Well its been a week now since I received my PHM Medal #3. Here’s how it went down…..
We awoke at 2:30 to get dressed, suit up and make the 3:15 bus. I really wanted to avoid sitting in traffic this year and walking wall to wall in a shuffle to the start, so per advice from other, I heard you HAD to be on the bus by 3:15. Plus PbRC was having a team photo at 4am, I wanted to meet up with my Drizella Patty and heard we might have a special celebrity at the photo. The other princesses were NOT happy, but they did it for me. Thanks for the no traffic bus ride ladies, I had a whopping 4.5 hours of sleep and arrived to Epcot parking lot ready for the fun.
Our race goals…
2. Finish feeling good
3. Get Lots of Pics
4. Have a Blast!
It was 70 degrees with 94% humidity….talk about thick. Hopefully the rain would hold off since I was in my part satin Anastasia costume. I don’t normally wear makeup for a race but I piled it on for my costume – I was dolled up 80’s style like a Robert Palmer gal. Amy had her basket and baguette from France on the ready…we were bummed we forgot to put a book in there, but major props to her for this. She was like a legend among the crowd.
|Me as Stepsister Anastasia, Amy as Provincial Belle|
We met up with Patty my stepsister and pinned on our back bibs Bonnie had made for us. They really set us apart from the “other” lesser Tremaine stepsisters.
|Yeah, we were having fun at 4am!|
We met up with the PbRC facebook group for a team photo and team Run3rd Photo complete with Sean Astin….he totally high fived me before he left to go back to the VIP’s. Totally nice guy and great pep talk we got.
Video from youtube Crystal Wiseheart, PbRC – hey look Wendy is checking her phone, Bonnie is applying lipstick and Amy has the Baguette! He was wearing my new friend Laura’s tiara for the race – yeah, my KT Tape teacher…
|Team PbRC and RUN3rd Pre-Race Group Photo…hey its Sean!|
We began the 20 minute walk to the starting corrals and guess what…..you know the worst thing about being female? OK its not horrible cuz it involves childbearing and all…BUT one of my posse thought Aunt Flo had made a visit and she forgot the provisions. Oh that is the WORST! Anyhoo, we walked to the corrals and Disney gave us a “Have a Magical Race” sign along with view such as these tucked behind the back roads of Epcot:
|Snow White Bonnie ready to go for it! NOTE balloon in background is NOT Balloon lady, though sure looks similar!|
|YES, an old Resort Boat! Seen better days I am sure… would make a great Jungle Cruise prop|
|We made it to corrals and YES Aunt Flo was our invisible runner!|
|SO humid and hot, I had a cooler shirt packed in my Sparkle Tech Skirt just in case. YES those pocket are AMAZING they hold all kind of race supplies ..|
Amy, Patty and I would be starting together in Corral C. Wendy would start in G and Bonnie in H.
We get to the pre-corral POP’s (port o potties) and YES, its confirmed, Aunt Flo is with us. We will be stopping at first medical tent available for supplies since none among us are prepared for this and well, we didn’t feel like starting to randomly ask around – good thing we have the basket to hold extra stuff. Its hot and humid, we decide we are taking it slow AND will be hydrating. THIS decision without “AND MONITORING OUR TIME” puts us in serious danger, though we have not realized it yet. Keep in mind all week prior to the race I ate a daily banana, 2 coconut waters AND drank pickle juice as race prep along with drinking my water. At the parks I drank LOTS of water and 2 powerades a day to avoid hydration issues. I am worried about the heat and humidity and gladly agree to slowing it down. We knew going in Patty is known as having to use the facilities alot and with all the hydrating we were prepared to stop. We forgot to think about keeping up with our time…..
The Fairy Godmother starts the race…then starts it for the corrals in front of us and soon its our turn ease on down the road – well until we find medical. Those wonderful volunteers at the first medical tent…they helped out my friend and we learned here that well, it was gonna be a whole lot of bathroom stopping since Patty had to go! Whilst we were there the friendly medics cut the tulle out of my sleeves to cool down my already hot shoulders. Those wonderful volunteers, were so darn friendly and helpful…the were a bit concerned about my satin. I showed them my extra shirt and they seemed happy I had taken precautions.
|The first of MANY potty stops for um, some in our party. Hidden and clean at least or so I heard.|
The first few miles of the race we just did our intervals nice and slow…I don’t even remember what they were, Patty was in charge…thinking 2/1. Once again we ran into Kat from Disboards…though this year we realized it BEFORE the photos….and took a photo of her.
|Hello Internet Friend from Team Goddess!|
We hit the Magic Kingdom parking lot and it was still dark and muggy out there….though daybreak if ya wanna believe was coming up…so let it shine, shine, shine…all around the World… Disneyworld that is.
Shortly after this we passed Lightening McQueen, he was on the wrong side of the road from us and it was crowded so we skipped him…then came across my ONLY must do photo…. The Disney Villains Lady style! We saw a PbRC pacebook in line and jumped in with them so we would have a group photo and well not wait as long. Drizella saw me and Patty between princess Photos and gave me a Thumbs Up AND a thumb/forefinger “OK” sign with her hands for our costumes….I was honored!
|Look how excited she was to see us!|
|Here we all are! Look we caught up with Laura over on the far left!|
We then passed by the happiest entertainment on the course….the drummers from Japan’s Pavilion at Epcot.
|They digged Drizella getting all up in their space!|
Shortly after this we ran through the Magic Kingdom Ticket and Transportation center – the only time I went potty on the race BTW though we sure stopped a bunch and in the Men’s room, hey no lines. We came out and guess who we ran into? WENDY, yep she started 30 minutes after us and caught up with our slow butts. So we all headed into the Magic Kingdom together.
