In Which Jenn REALLY Misses Night Races

And don’t even get me STARTED on the Osborne Lights.
I find it nuts that the Wine & Dine Two Course Challenge is still not sold out. But I have some series as to why…

A couple years ago, when the Wine & Dine Half Marathon became a regular morning race like all the others, we lost the last runDisney nighttime race. There are two main camps on this subject: the relieved and the enraged.

The relieved are pleased to run in the morning like they are used to, to not worry about properly fueling and hydrating over the course of an entire day, to have a full day in the parks after and not stay up until the wee hours of the morning for some after party.
The enraged miss the uniqueness of the night race, and shutting down Epcot at 4am, and leaning into their night owl tendencies.
If I had to choose, I’d fall into the latter group. But while I agree with its arguments, I don’t think too many people consider my primary reason. Namely, that it eliminates my huge, panic-attack-inducing runDisney fear: that I will sleep through the race.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I FREAK OUT about waking up for runDisney races. The odds of me waking up naturally around 3am are slim to none, and if I’m not roused by an alarm I’m probably not rousing at all. I have worked myself into a tizzy over this before and I probably will again, over and over and over until I can’t run anymore and/or I’m dead.
But at what sweet, lovely races was waking up never an issue? Why, the night races, of course! Bus call was a mere 8pm, so as long as I didn’t just completely forget why I was at WDW in the first place or what day it was, making the bus on time was never an area of concern for me. An entire, oozing barrel full of anxiety was gone, just like that.
And so I beg of you, runDisney: please bring back at least one night race. If you can’t restore Wine & Dine, how about a triumphant return of the Tower of Terror 10 Miler? Or a new race entirely? My mental health depends on it!
Do you prefer night races or are you totally cool with the early mornings? Do I need to chill? If so, how?

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In Which Jenn Freaks Out About Race Morning Alarms

I skirted the edge of an honest-to-God panic attack the night before the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

Not because I was nervous about my performance. Not because I was missing any part of my gear. Not because I was sick or injured.

I was terrified of sleeping through my alarm.

To review: I had three alarms set on my phone. I also set up a wake-up call. But then I worried about sleep-answering it and/or sleeping turning off all the alarms. So I set ANOTHER alarm. Then I tried to add a second wake-up call, but as it turns out the automated system won’t let you do that.

I was alone in the room, and there’s no one unrelated to your race you can reasonably ask to give you a call at 3am to make sure you’re awake. Out of options, I started to get the shakes. My mind was racing. What if I missed the race??? It was Daylight Savings Time clock change night – what if my phone failed to update? What if the wakeup call system failed to update?? I flew ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE and I LOVE these races and what if I slept through all my alarms and missed it and wasted all that money and didn’t get to run and and and????

You may recognize all this as Totally Unreasonable Behavior. I know this. But ever since I very nearly slept through the Marine Corps Marathon I’ve been hyper-paranoid about the possibility. It’s bad enough under normal circumstances, when I have Pat or a friend around to sync alarms with and make sure I’m up, but when I fly solo I get really nervous. In this one particular case, heart-poundingly nervous.

I managed to calm myself down enough to get a couple hours sleep and ultimately woke up with my alarm no problem, but I do wonder: does anyone else have this crippling fear? How to you handle it? What extra insurance do you put in place to ensure you get up on time? And does anyone want to be my race morning text message buddy?

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