The Full Marathon
Finally after 16.2 miles on Friday & Saturday the full marathon came around on Sunday morning. I woke up feeling good after putting in a focused effort on recovery the last two days and nights. I’ll post another blog in a few days about my recovery efforts and how those efforts allowed me to wake up each day with little to no soreness. Kate and I arrived early to the start area and got a choice parking space literally 20 yards from the red carpet to the family reunion/meeting area!
We met the Marathoners and Goofy participants from the WDW Radio Running Team and I met up with my friend and running partner for the Goofy, Dennis. Before the full marathon I was able to meet another twitter and Facebook friend, Bernadette!
Dennis and I made our way to the F Corral and it wasn’t long before we made it to the start line and were sent on our way by the main mouse himself!
The miles went by fairly easy though I was beginning to feel the previous two days as Dennis & I approached the castle in teh magic kingdom. My wife, Kate as well as Dennis’ wife and son, Amber & Nate were waiting for us at the castle. Kate handed me a small bag of chocolate covered espresso beans that I had her carry for me. Those little bad boys will put a spring back in your step in a heart beat! Eat your heart out 5-hour energy!
The last 16 miles zipped by as we eventually took liberal walking breaks and even walked much of the last few miles. There was plenty of people to talk to and sights to see along the route. Disney definitely puts on a good show!
We stopped along the way for several pictures as you all know…I like to take pictures on Disney runs. 🙂
As we entered EPCOT for the final leg of the 39.3 mile journey around the World Showcase I decided to start celebrating early so I stopeed by Italy to grab a beer.
General Running Tip: Always carry a credit card with you for “emergencies”.
After my stop for refreshments we finished up the last mile, went on to cross the finish line, and collected our medals for a race well run.
I was looking for the Goofy tent and a photographer as soon as I crossed the finish line. It was nice to have the 2012 Mickey medal placed around my neck. It was the end of a journey to have the 2012 Goofy medal placed around my neck.
With the 2012 WDW marathon weekend successfully completed I am waiting until January 18th to register for the Disneyland Half Marathon which comes up in September. That race will allow me to earn the coveted Coast-to-Coast Disney Challenge medal. I look forward to running that race…and spending the week after in Napa!