As usual you are just running and next thing you know….there you are on Main Street surrounded by cheering family members!
|Enjoying the moment!|
|It’s Wendy! She was running a race to catch us!|
We stopped for a group photo before the turn off to Tomorrowland….
|We made the Castle!|
|Hey its Mickey and Minnie topiaries and a guy in drag as Rapunzel!|
We had a blast getting some photos made…
|To Infinity and Beyond…..|
|ALICE and Mad Hatter!|
|No One Eats Like Gaston!|
|Very Different from the rest of us is Belle…. hey look my race dedication is holding up on the arm!|
While apparently our back bibs entertained along the race and many ran up behind us for a back photo, Amy with her basket, continued to fascinate. We were rock stars I tell ya! One princess ran up to Amy around the Teacups and said, “You are carrying that basket with bread the whole race”. Amy graciously said “Yeah, its really not bad”. The other princess told her that was awesome and ran off, then shouted out “I need six eggs!”. Not missing a beat, Wendy yelled out to her waiving a finger “They’re too expensive!” Love my Disney geek friends…oh and if you are scratching your head, its a song provincial Belle sings in the movie. Duh.
We had our “run” through the castle….more like a slow shuffle getting into a concert in a crowd and made it to the front for our castle photos. Royal Minnie and Mickey were on hand, but MAN it was PACKED. I think we might have gotten some pixie dust at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique on our way too…
|Run a race, are you nuts, I want a photo of this!|
|You know that shot RunDisney has of you running alone through the castle? Well not my experience! But fun and magical nonetheless.|
|Sisters, Sisters, never were there such devoted Sisters….|
|Baguette still going strong!|
|Almost there….out of magic Kingdom and slowest mile ever…I have had faster miles in Extra Magic Hours! But who can say no to stopping for Prince Naveen and Louis!|
|Stop the race….Its my favorite ride Splash Mountain…how do you do? zip a dee doo dah!|
|All I wanted was a pic with Prince Charming, at this point the line was SO long and they were being switched out for Aurora and Philip….Yeah Patty is all smiles, I was not happy! OK I was happy….just photo bummed.|
|Splash mountain was under refurb while we were there and closed….look we ran by all the logs..they seemed so lonely and dry.|
|Half Way….sheesh, its been like 2 hours, the song was Alicia Keys “this girl is on fire…”….um with my sweat and this crowd, there was no being on fire here. Not my favorite song, but it won the vote as official half way motivational song. What evs…|
We realized at this point we had fallen WAY back, between all the potty stops I haven’t mentioned and photos and long lines, well we were back there with the walkers. We told Wendy if she wanted to run ahead she was more than welcome since it was her first half…but she said it was fun hanging with us, and it was! Though this stretch of the race is 1 lane and PACKED, so you just have to enjoy the company and get ahead best you can.
|Hey Santa! Run! This rockin’ Santa, actually beat us – I saw him crossing the finish before us.|
|A Sweep is as lucky as lucky can be…..well unless you get swept at a race for going to slow and we did not realize it, we were in danger!|
We came across these cheesy dudes at the wedding pavilion. I got some funny pics with them last year so we had to stop. We were waiting in a very short line and I realize “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan was playing. I looked at Patty then my arm dedication and got all teary eyed. I was like “its Caleb’s Song”. Patty was so sweet she just touched my shoulder and said “i know its so hard”…..she lost a child too, she gets it. So I turn around and cry a minute….then regroup and get this shot. Amazing I chose not to have my music, yet just over half way through the race, Caleb and my song was playing!
|I was like all “my precious precious” from LOTR with the glass slipper in character. Notice at this point Patty was hot and changed her shirt and took off her bustle and bows.|
Ran by the golf course and well we need photos in the Mickey Golf Cart…I mean its a must before Mile 8 you know?
We came across the mile 8 marker and I snapped a photo…see those buses behind it, the yellow ones, those are the ones they use to pick up people who fall behind pace…..you have to maintain a 16 minute mile from the time the last runner crosses the starting line to not get picked up by a bus. When the official race pacer AKA the Balloon lady’s pass this point and others on the course…the buses pull across the street and you are forced to get on and get a ride to the end. You are “swept”. We had no idea when we ran by this sign how close we were to the balloon ladies. So looking at the time in this photo below….the balloon ladies were on our heels based on the 16 minute mile minimum pace and sheesh…. clock time vs start time vs our time….I think the sweepers were like 6 minutes behind us at the point. Thank goodness we didn’t wait in the Cinderella line, I think we would have been forced on the bus!
|Me with the Orlando Accoridan Club|
|You can see princesses cheering us on on top of the bridge after running the clover leaf ramp.|
|We are finally de-stressed about the Sweepers!|
|ICE ICE BABY with the medal…oh my arches and heel were so happy! And yes, the KT tape, held and LOVE my new FEETURES socks!|
|Nice Bling and well deserved for your strong finish Bonnie!|
Mile 2 15:38
Mile 3 14:33
Mile 4 18:44
Mile 5 15:53
Mile 6 20:59
Mile 7 32:29 a new record!
Mile 8 22:01
Mile 9 14:34
Mile 10 19:46 – Hello Balloon lady and guys on bikes!
Mile 11 12:30
Mile 12 12:20
Mile 13 14:28 – can you say, lets finish this nice and easy while Patty changes her attire!
Mile .1 13:39
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