Royal Family 5K
A's first race
February 26, 2011
Weather - Partly cloudy, a little chilly waiting for the start
"If you dream it, you can do it" - Walt Disney
I'll admit. I've been looking forward to this race since I signed A up for it. She is always wanting to race with me, but she just doesn't grasp the concept of how far a race really is. This was going to be the perfect race for her since it's "just for fun" yet she would get a shirt and medal out of it.
We had to get up by 4:30 to get ready and catch a shuttle to the start. A woke up briefly around 4:00 and I decided to just get up and get ready to avoid having to rush. Just in case. I woke up A and L at 4:30. Getting A ready was easy and fast. She was surprisingly cooperative considering the early hour.
We had to walk to the lobby of the hotel to catch the shuttle. We didn't even have to wait, we just got on the bus and headed to Epcot. We arrived early, and had a lot of time to kill until the start of the race.
One of the things we did to kill time was wait in line to have our picture taken with Belle and the Beast. While we were waiting in line, I happened to spot Little Fruit Fly. She is so cute in person! And her and her mom were so nice! We were lucky to get the picture, they stopped posing about 5 minutes after we got through. the picture, we hung out with them for a bit, then headed to the bathrooms before it was time to get in line at the corrals.
A was READY to run. Unfortunately she had to learn the rule of standing around waiting for things to happen. They played some fun music and we danced and sang while waiting for the 6:45 start.
I opted to hang back just a bit. L held A's hand and gave her directions of where to run to move around the people who were walking. I stayed back to make sure that we didn't lose sight of her. After all, there WERE 5,000 people running.
|Just starting out|
|Mile 1- We were a few minutes behind the gun|
|Brief stop at mile 1 for picture|
|Still going strong!|
She made it to about 2.25 miles before she started getting tired and thirsty. L was running with a small water bottle and A took a few drinks. When she took her walk breaks they were very short and she would start running again without any prompting from us.
|A and me|
|Getting closer to the finish!|
|So close to the end!|
I was unbelievably happy when we crossed the finish line. After crossing the line, A got some pixie dust (glitter) put in her hair and then we collected our cool medals. She was definitely tired, but the medal cheered her up. I made sure to get a picture of us with the backdrop.
Garmin Time - 43:40
Garmin Distance - 3.19 miles
Mile 1 - 13:50 pace
Mile 2 - 13:34 pace
Mile 3 - 13:35 pace
I am so very proud of A!!!!
After the race A kept saying she needed to rest. I don't blame her! A 5K is pretty far for someone that has never raced! We collected our goodie bags and then met up with Giraffy. Then we walked to catch the monorail to head to Magic Kingdom.
|Giraffy & L - Big Thunder Mountain|
Her favorite ride of the day turned out to be the "Peoplemover" in Tomorrowland. We rode it twice in a row and she wanted to keep riding... However, by then it was already 3:00. We were hungry for lunch so we stopped and got a small lunch to keep us going until dinner time.
After going on a few more rides, we again got A out of the park by promising her that we would take her to the pool. We got back to the hotel and A convinced me and Giraffy to go with her to the pool. Shortly after getting in we realized that we had left our towels in the room. It was gonna be a cold, long walk back to the gym. The water wasn't all that warm and we knew we still had to have dinner and get everything ready, so around 6:30 we pulled A out and then headed back to the food court for pasta.
Everyone else apparently had the same idea. The line for the pasta was insane! It probably took about 30 minutes to get our food. Crazy! Got the same thing as the day before, only with marinara sauce this time.
Since we would be doing our half marathon in the morning, we also got our deserts... this time we split a small carrot cake and a small key lime pie. SO DELICIOUS.
We headed back to the room and somehow A managed to stay awake until almost 9:30. The goal was to keep her up as late as possible so that she would sleep later for the babysitter. By the time I had everything ready for race day it was already about 10:00.
2:59 was going to come early.