30 Jul '17, 2am

What it was like to reach the finish line of my very first 5K

What it was like to reach the finish line of my very first 5K

Disney World is in Florida, which is pretty far from New York; I failed to take this fully into account when booking my flight, which put me in Orlando at 9 p.m. the night before the race. After a shuttle to the Animal Kingdom Lodge—where zebras roam beneath your balcony—a lengthy check-in, and conducting my bedtime toilette, it was midnight. Wired, I fell asleep at 2 a.m. The race started at 6; I was due on the shuttle (Disney loves shuttles) to the starting line by 4. Whoops. As in many races, the participants were grouped by speed; I was in the very last one, known as—no joke—Corral F. The other foot-draggers and I set off around 6:45 a.m., well after whoever won the race had already done so. It was still dark when we began. In my excitement and adrenal overload, I caught myself, about a half-dozen times, overextending, breaking from my conservative trudge into spirited...

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