So trying something new here. Writing a race recap while it’s still fresh in my mind (and legs). I know, I know… but it’s only been 1 day, not 60 or 360.
That Shenangians is CRAAAAZY.
Tis true. But maybe a bunch of hills and a PR will do that to you? I’m trying to get better when it comes to blogging about things I think might be helpful to others, so in that light, here’s the first day after a race recap from me! Really!
I woke up around 3am when the windows to my hotel room sounded like they were going to blow in on me. The wind had started. I did not allow myself to get up and look out the balcony because if I had, there’s a good chance I may have turned the alarm off and gone back to sleep.
What you may or may not know about me, is that I am the truest of fair weather runners. I don’t run in rain, cold, wind, hail, sleet or snow. If I was part of the Postal Service, I would be fired. I might run if it’s hot- I am in Texas and not too many cool days in the summer. But I also might not go outside- that might be the day I choose to treadmill train with my big fan and AC blowing on me. I’ll do the work, but I really don’t like to do it to the point of misery.
That being said, I know it would be smarter and make me a better runner mentally if I pushed outside those comfort zones and trained in some harsher conditions. Race day may bring you ANYTHING- especially in Texas. “You don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it will change,” is a common saying here. Florida is the same, and since most of my runs have been in those 2 states you’d think I’d learn by now.
Here’s the weather report from weather.com in Dallas yesterday.
|Dallas, March 24, 2013|
Not really my cup of tea when it comes to running, yall. The temp was fine- I have learned to embrace and love the cooler running temp. I am all about running in 40-50 degree F weather. (4-6 degrees C for my Canadian friends- holla!) But the wind- oh my goodness! The wind was harsh. It was mean. It was like, “Hey Shenanigans- you only THOUGHT this was going to be fun. Nah nah nah boo boo.” Really. STFU, man.
I got up and got dressed.
|Sorry for the lighting! I loved this skirt!|
But then I went outside on the balcony. It took me 2 seconds. I came back inside and had to change.
|Borrrriiinngg. But warm|
Not as sparkly and cute, but a lot warmer. Had to be done!
Got to the Fair Grounds ok. Had to park there, then shuttle back to the start. Sounded complicated to me, but really it was super easy. Free parking for race runners and a warm bus with hundreds of your new running buddies- we sang songs on our way to the start. Not really. But our teeth were chattering in sync which was kinda cool.
This is where running in a city you don’t know with a local really comes in handy! My running partner for the day, Laura, texted that she was hanging out in the WXYZ bar right across from our corral. And they had bathrooms. YES.
Headed down a hill (last down hill I’d see for hours y’all) and dropped my bag off at bus number 7. The bag drop, like the expo, was easy to manuever and I have no complaints here! They took our bags onto the bus and drove the same bus over to the Fair Grounds where we ended. I just had to find bus 7 again. Really smooth transition.
Met up with Laura and one of her friends in the warm and windless bar. Perfect. I was most concerned with the idea of standing in a corral for 90 min waiting to run in this wind. When I saw the corrals completely empty all the way up the street at 7:15am, I knew I wasn’t in Disney anymore! They have us in corrals for hours but that didn’t seem to be a concern to RnR. I liked it. I really really liked being able to feel my hands and face for a little while and not worrying about the corrals filling it.
|Warming by the fire|
|Laura! Rockstar awesome LAURA!|
We left for the corral around 7:50. Laura and her friend dropped their bags off up the hill, we managed to get into our corral (11 out of 16) just as the race started. Completely not how we do things at Disney!
We were ready to get this party started… or so I thought. What’s a party without tunes? What’s a run without music? I was about to find out…
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)