Okay, so if you’ll remember from yesterday I was complaining. I do know that it’s a little silly to complain. It was just a Fun Run after all! Nonetheless, I’m still not done.
One last complaint. They include a twilight ticket to the park in your fee. (I’m sure that’s a large part of why it’s so expensive.) But, hey, Disney, we don’t need it. You can drop the price of the 5k and let us just come out for the race. Thanks.
The twilight ticket can be used to get in the park anytime after 4, but if you go on the day of your 5k, the park closes at 8 and the race doesn’t start until 10:30, so you only get 4 hours of the park, and you still have to sit around and kill 2 1/2 hours. But if you don’t use the ticket that day (so that you can go the next day when the park is open until midnight), you have to pick up your bib by 7pm, and yet again the race doesn’t start until 10:30 (3 1/2 empty hours to kill).
I guess what I’m saying is – please don’t make it mandatory that packet pick-up and the race be on the same day if there’s going to be three and a half hours(!) between the end of packet pick-up and the start of the race. That’s quite a lot of time to kill outside of the park. (Preferably just move packet pick-up down by about 2 1/2 hours.)
Anyway, you all can pay attention again because I’m finally done complaining!
If you want to do a slow 5k and stop for pictures with characters and get pictures in front of rides and things, this race is bomb. I can appreciate a race like that because that’s how I treated the one I did at Universal Studios. And, if that’s how someone is going to treat the race, they probably don’t want it timed anyway because they don’t want to feel slow or pressured. So, okay. No chip timing. I understand and support that part.
Since I didn’t have a half marathon this weekend, I went in with one goal and one goal only. Do a sub 40 minute 5k – make sure I don’t walk a single step – jog the whole way (after all it’s only 3 miles).
I should’ve picked a more appropriate race for a time goal and just been chill and stopped along the way for pictures on this one. But, I DID do my first sub 40 minute 5k! (Granted, I know that’s super slow. You don’t have to tell me!) But, that was my goal and I accomplished it!
As I ran toward the finish (that I couldn’t really see but knew was around there somewhere), I saw on my MapMyRun app that I was definitely going to make it in under 40 minutes. As I got closer, I saw that I could maybe make it by their digital clock as well, not just going from the time I personally crossed the start line. I pushed a little harder and saw their clock hit 39:59 right as I made it up to the line. I leaped into the air without a second to spare!
Running through Disney at night was very, very cool. I met a ton of super nice runners and volunteers. Overall I had a sweet, sweet time. The good parts of this race far outweighed the parts that I rambled about. I’m really looking forward to my next Disney race next month!