Sunday, February 10, 2013


Hello Friends

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)

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