WELL…….what do you do when you see this sign at 3:30am as you are walking off the bus just before you run your first marathon!
Pray! Yes I did say a little prayer once I got into my corral and as I sat there waiting to run my very first marathon. To say I was just a little nervous would be an understatement. I was VERY nervous! I mean it was my first marathon, the day after I just ran a half marathon, I’ve had little to no sleep the last few days and now the weather was going to be the hottest Disney has ever seen it on Marathon Weekend. Yup I was definately nervous! I also really just wanted to get this over with! When they announced Corral A was starting, I was more than happy to get this show on the road.
Okay fireworks went off and off I went! My strategy was TO HAVE FUN! I was going to keep it steady, enjoy it all and stop for as many character pictures as possible. So get ready for lots of pictures in this post. So our first character again was:
Next….I was excited for this one since I had never got Jack and Sally Skellington before:
I can never get enough of this:
Now check out how incredibly sweaty I already am so early in the morning, I mean the sun isn’t even up.
Had to stop and say hi to BUZZ:
Now I stopped for Mad Hatter and Alice but the picture came out terrible but as I was in line I took a picture of the runners approaching, kinda cool!
Now right before the castle there were 2 lines, one for Ariel and the other for Belle. Belle’s line was really long so I decided to just see my friend from under the sea!
Alot of the character are in the same spot from other races. As I went through the castle there was Tiana, just like previous races.
Now there were a few other characters on the way out of Magic Kingdom but nothing too special so I skipped them and kept running. I was feeling fabulous at this point and excited to keep on going!
Now outside of Magic Kingdom I say Lilo, disappointed I had missed Stitch, he must had of gone for a potty break, but Lilo is super cute!
And then Genie, another character I don’t think I have ever had a picture with.
Now a new addition to the Marathon course is the Speedway. To be honest with you I was not very excited about running on a speedway and it really was uneventful but interesting. As we entered the speedyway there was a huge downhill, it was so incredibly inclined and what goes down must come up so we then ran a huge hill upwards to get onto the speedway, yup don’t want to do that again. So we ran almost the whole speedway and they had old and new cars all along the route. Interesting, especially if you are a car buff!
You can see how far the runners are, we almost did a whole lap around.
I only stopped once on the Speedway to take a picture with Sally, she was my favourite!
Okay I was glad to be off and done with the Speedway but we turned off and went onto grass and dirt and everyone’s back legs were getting dirty. I was running behind a lady wearing white leg sleeves, lets just say they were not white anymore. I made a mental note to not buy white leg sleeves ever.
Okay we were now on route to Animal Kingdom, yes this is quite the course. We did all 4 parks, plus the Speedway and ESPN.
I then got one of my favourite character pictures of the marathon!
That is a pretty cool pic and I look super tiny…..LOL Then I just missed Peter Pan and Wendy, they went off to their trailer but I got these two.
I was now inside Animal Kingdom and not very happy with the floor, its very uneven and you need to watch your footing. I saw Minnie and I forgot about the floor…LOL Minnie is just soooo cute and yes so is Daisy!
Now on the way out of Animal Kingdom and I say the big guy, Mickey!
And then Chip n Dale:
Now my character pictures pretty much stop here. At this point I hurt my foot. Now I really don’t have anything against walkers in general but I do have an issue with walkers that walk 3-4-5 in a row. PLEASE WALKERS, no more than 2 in a row. There was a narrower area and there was 5 walkers in a row all chit chatting and there was a runner to my left, as we approached the walkers, he went to the far left to pass and I went to the far right. I had to go on the grass to pass these inconsiderate walkers. As I was stepping off the pavement and onto the grass, I stepped on the curb on an angle and really banged my arch on my right foot. It was so incredibly painful. I slowed my pace down but tried to keep on running. I had to stop and walk many, many times because it was just too painful to run. I stopped at every medic table from here on out and placed biofreeze on the arch of my foot. I don’t think it did anything but I was hoping it was helping me mentally to make it to the finish line.
We then entered ESPN. It was a very long run around ESPN which included running on the track, which felt nice (so soft on the feet) but it was such a short amount of time, if felt more like a tease. We then ran past the baseball diamond where there was a team practicing. I later found out a runner got hit in the head with a baseball. Really, did they have to be practicing on that day! We then ran on a very uneven and gravel filled path and I had to stop not once but twice to remove small gravel out of my shoe. Seriously I am already in pain and this whole ESPN area was horrid! Now this was cute!
Now Disney had promised a BIG surprise at mile 20 since it was the 20th anniversary of the Marathon. Let’s just say I think the surprise was that there wasn’t going to be a surprise. It was very disappointing. Disney really screwed up here. So this is what you see as you get to mile 20.
Now I found these things weird but thought I would take a picture with one since this is the big disappointing surprise.
So apparently having Donald, Mickey and Goofy was what Disney thought would be a big surprise. BLAH! But yes I stayed in the long line to get this picture.
And this is the 20th anniversary banner…..very disappointing DISNEY!
After we I left ESPN I thought this was an epic picture!
Now I am still in so much pain as we start to approach Hollywood Studios. I could no longer stop for characters, I just had to keep going and finish this race. Going through DHS was a total blur for me. I know I had a chocolate somewhere that almost made me throw up but I knew I had to keep going. We left DHS and got to the Boardwalk area and I remembered that I had signed up for the 3 Little Piggy’s Bacon Challenge at Mile 24, so I kept that number in my head and tried to focus on that as I did a walk/shuffle/sort of run thing. My foot was hurting and I knew I just had to finish. When I got to the Piggy tent, I gave them my name and they had my bacon ready as well as my drink and snacks. It was awesome service. I asked if I had to eat all the bacon there and was told yes. I later found out most people didn’t so I wasted some time there that I shouldn’t have and the bacon on top of the chocolate was not good. But I ate it and got my medal.
That was my last picture. Mile 24-26.2 was the hardest ever. Actually no, mile 25-26.2 was the hardest. I had a tear the whole way and once I crossed the finish line I cried. I cried in pain, cried I just finished my first ever marathon, cried that I actually made it injured and cried that I didn’t have my husband and daughter there. Yes I was an emotional wreck but it only lasted 2 minutes. I was now determined to get my medals, especially my Goofy medal……..heck I just ran a marathon, ran it injured the day after running a half marathon on a terrible stomach, I wanted that Goofy medal asap!
Yes I didn’t even get a finishing picture with my medals, that was how distraught I was and how badly I wanted to get out of there and get cleaned up and look at my foot.
So I am now a MARATHONER…..it hadn’t clicked in yet!
Next post will have my awesome medals! Find out what I did after the Marathon and more on my foot later!