Pro tip - don't sign up for a race if you don't know what time it starts. When preparing for this race last night, the Kiddo asked what time we were leaving. I was assuming I'd leave around 4:30ish, get down to the race around 7am. Well, I decided to double check the race start time, and boy am I glad I did! This race started at like 7! I don't know why I thought it started later, but I'm sure glad I double-checked.
So, we left way too damn early in the morning, but since it was so early, traffic was nonexistant. We arrived by 5:45am and scored a great parking space at the Library garage (for only $2 an hour). We chilled out in the car for a while, while I drank a can of Coke (I think the caffeine helps) and ate a cup of peanut butter.
Eventually, I got out and geared up; my Nathan, sadly, was still frozen (I'd put it in the freezer last night and expected it to melt on the way down), so I took a seperate water bottle.
Packet pickup was very busy and disorganized. First, you had to go get your bib, and then get in line for your shirt (I guess 10k folks don't get a bag or any sort of goodies?). Many people in the shirt line thought it was the bib line, causing the line to be much longer and slower than it needed to be. To be fair, I thought it was the bib line too, until a nice person in front of me pointed me in the right direction.
After I got my stuff, I hit the potties. Many of them had no TP in them, but there was a lady, who had finished her pottying, who gave me a baggie with some flushable wipes in it. They came in handy, so thanks, Wipe Lady!
After that, we had some time to kill, so I had hubby take a pic of me on the Winner's steps.
|The only time I'll be up here|
Okay, so you're asking... what's up with the calf sleeves? I thought you didn't need those anymore! Well, generally I don't. BUT... Over the past month or so, I'd been taking RAD classes with coworkers (it was just for our department). The first class was bookwork and lectures. The second class was practicing basic moves (nut punches, gut kicks, etc). Our third class, which should have been in January with the first two classes, had to be pushed back, due to scheduling issues and didn't happen until the week after Gasparilla (end of February). This was affectionaly called "Fight Night." You were put in full combat gear (head gear, elbow/knee pads, chest plate, the whole deal) and taken into a room with three large dudes in full red suits.
|We wore all the black gear while kicking the ass of the guys in the red gear|
Anyway, back to the race. I got hugs and kisses then went to the start line. Of course got a Start Line Selfie!
|Everyone else seems so 'runner' and I'm over here with bedazzled sunglasses!|
I noticed that the start line was very quiet - no blaring music to pump everyone up, no loud DJs, not even the National Anthem? What the hell? (I learned later from Hubby that this part of Orlando has a city Noise Ordinance that was in effect until 7:00am).
|I like that BDR has flags at least, if no corrals|
Depite lots of brick roads, the area is a very pretty place to run in.
|Yay, Mile 1|
|Yay, MORE brick|
|Can we be done with this brick yet?|
|I don't care if you're at the back, don't block the route!|
|Yay, Mile 2! Cute flamingos|
|You got any more of that tasty chocolate milk?|
|Mile 3 - still feeling pretty good|
|Hmmm, milk or slurpee?|
As we're about in the middle of the race, I decided it was time for some fuel. However, all I had were some Frozen-themed gummy snacks. I wanted to see if these were as beneficial as chews. Honestly, they weren't bad...
|Do you wanna eat some fruit snacks? It doesn't have to be some fruit snacks.... okay bye.|
|Slow people coming, expect delays|
We encountered more brick roads, but my leg was still feeling numb, so I was still running. I missed the Mile 4 marker, but nothing fun happened, so here we are at Mile 5!
|Pretend there's two signs - one for Mile 4 and one for Mile 5|
|Ironic - He pulled out of the race on this day|
At one point before the race, I had mentioned to the family that they could come and spectate at about Mile 5.5. There was a straight road that ran between the street I was running on and the street the finish line was on. Well, when I got to this area, I saw no family. I began to worry, because I didn't know if I'd missed them, if they'd missed me or if they got lost! Oh well, I just kept on sloggin' on. I'm almost done!
