For the Glass Slipper Challenge the requirements were completing the 10k and 1/2 marathon. There was no requirement to complete the 5k. When my two friends and I decided to room together, and do the Glass Slipper Challenge, we didn’t even think about the 5k. Add the 5k meant that we would have a third day of getting up in the wee hours of the morning. No thank you-sleeping in sounded like a better idea,
Probably about two months before Glass Slipper Challenge weekend one of my friends started talking about how much her daughter would LOVE the 5k medal.
Even though she was a few states away, I could see the pull the 5k was having on her. I told her to forget it. No way. We should save our legs for the 10k and 1/2 marathon, besides saving about 65 dollars.
Well then a friend of ours posted about a travel agent who was selling 5k bibs for 30 dollars. Within an hour my two roomates and I were signed up, along with a bunch of our friends.
4am Friday, February 21st!
The race was scheduled to start at 6:15. We set our alarms for 4am, and by 4:45am we were boarding a bus to get to the start of the race.
I was excited to do the 5k. Other than the fact that we had to get up at a brutal hour, I knew this was a race where I did not need to worry about being swept. I planned to do it as a leisurely walk. With the 10k, and 1/2 in my immediate future, I wanted to make sure I didn’t overdo it with this additional race.
One of my friends offered to have her group walk with me at my pace. I thanked her, but said that was not necessary. She was very insistent, said that this was really a fun run/walk, and why not. I also thought, why not. But I made her promise that if she and her group felt they were being slowed down by me they would take off.
We all started together. Because I was so worried about finishing the 10k and 1/2 I wanted to take the 5k really slowly. I felt I was holding my friends back after close to a mile. I urged them to go on ahead. Well they told me they were just going to go ahead to the picture stops. They told me to look for them on line so I could hop into line with them.
This worrked out very well. It also reinforced why I love doing these races so much. The friends I have met and made are incredible. These women were all so gracious. Later I would tell them how thrilled I was to be in pictures with them. Because of my fears of being swept I never stop for pictures. I am ok with that, but I have always secretly wished I had at least one race picture with characters and friends. Thanks to my wonderful friends, I got a lot from this 5k.
The race was over very quickly. Because I did it super slowly I felt great. Which was good news since my friends and I were off to Magic Kingdom.
While I really enjoyed the 5k I am not sure I would do another one. No matter how slowly you go you still get up in the wee hours, and on your feet for over 3.1 miles. Add that on to park time, as well as to the other races, and it is tiring. But I should never say never. This was a great race. I had fun with all my friends. And Julia was the lucky recepient of my medal and also the t-shirt.
Question: Did you do the Cinderella Royal Family 5k. If yes, what were your impressions?