Half marathon day – and we have costumes! We went as Anna (Beth), Elsa (me), Olaf (Derek), and Kristoff (Noel) from the movie Frozen. The temps were still in the 40s – so still a touch chilly, especially for the waiting part before the race starts. Derek felt a need to try to imitate my stuffed Olaf with a gaping mouth in several pictures…
For the half and the full, Disney has a lot more corrals (A-P) – partly because there are more people in these races. In the last year or so, they’ve changed the structure of the corrals – they used to be all pretty even in size, but now they vary in size – they’ve made the front corrals pretty small which has been great. It used to be that corral A would hold runners ranging from 5 min/mile to 9 min/mile and people were not always great about standing where they “should” in the corral based on their expected pace – so it could take awhile to thin out and weave around. But now – the front corrals are much smaller which spreads people out better by pace. The downside for me is that I was in C – my first non-A Disney corral (insert sad face here). But the great thing is that the corrals take off – you can pretty much run your pace from the start line – awesome. So I really like the new corral system.
Derek still decided to run with me (he was assigned to A) – so Olaf and Elsa ran the half together. Olaf got a lot of love during the race with tons of spectators calling his name (one even chanted his name over and over). Elsa was not recognized nearly as often (hmmm… could be the Asian thing? or probably that my costume was a bit unremarkable). This of course explained to me why Elsa froze everything – she was pissed that Olaf got all the love!
We ran the half at an easy, comfortable pace and had a really nice time. It’s always nice running through the castle.
This was my first time running this half marathon course and I’ll admit, it’s not my favorite. I think they feel the need to have runners go through the Magic Kingdom (which is awesome with Main Street and the castle) – but as a result, there’s a lot of boring running on roads between Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. And the end has some odd hairpin turns – once outside of Epcot on the roads, then one at the entrance to World Showcase.
Beth and Noel ran together too – so we hung out in the family meet & greet area to wait for them to finish. It was still a little cold – so I pulled on my pajama pants (I had not packed a lot of pants) and a jacket. I managed to meet up with Rima – my little sister from my sorority days in college!
This day was really a lot of lounging around – we needed to stay off of our feet in preparation for the big day.