Upon reading a lot of RunDisney/Running advice from other blogs, it seems to be the case that if you can submit a proof of time to be placed in a better corral you absolutely, 100% should. I had read this when I signed up for the RunDisney event, but didn’t honestly think it was big deal.
I thought this for a few reasons:
- I didn’t know how fast I was going to be, and if I had to guess I would probably would be slower than most of the others so I should be closer to the back.
- I didn’t have a race to submit within the range they were asking.
- I didn’t think it was that important at the time.
The more I looked into it though, to more I realized:
- I’m training to run this race. Why would I go through that and then place myself in the back on purpose? (this was the big thought that spurred the rest)
- I have until Nov. 14th to submit a time. I can find something that fits the RunDisney requirements and have time to train/complete that race before then since I’ve already started training.
- Past runners of this race have commented in their blogs about how the course can get narrow in places and they got stuck behind a large, slow moving group and everyone was getting frustrated. While this is probably inevitable at some points, it can be helped if you start farther ahead with a group that’s planning on going around the same pace as you.
So now I’m looking around for a 10k, (the smallest distance that fits the RunDisney requirement) that isn’t a trail run, to complete. I think it will make my life a little easier come February! It will also ensure I’m keeping up with my training and can get a feel for running with a crowd. Let’s get down to business!!