I have my bib number now (33929) and signed my waiver, gathered my costume for the race, and I just have to keep training and also figure out how I'm going to pack for an entire weekend in only a carry-on, which I have never done before. It's going to be interesting.
I always knew I wasn't going to run the whole 6.2 miles. I'm just not a runner, by nature, and didn't really think that was a feasible goal. So I've always been an interval runner, but I've been messing around with my intervals trying to figure out what I could reasonably sustain for 6.2 miles. I've only ever done 5ks, and only officially two of those.
For a few weeks I as doing a 3 min run/walk interval, and I was keeping a 14:45 or so pace that way. The pace requirement for the race is 16 min/mile, so I was within range. But then I read something about 30:30 intervals...as in 30 seconds...and although it sounded kind of crazy I decided to give it a try. Holy cow, what a difference! I immediately shed a minute off my pace without changing anything else. It was pretty cool, because I didn't realize that 30 seconds wasn't near enough time to get fatigued, so it was time to walk before I could get tired enough to slow down. Rinse and repeat. So far I've done a 5k using this method, and although I thought it would be super annoying to keep walking/running/walking so often, it really just sort of became an easy habit and I didn't even really have to think about it. So that's my plan, right now. 30 second intervals, and then as the race progresses, especially towards the end, I can adjust as needed. Not too tired? Maybe run longer. Tired? Walk more. When you factor in the character stops I may make along the route, I don't think it will be a problem.
Here's our race course:
I'm glad the long, boring stretch is at the front of the race. It will still be dark (the race starts at 5:30 am!) so hopefully by the time we starting getting into Epcot the sun will be nearing the horizon.
I decided to give a little love to Izzy the Pirate for this race, partially because it's pretty different costume-wise and there probably won't be as many others dressed as her, and partially because Kate has been on a serious Jake and the Neverland Pirates kick lately.
I cannot wait for it to get here. It's going to be a seriously fun, seriously exhausting, and seriously busy weekend.