We started off the day by attending the RunDisney Expo where the three of us collectively dropped a pretty penny. I started the week off with swollen knees which progressively got worse the closer I got to race day. I purchased a 110% Blitz Knee Sleeve, which I now swear by. My knee was the only thing that didn't hurt during and after the race.
|2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Medal|
|2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Medal|
I love dressing up for Disney races and with a lot of convincing, whining, batting eyes and pouting, I talked Gabe into dressing up as Woodie, as I dressed up as Jessie. Keri dressed up in Halloween spirit as a Spider Witch.
|Woodie & Jessie|
|Spider Witch & Jessie|
After seeing the course map and I knew the first 5 miles of the course would be pretty bare. We went from the parking lot of Hollywood Studios to the parking lot of Animal Kingdom, did a loop back around, went into ESPN Zone and finally into Hollywood Studios. This meant the first half of the race was on Osceola Parkway. I was really hoping for a lot of on course entertainment. I also have to mention, I spent the majority of the race weaving around walkers. It got frustrating at times. I am not by any means a fast runner and I do not have a problem with walk breaks as I like taking them myself. Yet I felt like I was running through a NASCAR caution. I really do wish that when people walk, they stay to the right, allowing the runners to come through.
Championship Stadium. I am a born and raised Braves fan so that was extra special to me and I got a little teary eyed. This is the first time RunDisney has ran through Championship Stadium and it was my favorite part of the race.
Around mile 8, all three of us started cramping up bad. We were a bad sitcom. Usually, one of us can push the other to keep going on. We walked the majority of the last 2 miles (we kept to the right!). It honestly hurt more to walk then run. I still felt OK though. I couldn't wait to end the night at the Villains Bash.
We entered Hollywood Studios and I have never been so happy to see this sign. We also got passed by a 7 year old and her father. I high fived her and told her how amazing she was.
We crossed the finish line and received our our glorious glow in the dark medals which have an elevator that moves up and down, just like the Tower of Terror ride. Speaking of which, I couldn't wait to ride the TOT!
|Gabe & Megan|
|Keri & Megan|
|Glow in the Dark Tower of Terror 10 Miler Medal|
I will add, I woke up Sunday morning feeling perfectly fine other than being sore. I just overdid it. Between the pre-race anxiety and post race emotions, mix it with the time of night and what I put in my stomach, I am not surprised this happened to me. I learned not to eat so quickly after a race, that I need to slowly re-energize my body.
My Gator is happy with his two new medals though ;)
|Gator Medal Holder|
- The bus system: Going to and from didn't have a long wait time but I personally didn't like having to get there so early to get bussed to the start. After getting sick, I just wanted to go home, not have to get on a bus with a bunch of people to get to our car. Oh and I got sick on the bus too. I may have felt differently about this if I wasn't so sick.
- More race entertainment and photo opp's on the road. I would have loved to have a photo opp with Dracula Mickey or Donald.
- Start the race earlier. The humidity was actually lower at 8pm than 10pm. We wouldn't have been as exhausted. I say this like Disney has the magical abilities to control the weather! ;)
- This did not personally affect me, but the bag claim area was WAY too far away from where we ended the race.
- Dole Whips at the finish line :)