Early to bed, early to rise... Both are rather difficult for me. To accommodate, I had to shower the night before, so I could get out of bed, get dressed, and get going. (We also made sure to stock the fridge with Rockstars. I think I barely remembered to brush my teeth.) Still, try as I might, I didn't get to bed until almost midnight, which made the 3:30am wakeup rather painful. Ah, well. It's for a good cause. (That's what I kept telling myself, as I was dragging around, working extra hard not to be too grouchy. Mornings in general are not my thing. Mornings that start at 3am are especially torturous.)
here, here, here, and here.) We had free transportation from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom (and back), and routes were well marked. Aside from the staff and volunteers every few feet, I could just follow the hordes of people - we were all heading the same way. (Yes. I was a sheeple. But it worked. I didn't get lost and was at the finish for both races.) For the half, I went directly from dropping Greg off to the railway to get to Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, they didn't open the park for spectators until 5:30am. So I rode it back and forth for a bit, until I could get in. I walked up to the castle, which was beautiful in its pre-dawn splendor, to wait. Then I started to get nervous about fighting the hordes of people to get back to Epcot to watch the finish, so I turned around and went back. Turns out, I probably would have been just fine, but I didn't know it at the time and opted to watch the finish over a mid-way point. I only had one chance to get a picture, because action shots on my camera require me to push the shutter half way down and wait for my subject(s) to enter the frame. So when Greg and Dayna kicked it to the finish, I just missed the shot where they were side-by-side (literally by a second). Instead you get the shot above, where I had to circle Dayna's head so you'd see she was actually there.
It took them a little over 3 hours to finish the race. They weren't super-fast, but in no danger of the sweepers either, and they finished. (Disney has a time limit, and if you're not going fast enough the sweepers will pick you off from the back of the pack, so you won't get to finish. Rather like nefarious vampires (aren't all vampires nefarious?), only everyone lives and there's no blood - unless it's a popped blister or some other race-related injury.) It brings to mind a t-shirt we saw at the runner's Expo: The slowest runner is faster than the guy sitting on the couch. Ain't that the truth! Way to go, Greg and Dayna!!
It was fun to stand in the crowd, watching the runners. Constant amazement that these people have just run 26.2 miles and are still upright. And the other crowd members were incredibly supportive. A few were even runners that had already finished and were hanging out for a while to cheer on and support everyone else. I got smart this time, and instead of trying to get a single picture, I set my camera to video. This is only the second video ever that I've posted - might even be the second video ever that I've taken. (The first is here, and it still makes me laugh every time I watch it. Thanks, Greg, for being such a good sport!)
Way to go, Dayna and Greg!!