Saturday. 2 AM.
The mornings come early and miles even moreso. With the I-4 expansion project, the exit closest to where I’m at in Orlando is shut down at night. I had to leave earlier than expected to take a different route. No biggie, I still arrived obnoxiously early around 3:30 AM.
After many minutes of chilling, I headed into the runner’s village. I LOVE the fact that the 10K has such a smaller field than the half. I can move around and breathe and not feel trapped.
My team, Team Shenanigans, trickled in and we met up near the A-F bag check where another member, Kenny, was volunteering.
We also snagged a picture with the lovely balloon ladies!
My Sparkly Soul sister, Caroline, and I also met up for a pre-race picture!
We headed to the corrals and I was pretty excited line up with Corral C.
I was hanging out when a woman came running up to me. She recognized me from Instagram, and I the same. It was Dana (@ladysoup4)! It was amazing to finally meet in person!
*insert pre race stuff*
With the mini waves, corrals were sent on a fairly regular basis. In no time, we were sent on our way.
I had an A goal of sub-1:00. My first mile was a 10:34. Steady. I was also running with music, which I hadn’t done in years. I mean, who could not run to The Greatest Showman?
Then I hit the hairpin turn by mile 1.5 and hit a wall of people.
I kept up the speedwalking and got a quick run break after mile 2. From 2-3, I had some open road where I’d run a distance, have a walk break, rinse and repeat.
Then those walk breaks became more frequent as the wall of runners got heavier heading into World Showcase.
Who can resist a runDisney World Showcase picture? Not I!
I slowed down and started to enjoy the scenery a little more. Country representatives were cheering and waving flags. The sun was slowly peaking. Torches were lit and the countries had that pink glow to them.
The Enchanted 10K soon became the Wildlife 10K when I descended the hill into Boardwalk. To my right, I saw a small pile of ducks that looked like they wanted to cross. I ran over clamoring, “Oh my goodness you’re so cuuuute!”, took a pic, and with the help of another runner, started ushering them across the roadway while calling out, “Ducky crossing!”
Now that my heart was full of fuzzies, I continued on.
Found some more Shenanigators!
And some funny signs:
The sun was about to rise as I entered Yacht Club, which, in my opinion, is the best part of the whole weekend.
Right ahead of me at Yacht Club, this beautiful Great Egret was chilling on the ropes. Perfect photo opportunity!
Best on-course picture I’ve ever taken. My slow pace was absolutely worth it for this postcard-worthy shot!
And then it flew away. Ha.
The rest of this section was picturesque as it has been the last four times I’ve run it.
Reentering back to World Showcase, I had to use the loo for the first time all race. There was an area by the Port of Entry so I ducked in.
Men’s room, of course 😛 When there’s no one in there, you take advantage of that!
EPCOT in all its beauty:
My time ended up being a 1:35:04. WAY off from my time goal, but with the scenery and pictures I got, it was worth it.
AND HOW ABOUT THIS MEDAL?!
Fifth Enchanted 10K complete, and, of course, I brought my other babies with me for a Perfect picture!
One down, one to go. Next up: 2018 Princess Half Marathon!