I am beyond thrilled to report that not only did I complete half marathon number 13 last weekend, the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, that race earned me a Run Disney Coast To Coast medal! I set this ambitious goal a little less than a year ago in celebration of turning 40….and convinced my friends C and K to do it with me (I still have no idea who’s crazier, me for suggesting it or them for agreeing to it).
Although part one of this bi-coastal adventure, the Star Wars Light Side Half, went fine in January, I was quite anxious since my following race, the Miami Half, was horrible. It was so bad I didn’t even want to blog about it, which in hindsight was wrong since I should document the good and the bad. Let’s just say my finish time would have deinitely gotten me swept if it had been a Disney race, and I had huge blisters on the bottom of both my feet that took at least three weeks to heal. But I digress….I was so nervous during the start of the Dark Side half.
My stomach starting turning as we were waiting for our wave to start. We were in Corral G, which was the last corral, but Run Disney did something a little different this year: Corrals C through G had mini-corrals, so there are different start waves within each corral. We weren’t sure if we were standing near the front or back of the corral, which is part of what made me so nervous. We figured out where we were, and thankfully we were in the first group out of Corral G. Once that was all sorted out, I decided that I would just put one foot in front of the other and get to that finish line. And I did. Even with potty stops and character photo opps, C and I finished in 3 hours and 30 minutes, way ahead of the infamous balloon ladies.
We lost K around mile 4, she had some major pain in both her feet from just standing during the corraling, and she separated from us to not hold us back. During the entire race we weren’t sure if she stopped at a med tent, or kept going, or gotten swept. We finally found her at the med tent after the race when C went to get ice, and she ended up finishing before us by 18 minutes! She pushed through and did it, and I’m so proud of her.
I’ll be honest, my eyes filled with tears when that finish line was in sight. I was so proud of myself for setting this goal that once seemed impossible. It’s been six years since I started my running journey. The road has been bumpy, with a lot of highs, and definitely a few lows, but I wouldn’t change a thing.