Long time no read.
it has been about a month now
time to finally write a re-cap
for the marathon that I worked so hard for
Abbie and I drove to Orlando two days before the race
and stayed at a beautiful timeshare
we did the Disney Expo thing
as well as lots of resting and mentally preparation for the big day
Abbie was great enough to wake up at 3:00am
and together we made our way to EPCOT
where we hung out about 2 hours before the start of the race.
The good and bad thing about Disney races is that there are soooooo many people that attend. And a good portion of these people dress up and really get into the costume-y side of the event
It's entertaining to say the least
For about the first 8 miles of the race, the path was really narrow and there were many walkers and may people stopping short to take pictures of the theme parks and/or the Disney characters that are along the path. I had the same problem at the Princess 1/2 marathon 2 years ago. I should have learned by putting myself in a higher coral. It really hurt my time as I was running 12 minute miles for the whole first portion of the race. It was extremely frustrating
On the plus side, I felt like I had loads of energy
hence my pose for Abbie's camera
(it's all about the form)
Around mile 18
the sun came out
and it got
hot, hot, hot!
I hit a wall around mile 21 and really just wanted to be done
without making too many excuses
the heat, the crowd and a bathroom break really hindered my running
I honestly felt like I could have made my goal of 4:30 if those conditions were better
but I ended up with a 5:02 finish.
(side note- my Garmin read that I ran 26.68 miles)
Overall, I am SO very happy that I ran the marathon
I'm taking a hiatus from running for a bit,
but I am definitely doing this again
but next time I am hitting my goal!
(In the meantime...I think I need to work on my tan)