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Ariel484
01-17-2013, 06:14 PM
Another Marathon Weekend at Disney has come to a close. Let me tell you about it!

The cast includes me (Shannon, 28), my husband Will (27), my brother Craig (aka Princess Craiggy, 26), my mom, Kriss, my aunt Laurie, and my mom’s childhood best friend Barb. I got no photo of all 6 of us, and in fact have no photos at all of my mom, aunt or Barb (not my choice). Le sigh. :rolleyes2

Anyhoo, as the title of this report suggests, this year I participated in the 5K, half marathon and full marathon (unofficially known as the Dopey Challenge) during Disney’s Marathon Weekend. Originally this trip was strictly for the Goofy Challenge (the half and full), but the idea of the 5K had been in the back of my mind for a while...eventually I pulled the trigger and signed up in August.

In my previous race reports (for the 2011 Princess Half and the 2012 WDW Full (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2910984)) I rambled on quite a bit about training. This time I posted a whole darn thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2979628) about it! :teeth: I really enjoyed documenting my training and feel like I made a friend or two along the way, so I'm glad I kept up with the "In Training" journal. The Cliff's Notes version: I am extremely Type A and was very, very diligent when it came to preparing for these races. Having said that, I should warn you that you won’t find any speedy fast times here, but if you’re looking for a somewhat detailed play-by-play of all 3 races with lots of character pictures, you’ve come to the right place. :thumbsup2

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ajkxt1lWqlA/UQLXwzrR00I/AAAAAAAAIgk/Ssfm_ihONcE/s800/edited-0192.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ImGGCAPPpGQ/UQLX8Gm3gRI/AAAAAAAAIg4/LtcYg2GUr9Q/s800/edited-0194.jpg

4 parks. 3 races. 42.4 miles. Let’s do this! :yay:

Ariel484
01-17-2013, 06:15 PM
Table of Contents

Introduction (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47223693&postcount=1)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Travel Day! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47230009&postcount=17)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47239332&postcount=25)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, Part 2 and Downtown Disney (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47239472&postcount=26)
Check-In...FINALLY! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47247972&postcount=33)
Nighttime Wanderings, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47248014&postcount=34)
Nighttime Wanderings, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47248044&postcount=36)

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Arriving (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47257804&postcount=42)
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47269195&postcount=48)
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47269221&postcount=49)
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47269254&postcount=50)
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Finish Line! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47269282&postcount=51)
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Final Thoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47280327&postcount=65)
The Beauty of the Annual Pass (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47280391&postcount=66)
Solo Morning in the Magic Kingdom! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47280433&postcount=68)
STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY! Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47291119&postcount=79)
STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY! Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47291182&postcount=80)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Arriving (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47303889&postcount=89)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Waiting for the Start (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47303934&postcount=90)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 1-3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47322453&postcount=102)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47332138&postcount=109)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47332177&postcount=110)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 7-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47343502&postcount=124)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 11 & 12 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47343550&postcount=125)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! The Finish! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47343597&postcount=126)
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Final Thoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47343617&postcount=127)
16.2 down, 26.2 to go...FEED ME! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47354651&postcount=146)
A short Studios afternoon (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47354693&postcount=147)
Welcome, Cousins! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47354769&postcount=148)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Arrival and Start (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47367276&postcount=158)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 1-5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47367351&postcount=159)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47412010&postcount=175)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47412053&postcount=176)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 7-10 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47422097&postcount=191)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! The pain begins... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47434252&postcount=198)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 13-16 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47442895&postcount=207)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Wide World of Sports, Part 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47471667&postcount=221)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Wide World of Sports, Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47471697&postcount=222)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! The Mile 20 "Spectacular" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47482674&postcount=230)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 21-23 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47482743&postcount=231)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Challenge Complete!! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47492915&postcount=242)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! OOOH SHINY (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47492979&postcount=243)
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Final Thoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47493021&postcount=244)
Jambo, Everybody! LET'S EAT! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47504156&postcount=273)
Nighttime Magic! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47543307&postcount=288)
"I use antlers in all of my deeeecorating!" (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47543395&postcount=289)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Good Morning, Cousins! (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47553433&postcount=294)
Now It's Time To Say Good-Bye... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47565538&postcount=296)
Final Thoughts (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47565565&postcount=297)
Final Thoughts - Goofy's Race-and-a-Half Challenge/Dopey Challenge (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47565678&postcount=298)

Disney9.9.10
01-17-2013, 06:16 PM
I love the title of your report, it made me giggle :) Sounds like a fun trip!

