I'm sure it comes as no surprise thatmy first race was a Disney race.
My mom, my sister and I decided to go to Disney World to do the Royal Family 5K. Quite honestly, this race was more about a girls trip to Disney than it was about running the race. I never had a desire to really run a race and I figured this was just a one time deal.
Regardless of whether or not I thought this was a one time deal, I took it seriously and started training. I panicked when I found out that you had to keep a minimum pace of a 16 minute mile or you'd get "swept". I had no idea what a 16 minute mile pace was but my sister assured me I could do that walking. Regardless, I continued to train.
In February we headed to Disney and this is how it all went down.................
1. The night before the race I was so nervous. I read that race program cover to cover TWICE! I wanted to make sure that I was where I needed to be on time and that I knew what was going on!
2. On race day I wore the cotton race shirt with my cotton leggings. I pinned my race bib on my shirt much higher than any runner should. Way back when we did our first Royal Family 5K, there were no corrals. I probably didn't know what a corral was anyway!
3. While we were waiting to start, we started talking to a group of girls that ran the race the year before. Their advice to us was to have fun and stop and take pictures. WHAT??? I did not know there would be characters/entertainment on the course. I was NOT stopping. This is a race for crying out loud, why would I want to stop. I trained for this and I wanted to run and see what I could do.
4. BUT...... We ended up stopping at every character stop. And because I read that race program cover to cover and it was so adamant about hydrating, I stopped at every water stop and drank a cup of water. Yea, my mom and sister were making fun of me at that point. It's funny cus this was the only 5K I've ever stopped at for water ! I drank more water on this 5K course than I did running a half marathon! Also, this is the only Disney race that I remember all the princess being out for.
5. This race wasn't chip timed so I don't remember what our time was, but I do remember us being really proud of our finish time even though we stopped for all the characters. There was so much hoopla and everyone was so supportive. Of course I was now hooked! This became the race I of course measure all other races by. I was perplexed when I found out that not all races had huge finish lines, had photographers, gave medals (or medallions) and snack boxes.
So that pretty much sums up how my running journey started. -M
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.