We made our way to the start, after only a short wait for the bus. We decided to stop at the Potties, where we once again ran into Jennifer (and Todd) from The Final Forty. Still cracks me up that two Jersey girls who run a lot of the same races only manage to meet up when we leave the state!
We got to our corral just as the anthem was being sung. Why? It's over a mile from the bus drop off, and we got stuck in a bottleneck! We tried to circumvent the craziness and ended up going several corrals in the wrong direction! Ugh! We had plenty of time for a starting line selfie though!
These are not our fireworks. Why, you ask? Well, let me tell you! We were in corral K. As we walked up to our start, we lost sound for a while, and then we had no fireworks. Denied! Luckily, I took a pic when J started!
During the half, you ran past the Speedway, but you didn't go inside. Good deal, I am not a fan of the Speedway, and I was more than happy to zip on by. We had our tunes on, and I started singing out loud at this point. You know, because I can. Colleen even started singing along, even though she couldn't hear the music! This is why I love her. The song? Bruises. Because that's how I roll.
I do believe Compass came on around that time as well. I love me my Country Music!
We stopped to try and take a selfie at the gate to the Magic Kingdom and some nice soul offered to take our picture. It is still dark! And again, I must point out that we did NOT coordinate outfits before we got to Florida. All coincidence, all the time! But don't we both look cute in our green outfits? Yeah, we do!
We were hot, grumpy, and tired, but there is something about entering the Magic Kingdom that perks you right up. The crowds were cheering, and we got very teary eyed! We jumped up to run on the sidewalk a bit, and had a Volunteer take our pic. We look so awesome!
After we left the park, it got a little dull. Around mile 9, my knee started to ache. Not good. It hurt to run, and Colleen's foot ached when she walked. We were not a good pair after that! We worked it out as best we could, and managed to gimp along the next couple miles. When we crossed the overpass at around mile 10, we could see the end of the runners, at about the 8 mile mark. We knew we had at least a 2 mile head start which was nice! I did not want to see those balloon ladies up close!
At around mile 11, Colleen stopped to use the bathroom and I discovered Biofreeze.
How did I never know about this amazing gel??? I rubbed it on my knee and my aching legs, and I was miraculously revived! Oh my heck! I want to buy this stuff by the gallon!
We really enjoyed the last 2 miles, I must say. The crowds were amazing, kids were calling out to me (by my costume name, Mike, lol) and people were giving us Twizzlers. It truly is all about the candy! For real.
Entering EPCOT was just amazing! This was territory I knew from previous races, and I knew exactly where the Finish would be. I did not like that we had to run to the lake and then turn back, though. I was afraid I would see those dreaded balloon ladies, but again, nowhere in sight! Whew! A few of the park visitors seemed a little perturbed that they had to wait for us, but the volunteers handled it like champs! Soon we were approaching the final stretch!
We couldn't resist a Gospel Choir selfie, they were truly amazing, and just what we needed at the end of a tough race!
We decided that we would take it easy for the rest of the day. I needed to hit the LEGO store, so we went to Downtown Disney for lunch, and had some yummy food at the Earl of Sandwich. Of course, we had to take pics in front of the LEGO Dopey!
Dinner was amazing, and I had this divine Lemon Meringue cake for dessert. Colleen had the Grey Stuff. It was delicious. Don't believe me? ask the dishes!
There was one woman that day who left a huge impression on me. At least, I think it was that day. It could have been marathon day, but I am not sure.
As we approached the Fire Company, and were just about to cross under the Truck Ladder, a woman came through. We had been walking at the time, it was at about the halfway mark, on a boring stretch, just before the Inspirational Music was played. Right around mile 7, I think.
She came barreling through and yelled out in a very rude voice, "WALKERS, MOVE OVER!" It was so ugly. There were no 'excuse me's" first, just that huge brash voice. So many of us commented about how rude it was. And so unnecessary.
Later, we passed her.
She was walking.
Being the mature human being that I am, I pointed out, rather loudly myself, that she was the one who had been so rude earlier. Was this appropriate? Probably not. BUT. I couldn't help it. So many of the people she passed were having a hard time, probably thinking of quitting, and her rudeness may have pushed some of them over the edge, It was ugly and hateful, and I just don't understand the point!
Overall I really enjoyed the Half. If the weather had been better, we would have breezed right through, but that heat and humidity changed everything! It was 10* out when we left Jersey, what a turnaround! I think we handled it beautifully, though, and were as prepared as we could be for the main event!
I hope to get to the Marathon recap on Monday or Tuesday! My cold is back, though, so no promises! I am so tired!
What do you do when a runner is rude? Do you just let it go, or do you speak up?