ZellyB
01-17-2013, 07:11 PM
I'm really excited to read your report!!

:cool1:

camandjacksmom
01-17-2013, 07:52 PM
I'm here!!! I can't wait to see how it all unfolds!!

annabanna
01-17-2013, 10:00 PM
I am so excited to read this report! I can't wait!

Lucys2200
01-18-2013, 12:28 AM
I'm in!!! Soo excited to hear about the marathons :woohoo:

ruckelc
01-18-2013, 01:06 AM
I'm so excited to read this! I plan on running the Disney Marathon for my 21st birthday next year and I enjoy reading about it so that I can know what to expect.

pxefig
01-18-2013, 06:15 AM
I'm here! You can get started now :cool1:

pxefig
01-18-2013, 06:17 AM
I love the title of your report, it made me giggle :) Sounds like a fun trip!

I know! I read the title and thought it would make a perfect supporter sign for a Disney race.

hulagirl87
01-18-2013, 06:24 AM
My friends just ran the 5k and full marathon! looking forward to reading your report!! :goodvibes

CAStevens218
01-18-2013, 06:40 AM
I'm here!!!!! Congrats on your accomplishment!!!!! Loved your TR last year....I'm excited for this one too!

JessM
01-18-2013, 07:50 AM
Subbing! I really want to do this sometime, I can't wait to read all about it!

jgive
01-18-2013, 08:02 AM
Looking forward to following along!

beachta1
01-18-2013, 08:57 AM
I'm in! I'm hoping to run the full next year so I'm excited to hear about your experience this year. I read your TR from your last races, they have def been part of my inspiration for running the full.

Ariel484
01-18-2013, 11:36 AM
I love the title of your report, it made me giggle :) Sounds like a fun trip!

Thanks! :) It was a fun trip, but it flew by!

I'm really excited to read your report!!

:cool1:

Hey stranger!! :) How are you doing?? I was so glad to read that you and your husband finished...congratulations!!

I'm here!!! I can't wait to see how it all unfolds!!

Yay! Glad you're here!

I am so excited to read this report! I can't wait!

Welcome!! :)

I'm in!!! Soo excited to hear about the marathons :woohoo:

And I'm excited to share all the details! :goodvibes

I'm so excited to read this! I plan on running the Disney Marathon for my 21st birthday next year and I enjoy reading about it so that I can know what to expect.

What a great way to celebrate your birthday! That's an awesome idea. :goodvibes

I'm here! You can get started now :cool1:

Oh good, thanks...glad I have the official okay! :thumbsup2

I know! I read the title and thought it would make a perfect supporter sign for a Disney race.

It totally would! There were lots of "Just keep swimming...I mean running"-type signs...

My friends just ran the 5k and full marathon! looking forward to reading your report!! :goodvibes

Cool, maybe they will pop up in some of my pictures! :)

I'm here!!!!! Congrats on your accomplishment!!!!! Loved your TR last year....I'm excited for this one too!

Welcome, and thanks for the congrats! :)

Subbing! I really want to do this sometime, I can't wait to read all about it!

I hope you get to! These races are very fun...and addicting!

Looking forward to following along!

Great, thanks for being here! :wave:

I'm in! I'm hoping to run the full next year so I'm excited to hear about your experience this year. I read your TR from your last races, they have def been part of my inspiration for running the full.

Hi! I hope you get to run the full...good luck with your training! :) Let me know if I can answer any questions.

Ariel484
01-18-2013, 11:50 AM
Day 1: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Travel Day!

(Not very many pictures in this one...sorry!)

This trip was structured a bit differently than my other race trips. In 2011 (with Will) and 2012 (without Will at the last minute due to some health problems) I flew down to Disney on a Friday and back home on a Monday to accommodate Will’s work schedule, which isn’t as flexible as mine. This set-up was fine for those trips – both times I was able to visit the race expo on Saturday and be ready for the race on Sunday. Signing up for the Goofy Challenge, and thus committing to running a race on Saturday, meant that I’d need to be at the expo before Saturday. So it made the most sense for me to fly down myself on Thursday to have a day to settle in, hit the expo early and have Will meet me in Disney on Friday. Hear that? That’s the sound of me NOT complaining about this arrangement one bit! :teeth:

Wednesday night is the first time I recall feeling nervous about what I'd signed up for, and I woke up at about 5AM on Thursday feeling even more jittery. I hopped in the shower, pack up my toiletries, said good-bye to the monster-pup and was on the road by about 5:45.

