These races were quite the event to tackle. There’s a good reason for me pairing them together too. I ran them in the same weekend. Race 7 was a 10k and race 8 was a half marathon. Sound crazy? Yes, yes it does. But there was a very specific reason for me doing them back to back.
I ran the Star Wars Light Side’s Rebel Challenge! The half had been on my bucket list for the past year (was too late to register in 2016, it had sold out by the time I figured out there WAS a Star Wars run at Disney). I hopped at the opportunity to sign up for it. So six months in advance I forked over quite a bit of money, convinced myself that not only could I do the half but throwing in a 10k the day before was a GREAT idea.
The 10k was a solid run. The 3A wake up and corrals were a bit of a shock, but jet lag really helped with the former. Who needs sleep after you flew across the country?! I even dressed up as a pink BB8, because why not? I think I’ll make some edits to the skirt for next year but overall I am happy with the outcome. And yes, I did sew the skirt and tights. That was fun. I also did a simple version of Han Solo for the half.
The course it’s self was contained to Disneyland and it was wonderful. I’d never been out there so I got to take in my first gazes of the park as I was running around it. You know, trying not to die at the same time… Made for a memorable experience. The people running by in costume made it even better. Who else can claim their first time in Disneyland was surrounded by people in cosplay?
I was rather pleased to get to the finish line, but then again who isn’t? I had a marvelous friend who came with me to run the half and was able to get a few post race pics. Thanks L!
The marathon was a bit more of a challenge. I spent almost ALL of December sick with some sort of lingering cold. All four fricking weeks. I did make a few attempts to get out and run but they just made me feel so much worse. Talk about feeling like death…
Now why would that be relevant? Because the half sucked. It was the hardest race I have ran, including my hazy memories of my first races in high school (was so not ready for those…). I ran a good clip up until about mile 7 and then I had to start taking walking breaks. I’m the type of person that, I may be slow, but I’m still going to run if I can (kudos to those who do the Gallaway plan, the run/walking split looks impressive and a number of people passed me that way). It’s part of my lovely, stubborn personality. Made it through to the finish line in 3 hours though. Much better than I had expected.
The lesson has been learned that training is a MUST and I’m not going to wing another half marathon. My knees suffered quite a bit even with wearing a knee brace the day after the race. I’ll be much more careful the next time…
The medals for this were awesome though! I snagged three.
BB8 was the 10k’s medal.
The half was Leia and Han, while the challenge had a lovely silhouette of C3PO.