Around the corner was Mile 6 and the finish line was within sight!
|I like when race directors put out the final mile sign, even if you CAN see the finish right ahead of you|
|I almost look like I'm running!|
|Girl, those calf sleeves do you no beauty favors|
|The medal GLOWS IN TEH DARK!|
We headed over to the Best Damn Post Race Party and wandered for a quick bit. I got a Dunkin' Donuts donut hole and some water, but I don't think we did anything else (Hubby's not much of a wanderer).
|Not a bad turnout of vendors|
|Um, uh, okay.|
|That's.... not hot. I've seen Deadpool, and you sir, are no Deadpool.|
We headed back to the parking garage and headed out; our total was $8 to park for the 3+ hours we were there.
My plan for lunch was Long John Silver's. I'd discovered there was one on Michigan, so we drove over there, but right before we pulled in, I realized... It's only 9:30 in the a.m.! They won't be open yet for at least another half-hour, or more. We sat in the parking lot for a bit, trying to figure out what we wanted to do (skip it, get breakfast, eat at Disney, etc). Every five minutes or so, a short blonde-haired lady would walk past the front doors and give us the stink-eye. I don't know who she was, or what her problem was, but if she was some sort of management, it was pretty unprofessional - don't alienate your clientele by making faces at them out the window!
So, I decided to waste some time by going to WaWa and changing out of my running clothes (what I would have done at LJS, had they been open).
I popped into WaWa, changed my clothes, and, of course, made a courtesy purchase as a thank you.
|Best candy ever? Quite possibly.|
Once finished at WaWa, we headed back to the LJS on Michigan, thinking that they would be open (I'm pretty sure the sign on the door said they opened at 10:30).We pulled into the same parking spot we had before and walked up to the doors...
|Can I come in? I have money and would like fast food fish|
We found another LJS on John Young Parkway, so we went to that one instead. It also is a shared space with KFC and that was to our detriment.
There was no one there but us, and it's Saturday at 11:30. Hmmm.
I got the LJS Sampler, the kiddo got popcorn shrimp and hubby got chicken. We had to get KFC wedges since they didn't carry LJS fries. Which sucked, because the wedges tasted weird. The proteins were all tasty, though. I ended up saving my chicken for later because I was so full.
|Fish, Chicken, Shrimp, Hush Puppies. KFC wedges on top.|
Once we were done stuffing ourselves silly (well, mostly me and the Kiddo; Hubby's not a fan of LJS and didn't think until later that he could have gotten KFC food!), we powered up the Garmin to figure out how to get us to Epcot. First, it tried to take us to Downtown Disney. Then it tried to send us into the back door of Epcot, so we gave up on the Garmin. Somehow, we ended up getting to the MK parking lot without going through the parking plaza! Hope I don't get towed!
We decided to just park at the TTC and mono over to Epcot. Epcot currently had Flower & Garden Festival in full swing, and I love this time of year - Epcot is always extra beautiful! (Seriously, I took 743 photos - not counting the ones that got deleted! I love this!)
|Flower beds around the lagoon|
|Obligatory Geodesic Sphere Photos|
|Sorcerer Mickey from Fantasia|
|I'm so pretty|
|Random Purple Flower that Butterflys Like|
|More Lagoon Flower Beds|
|More Artsy, with creepy Butterfly Topiaries in the background|
|Chip and Dale Topiaries|
|Wilderness Explorer Mickey|
|This way to the ride!|
|Floating thingies in the lagoon|
|Phineas and Ferb Topiaries|
|Random Blue Flowers|
|To Infinity... And Beyond!|
|Lt. Dan needs me!|
|Cool little things that most Disney guests don't slow down to appreciate|
I met the family outside of Test Track and we made our way out of the park, back on the monorail to the TTC and eventually, of course, to Wawa! Potty, gas, food, then home. It's been a long day!