Obligatory monster-pup photo, dressed as Harry Potter for Halloween :lovestruc:

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-IfhhPJgsXik/UOGIKJMU0UI/AAAAAAAAGpU/iMAaHpNKVIo/s800/photo.JPG

I died when I saw this. DIED. :lmao:

Anyway, Will dropped me off at the airport at about 7AM and I was checked in and through security by 7:10 with almost 2 hours to kill before my flight. Armed with a Bruegger’s breakfast bagel and Dunkin Donut coffee I headed to my gate and started to mess around on my phone to kill time.

After a few minutes, someone asked me if I was participating in any of the races this weekend...HOW DID THEY KNOW? :eek: Duh, I was wearing a shirt from a local half marathon I’d completed in May 2012. Turns out almost the entire plane was full of Marathon Weekend participants and their family members. I thought this was pretty cool at first – it was easy to pick out the runners as they were wearing their running shoes or race t-shirts like I was - but quickly changed my mind when everyone began to talk about the weather. You see, the Orlando area was forecasted to have higher-than-normal temperatures for this time of year: highs in the low 80s with full sun. Great for a regular vacation, not-so-great for a marathon. I was already nervous enough about tackling the races, and nothing could be done about the weather beyond being smart about hydration (I’d been drinking water like crazy in the week leading up to the races), so the last thing I wanted was to hear constant chatter about how hot and miserable it was going to be. I was thisclose to putting my fingers in my ears and singing LALALALA. I freely admit that I was being a giant baby, but I just didn’t want to hear it.

We began to board and I met a Perfectly Goofy runner in line, meaning he’d run all 7 Goofy Challenges and was about to attempt his eighth! :worship: Isn’t that amazing? He totally didn’t make a big deal out of his accomplishment…just told me to enjoy myself and take lots of pictures. I actually ended up seated next to another Perfectly Goofy runner, and she wanted EVERYONE to know about it. She went on and on about how awful the heat was going to be and was acting like a complete expert when it came to all things running. Look lady, OF COURSE it’s impressive that you’re Perfectly Goofy…but shut up! :mad: When a gentleman asked me if I could switch seats so that his young daughters could sit together, I practically jumped at the opportunity (later the flight attendant told me that the man told her that he’d pay for whatever snacks I wanted on the flight as a thank you…so nice! I didn’t take advantage). I swear I'm not normally this crabby, but it was early and I was nervous. Now I was next to a mom and her 5-year-old…the mom was going Goofy and the 5-year-old was participating in a kids race. She was super adorable, and the mom offered me donuts. SEATING UPGRADE! :thumbsup2

I read The Hunger Games on my iPad and the flight went by super quickly…we landed in Orlando at about 11. I made a bathroom stop, changed into shorts, and managed to make it to the Magical Express area without getting lost. Quite an accomplishment for me!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-yE_BKDl-M2I/UPXPw2crrNI/AAAAAAAAHZE/d2G14poMAls/s800/IMG_0102.jpg

Okay, who wants to play "guess the resort?" :teeth: No fair telling if you already read it in my PTR!

I got in line at about 11:20 and was on a bus heading to WDW by 11:40. I always try to sit right up front so I can get a great WDW Entrance Gate shot and frolick off the bus as quickly as possible, but it wasn't meant to be today. :sad2: Sadness.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Ui654N3lJnw/UPXQGeKTXYI/AAAAAAAAHZU/SHX50Q2fSIs/s800/IMG_0107.jpg

During the ride I texted back and forth with a buddy. We'd been hoping to meet up at the expo...unfortunately she and her husband were at the expo right at that moment, whereas I was still magically, expressly making my way to my resort. No way we'd get to meet up. Boo! I got dropped off at my resort around 12:30 and practically THREW my bags at bell services without even checking in (really, I couldn't yet...I was booked under and AP discount and didn't have the actual pass yet). It was probably better this way...I had a race expo to get to!

Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47239332&postcount=25)

ZellyB
01-18-2013, 03:34 PM
I love the pup's costume! Too cute.

Report is off to a great start and I did read your PTR so cannot play guess the resort but will keep the secret for those who can! Shh.....

UGAFan0829
01-18-2013, 03:45 PM
I'm all in for this report! I can't wait to read all about the weekend and how the races all went! Kudos to you for being Dopey!! lol! I've ran the Princess twice and did the Tower of Terror last year with plans to do the Wine & Dine this year and hopefully the Donald next. Honestly, I can't fathom doing a full and really, really admire those who do!

Great start and your little fur baby is adorable!!!!:lovestruc

butiflfeet
01-18-2013, 08:14 PM
I'm totally in for your trip report! You're pre-trip report was so much fun!

