January 11… and it slipped away this way:
Another early morning, another early bus ride, another race. It was the day of the half marathon: 21.1 klicks around Walt Disney World, starting near Epcot running up and through the Magic Kingdom, and then back down for one final swing through Epcot and to the finish.
The start was a bit of a fiasco this morning. The sound system in our coral wasn’t working so we couldn’t hear either the entertainment or what was going on: we just sat there in near silence on the the cool highway with a couple thousand others who also couldn’t hear anything… for about an hour. I’m in the same coral tomorrow so hopefully they get that worked out. I think I would have liked the distraction. YOu just sit there and let the race get in your head otherwise. Oh, and some lady near me sat on a hill of ants and she stirred it up and a few of us were slapping them off our shoes just before we started.
But then the race went. And it was crazy and awesome and amazing and exhausting all at once. I ran through Main Street of the Magic Kingdom and snapped a ton of selfies along the route. And my time was terrible… but less terrible than I was expecting considering the heat and the humidity and the the fact I’ve got to do it all over again (twice) tomorrow.
I rested. Then I got bored, so I went over to Downtown Disney for a stroll and lunch. Then I came back and rested more.
Highlights of the day include:
1) Apparently Claire got her wish of seeing Elsa and Anna from the new movie Frozen. They were in the Norway pavillion in Epcot and Karin waited in line for three hours for that.
2) I had a nice dinner by myself in the local family restaurant. I would wager as (a) a restaurant in a family resort and (b) a Disney thing, they don’t deal very often with solo diners. It’s like they didn’t understand why I might be there alone.
3) I’ve been getting all kinds of emails and facebook notes from friends back home… encouragement, well wishes, kudos, support, and more. That’s very cool everyone: thanks!
But now it’s pouring rain outside (hopefully it lets up for the morning) and it’s time for bed. Tomorrow evening I’m going to stay up late and have a beer.