The first alarm went off at 2:55 am. I set my Fitbit alarm so that it wouldn’t wake my fiancé up. I rarely set it because it scares the living daylights out of me each time it goes off. It vibrates enough to vibrate my arm right off.
Then I shut the second alarm off before it woke him up. I set two because I was a little concerned since we had gotten up at 4:30 am the day before to catch our flight. I am not one to sleep through alarms but there was no way I was going to miss the day ahead of me.
I had laid everything out the night before so that I could get ready as quickly and quietly as possible. Not only had I gotten “flat Missy” laid out I also had all of my toiletries out so I wouldn’t have to rummage through different bags to find everything.
I obviously worked because I was dressed and ready in 30 minutes and catching a cab at 3:33 am. Our resort was only a few minutes from Epcot but I was worried that there may be traffic issues so I wanted to be on my way as early as possible.
It only ended up taking five minutes to get there. It took longer for me to walk from the drop off point to the race area than the cab ride took. The closer I got to the race area the more excited and scared I got. I won’t lie, it would have been nice to have someone else to experience all of the excitement with me. However, I do most of my races alone and enjoy that so it wasn’t any different than any other race.
I scoped the place out to make sure I knew where everything was. I didn’t want to check my bag until I had to because it was a cool morning and I didn’t want to give up my sweatshirt until I absolutely had to. Now, keep in mind that I live in Minnesota and so what I consider cool is much different than others. That morning it was 45 degrees out so not bad at all, especially because I had arm sleeves but it was still cooler than I like to be walking around in a tank top. But I digress…
I dropped my stuff at the bag check about 10 minutes before we had to walk to the start corrals. I had enough time to make a quick bathroom stop. I was lucky that I found a super short line (that is one thing, the portapotty lines are super long). As I was getting ready to head to the corral I noticed that there was a good photo op just a few steps away. I thought it would be a good idea to get a picture before I was all sweaty!
Just as I was finishing the picture they ushered us over to the corral area. I was in corral “C” for the 10K, there were a total of five so I was right in the middle. The first corral went off at 5:30 am and my corral went off at 5:55 am. I had decided to take my headphones/music along for the longer stretches where we were not in the park.
I had went into the race thinking I would stop at every character stop. When I got to the first one, I changed that plan. I was worried I wouldn’t have time to do them all and finish the race, logically I know that is not the case but I was worked up. Also, the first stop was the rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and I didn’t care that much about that stop.
I also skipped the second stop and now I can’t even remember who the character was so I guess it wasn’t that important to me. Then we got into Epcot and I stopped for every “cool” shot I could see/find. I have to say the runners and Disney staff are amazing! If there wasn’t a staff member to take your picture, the runners were more than happy to take it for you.
And then there it was, the finish line! I was so excited to cross that finish line but I was having so much fun I didn’t want the race to end! My legs felt awesome, I could have run another 10 miles.
I came across the finish line and it was an awesome site! I was immediately greeted by someone with a mylar blanket. Then I got my medal and there was a photo op. Next I picked up my snack pack and on to the bag check area.
After getting my bag, I knew I needed my picture with one of the princesses! I got in the line for Snow White and Cinderella. They were switching out about every 20 minutes so I wasn’t sure which one I would get but didn’t really care, it was a Disney Princess and I was running the Glass Slipper Challenge! When I got to the front of the line it was Cinderella’s turn to take pictures. I waited for about 35 minutes but it was so worth it!
Then it was time to make the trek back to the cab area and to back to the hotel. When I got back I showered and we headed to Downtown Disney for lunch and the #PrincessTweetUp!
I was almost as excited to go to the tweetup as I was to run the race. It was being hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Weight Off My Shoulders. I have been following Dani’s blog for over two years and love reading about her adventures. So when I got to chance to meet her you can bet I wasn’t going to turn it down.
And I did get to meet her! I won’t lie it was like meeting a celebrity in my eyes! However, that morning and the prior day caught up with me. Not soon after getting there, I had to head back to the room because I started to get a headache and overwhelmingly tired. I knew that the next day would be a big day and I want to be in as good of shape as possible. So a nap it would be!