I got dressed and headed over to Epcot on the first bus at 3:30am. One thing I did for this race that I had never done for any other race was Race Retreat. It involves a climate controlled area with breakfast, some freebies, a private changing area, and brunch after the race. January weather in Florida can be any combination of seasons, with one year even being snowy! I made my way through the new security and to race retreat that morning.
To be honest, I don't even remember eating this breakfast. I was so scared that morning, by myself, and wishing I had someone there with me for my first marathon.
And met up with some of the Princess Posse there:
Now one thing you don't know about Disney races, is that from the holding area, there is about a half a mile walk to the start line:
The first start was at 5:30. Each group got their own fireworks and countdown from Mickey himself. I started my race at 6:16 am.
The first couple of miles were in the dark. All I remember from those miles is I wish I had stopped at the last set of porta-potties.
In this area is where Jack Skellington race up behind me, yelled, "Boo" and I screamed louder than necessary!
Past the TTC, runners are limited to one lane going by the Contemporary Resort. We also have a steep downhill under the canal that joins Bay Lake to the Seven Seas Lagoon. IT Bands, beware! :)
Before we know it, we are at Mile 5, going into the Magic Kingdom:
And towards Cinderella's Castle. I get teary-eyed everytime I get here. There are lots of people cheering us on there.
So, I was heading to Mile 6. So far, it's the same path as the princess half marathon. Very shortly, however, I would be heading towards uncharted territory.
Coming up--I feel like I'm in NASCAR.