Disney Princess Half - 10.13 miles in 2:53 [unofficial per Garmin]
This is not so much a race report as a list of oddities and observations:
For some odd reason, they gave us medals. I found that mildly distressing (on top of being pulled from the race distress).
In case you were wondering, bus drivers on all Disney buses (including those filled with mostly weeping girls) religiously stick to the castmember script. "Goooood morning! Welcome to the Bus of Shame! We'll just be taking a quick ride back to the runner's village..." So chipper. So wrong. (OK, I paraphrase a bit but he was way too happy for the occasion.)
My bright spot in this (other than my fabulous friends who made the trip with me): I figured out that it's really easy to stay "off-campus" for a race as long as you have a car in Orlando. So much nicer to stay at my oh so comfortable usual place at the same rate as a far smaller and certainly less comfortable Disney Value Resort.
Disney did give out the cute mesh bags with this race (not seen since last Princess and missing at Disneyland, Wine and Dine and Marathon Weekend). Love them! On the other hand, the "goody" bag contents were again non-existent. It really is odd that there's just nothing but a couple of flyers in Disney bags.
I missed it at the Expo and race start but Disney is teasing a new race weekend (announcement in April). They break my heart and then want to add another race?? Stop the madness!
And in regards to those men with guns - Yes, when they split the field at Mile 10 (my friend C was not an arms length from the person in front of her that made the cut), it was a line of armed policemen that blocked our way. A little bit of overkill -- and definitely not the happiest place on earth that day! The thing that's really sad is 1) we could still see the balloon girls just ahead of us (literally -- just ahead) and 2) we were maybe a couple tenths of a mile from the ramp that would have gotten us to the next road (i.e., Disney was just minutes away from opening the road we were on anyway -- it probably took us longer to get herded onto the bus than if they'd just let us go around that curve and opened the road).
That said, I had a fabulous time with my friends but it's certainly a blow to get swept. And as odd as it seems, this was my first DNF for slowness -- the other was an injury. But as I mentioned last week, I'm doing a bit of a reboot and trying to get my focus back on the food side of the equation.
Started ww in may 08;
started walking in may 09; 1st 5K (walked) in july 09; started run/walk in aug 09; first half on halloween 09; first 10k on thanksgiving 09; 16 half marathons and one duathlon (plus some other stuff) completed to date; still wondering about the big one...