Today, I set sail for Orlando for tomorrow's "Women Run the World 15K" at WDW. I'm going solo mio -- Jerry has elected to stay home with Scooter (ie, to drink beer and play GTA IV) -- which is fine by me. I'm not gonna do any theme parks; I'm gonna get up there, go to the expo, check into my hotel, probably lounge by the pool and read, and then I have to get up early tomorrow morning because the race begins at 6:15 am.
So, before I leave I thought I'd outline some tentative goals:
1. Beat my previous 15K time.
This should be easily achievable since I last ran a 15K almost 2 years ago and my time was 1:43. I'm positive I can beat that. Thus, tentative goal numero dos:
2. Finish in 90 minutes.
This will require a 9:30 pace, and it might be tight. At the A1A half marathon, back in February, I crossed 9 miles at 1:27, and that was a good 9 mile time for me, but with the 15K, I'll have .3 left to finish. So, 90 minutes will be close.
3. Avenge the end of the WDW Marathon.
This race starts in Animal Kingdom and ends in Epcot, and as best as I call tell, that's a close route (some slight variations) to the last 9 miles of the WDW Marathon, and for those readers, who were with me back in January of 2007 when I ran that marathon, you'll recall the utter emotional despair and physical breakdown I encountered in those miles (thus resulting in the 6:26 finish when I'd been aiming for a 5-5:30 finish). Anyway, I want this experience of coming through Epcot to be strong and confident; so it can kind of make up for the last time I ran through Epcot and kept wanting to lay down in the grass and die.
4. Have fun.
Despite the fact that the WDW Marathon wasn't the finish I wanted, it was a great race, and I do think that Disney really knows how to organize and host an event, so I'm sure this will be good. Plus, I'm looking forward to seeing what the medal looks like!
So, those are my goals, and the only possible impediment is this lingering congestion, but I think I can work past a few boogers for a race, and I think I'll rock it. See ya tomorrow with the race report!