Friday, September 28, 2012

TOT Time

After many months of waiting and training, the  runDisney Tower of Terror 10 mile run is finally here. I've been a knotted mess of anxiety all week. Mostly about my ability to stay awake. K1 has a Cross Country meet tomorrow morning and we have to be there at 7 am. Then we will hop in the car and head to Orlando, check in the hotel, and then shoot over to the Sports Complex to pick up my bib (yes!). Disney's race bibs are almost as cool as the medals.
I'm not sure if we will go to a park or just hang at the pool for the rest of the day. My race doesn't start until 10 pm. It's going to be a long day. Sleeping in the middle of the day isn't easy for me, so I'm really anxious over not being rested enough. With my thyroid disorder, taking any type of "stay awake" pills can really set my heart to racing, so that won't work either. I'm still nervous about being able to complete the whole race since I still have not completed a full 10 miles in training. Hopefully the adrenaline will kick in and keep me going. 
Last weekend I cut back and only ran 4.5 miles. I thought, briefly, about trying for at least 9, but I started to feel a little pain in my hips and knees and decided it would be better to stop pushing myself and get some good stretching in. The rest of the week I have just been running everyday for 20-30 minutes to keep myself in check. At this point, I don't think I could do any more to train and just needed to focus on not injuring myself. My asthma has been more under control this week than it has in years so I'm feeling really good about that.
I think my family is going to go to the Sports Complex to see me at the 6.5 mile mark. K1 was going to come to the after party and see me cross the finish line, but when I went to buy her ticket it was sold out. So, I guess I'll have to look for Mickey Mouse to cheer me in. The debate now is if I want to run with my little camera or not. There are always little photo ops along the Disney trail-ways. I'm not going to wear a costume like many others will. I think it will just aggravate me. The weather is still warm and I get overheated when I run anyway, so I don't need a costume rubbing me the wrong way and slowing me down. However, I'm not running for time, rather just to finish. Not that I want to be last, mind you, but I enjoy the races more when I just run for completion and fun rather than beating a certain time.

Well, this is it. No backing out now. All my forms are printed. My training is done. Only thing left for me to do is pack my bags - hope I don't forget anything - and give myself this birthday gift of completing a challenge. Wish me luck!

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