I don’t even know where to start on this race, but I’m going to keep it short and simple. I had the time of my life! I expected to feel so tired and worn down from the 5k, 10k and half marathon the previous days plus the 5+ miles of park walking each day, but this race felt great.
Marathons are hard, but this one felt good. I don’t want to use the word easy, but it didn’t feel near as challenging as I had expected. Sometimes the miles just click off and everything goes according to plan and that’s how this race was. No real hiccups, no real complaints just a lot of fun!
The night before I ate my traditional pre race meal of Chipotle
The race conditions were less than ideal for most, but I think they worked to my advantage. The 30 ish degree temps plus the wind kept me from getting too hot and my heart rate stayed low nearly the whole time. The sun was out for most of the race which made it a beautiful day. I didn’t give myself any real pace goals because I just wanted to run easy and enjoy the experience, but I surprised myself. Some of my mile paces were actually rather good.
I even met my goal for the weekend. All I wanted to do was ride Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom at the half mark and I did! I waited for about 10 ish minutes for the ride to open then went right on through. It was worth the wait!
I also managed to take a picture in each park since this is the only Disney race that runs through all four of them.
Last year I felt like I would never make it out of Wide World of Sports, but this year those miles didn’t seem too rough. They are typically miles 17ish – 21ish of the course. I actually had a fun time and passed a lot of walkers during this time which boosted my confidence.
The only trouble I ran into was around mile 24.5. I tripped while running around the Boardwalk, but two kind Panamanian men scooped me up and I kept running. The crowds were so kind too. One lady told me I was much to pretty to not finish. Little did she know that I had no intention of quitting after a little stumble. I ended up with a big bruise on my right knee, but I didn’t stop to look at it until after the race.
The last miles were a bit of a blur. On my way to the finish line and still running strong! I was choking back tears for the last miles or so. After all the ups and downs of training after the NYC Marathon and not running more than 10 miles at a shot before this race weekend I was in pure disbelief.
Not just of doing the thing (running 48.6 miles in four days), but of it actually feeling good and having so much fun!
This race taught me a lot about myself. I knew I was a tough cookie, but this took it to another level.
After the race the Mr. and I met up and went to Epcot. We ate and boozed our way around for the rest of the day and it was glorious. I ate a little bit of anything I wanted rode Frozen Ever After and slept like a baby.
This bling is incredible, but this experience was the best gift.
Have you ever had an experience like this?