Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Taking on the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge - Captain America 10k recap

Last year I never got around to posting my thoughts on the Avengers Half weekend.  I will say that it became my favorite race.  Maybe it was the change of scenery, maybe it's my love of Marvel.  Maybe it was the line of cosplayers.  Maybe it was because I was running for the kids of St. Jude.  It certainly wasn't the wind, but truth be told I was so giddy to be there that the wind didn't bother me too much.  Even if it wreaked havoc with my Wasp wings.

So going into this years Avengers Half, I was super excited.  Pardon the pun.  My costumes were on point (for me) and I was excited to see friends I hadn't seen in awhile.  I arrived a day earlier this year because of the challenge and it gave me time to play a bit too.

So in waking up Saturday I was ready to go.  I will admit I was a bit nervous for some reason going into the 10k. Not really sure why.  But if you know me at all, it's probably not surprising.  My intent on costuming was to try and find characters that might not be as popular but still known.  I feel like there is such a depth and strength in the Marvel female characters that there were plenty of options to choose from.

For the 10k, Lady Sif made her appearance.  Oh my goodness how I loved this costume.  I will admit here that I did not make the costumes again this year.  Once again I hit up the amazing Sandy at Run, silly.  She helped make the costumes exactly the way that I wanted them to be.

 We had heard that security was going to be a little bit different this year so we left a little bit earlier than normal and headed to the staging area.    Once I got there the nerves were replaced by excitement.  I adored being in that environment and seeing the costumes.  I was also pleased that people recognized me as Sif.  She's one of my favorite strong Marvel females.

As we left for the corrals, I was ready to go.  Outside of being cold, I was ready to take on the 10k.  Tania and I had agreed to start out the first two miles fast outside of the park and then enjoy the four miles of park time


Admittedly, I can't start out fast out of the gate, I tend to start slow and getting going.  But outside of shoe lace issues (twice) and telling Tania I thought she was killing me we settled into a good pace and accomplished our plan.  As soon as we hit the park the first character we saw was Thor.  This was a no brainer for me.  He was really the one character I had to stop for because Sif.  The line was already incredibly long so Tania decided to keep going and I waited, and waited.  I had to chuckle because well even the Mighty Thor was not quite sure who I was but I was greeted with a hearty and "you must be my friend".  So there's that. All was right thought because I was at least deemed worthy of being able to wield Mjolnir, so it wasn't a total loss.  

I had the best time on this course, It is hands down my favorite 10k.  It was truly perfect.  I did not stop beyond Thor because I was at a good pace and I was trying to see if I could catch back up with Tania.  The crowd support, the cast members, the Shield agents placed sporadically throughout the park it was just phenomenal.  I feel like a slacker because I don't have a lot of photographic documentation about how awesome it was but at the same time, it was nice to unplug and just run and observe and soak in all the Marvel goodness.

 Even more amazing I ran by myself for the bulk of the 10k and did not once feel the urge to plug in my ear buds and listen to music.  This is huge for me.  My not-so-inner nerd was pumped every time I heard a cheer for Lady Sif.  For just a brief moment this mama  got to pretend she was a tough, strong, brave and feisty warrior and it was a blast.

Before I knew it I was done.  I was also excited to learn that for a Disney race and considering the character stop and technical difficulties, I had only finished a few minutes behind time wise from a local 10k I did earlier this year.

Guys, this race has my heart.  The whole weekend has my heart.  I was thinking I was going to skip Avengers next year for Wine and Dine because it falls on my birthday.  But nope, as long as they do the Avengers Half weekend I will be there getting my geek on.

Did you run the Captain America 10K?  What were your thoughts?