As I started to jot down my thoughts about the half, I decided it would probably be best to break my recap down into two parts.
So let’s jump right in to part 1 – the race expo, the morning of, and the start of the race…
My sister and I left for the airport at 5:00AM on Saturday. By the time we arrived in Florida, got transportation to our hotel, and then got transportation to the expo, it was getting to be late afternoon.
I’m sure I’ll be saying this several times throughout my recap, but the organization of everything throughout the race weekend was impeccable.
Our first stop at the race expo was our bib pick-up.
If you’re wondering why our bibs are different colors, they correspond with our “favorite princess” (indicated when you sign up for the race!). I chose Cinderella and Corinne went with Ariel.
After we got our bibs, we perused the expo for a little bit but didn’t stay too long. We did each purchase an item from the Raw Threads stand though!
After the expo, we headed to Magic Kingdom for a few hours before heading to our dinner reservation at the Grand Floridian Cafe.
Because we were a bit paranoid about not getting on a bus/getting to the race start on time, we were up at 2:00AM on Sunday! Looking back, that was not necessary but we definitely weren’t rushing around at the last minute either, which was good.
We only had to wait a few minutes at our hotel before a bus picked us up and we found ourselves waiting amongst all the other runners.
There was a dj that was playing when we arrived, and he did his best to get everyone motivated and amped up before we headed to the corrals. They started calling corral A around 4:00AM (from what I remember? It’s starting to get fuzzy now!), and eventually our corral – F – was called to make the walk to the start.
As each wave took off running, there was a special countdown + fireworks, which was fun!
The whole time I was waiting, I wasn’t really nervous – just ready to get moving. There was a bit of a chill in the air (despite the humidity) and I knew I would warm up once we started running… and warm up, I did!
After the Fairy Godmother and Carissa counted us down, Corinne and I were off to a good start! Despite the humidity (we were drenched in sweat within minutes), we managed to weave in and out of people and keep running for the first 3 miles.
What happened after those first 3? Stay tuned!
What do you consider to be perfect running weather?