Tinker Bell Half.
They say timing is everything, and boy, did runDisney time the announcement of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge just right for me! Early registration opened during the hoopla and excitement of the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon. I watched a lot of internet friends complete Goofy and the wheels started turning. Yep. I was thinking I might need to step up and go Goofy.
Wait. Just, wait. Shenanigans... you haaaaatttteeeee to run, right? What the heck are you doing thinking about Goofy?
The next step was convincing Mr. Shenangigans that I needed (yet another) trip to Disneyland to run another race. This part was actually pretty easy. It went something like this:
Me: Sooooo... there's this new race in Disneyland. You run a 10K on Saturday and a half on Sunday.
Him: Oh. Do you get an extra medal or something?
Me: Yes, yes you do.
Him: Nice. Sign us up.
Apparently Mr. Shenanigans is also all about the bling! Who knew?
Fast forward through the next 8 months, all the whining, the training, the heat (my gaaawddd, the heat!), and the injury and we arrive at Disneyland ready for our first challenge race. Strike that. We were there to run it, but I won't claim we were exactly ready for it. But it was time and it was happening, and we were going to make this work. We believed!
We were at Disney, so I also made everyone run in costume. Only a couple of them hated me. Surprisingly it wasn't Mr. Shenanigans or my Dad. The 10 year old boys were another story all together.
Simply put, I LOVED the 10K. I am sending out my positive vibes to the runDisney decision makers that they choose to keep this course for the Tinker Bell 10K coming up in January. It was perfect for someone like me who needs lots of distractions!
Mr. Shenanigans and I decided to take this race really slow. Saving our energy for the half. No really, that was a conscious choice.
Okay, you got me. We were going slow no matter what.
But we planned to run the 10K with our non-runner niece, who we talked into doing this with bribes of cool behind the scenes areas and a chance to get a lot of character pictures. The course did not disappoint. My 12 year old niece really impressed me. Not one complaint. Y'all, this was huge. You know how I hate to run? But I do it anyway? Well, she doesn't run. She dances. She is in Karate. But she does not run. At. All.
Um, yeah, we sent my 65 year old father after her. I'm not ashamed to say it- he's in better shape than me and went couch to 10K for this race... and finished in 1:19. Oh- and he wore his Mickey Ears the whole time. If you knew my father, you would understand how much a big deal this is. He doesn't do stuff like wearing Mickey Ears in public... but he did for me. And I love him for it.
During the race I saw lots of my blogging friends and pals from PbRC and Team runDisney. The Princess Posse was also out in full force on the course. These are all groups I've joined on Facebook and people I consider friends. My niece kept saying, "You know everyone at Disneyland!" and I kept thinking... aahhhhh, internet, how I love you. I really felt a sense of community with my fellow runDisney lovers on the course. I appreciate all of you who slowed down enough to chat a bit with me! Thanks, friends, for being there!
Loved the race, but I did NOT love the weather. I'm sure you have heard all the horror stories about how bad it was. And yep. It was bad. And this is coming from someone who lives in Texas.
By mile 4.5 I was pretty whipped and having serious doubts about finishing the half the next day. I'm pretty optimistic about things, and also pretty much a Scarlett O'Hara type who doesn't worry about things until I have to, but the soupy heat and the misery of Saturday quickly caught me. I was worried. I won't lie.
I reduced the group to a walk the last 1.5 miles and had all these thoughts and doubts creeping into my head about the next day. If the weather stayed like this, going twice as far was going to be a huge struggle.
But you know what cheered me up? Heading through Downtown Disney I looked over and saw some familiar faces. They were just hanging out, watching us caboose runners, and cheering loudly. You know, if it had been me, I'd be chillin in my ice bath in my room, enjoying the air conditioning. But these two were hanging around and watching people finish. I'm not sure they realize what a pick me up they were at that point for me! Thank you Bobby and Heather for being there.
|Bobby and Heather from Through Heather's Looking Glass|