It was a cold and blustery day….actually, it was, but that’s ok, the Minnie’s are tough and planned ahead. Amy and Jackie both studied the weather reports and layers were the chosen strategy for the Sporting Life 10k for Camp Oochigeas!
We got there early and were we ever glad we did, wow, it was a long bus ride to the start but we thoroughly enjoyed staying warm as long as possible too. Amy was decidedly nervous and while on the bus the Minnie’s discussed timing goals and strategies. We are such a great team! We decided on 1 hour 25 minutes as the goal.
After a couple pit stops (Amy’s nervous bladder LOL) we made our way to our corral…we were at the back with the rest of the walkers…and tried to place ourselves in the crowd for a good start.
We had dressed in our ‘Minnie Best’ for the occasion and it was noticed and appreciated as there were indeed a lot of great cheers along the way from people.
We edged forward with the rest of the 27000 participants and sooner than we expected we could see the arch that was the start.
As is Minnie tradition we crossed the line at the exact same time and we were off! It really was cold, seriously, we both had mitts on plus our warm headbands, long sleeves, the whole nine yards. We knew we’d warm up but I got a little bit eager to make that happen and thankfully Jackie pulled me back so I wouldn’t wear out by the 6th kilometer. She was right and it definitely helped…though our pace was still stellar.
It was a wonderfully festive atmosphere with live music at each kilometer, people cheering each other on and of course, we both had rockin’ playlists on our phones too.
We both had planned ahead and Jackie had her gels while I had my candy stash in my pockets and we both took advantage of the water stations at kilometer 7. I know I was feeling great until we turned and were right into the wind again…we really had to push to keep our pace up and it was a challenge, but we did it!
As we turned the final two corners we got super-excited when we saw the finish line. Of course there were photographers so we managed to pose and not lose pace, and then, again as is tradition, we stepped over the sensor together for our identical times.
Again our goal was 1 hr 25 mins. We did it in…wait for it…it’s pretty awesome…1 hour…23 minutes…40 seconds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We could not be happier about it and are likely going to use this time to submit to RunDisney for the Princess Half next year…unless of course we have another rockin’ race in the interim…which we might…but at least we have this now so we both have a sense of relief about it.
This race was a special one because it went to help Camp Oochigeas for Kids with Cancer. An old friend of Amy’s from school’s daughter has recently gone through surgery and chemo for cancer and so the Minnie’s dedicated this race to her.
Keep Kickin’ Cancer in the Freakin’ Butt Princess Ayverie! Minnie-on! 🙂