It was the most enjoyable and well organized race I have ever entered. I was sad not to have my personal cheering section (Todd and the kids), but with a start time of 6am and 13,000 runners, I didn’t want him to have to face the extreme race craziness alone. Little did I know, Disneyland recruits high school bands, cheerleaders, dance teams, 4-H clubs, girl scouts, boy scouts and more to line the route and cheer for all the runners. Add in the numerous Disney characters, workers and performers scattered through “the Park” part of the race route, there was never a dull or quiet moment. Finally, being able to race with friends makes all the difference in the world when you’re trying to keep your mind off the fact that you’re going to be running for over 2 hours straight. The first 10 miles flew by with Kelly by my side as we realized together that we totally should have worn costumes (those last 3 miles were killer though).
My original goal (made back in the spring during the height of my “training season”) of breaking the 2 hour mark quickly went out the window when I realized I had run only a handful of times during the summer months leading up to the race. I really couldn’t be happier with a time of 2:06:40 placing me 155th in my age division of 1252 women.
Sore knees, blisters on the tips of my toes from pulling my socks on too tight, and sore quad, calves and back.
But I’m feeling good and ready to do my first full marathon in 2010. Who’s with me?