It can get pretty boring out behind the Magic Kingdom. That might be why Reedy Creek put some of the hotter EMTs out there. Of course, Mel knew a lot of them, including the hot single one! Too bad we didn’t have time to stop so I could meet him.
Somewhere around mile 8 both of us got serious. Since I hadn’t done
much any running since the marathon, I was feeling the 8 miles already. Mel had managed to get in some training since the half in Janua ry, but she hadn’t gone farther than 8 miles, so she was starting to feel it too. I grabbed a mocha Clif Shot and started to eat some of it. Last summer I came to the conclusion that I didn’t like Clif Shots or other gels in the heat. I guess it was getting to be pretty warm because I couldn’t eat much of it before I had to throw it away. Thankfully between me and Mel we had a lot of Sport Beans that would get us through the race.
We were doing a good job of keeping up our intervals even at this late point in the race. Unfortunately, we were slowing down all together. Thankfully, we made it to mile 10 and then got the the on ramp from hell. In January, Mel had stayed on the outside of the curve in the grass and she felt that her knees handled the hill much better, so that is what we did this time. Taking that approach make a huge difference in how we felt. For the next mile we walked up the hills and ran down them.
If memory serves me right, we saw Mel’s husband and baby and our friend Jen just before we entered Epcot. It’s always good to see a friendly face on the course! In our last mile, we ran from Spaceship Earth to the World Showcase Lagoon. Then we walked from there out to mile 13. We did get to see my friend Kirsty who had run the Princess with us last year. She was near the area where we exit Epcot.
Once we got outside of Epcot, we kept trying to decide how close we wanted to be before we ran all the way to the finish. We finally agreed on a point and when we reached it we both took off. I got a few steps ahead of Mel when all of a sudden she started to pass me! I shouted “You’re not gonna beat me!” and both of us sprinted to the finish. I guess you could call it a photo finish. When we checked the official time, I beat Mel by 1/100 of a second.
Alyssa caught these pictures of use just after we crossed the finish line:
|Three tired Princesses!|
Of course I plan on doing this race again! I love this race and hope that one day I will be able finish it in under three hours.
If you took part in the race, let me know your experiences. What was your favorite part? As evidenced by the lack of pictures, we were too focused on finishing to get too many pictures in the second half of the race. Share your pictures with me and I’ll post them here!