This was a milestone race for me - my 20th Half Marathon & my first Coast to Coast Medal.
So let's start from the beginning. For all you Orlando runDisney runners - my alarm was set for 4:45 am. Yes - you read that right, 4:45 am!!! For all you non Orlando runDisney runners, this is a huge deal. Last weekend, my alarm was set for 2:30 am for the Wine Dine Half so I welcomed that extra few hours, plus with the time change in my favor, it was like sleeping in! We stayed at Disney's Grand Californian which is adjacent to Downtown Disney (which has two Starbucks that opened at 4am on race day!).
I grabbed a toasted bagel and a double shot of espresso from Starbucks and headed to the start line, which was right outside of the hotel. No shuttles, no walking 20 minutes to the start line. This was paradise. To say I started the race in a fantastic mood was an understatement.
Miles 10-12 flew by. I texted Gabe at mile 10 to let him know it was time to head down to the finish line. Those miles are a blur and the only thing I remember about them is that I adjusted my run walk ration at that point to 1/1. For the first time ever, when my alarm went off to walk, I wanted to keep running. This happened throughout the entire 13.1. I had adjusted to a lower ratio because I didn't want to push myself too hard knowing we had plans to meet friends later that day for brunch on the beach.
At the end of the day, this was one of my top two runDisney race and would suggest this in a heartbeat to anyone looking to do a runDinsey California race.