Marathon #2 is in the books! What an accomplishment.
Read about how I felt going into the race here.
2014 is going to be a good year – ‘Stop Wishing. Start Doing.’ <–Living up to this motto one day at a time 🙂
Race Date: January 12, 2014
Race Location: Orlando, Florida (Walt Disney World)
I highly suggest that you put a Disney race on your bucket list. They have topped all of the races that I have ever run. They know how to organize an event, and they do it very well. Participants are always happy and very energized. The costumes make the race extra fun and spectators are lined up EVERYWHERE which keeps the runner-high lasting all the way through to the finish line. Not to mention running through the Disney theme parks where cast-members are there to greet you and employees are working overtime hours to dress as characters and take photographs with runners if they wish. Seriously, the lines that runners stand in during their race to take photographs with the characters is unbelievable, but that’s just the way a Disney race goes. The energy is eminent and these races have always left me with high spirits and feeling so blessed.
We were disappointed to find out that we were wrong about the Corral we originally thought that we were in. We ended up starting back a lot farther than we would have liked, but we made do with the situation and everything turned out great! We just had to weave in-and-out of runners in the beginning. It seemed as if our entire Corral was following the run/walk training plan. Everyone ran the first mile, then walked the second. Literally, every single person stopped all at once after crossing the mile 2 marker. It was kind of funny. But, my Aunt and I just kept on moving along 🙂
We both trained to stop at each water station. That gave us a few seconds to rest, gulp down our water slowly so that it went down smoothly, gather our thoughts (it’s always a mental game), and continue!
Miles 1-16 were smooth sailing for me. As I crossed over the mile 17 marker, I could see runners on their way back from the Wild World of Sports (where I was headed), and I could also see the mile 21 marker. I knew I had 5 miles to go before I would be passing over that mile marker, so I just kept on going. Mile 17 is when my legs really began to cramp up a bit. I had a really good pace going and was able to keep the pace until I got to that mile 21 marker. I hit my wall around mile 21 – this is when everything began to hurt. Painful, but manageable. My mental game began at this point in the race. I just focused on the end goal and ignored my throbbing legs.
Once I reached Hollywood Studios I got a bit of a second wind. The theme park had opened for the day so not only were there race spectators, but families who were visiting the parks migrated over to cheer on the runners! This kind of stuff gives me an extra boost of energy and puts a HUGE smile on my face, so I picked up the pace. I was dressed as Minnie Mouse and I couldn’t tell you how many people said “Go Minnie Go” or “Lookin’ Good Minnie,” Aw, just makes me melt. Especially when the little kids scream and point “There’s Minnie!” or hold their hand out for a high-five – I love that!
After Hollywood Studios it was just a short 3 mile run down the boardwalk and into Epcot. Once in Epcot, we ran ‘around the World’ and before we knew it we were crossing the finish line. I sprinted through the finish line. It wasn’t pretty and I probably looked really funny doing it, but I did. I was happy. I was emotional. I felt blessed, loved, accomplished, and SO happy to be in Disney World.
Much love to Run Disney Events <3
*I’ll try and share some professional photo’s once I get them. The ones I took with my iPhone aren’t very good.