After sixteen weeks of training, race day week finally arrived. I made the short trip out to California from Arizona and was completely focused on my goal. I had set a personal goal of completing the 6.2 miles under one hour and fifteen minutes. That meant I had to run an eleven minute mile. I was determined to do it.
Two days before the race, I visited the runDisney Expo with my friend to pick up my race packet and explore. As to be expected, Disney has people moving down to a science. Picking up my packet was painless and getting through the expo easy. I couldn't believe the number of people there and the buzz. Everyone was legitimately excited to be there and run. Seriously... we're all crazy.
At the expo, I was fortunate to find the missing piece to my race day outfit, which is really what the expo was all about. I bought this incredibly appropriate shirt for my run.
You can purchase it here, along with many other Disney-themed run apparel (yes, there's Star Wars too!).
Before I knew it, race day was upon me. With my support crew in tow, we headed to Disneyland at 4:00 am. I was ready.
I won't give you the mile-by-mile summary but I will tell you, Disney doesn't lie. Every mile was magical. The race route was really well planned and there were characters/musicians/supporters at every turn. It was the most distracted 6.2 miles of my life. I've said it before and I'll say it again - the race was worth every penny.