I think we saw you running in Hollywood Studios on Sunday. We spent the morning there and had so much fun cheering on the marathoners. We were standing right where you guys came out of the back stage area. It was such a hot and humid day. I have so much respect for all of the marathon runners. We did the half and were done just as the sun was coming up and I thought that was bad but it was nothing compared to having the sun beating down on you.

Great job :thumbsup2

DVCMAUREEN
01-18-2013, 08:27 PM
Fun trip report! Keep it coming!

buckeyecinderella
01-19-2013, 08:47 AM
Your report is off to a great start! Thank you for posting these!

I should have considered a separate thread for my "brief" report but I am a discussion board novice and was so excited about completing my first full I got carried away! :-)

I can't wait to read more!

dismagiclover
01-19-2013, 10:03 AM
I'm in! I'm hoping to finally go Goofy next year (and maybe even Dopey) so I need all the motivation I can get. Can't wait to hear all about it and see lots of fun pictures!

Ariel484
01-19-2013, 11:14 AM
I love the pup's costume! Too cute.

Report is off to a great start and I did read your PTR so cannot play guess the resort but will keep the secret for those who can! Shh.....
I thought it was cute too!...but I may be a little biased. ;)

I'm all in for this report! I can't wait to read all about the weekend and how the races all went! Kudos to you for being Dopey!! lol! I've ran the Princess twice and did the Tower of Terror last year with plans to do the Wine & Dine this year and hopefully the Donald next. Honestly, I can't fathom doing a full and really, really admire those who do!

Great start and your little fur baby is adorable!!!!:lovestruc
You know, I never thought I would do a full either...the things we do for Disney! :) I am jealous of your race line-up, I would LOVE to do ToT and W&D someday. And the races at Disneyland too...okay, all of them!
I'm totally in for your trip report! You're pre-trip report was so much fun!

I think we saw you running in Hollywood Studios on Sunday. We spent the morning there and had so much fun cheering on the marathoners. We were standing right where you guys came out of the back stage area. It was such a hot and humid day. I have so much respect for all of the marathon runners. We did the half and were done just as the sun was coming up and I thought that was bad but it was nothing compared to having the sun beating down on you.

Great job :thumbsup2
How funny, you're the second person that may have seen me during the full...stepth0808 was in a character line at the same time I was but we missed each other. :( Thank you SO much for cheering on the runners...as you know it's such a huge help! How did you like the half? I forget if you posted a report in the marathon thread...?
Fun trip report! Keep it coming!
Thanks! Will do! :goodvibes
Your report is off to a great start! Thank you for posting these!

I should have considered a separate thread for my "brief" report but I am a discussion board novice and was so excited about completing my first full I got carried away! :-)

I can't wait to read more!
I LOL'd at you belting your shirt and wearing as a dress! :rotfl2: I agree, they did seem a bit bigger...last year I got a medium (lots of room in that one!) and this year I got a small and it's STILL a little roomy. Disney still has the best race shirts though. :goodvibes I re-read your report and I agree with a LOT of your thoughts on the course/weather/etc.

I'm in! I'm hoping to finally go Goofy next year (and maybe even Dopey) so I need all the motivation I can get. Can't wait to hear all about it and see lots of fun pictures!
Hi Jenny! Okay, not to sound like a creep...but I went back and found your half and full reports and read them a few times before I ran the full last year and this year!! So this is very belated, but thank you for posting those reports! :) I hope you get to go Goofy/Dopey in 2014. :goodvibes

Ariel484
01-19-2013, 11:23 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, Part 1

This first day of the trip was super hectic. Travel days are always crazy enough, but I also had two very important things that HAD to be done this day: get things squared away at the expo and get my annual pass/Tables in Wonderland card. The expo was my first stop...I wanted to get that over with as soon as possible. Disney sets up special transportation that runs all weekend whenever a race is happening, and that includes buses to and from the race expo. The buses sometimes run from the regular park bus stops and sometimes from the convention area of the resort (which is what happened in my case).

I was on the bus by about 12:40...we made one other stop at another resort and were en route to the Wide World of Sports.

I didn't pay attention to what time I arrived at the Wide World of Sports...maybe 1PM? One thing I do remember is that they didnt drop us off at the same area as last year and we had a pretty long walk maybe 10 minutes or so? to the expo itself. :crazy2: Boo to that.

I definitely went into powerwalk mode as I made my way through WWoS. These expos can get insanely crowded and overwhelming, so I wanted to be in and out as quickly as possible and get on with my day.

