Tuesday, January 10, 2012
2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - Part 3
Miles 1-3 were a breeze, I knew I was running slower than normal because well it was so freaking crowded. I didnt look at the garmin because I told myself its ok, this is your warm up, let the crowd spread out and then you can pick it up and stay strong to the finish. Because I at breakfast at 3am, I decided to eat 2 cliff blocks at the 5K mark. 1st time having these and they were quite tasty in Orange flavor.
Mile 4-6 were more fun as you got closer to magic kingdom and inside the park. The crowds were awesome cheering for everyone, the scenery was awesome, the music along the way. I left my music off and enjoyed looking around, listening to people, listening to the crowd. Downside as you got closer to the park there was this area with an overpass that you went under around mile 4 that had a nice incline that everyone was freaking out about.... in addition it was a 2 lane road everyone was on with only 1 lane for runners.... talk about cramped and not easy to move in or out of people.
The run took you into Magic Kingdom, down main street, through tomorrowland, through fantasy land, through the castle, into Frontier land and then out the back towards the main road back to Epcot.
Mile 7-9 were a little dull....at around Mile 8 I put on my music as this was offically my longest run ever and though I was feeling ok, there was less crowd support so I was a little scared I was going to wuss out and mentally break down.
Mile 10 came and I thought only a 5K to go, I can do this OMG I really am going to do this!! I'm not sure what I did but i noticed my hand hurt so i looked down and my hands were swollen. Like hurt when I bent my fingers swollen and I didnt have my wedding rings off! So then a mini freak out happened. I'm trying to get my rings off while still running....so then i have to slow to a walk to blow, lick, my fingers to wiggle the rings off..... finally i get them off in what seems like to be 10 mins and put them in my zipper pocket on my running pants.
Mile 11 - 12 I continually touch my butt pocket to ensure I havent lost my wedding rings, because eventhough the race fee was $140 and quite expensive, I didnt need to turn this race into a thousand dollar one by loosing 2 rings. With the ring dilema, I forgot what mile I was on and when I saw the mile 11 sign I couldnt believe it as I thought I was only approaching mile 10. 2 miles to go I thought! HOLY cow!! As I lost my dad this year, I said to myself, hey dad hope youre awake, if so go get nana and grampa and poppa and watch me finish this thing!!
I was on a runners high, I was so close it was awesome, my legs were cramping some but I couldnt stop, I was going to finish and I was going to be able to say I did it without stopping.
Mile 12 to 13.1 were in Epcot - you went in, down to where the World Showcase started then turned around - where the turn around was , it was cramped as it was narrow so that was a little tricky when getting around people / dealing with those walking. Once past the turn around you had maybe another .5-.6 to go. It felt so far but so close at the same time. I did my best weaving in and out of people and had a few run into me but I didnt care, I was almost there.
13.1 - the finish line was right infront of me and i picked it up to what I had left in my tank and crossed the finish line. My end photo will probably be so horrible because i was so confused on where the finish mat was. I couldnt see it at first to know i finished and there were 2 so I didnt know what to think and when to hit stop on my garmin.
Then medal and mylar time. I was so excited to get both. yes both! LOL. afterwards it was so congested and there were lines of people and I couldnt figure out why.... well now I know because I didnt get one. A race finish photo with the Disney 2012 marathon weekend backdrop. OH well - another time I guess.... For someone who reads a lot of running blogs you would have thought I would have known about this.... nope. not me! So instead I stood in line for all the freebies that they hand you (water, powerade, banana, orange, candy, bagels,) and seriously you cant hold it all. Someone should really think about getting little bags and just hand you one when you finish with all this inside.