Enchanted 10k

February 22, 2014

I’m decidedly less excited about the Enchanted 10k. The course is the same as the Minnie 10k during marathon weekend so it just isn’t anything new. It isn’t that I won’t enjoy the run, I just wish it was a different course.

My morning routine varies very little. I’m just a slow mover. The alarm sounds and I have to negotiate with myself to get out of bed. Once I’m up, I’m generally OK. Getting out of bed is definitely the hard part.

I move through my routine quickly while distracting myself from my sleepiness with the TV. Sportscenter is my go-to show in the early morning. I get dressed and eat my cereal and yogurt. When I’m finished, I grab my bib, pin it on, and then head out the door to the buses.

When I get off the bus, I head towards the entrance to the race. It’s the same area as from yesterday. I follow the herd of people making their way the same direction and then enter the area through the “no bag” line. I don’t generally check a bag at the races. I have checked them before but it is rare for me.

The DJ has the music going strong and there are a lot of people dancing in front of the stage. There are endless lines to the porta-potties and there are lines for refreshments at the food trucks and such. I dodge people as I make my way to the runner’s area so I can head to my corral. I can also use a bathroom on the “runner’s side” without having to wait so long.

I head to my corral and sit for a bit until the corral starts getting crowded. It’s nearly time for the first corral to be sent on their run so we’ll all be moving shortly. The National Anthem is performed and then, in true Disney fashion, the first corral is sent off with fireworks. Corrals are sent every few minutes to fireworks of their own and it isn’t long before my corral is on its way.

The start line at the inaugural Enchanted 10k.

The start line at the inaugural Enchanted 10k.

The course takes us out the EPCOT parking lot and around into a backlot area. We then enter EPCOT near Mexico in the World Showcase. We run most of the way around the World Showcase before heading out of the park towards the Boardwalk area. We run the Boardwalk and then loop back around by the Boardwalk Beach Resort. From there, we head back into EPCOT near the UK in the World Showcase. We follow the World Showcase the rest of the way around and then turn towards Spaceship Earth and the front of the park. We head out of the park and back towards the parking lot for the last stretch and the finish line.

There were some character stops along the way but I chose not to stop for any. I wanted to stop for Goofy by the ESPN Zone on the Boardwalk but by the time I realized it was Goofy, I would’ve had to turn around and run back. The line was fairly long too (even though they move relatively quickly) and I didn’t really want to wait.

The ESPN Zone at the Boardwalk. I missed a photo op with Sport Goofy and I took this while running!

The ESPN Zone at the Boardwalk. I missed a photo op with Sport Goofy and I took this while running!

After I finished, I made my way through the runner’s chute, grabbed some water and Powerade and a food box. Then, Glass Slipper Challenge runners had to get a wristband to show completion of the race. I get mine and then head to the photo lines for a finisher picture.

I find a spot and sit down long enough to drink some water and eat a little of the food from the box. I have plans to meet up with some other runners from the Team #runDisney Facebook group later at the Polynesian for Dole Whips. I’ve never had a Dole Whip but I hear they are delicious. I want to take a shower and a little nap so I head back to my room. Being up so early really kicks my tail.

A quick photo after finishing the Inaugural Enchanted 10k.

A quick photo after finishing the Inaugural Enchanted 10k.

My official time for the 10K was 1:22:09. Not my best time and not my worst. I enjoyed the race and didn’t really push myself. I have one more race to go for the weekend.

I used the coat hooks in my room as a makeshift medal rack for the weekend. Two races down and one to go!

I used the coat hooks in my room as a makeshift medal rack for the weekend. Two races down and one to go!

Until tomorrow…happy running.

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