In January 2013, runDisney announced that they would be offering a new race challenge - the Dumbo Challenge! It would be a 10K on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday. Well, compared to the Goofy challenge (half Saturday and full Sunday), this sounded much more manageable to me, so I signed up as soon as it opened!
After surviving the expo (and finally getting my small shirt exchanged for an XS (note- runDisney races with unisex shirts - they run VERY large, so definitely get smaller than you think you might need)), I was ready to run the first 10K at Disneyland. I was so excited for this race, because it was going to be a morning of fun and laughs with my running buddy Diana.
It didn't quite start out the way I have experienced all other runDisney races due to the fact that the 5K race had started in the same area just 45 minutes before our start time. The corral area was very crowded and confused.
We used the time wisely and got many pre-race pics with some other friends. The best thing about runDisney races- all the amazing runners you meet along the journey!
When the countdown ended, Diana and I were off and ready to conquer this Inaugural 10K. It was exciting to see what the course would be like, since we had only run the half marathon before and hadn't studied this course that well.
As a true believer in the Galloway Method, we were ready to run this 10K with a 3 minute run/1 minute walk pace. We kept this pace up for the whole race, despite the lovely heat and humidity!
We were able to stop for a few pictures along the way, although the lines were much longer than I was used to from my previous races. So, we got the pictures we wanted and just finished with a smile!
Overall, I absolutely loved the 10K race. The distance is my favorite race distance. The course was fantastic with lots of characters and fun places to look on the run. And, of course, the friends I have made over the last 18 months all there with me made it even better.
I would highly recommend the 10K race to anyone interested in more of a challenge than a 5K but not quite ready for a half marathon yet.
Who would be the one character you would stop for on a runDisney race? I know for my oldest daughter - it would be Stitch and for my youngest it would be Tinkerbell or Marie!
When you run races, is it about the PRs? (Personal Records) Is it about the sense of accomplishment that you did it? Or is it all about having fun and enjoying the experience?