, relax! At one point during the afternoon, we were all sitting in the living room, sharing our race stories and one by one we all passed out. We went back to the Expo that afternoon to trade shirts - they were men's cuts and I think all of us but Dan needed to make a change.
After a visit from surprise friends from home, we were back in bed by 8PM.......2AM sure was going to come early the next day!