“Divide the marathon into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” -Mike Fanelli
Whenever I run a marathon I begin to think of all the motivational quotes that have inspired me.
“There will be days you don’t think you can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing you have.”
Beer Run•ner (noun): 1. Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle.
After psyching myself up a bit I’m ready.
I always set up my marathon gear the night before and for Disney races this time is especially important since once you leave your resort the possibility of getting back should you forget something is
Getting to see and run with friends is one of the best parts of Disney Marathon Weekend.
The marathon was a mental battle. The lessened training due to illness along with the half marathon the day before made this race one of the toughest (read painful) races that I have ever run. In addition to being one of the most painful races I have ever run it was also one of the most fun and exciting races that I have ever run. I pushed myself to the mental edge and persevered. Now, with that being said let me show you how much fun the race really was!
The best part about the race as you might imagine is running through all of the parks!
The only hill besides the on and off ramps is “Contemporary Hill”. Chances are unless you’ve stayed at the Contemporary Resort or ran a Disney World race you don’t know about this “little hill” which brings many runners to a walking pace. The picture may not do it justice but the grade is significant.
The next best thing to running through the parks is all of the characters you see along the way!
I was surprised at how fact the first 11 miles went by!
The new course for the marathon allowed us to run around the Disney World Motor Speedway. This was the first time I had seen the inside of the track!
And the Cars characters were out in force!
Running through Animal Kingdom is always awesome!
Again this year I did NOT have time to ride Everest, BUT this is on my to do list for a future Disney Marathon
Another change in the marathon course this year was getting to run through the Wide World of Sports including where the Braves conduct spring training!
The stadium was fun to run through and soon enough we had rounded the bases and were off! This whole running the infield made me want a hotdog from Casey’s!
I don’t have any pictures from the Disney Hollywood studios as I was in a lot of pain by this time in the race. The next thing I knew we were entering EPCOT where we had phoned in our order to the Rose & Crown for some adult libations!
Guinness never tasted so good! Notice all the people behind me who REALLY want my beer! See if you can find all three!
A short mile later we were approaching the finish line!
Then finally, the 20th anniversary Disney marathon medal was mine!
Added this to my collection!
Not my fastest time, but great training for my upcoming ultra marathon in June!
Thanks to eBay I did find myself an UNofficial Goofy medal. It’s unofficial because Disney didn’t get their extra registration fee, but I’m sure the running community at large would be okay with it since it’s the 39.3 miles, not the $300+ registration fee that make a runner Goofy. I did the miles (painfully so) so I earned the bling! All my fellow running friends agree with me!
I can’t wait until next year!
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