OY! So, I’m STILL pretty much wiped the EFF out from running the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon earlier today but I wanted to get this post online to share some photos and talk a bit about my day before I pass out for good for the rest of the night. As you may recall, I ran the 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon yesterday and today, with my completion of the full Marathon, I successfully completed the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. Honestly, it sounded like a great idea when I signed up for both races last Summer but, man, I’m telling you … I spent a lot of time rethinking my decision earlier today while running the marathon. It was a tough run but I managed to find the strength to soldier thru and finish strong … thankfully. Click below to see some photos of my crazy ass day.
At the start of the day, I was feeling pretty good …
… and honestly, I felt pretty great for most of the race but it was tough going in parts. I first started feeling the pangs of pain at around mile 14 but there were so many fun things to see and do along the race course that I was able to push thru and get the damn race done:
Mile 19 was really rough … so much so that at Mile 20, I wanted to just crash out and cry … honestly. But, I kept going and with the help of some great tunes, I managed to find new strength … from somewhere. Magically, my feet stopped hurting at Mile 23 and I was able to pick up my pace again and finish really strong. I finished in just over 5 hours … faster than my first marathon last month. I’m hoping to get my time under 5 hours for my next marathon in March, the LA Marathon. BUT I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW!
After the race, I hobbled my way to the monorail and traveled from Epcot Center to the Magic Kingdom to take a photo in front of the castle and have my recovery meal at the Be Our Guest restaurant:
I was told that if you ask for “the Grey Stuff” they will treat you to the dessert if you are celebrating an accomplishment. Running both the WDW Half and full Marathons applies :D By the way, the Grey Stuff is delicious ;)
OH and here are some photos from my afternoon at Epcot Center yesterday:
When I visited Walt Disney World my first and only previous time back in 1991, I did not get to visit Epcot Center so yesterday was my first visit. The place is so 80′s, I loved it entirely. I had a lot of fun in the park but, honestly, I think all the walking around hindered the recovery time for my feet. Still, it was worth it.
I’m beat, I can’t even tell you. I need to sleep now. My plan is get to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios tomorrow (shhh, don’t tell the folks at Disney) … I hope I can fit in the time to visit Hogwart’s :D Good night, thank you all for the wonderful messages of love and support!