Coast to Coast Challenge Accepted
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From a racing perspective, this half marathon did not go well. However, I learned some lessons on what not to do leading up to my big race in Dayton and I have some fun photo memories to carry with me.
With a start time of 5:30 AM, we were up early. Getting ready wasn't hard; I wore my trusty black racing skirt and a blue tank. The heat of the last few days ensured that my throw-away shirt would be left in the room and eventually come back to Ohio. I made sure to wear my Mickey earrings from Jeannie. I had some trail mix for breakfast. Neal wished us luck and the four of us set off for the corral area.
There were not a lot of people when we first left the hotel but by the time we were walking through Downtown Disney a crowd had formed. It was still a lot easier to make our way past bag check (none for us) and to the Porta-Potties than it had been at the World race.
The race started with a lot of shuffling but I was running by the time I hit the start mat. I remember feeling surprised that it was already mile one until I saw that I close to 40 seconds slower than the pace I wanted. This would unfortunately be the norm for the day, anywhere from 30-60 seconds slow per mile the whole race.
At least there were a lot of neat sights along the route:
- Paradise Pier at Disney California Adventure where the World of Color lights and fountains were on
- Cars Land all lit up
- Main Street in Disneyland filled with cheering spectators
- running through the castle and across the drawbridge
- Disney characters such as Green Army men and Merida posing for photos in the parks
- a Latino dance group in traditional clothing
- a Hawaiian dance group also in traditional dress
- a mile of old cars, Corvettes, and Mustangs, owners proudly watching and honking the horns
- many marching bands
- cheerleaders giving high fives
- Scouting groups (boy and girl) filling the path through the parking lot of Angels stadium and then in the seats inside
- costumes on fellow runners including Chip, two Peter Pans, Nemo, and multiple Minnie Mouses
At the end I high-fived Goofy as I crossed a confetti-strewn finish line.