39.3 Miles Completed!

The TV Guide

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!

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  1. SO happy for you! Reading all of this put a smile to my face. Thank you Trent!

  2. Steph

    Congrats! I can’t even fathom the strength it took for you to do it both mentally and physically!

  3. Joanna

    First of all I want to say a hearty congratulation to you for completing 39.9 miles of running in two days. I can’t even imagine not only how tired you must be physically but how happy you must be mentally. Secondly, I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter last February and it’s fantastic. The only thing I didn’t do was the simulator ride where you get to fly with Harry and co. I got on the wrong line and ended up on the small roller coaster instead. Oh and if you have a chance to buy a wand do. I bought the Dumbldore’s Army set of wands and they are hanging on the wall in my apartment and look fabulous. Have a great time tomorrow and again congratulations on your racing accomplishments.

  4. Rachel

    You’re amazing!!

  5. NoVARachel

    The fact that you did both races in two days is blowing my mind. That is amazing! Especially since you started running so recently! I’ve been running for just under a year and my furthest distance is 4 miles! haha Good for you, Trent! You are an inspiration!

  6. EAW

    Congrats Trent!!! Such an amazing accomplishment. I hope you are very proud of yourself! Enjoy Harry Potter tomorrow – it’s awesome! Treat yourself to some butterbeer

    • Butterbeer! I’ve heard such fantastic things about it that I’m tempted to fly cross country just to try it!

    • EAW

      It’s quite sugary but delicious in small doses! I have seen knock off recipes on Pinterest but have never tried to make it. If you’re a Harry Potter fan it’s just so fun to be there. They really did a great job making it all come to life

  7. Bekah

    Wow! Congratulations! I’ve been working hard to get back into running after a bad ankle injury and it’s been quite the slog. Reading about your accomplishments has been quite helpful in keeping me motivated. You’re my hero!

  8. I don’t know how you do it. Your life is unreal. You get more accomplished than anyone I’ve ever known. Most people would make running that kind of mileage the centerpiece activity but not you. No. You take it in stride while attending full days at entertainment parks. I am proud you pushed through the crash. I’ve been there. Feeling defeated, deflated, ready to cry and throw in the towel. Something about seeing the defeat in the faces of the people hunched in the back of the sag wagons always renewed my resolve to not give in to the pain. I firmly believed that if I ever did, I’d do it every time.

    Awaiting your Potter Report. Hope you’re having fun!

  9. rachel

    Holy crap in a bag, man! I am blown away by your accomplishments, Trent! Truly. Your strength of mind and body are an inspiration. Now go soak your achin’ dawgs…

  10. cmc

    YAY, congratulations!!

  11. Enjoy HP it is amaaaazing. And try both the regular Butterbeer and the frozen one! :-)

  12. You’re amazing!

  13. Absolutely amazing! Congratulations on the new time. I can’t believe you’re doing all this and you just started running like less than a year ago. We’re all so proud of you. Just amazing…

  14. Reem

    Your life’s pretty interesting Trent, love it when you post about personal experiences!

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