Today, we get to focus on the magical parts of the race! (Yesterday, I talked all about the congestion.)
Not surprisingly, the half marathon was themed very well. Disney had songs playing that matched the moods or themes of the characters who were out for pictures. (For instance there was an area where “Ain’t No Other Man” was playing that had a photo-op with Disney princes (such as Aladdin and Prince Eric).
There was also this funny area of men dressed in suits who were holding out glass slippers and singing “You Are So Beautiful To Me.” One man was yelling “I love you” to every woman who went by.
Disney makes it extremely clear that this race is all about the ladies. They didn’t let men start in corrals A or B. The results page doesn’t even list any men as finishers (even though I heard that over 1,000 men ran).
Large groups of supportive spectators watched throughout the race. It was nice to see tons of families out so early in the morning, supporting their mom/daughter/etc. I saw a little girl who saw her mom run by. The girl seemed to think it was the coolest thing ever, screaming as though her mom was rockstar. It was adorable. (I bet that girl becomes a runner someday.)
Somewhere in Mile 4, a bunch of people started saying “you’re halfway there! You’re halfway there!” I thought it was hilarious. I even heard an official person say over a loudspeaker “you’re almost halfway there – just around that corner.” Well, that must’ve been one long corner, because unless that corner was over a mile and a half long, the halfway mark was not “just around that corner.” (The 2nd half probably felt so long for anybody who wasn’t paying attention to mile markers or math and just trusted all the people around them saying “halfway!”)
I jogged most of the course today! That means nothing to real, honest-to-goodness runners, but it was an improvement for me.
Around mile 8, as I was really starting to feel as though walking would be fun, Michael Jackson suddenly came on my iPod. Shockingly, it was the first time an MJ song played during this race. I pushed forward and kept jogging. As he sang out that he was starting with the man in the mirror, I thought “that’s right. Me too. Sing it, Michael!”
Around mile 11, it started to rain a tiny bit. It was nice to get a quick sprinkle of water. I finished the race in 3:18:04 - still slow, I know, but faster than I was last week. (And according to my app, I actually ran about 13.7 miles with all the weaving around on the course. So, I’m gonna go ahead and choose to feel even a smidgen better about it.)
After the race, Wendy, Becky, Marty, and I all hung out and enjoyed Disney World. I can’t wait to tell you more about my Orlando vacation tomorrow.