January 9… trotted along something like this:
Four am came pretty early for everyone.
I’d been tossing and turning all night, waking up periodically for various reasons, nervous energy not the least of those. I guess one of the big stresses of this run has not been my own training, but the fact I dragged my family along for the adventure. Nearly everyone — seven of us — were running the five kilometer fun run, and only two of those had ever run a five klick run previously (and that’s counting me, too.)
But we made it to the bus, made it to corral D, and made it across the start line. And we ran, and we walked and we sprinted and then we stopped for photos and ran some more.
In the end, we crossed the line at about 50 minutes (according to my watch, not the race clock) which was not entirely terrible for having the pace set by a six year old.
And it didn’t burn me out, so that’s another plus.
It did result in an all-round quiet day back at the hotel. Because of the early morning for nearly all of us, we opted to take a day off from the parks and just hung out at the resort.
There was a lot of napping going on, and then everyone kinda went their separate ways after lunch: the kids to the pool, the golfers out to the local course, and me for a nap in a pool-side lounge chair.
And then the rain started. Hours of rain. Down-pour rain.
The Highlights of the Day include:
1) Claire crossing the finish line, of course. Hey, if anyone has been following along with my running journey you’ll know that I started this whole thing because I had a little girl who needed a better role model for a dad. Crossing the line with her on her first 5k run… hey… do I need to even explain that feeling?
3) Sleeping by the pool. I don’t know if it was the run or the sun or the early wake ups or just the fact I was laying beside a pool, but I had a great little nap.
After our little siesta, we bussed it over to Epcot for the Pasta in the Park party. It was a great big meal and event for the runners, where we got some awesome treats and special seats for the Illuminations light show. It made for a late night before the 10k tomorrow, but hey… we’re here for a little fun, right?