Wednesday, September 25, 2013
On Labor Day weekend, I participated in a Disney Challenge called the Dumbo Double Dare, which consisted of a 10k on Saturday morning and a half marathon on Sunday morning. For doing both events, you would earn a bonus inaugural medal.
Labor Day weekend in my area was unusually hot and humid. After the 10k on Saturday, I made sure to rest and hydrate so I would be prepared for Sunday. I also changed my goal for Sunday. Since this was to be my second half marathon, I originally wanted to beat my time from the first half marathon. Now, my goal was just to finish. I wound up finishing only about 15 minutes longer than my first half marathon, which was really good considering that I walked a large percentage of the time. But I was happy just to finish, as I saw multiple people have to stop and/or be taken away by ambulance due to heat exhaustion or dehydration. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.
The 10k was Alice in Wonderland themed. Here was my outfit, inspired by the White Rabbit:
On the front, the shirt says "No time to say "hello" - goodbye!" and on the back "I'm late! I'm late! I'm late! "
During the half marathon, besides running through the Disney parks, we got to run through Angel Stadium. Here are some girl scout troops, cheering us on:
Running through the castle is always a thrill:
Since I took a picture with Mary Poppins at the first half marathon I did, I figured I would make it a tradition and do it again:
and here I am with my 3 medals:
Here is a picture of just the medals:
I definitely had to work to complete these two races and I literally cried when I crossed the finish line of the half marathon. It took almost everything I had to finish, but I did finish and I found out that I am stronger and much more capable of more than I ever thought.