January 13,2013 the 20th Anniversary of the WDW Marathon and the weather was perfect for running. It got a little hot toward the end of the race and I am sure the folks who were out there for 6-7 hours were struggling with the heat but that is my kind of weather!
I have to say I absolutely love the start of every Disney race...Fireworks!! They really know how to get the adrenaline flowing. So my game plan for the race was to just have fun and not look at my watch. I made sure to stop and get pictures with a few of the characters and drink plenty of water. In years past I have had trouble with nutrition on the marathon...I usually end up starving around mile 15 so this year I made sure to fuel proper before hand and to take a few honey stingers from mile 15 on. I really loved the course this year and the change of scenery. I like that the course took us to Magic Kingdom first so mile 6 was coming through Cinderella's Castle and then we heading out toward the Polynesian where I knew Danny would be. We also got to run a lap around the Raceway track and look at all the fancy cars! After that we were on our way to Animal Kingdom .... There were a few less then pleasant smells leading up to Animal Kingdom!! My boys love the Animal Kingdom so this part of the race always makes me smile and think of them. Then miles 14-17 we were on our way to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and in for a surprise at mile 20. I really enjoyed running through the complex and seeing all the sports practices going on..we even did a lap around the track! Mile 20 was all decked out with entertainment and the one and only mouse himself!! Mickey, Donald and Goofy were all there for a photo opportunity. After that is was on to Hollywood Studios, the Boardwalk/Beach and Yacht Club area and into Epcot for the final stretch! I love this part of the race and you can hear all the cheers and people encouraging you along the way!
I finished in 3:33 and will take it considering I really did just go out and ran for fun and enjoyment. One thing that really inspired me and got me choked up was that every mile marker had a Sandy Hook memorial by them.
|Love the Disney BLING!!
|We love Mizuno..Daisy needs a pair!
Then I was ready for the shower and a BEER.
My lunch was amazing and hit the post 40 mile spot:
|Mushroom bacon burger and pickles!
Anyone running the Princess Half Marathon next month?