Saturday morning I tried to sleep in a little, but that did not happen- I was clearly still on east coast time, and despite the long day on Friday, I was still awake way before my alarm. I actually didn't mind this because I like staying more on east coast time so that waking up for the early morning race time doesn't seem that early. I took my time getting ready for the day and just kind of hanging out for a while before heading over to Downtown Disney to find something for breakfast.
The weather in California was beautiful the whole weekend I was there and I really enjoyed being able to get outside and enjoy walking around and enjoying the sunshine. I was scheduled for a morning shift at the Sparkle Skirts booth, so I wandered around the expo for a little bit to see if there was something that I missed the day before. I really had a great time working at the booth and getting to meet all of the people who were looking forward to running the race the next day. It was a great experience, and I do hope that I can do it again soon!
After I finished with my shift, I went to get a late lunch. Part of my pre-race routine is usually to have fajitas the day before (usually for dinner, but I had a TNT dinner Saturday evening). I went to Tortilla Joe's and was able to have some delicious shrimp fajitas. I wandered around Downtown Disney a little bit more before heading back to my room to relax for a little longer.
When I got back to my room, my roommate had arrived and we met and talked a little while we both relaxed and then got ready for the TNT Inspiration dinner. The dinner was great. It was a buffet style with salads, pasta and sauce choices, and chicken. We were directed to our table and then were able to talk for a little bit before the program began. This dinner was for all of the TNT participants in the Tinker Bell half, lots of Team members and lots of energy! The total amount of money raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from this event was over $800,000! I was a part of the TNT Flex team, and the members of my team alone were responsible for $200,000.
After dinner we had a short Team meeting. I then went down to the hotel's deli to grab a bagel and some peanut butter (I didn't want to try to do it in the morning) Then it was time to turn in early- 2:45 am comes early no matter what coast you are on! I got back to my room, made sure I had everything laid out for the race, got my check bag ready, and double and triple checked my alarm.
I didn't have much trouble falling asleep and despite a bad dream about oversleeping and missing the race, I woke up at 2:45 feeling well rested and ready to tackle this race.
Next up: 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon!