I was positive that going into this year's marathon that I would do much better than I did last year. First of all, I wasn't injured this year and second of all I was only doing the Marathon, not the Goofy Challenge like last year. Although I did have a time goal, I also had several smaller goals for this race.
|Yes, we are "borrowing" some photos from Marathonfoto because we didn't think to get our own cameras out!|
As we headed to the corrals it was already warm and the humidity was up. I didn't mind this at all because I HATE being cold at the start line. I think all the shivering adds to the nerves!
As we started running, the warmth and humidity was not such a good thing. I felt like I was running through pea soup and my chest felt heavy. I heard that the humidity was 98 %.
|Running through Cinderella's Castle.|
My plan for the first half was to take it easy so I had enough energy for the second half. This little plan came back later to bit me in the butt. I should have given a little bit more the first half. Despite taking things easy, AND the heat and humidity I was able to meet all my time goals I set for the 5, 10, and 15 mile marks. I was very pleased with that. I was right on pace with my goal until mile 20. Mile 20 is just as we were on the highway leaving ESPN Wide World Of Sports. Actually it seemed as if we spent more time at ESPN than we did last year.
At mile 20 my Garmin died and I completely crashed. My feet were killing me. Not an injury, but just plain soles of my feet hurting. I felt this way during my last few long training runs and thought I needed new running shoes. Santa brought the new running shoes and I thought things were good. Well, I started feeling that same pain again!!!!
Because I didn't have my Garmin on, I ended up walking a bit longer than I should have and that really hurt my time. See, now this is where I wished I would have picked it up in the first half while I was still doing well! That last 10K from ESPN to Hollywood Studios, around the boardwalk, and through Epcot seemed to be such a struggle. I remembered that being a struggle last year too and I should have been prepared! My sister was trying really hard to motivate me to pick up the pace and I kept telling her I couldn't. I said I was doing the best I could. Now looking back I of course think "Well maybe I could have pushed a little harder". But in the moment I thought I was already giving all had.
|Disney captured this great picture of Lacey as we crossed the finish line!|
I of course was so happy to cross the finish line. I did make a PR and had a better finish time than I did last year but honestly I was really hoping to have done better. I missed my first "time goal" by several minutes.
After receiving our marathon medal, we went straight to the post race tent so I could sit down and take my shoes off. I've never felt pain in my feet after a race like I did this one.
I was so grateful that we were invited to spend time in the post race tent because this allowed us to comfortably sit and watch the other runners come in while enjoying some post race beverages and brunch. When it was time to eat, I noticed I couldn't. The roof of my mouth hurt so bad and I could not swallow. I drank plenty of liquids on the course so I didn't understand why my mouth was feeling like this (later that night at dinner I met another runner who had that same feeling). Weird???
Anyway, after a much needed post race massage for both of us, we sat and watched the other runners come in. We always say that we get our monies worth from our registration fees because we stay for hours even after we finish. I have to say that I get so much joy out of watching others cross the finish line. We saw some of the most amazing things happen.
|Watching for our friends to cross the finish line!|
We saw a few proposals.
|This couple just got engaged at the finish line. I snapped this photo while I was watching it from one of the TVs inside the post race tent.|
We saw people crossing the finish line with mixed drinks in hand and some crossing with those big turkey legs.
I loved seeing couples who ran together cross the finish line together and then give each other a big smooch!
But one of the most selfless acts I witnessed were three girls dressed as Minnie mouse and a girl dressed in blue ( I think she was bookish Belle), practically carrying this older runner to the finish line. He was an older man and I think he had a Dopey bib on. I don't even know if he was even coherent enough to realize what was going on. As soon as they got to the finish line the crowd erupted and a wheel chair was waiting for the old man. I admit I shed a few tears.
One thing that we saw that we didn't think was so cool were runners who were grabbing their kids from the sidelines and bringing them through the finishing chute with them. They were stopping and letting their kids meet the characters and take photos with them. This is no place for kids for several reasons. First, the kids could get run over by a runner coming through and two, those characters are there for runners to high five and get pictures with as they come through. Several runners did not have the opportunity to do that because they didn't want to run into the kids.
So even though I didn't do as well as I hoped, I still met several goals and have much to celebrate.
1. I did PR (YAY)!
2. NO Injury. My IT band pain did not rear its ugly head this weekend!
3. I did not have to stop for ANY bathroom breaks!
4. I did reach all my time goals up to mile 20. (That last 10K was such a struggle)
5. As of right now all my toenails are intact (TMI?)
Honestly I will admit that I had more fun hanging at the post race tent and watching the other runners come in than I did actually running the race. I had so much fun last year on the course (even though I was injured and it rained some) but this year it just didn't seem as fun. I think it may have been because I already knew what to expect, or maybe because I had already set expectations for myself. IDK?
So will I do it again?
After the race I immediately texted my BFF and told her I finished and I will never do another one. HOWEVER, after further consideration I realized that maybe it's just the Disney course that I don't like. I knew last year that I wasn't a fan of the course because of all the banked roads, curves , uneven surfaces, and on/off ramps. I thought that just bothered me last year because of my IT Band. Now I realize that it just bothers me in general. So my long winded answer is I don't plan on doing the WDW marathon again anytime soon but I may consider doing another marathon after investigating the course. Of course all this may change!
If you ran the WDW this year, was it magical for you? Has your mouth ever felt like mine did after a race?
What do you do when your feet hurt during a run? -M