The Glass Slipper Challenge is done. Welcome back to the half marathon world, Meghan. Your injury took you out pretty hard, but you proved your resilience and strength. Care to tell us your thoughts on the 10K & Half Marathon?
The Disney Enchanted 10K and Princess Half Marathon (Glass Slipper Challenge) were Saturday & Sunday this weekend. I’ll make this short for those that just want to see the pictures: 3am wake up calls are no joke when you are running races. 🙂
Day 1 (Thursday): drive to Cincinnati, fly to Orlando, go to race expo, spend lots of money, eat dinner at the “resort”, go to bed happy.
Day 2: Magic Kingdom! 3:30pm dinner at Be Our Guest. Go to bed happy at 8:30pm.
Day 3 (Enchanted 10K): 3am wake up call, on bus by 4am, wait around until 5:30am, run 6.2 miles, lose my Minnie Ears at mile 6.18999384439, take a 2 hour nap, eat 3:30pm dinner at The Boathouse, bedtime at 8:30pm.
Day 4 (Princess Half Marathon): Now the good stuff, and I’m sure it’s the reason why you are here reading this post. 🙂 The half marathon was a great experiences. Disney really knows what they are doing when it comes to organizing races. Maybe a few more shuttles could have been utilized, but 3 at a time came by our hotel in basically 15 minute intervals, so I can’t really complain too much.
We got to the race retreat and had a bagel & cream cheese. Then we followed the massive crowds to our corral (D). The 10K waiting period was terrible because you only walked 400 meters at most to get the corral. This time we walked almost a mile to get to the start line. My mother wondered aloud, “can we count this to our 13 miles?”
Miss America was there and she sang the national anthem. The Fairy Godmother was the official starter, who sent us on our way with her magic words and fireworks. And we were off running. I was concerned my legs weren’t going to be able to hold up because of the difficulties I had during the 10K. I was right. The Glass Slipper Challenge was no joke!
My hamstrings were leaden. It was almost awful. But definitely not as bad as Run The Bluegrass or the Diva. Taylor was struggling because of her sunburn gift the Florida weather gave her the day before. Not sure how she even moved with as bad as the sunburn was. Momma Elkins seemed to be strong.
Our costumes: Taylor was Cinderella. Mom was Anastasia. And I was Drizella! I had a lot of fun with it… even though my choker couldn’t stay on for longer than the bus ride to the race. 🙂 Seriously, this picture might be my favorite photograph that’s ever been taken in the history of Disney races. 🙂
The Glass Slipper Challenge was certainly a challenge for me. Coming off of injury, I wasn’t sure how my ankle was going to hold up across the 13 miles. I think it did okay; only a little swelling post race. My heart rate was sky high through the race… and my breathing was off… but I’ve got things to work on now, I guess, right? Eventually my legs will realize they are strong again, and my cardio-respiratory-capacities will normalize. I can’t wait for that day.
Water & Aid Stops: bravo to Disney volunteers! There was just about a 1:1 ratio of water stops to miles. Only one food station–Gu. Yuck. I could really support the addition of jelly beans or other candy (or fruit) to the aid stations. Bravo to the medical teams, too. I almost got feisty with a medic because he wouldn’t give me the Coca-Cola that was sitting off to the side. I just needed some carbs! He wanted me to drink PowerAde for the electrolytes. Look, dude, I know what my body can handle, and it loves Coke during a half marathon. Just give me a half glass. And thanks for the Tylenol. 🙂
The Medals (aka The Bling): I’m so so so excited for the medals. The bling really are awesome. Super heavy, good quality engraving, nice sparkles! Worth running two races for three medals.
The Mile Markers: My only complaint with the mile markers is the one thing I liked about them being in the dark. The lights inside the markers make them stand out from far away, and you can actually see them in the pre-dawn hours. But the lit-up signs create difficult lighting challenges for photographs. Catch-22.
The Race Retreat: To be honest, I think the retreat is worth the extra cost… but maybe not $150 extra. I get too nauseous post-races for me to enjoy a full breakfast. The cold drinks and the medical attention under the huge tent were worth it, though. And the fact that it was covered from the elements made for a good bonus. I’d buy a ticket again, I think.
Overall: My mom doesn’t want to run another Disney race because she wants to do Disney when she comes to Disney World. Running 19.3 miles in two days make for tired legs. Tired legs make for difficult navigation in the parks. I get what she is saying, but I’m on the opposite end of the spectrum. I will definitely do another Disney Race. Wine & Dine opens on March 16th!