Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap

Marathon #2 is in the books! What an accomplishment.

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my Aunt and I as Minnie, after receiving our medals!
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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)

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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.

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7 Comments

  1. Mark Allman's Gravatar Mark Allman
    January 15, 2014    

    Well so much for my mental picture of your aunt from the last post. Are you sure you do not mean your younger cousin! :) How did the run for her. Congratulations on finishing so well. Great picture of your both.

    • January 16, 2014    

      Ha Ha. Yes, my aunt got some young genes :-) She finished 15 minutes after me, in under 5 hours! Thank you very much.

  2. April 14, 2014    

    Always been interested in trying this marathon! I’m a huge Disney geek, but slightly afraid of a race setting. So awesome to hear an insider’s perspective, and I bet it is such a high just being able to see all that there is to see in the wonderful world that is Disney. Much better than my normal morning trail!

    • April 15, 2014    

      If you are a Disney fan then you MUST rundisney…at least once :-) The energy is so inspiring, everyone is ALWAYS happy, most people dress in costume-it’s my favorite race to run!

  3. April 15, 2014    

    First of all, you are my hero!! Second of all, this post has inspired me because I’m doing the Rock and Sole Half Marathon in Milwaukee in June! I’m so not looking forward to it but I loved this post so much that I’m going to put in the effort!! :D I also heard from a friend that the Disney runs are soo worth it! Bucket list for sure!! Happy running!!

    • April 16, 2014    

      You will have fun, and yes, if you enjoy Disney, you will love any Disney race :-) Actually, even if you don’t enjoy Disney, I can’t imagine anyone not loving a Disney race – they are seriously the best!

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