Wednesday, April 17, 2013

2013 Disney Princess Half Marathon Part 2: Magic Kingdom/Pre-Race

DSC02558 The day before the race, I allowed myself to sleep in as long as possible. I hoped that the more restful I felt on Saturday, the easier it would be to wake up at 2 AM on Sunday. Robert and I also planned for a relaxing day at Magic Kingdom.  When I am at Disney World, I cannot help but rush around to all of my favorite rides, so when we arrived at Magic Kingdom, it was nice to just stroll down Main Street and really take in everything. 

Throughout the day, we were able to get on all of our favorite rides (except Splash Mountain – it was closed for refurbishment), and see the parades and shows. We unfortunately did miss Wishes, which I was not thrilled about, but an early bedtime was necessary that night. One final thing I would like to mention about Magic Kingdom is that the new Fantasyland addition is amazing, and we were able to eat lunch at ‘Be Our Guest,’ the new restaurant located inside the castle from Beauty and the Beast. I could probably talk about this restaurant for a while, so I will save the review details for another post. What you need to know now is that the atmosphere is incredible, and honestly, the food is pretty good (definitely a step above usual theme park food)!  

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We headed back to the resort around 5 PM, and picked up dinner from the food court. I did not want a heavy meal since the race was the next morning, so I had a turkey sandwich with some chips. I had also been alternating all day (actually, the past 3-4 days) drinking water and Powerade Zero to stay hydrated. While relaxing and watching some TV (Tangled was on the Disney channel, which was fun since my race outfit was themed around Rapunzel), I did a lot of stretching, and also made sure to lay out all of my race gear so I would not forget anything -- there was no way my brain would be in ‘thinking mode’ at 2 AM.

267826_10101331747494308_1837513445_nLastly, I set more alarms than what was probably necessary (2 on my phone, 2 on Robert’s phone, 1 on the hotel alarm clock, AND an automated wakeup call from the front desk), but I really wanted to get on the first bus out of the resort at 3 AM since I was in corral A. I had also heard that the closer to 4 AM it is, the longer the lines are to get on a bus, and I was not about to risk being late or even missing the pre-race entertainment. I got into bed around 8:30 PM, and thus began one of the toughest times I have ever had trying to sleep! And even though it was not as early as I would have hoped, I did eventually fall asleep, and let me tell you, 2 AM arrived quickly.

When the alarms went off, I was surprised at how awake I was; my adrenaline was pumping! Excitement and nervousness ran through me as I put on my race outfit and tiara, and yes, a little bit of make-up (a princess has to try and look good for the camera even when she is drenched in sweat, right?!). After doing a few warm-up stretches and double checking that we had everything, Robert and I grabbed our breakfast (bagel with peanut butter + a banana) and headed out the door. We were in line just a few minutes past 3 AM, and got on the first bus to EPCOT!DSC02606DSC02610DSC02614 We made it to the pre-race area in the EPCOT parking lot, where there was a DJ and picture opportunities with a few Disney Princesses. There was food and water for purchase, and more port-a-potties than I have ever seen in my life. My favorite part was checking out all the costumes people created! After getting my picture with Rapunzel, and doing some stretches, the DJ announced for those in Corral A to head to the race start. Everything became very real in that split second. Robert helped to make sure I had everything I needed for the race, gave me a kiss, and reassured me that I would do great (he is the best!). At that point, I began my trek to the corrals.

SAM_0396It was about a 20 minute walk, and it went by fast. When we reached the corral area, there were even more port-a-potties (Tip: The lines in this area are much shorter than at the pre-race area). I reached corral A, and did some stretches. There was so much entertainment at the start line. They had guest speakers, videos, inspirational stories to share, and it made the time go by quickly. All of a sudden, the race was about the begin! The Fairy Godmother said her magic words, Bippity Boppity Boo, fireworks flew, and the wheelchair race began. After a few more minutes, it was time for corral A to head out. The Fairy Godmother sent up fireworks for us, and finally, my race began.SAM_0398

QOTD: Do you ever get pre-race jitters? What do you do to ease them?

2 comments

  1. I always get pre-race jitters. I actually take the opposite approach to your sleeping patterns. I try to wake up super early the morning before to get my body somewhat used to the early wake up call. Like you, I have a hard time sleeping the night before. Preparing everything the night before (shoes, food, etc) always helps, but I still get nervous. :)

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