Feb 23, 2013 What's Going On
I have a wake-up call in three hours, for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. This is my third time running it, and I know by now that a) I won’t sleep much tonight due to nerves, and b) it won’t matter. It’s impossible to feel sleepy when surrounded by twenty-three thousand people and pumped full of adrenalin. My nerves aren’t really caused by the race itself, they’re mostly from a fear of oversleeping and missing the race! The buses to the race start run from 3am-4am. Get out there later than that and you’re screwed.
So why am I doing this again? Why did I haul my lazy ass all the way down to Disney World to walk/run more than 13 miles? I can’t completely articulate it. Part of it is to challenge myself. Part of it is to say that yes, I did another half marathon. Part of it is to get another medal to hang on my wall. Part of it is an excuse to go to Florida each year during the coldest part of Brooklyn’s winter.
But whatever the reason, I’m excited. The first year, I was really scared that I wouldn’t finish – that I’d fall behind and get picked up by the dreaded sweeper bus. I finished in about three-and-a-half hours, near the back of the pack, but I finished. Last year I shaved fifteen minutes off of my time, enabling me to move up a couple of corrals this year, to corral E.
And my goal this year is to shave another fifteen minutes off, and finish in three hours. Honestly, I don’t know how realistic that is. I’d have to average fewer than fourteen minutes per mile, and considering I walk a lot of the race, that would be very fast for me. But I’m going to do my best! I didn’t even come close to following my training program this year, but I am way more prepared than I was the other times.
I’ve got all of my stuff laid out so that I don’t forget anything in the morning. I have two alarms set and a wake-up call coming at 2am. I’m ready.
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