It was a whirlwind of a weekend. Thursday night we drove to Albuquerque and stayed with my godparents. Thanks Ray and Anita for letting us crash with you guys! Friday morning found Steph, Marlena, Noah, and myself waking up at a ridiculously early 5:30, ready to hit the road and drive the remaining 11 hours to Anaheim. Luckily the drive went pretty quickly, and we made it in one piece. And we definitely appreciate Noah driving in the California rush hour traffic!
By the time we checked into our hotel, it was bedtime, because our day was starting early on Saturday. My alarm shook me none-too-gently out of sleep at a whopping 3:40 A.M. I was the only one running the 10k race that morning, but my sister was kind enough to wake up early and hang out with me until I had to head toward my corral to start the race.
|Disney characters getting us pumped for the race!|
The race started and all my nerves disappeared, and immediately I felt the exhilaration that only running brings. As I ran, the crowd disappeared, and I felt happier than I had in ages. The bliss that accompanies running is the true feeling of freedom.
I finished the race with a personal best time, and later found out that I came in 19th out of 389 individuals in my age division. Time to start training for the next race to improve my time and standing!
After the race, we spent the day at California Adventure, riding roller coasters and watching parades. Marlena, who worked at Disney World, was pro at getting us in the fastest lines, using fast passes, and making sure we made the best out of our experience!
|Enjoying Radiator Springs|
|Steph and I got the exact same score. |
It happened on the Buzz Lightyear ride, too.
We must be sisters!
|The Mad Hatter knows how to throw a Tea Party!|
|Ran the first 6 miles non-stop!|
At about mile 9, we came across a group of runners wearing green T-shirts. A woman and man were each holding onto the end of a small bungee cord. The man yelled, "If you're having a good time, let me hear you!" The group of runners nearest, including us, cheered. The man then said, "I can't see you, but I can hear your energy!" The man was blind, and the woman and his fellow runners were ensuring a clear path for his safety while he ran. He was an inspiration, and Steph and I were invigorated by his stamina, and his energy kept us moving.
|Frozen sing along!|