A bit warmer this morning at around 12C/54F. Actually broke a good sweat. What a LOT of walking to get to the start line!
629 of 18,415 Overall
511 of 7,801 Men
29 of 908 Age Division
Again, I really didn't know what pace to run. It turns out my first mile kinda set the tone. That was an 8:22, and the first 8 miles all ended up being in that range.
I had to make a quick pit stop at that point, and I guess in my mind I tried to make up the 40 seconds I lost, cause I started running in the 7:30 range. So, I finished with an average pace of 8:09 officially (8:05 on my watch).
Never felt I was really pushing it, but I know I'm going to feel it in my legs tomorrow. And I still don't know what pace I'm going to run the marathon. I guess I'll just play that by ear. I'm toying with pushing for a 3:45, but I'd likely be quite happy with a 4:00, especially if I stop for a beer along the way.
Again, nice fireworks as each wave began - larger ones than the previous 2 mornings.
Basically ran up to Magic Kingdom and through it, including through the Castle (which others have noted, is cool). Then back to Epcot. So, a lot of the route is along the highway. Tomorrow's Marathon will follow the first 8 miles exactly, and then go into a few of the other parks.
I'm enjoying this whole experience. Disney does put on a good show. The support along the route is very good, and the music blaring along the way is inspirational - especially the 2 bands and the choir singing today.
It's easy to see the effect on pacing. At some point around mile 9, they were belting out "Let it Go" from Frozen. The woman in front of me, who I was following for a quarter mile or so, suddenly began waving her arms and doing all the moves to go with the song. She really got into it, and took off like a jack rabbit as she was doing it. I didn't try to keep up. But as soon as the song was out of earshot, she faded and had to start walking. Burned her.
My official splits were:
5K 26:06 (8:25)
10K 52:24 (8:28)
15K 1:18:05 (8:16)
21.1K 1:46:45 (7:34)
Met a family from Canada at the pool this afternoon who are running Dopey as well.