Sorry for the radio silence! The weeks since the race have just flown by, and I’ll be going back down to Orlando for the Give Kids the World Gingerbread Run 5k in just 1 week! So Tower of Terror has come and gone, everything I trained so hard for was completely worth it. The weather was better than I expected, the runners were awesome, and the vibe was so great! I finished in 2:34:36, which included a few lines for characters so all in all I don’t think I did too terribly.
When I was Jack and Sally were doing photos, I had to run aaallllll the way across the highway and cut off a bunch of people, WHOOPS. It was definitely the biggest and best surprise to me! The line was the longest one I waited in, probably 12 minutes. Which feels like like a lifetime when you watch hundreds of runners scurry past you. I kept seeing characters I wanted to meet and telling myself “this is the last time I’m stopping” The only one I really regret not stopping for was the Hyenas from Lion King!! One of my all time favorite movies growing up! The first 5 or 6 miles seemed to drag on forever, lots of highway. It went a bit faster once inside wide World of Sports, and running around the track and the ball field was pretty neat. Although some places inside WWOS were a bit of a tight squeeze, especially the dirt road. Me an nearly everyone around we walked the entire length of it, which felt like it wen on forever. The best part was they had some misters going right outside the trail, which felt really great. I wouldn’t say it was horribly, unbearably hot, but it was pretty sweaty.
Pretty much waited 20 seconds to meet the Big Bad Wolf, he was around Mile 7. I feel like everything after this went by pretty quickly. The time actually spent inside Hollywood Studios is pretty minimal. You run through Lights, Motors, Action, and down New York Street. You pass the hat and go through Pixar Place, then its on to more backstage areas. Running through the tunnel that the tram goes through for the Backlot Tour was probably my favorite part. I wish I wasn’t in such a hurry and could take a better look inside the windows to the prop and costume houses! The finish line to this race REALLY creeps up on you. You turn a corner and there it is, about 100 meters away. I was really excited to give Bellhop Goofy a high five at the end. I was sort of confused as to why it wasn’t Bellhop Stitch since he was printed on the Medal and all the merchandise. But I like Goofy better anyway! I wont lie, I teared up when I crossed that finish line and had that medal put around my neck. All the long runs and the pain I had been in the weeks before the race were completely worth it in the end.
I could not WAIT to take off all those sweaty gross clothes though, packing a dry set of clothing and BABY WIPES was the best idea ever. I threw all the gross wet stuff into a target bag and stuffed it into a drawstring backpack, and had no problems carrying it around the park and riding a few rides with it. I stayed at the after party until about 3:00am. The lines for the rides were a bit crazy, I only really was able to do Rock N Roller coaster thanks to the single rider line! And no…I did not ride the tower, it is actually the only ride in Disney that I do not like! And I ran a race centered around it! Go figure. Parading around for the next two days with that medal around my neck was a lot of fun too, haha! I loved giving high fives around the park to others I saw with them on. This is why I love running Disney races, the feeling of accomplishment just feels so much more alive in me. I ran a 10k this morning to use as my corral time for the WDW half and Princess half, since my ToT time ran a lot longer than I expected. The feeling of accomplishment is hard to keep around when you cross a finish line, eat a banana, and get in your car and drive back home! Not that I am not proud of the things I do, but that special feeling of getting that medal around your neck and having lots of happy volunteers cheering for you on the sidelines just cannot be beat in Disney! I am considering my 10k this morning as the start of my half training. My leg is completely healed and I am ready for it!!