Sunday morning came far too early, and not even rolling my feet, or sitting with my legs up the wall helped get rid of all the aches from Saturday. However, the race needed to be run, so up I got!
I absolutely loved my costume for this race, and I know many of you did, too! All the credit goes to Katie for coming up with this super fun play on Ironman 🙂
Super Heroes Half Marathon
We walked to the start to meet up with Amy who ran the Ragnar back in 2014 with Katie and I. I hadn’t seen her since then, so it was so great to see her, even though it was only for about 5 minutes until I needed to make my way to Corral B (ha!).
My plan for this race was very similar to the 10k: don’t die.
Again I started out slowly, and very soon into the race I could tell that my body likely wasn’t going to be overly cooperative with the whole moving forward thing. I didn’t pay much attention to the course map. I knew we’d run through the parks first, and then we’d run through Angel’s Stadium at some point, but beyond that, I really just followed the person in front of me.
The only character I really wanted to stop for was Ironman, but there was no Ironman character stop on the course – what the heck, Disney?! Since most of the stops were the same as last time, I just kept on trudging forward for the 4 miles in the park before we headed into the streets of Anaheim.
Now, if you haven’t spent much time in Anaheim, it’s maybe not the nicest of areas. Disney is great, but there are some pretty shady areas (including our motel where we played “drug dealer or not’?! but it was $60/night so I wasn’t about to complain…..much). The scenery of the course really wasn’t the greatest. Some industrial and resedential areas, but nothing that really wowed me in any way. This was not overly helpful considering I hopped on the struggle bus around mile 3. Let me tell you, 10.1 miles on the struggle bus is not fun.
Somewhere around mile 6 or 7, Ann and Heather were sending Joe Biden memes back and forth, so I took and text and walk break and those memes certainly cheered me up!
I also perked up upon seeing Angel’s Stadium, but what I didn’t realize is that I needed to run a freaking mile around the parking lot before entering the stadium. A mile around a parking lot also isn’t a good time.
Please note: I was very likely coming down with whatever cold plagued me for 10 days following my trip, so my struggle bus ride and overall foul mood doesn’t reflect on Disney at all. Also, please train for races and don’t be like me.
Once we entered the stadium it was a different story. Similar to running the stadium in Walt Disney World, I teared up. The announcer also told us we had 4.3 miles to the finish and that brought tears to my eyes because I can run 4.3 miles.
Being able to count down the miles made the slog somewhat better. I worked to walk for 10 minutes and then run to the next mile marker and kept repeating throughout the rest of the race. Ann also reminded me she walked a 5k while 9 months pregnant (true story) so if she could do that, then I could run/shuffle a 5k. Definitely true, but I wasn’t happy about it.
I kept up the run/walk and nearly cried tears of joy upon seeing the mile 12 marker and then again when we were headed to the finish line. I did my best to look like I was running on the way to the finish, but that might be somewhat questionable 😉
Once I crossed I made my way to get my Challenger Medal and then my Coast to Coast Medal and took pictures before chilling for a while at the self med tent. Again I decided I should ice my knees and then made my way to gear check. There was no way I was going to move for a bit, so I sat, and snacked, and just generally wallowed in my misery (I can be a real treat when I start to get sick).
Lexie crossed the finish right as I was planning to head to Starbucks, so we went together and then were able to sit on the tram. Oh man, sitting always feels so amazing after a race.
This is by far the most miserable I’ve ever been during a half marathon. I was definitely under-trained for the WDW Marathon in January, but Katie and I were able to keep one another distracted and in relatively good spirits and this time I was on my own. That said, I doubt anyone would have wanted to suffer my under-training during this race.
Moral of the story: train for races and don’t be like me 😉13.1 miles on the struggle bus: Super Heroes Half Marathon race recapClick To Tweet
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