People are on their way home from the bar at that hour. Alison and I were waking up to get ready for our 1/2 marathon.
Mary Lynn (my mother in law and fellow runner) drove us to EPCOT for the start.
ARRIVE AT EPCOT
Try to remember where we parked the car (Create 42 and we did!)
WANDER INTO THE PRE-RACE AREA
Notice there are tons of women wearing tutus and glitter
Eat our PBJs
HEAD TO OUR CORRALS
Pass expired disney vehicles such as old jungle cruise boats and backlot trams
See a man wearing a tutu
ARRIVE AT CORRALS
Say bye to ML who is in group A after finishing her previous half in 2:02
We are newbies with no times and head to group D
DECIDE WE SHOULD SIT
Al finds a garbage bag so her yellow shorts stay clean
Watch the jumbotron which includes a bunch of nutcases 'hosting' the preshow [who Al was convinced were on drugs] act extra cheery about the ridiculous hour of the day
Outside temperature: 68 degrees
GROUP A START
ML is off!
GROUP D START
We are off!
During the next 2+ hours, we 'off-roaded' to avoid slow people in our way on the pavement. We heard words of encouragement from spectators and fellow runners. We also had Mom, Michael, Sal & Mario there cheering us on.
We ran from EPCOT up to the Magic Kingdom, through Cinderella's castle, and back in 2:21. Not the time we were hoping for, but you have to start somewhere. The weather was not ideal. It was warm and very humid. I actually got the chills part way through the race because I was drenched. Kind of gross. But Al kept me going and we finished strong!
We heard live music and saw countless Disney characters along our route. It was our first 1/2 marathon and I was so glad my sister was my running buddy. There were 26,000 runners, and we finished 2842, so in the top 10.9% of runners. For my first race, even though I did not run quite as fast as I'd like, I am happy to be in that group.
Now all we have to do is decide what race to run next. Now that we have a time to submit, we can get a closer corral and start working on shaving minutes off our time.