Tower of Terror 13K: One More Week!

One week from now is the Tower of Terror 13K race. I did my last “long” training run (6 miles) Saturday morning – I’ll do a couple of my regular 4 milers this week and then we leave on Friday morning.

For a change the 3 hour time difference between California and Florida will actually work in our *favor*, since the 9:30 p.m. start time of the race is only 6:30 to us. It’s about time things worked out that way. 🙂 It’s going to be SO nice not to have to get up at 3:00 a.m. to get ready for a race!

We plan to take it fairly easy on Saturday – we’ll probably pick up our race packets that morning and maybe wander around Epcot a little, though on a Saturday during the Food and Wine Festival it’s going to be pretty busy! And we don’t want to stuff ourselves with exotic foods that day anyway – don’t want to risk an upset stomach right before the race!

It’s strange how very *little* information there is so far on this race – we’ve done the marathon and half marathon where we got LOTS of information in advance about the race, including transportation to/from, what time we had to be when, etc., but there’s been almost nothing on the ToT 13K – they are keeping us in the dark, so to speak…but maybe that just goes along with the theme of the race!

Since Lee and I are staying at the Boardwalk, I’m assuming we can just walk to/from the race instead of having to deal with buses – it’s not really that long a walk.

And the weather…here’s hoping for clear skies and a cool night!!! Right now (8:21 p.m. PDT/11:21 p.m. EDT) is reporting 75 in Orlando – 10 degrees warmer than I’d prefer – but their 10 day forecast shows a cooling trend late in the week, with a Saturday low of 67, so that’s a lot better for me! Hope the “Isolated Thunder-Storms” in the forecast are isolated to areas not over the race course…though I suppose it WOULD provide a lot of atmosphere. 🙂

We’re not going for time at all – I’ll have my trusty tiny Canon SD300 with me and will be taking lots of pictures. I hope there will lots of fun surprises and character interactions. If we get hot/tired and need to walk, we will. One other thing working in our favor: we train in hilly San Diego, so it will be very nice to run in flat Florida where the largest “hill” we’ll face will be an overpass or two!

So much for my random rambling thoughts on the race…at least for now.

Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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