My first stop was the HP Field House for bib pick-up. Goofy and 5K runners were directed one way, half and full runners went the other way.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-RF43jsx0sp4/UPXQTGo3BfI/AAAAAAAAHZc/guNe29xbFpI/s800/IMG_0109.jpg

The bib pick-up area was nice and relaxed...ahhhh.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-IscEUiJd1jg/UPXQjzaWvHI/AAAAAAAAHZk/cSjtrNoltKA/s800/IMG_0110.jpg

Super nice volunteers here. I picked up my 5K and Goofy bib as well as my brother's Goofy bib. I also changed his starting corral from H to B. This was funny to me...I'd used an old race time of his that just barely made Disney's cut-off (July 2011 I think), and he'd barely trained for this race weekend at all. No way did he belong in B...and that's not me being a jerk. He totally agreed. At any rate I was in Corral C, so he was going to drop back and run with me anyway.

The rest of the room...there was a special pick-up area for the ninety-five Perfect 19s (those that had run all 19 WDW Marathons and were now attempting to become Perfect 20s...can you imagine???). I think Disney was (rightfully) giving them special gifts.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-iqk9ZvYEt4g/UPXQ0E8bgXI/AAAAAAAAHZs/Q3gKaWqU9LY/s800/IMG_0112.jpg

I sped out of the bib pick-up area and found myself among the official race weekend merchandise. Shoppinnnnngggggg! :yay:

I picked out the goods (pretty good selection...I hear pickens were slim by the next day) and went to check out. I told the Cast Member that I had an AP Voucher (which I'd bought from the Disney Store just before the price increase over the summer) but not the actual pass yet could she still give me the AP Discount? She seemed less than enthusiastic in general but ran the voucher through the register and gave me the discount. :thumbsup2 If she hadn't it would have been fine...I just would have used my Disney Visa discount, but this seemed to be okay.

And here are the goods...

Pins from each race...I'm not big on pin collecting but I do buy some occasionally (really only for resorts we stay at and special things we do at Disney, i.e. races and tours):
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-F5fZX2CgYHQ/UQLXomb8h_I/AAAAAAAAIgY/vcVbqa5aMBI/s800/edited-0190.jpg

The marathon weekend Vinylmation...again, not something I normally buy but I couldn't pass this little guy up:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jrwfgbd0DXU/UQLXVsfi9KI/AAAAAAAAIfo/EDxjhLAi-S4/s800/edited-0181.jpg
(more on the plush in a moment.)

Medals for the Vinylmation:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Q-fiH3ahkFU/UQLXSufwhVI/AAAAAAAAIfg/Rzj9VHyD20w/s800/edited-0180.jpg

T-shirts...WOMENS CUT T-SHIRTS! WOOHOO!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-K7ga0f1vt98/UQLXmZYuzII/AAAAAAAAIgM/yxvqYpWqhi0/s800/edited-0188.jpg

Back of the Goofy shirt...there was nothing on the back of the blue marathon shirt:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5C-fwhpRVkE/UQLXmPLASRI/AAAAAAAAIkA/wY98Sko3r5I/s576/edited-0189.jpg
Not to sound like a jerk, but I have to admit that I never felt like I was jinxing myself by buying the "I Did It" shirt...I felt like I was well-trained for the races and wouldn't have signed up in the first place if I didn't think I could complete all of them. :confused3

I also bought a coffee mug but forgot to get a picture...it's similar to the blue t-shirt above. Also, I should note that, again, the AP discount was good here along with the Disney Visa discount, and I was able to use giftcards to buy the official merch.

Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47239472&postcount=26)

Ariel484
01-19-2013, 11:38 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, Part 2 and Downtown Disney

Next stop was the Josten Center for the actual expo along with bag pick-up:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IsDKc25rMOQ/UPXQ9xjAtGI/AAAAAAAAHZ0/MOYiOnMm1sk/s800/IMG_0114.jpg

ACK. Look at those crowds...shudder.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-r4mdxs_GQ1s/UPXRSFMUyQI/AAAAAAAAHZ8/_vApG7xHFTk/s800/IMG_0115.jpg

Inside the expo there were signs everywhere warning us of higher-than-expected temperatures forecasted for this weekend...LALALALALA *plugs ears*

I headed all the way to the verrrrry back of the expo (near the "200" sign in the above photo) to grab the race shirts! NOTE: All of these shirts are UNISEX shirts. I finally wised up this year and ordered smalls...they fit much better than last year's shirt, which is a medium.

5K shirt (a t-shirt):
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-xdfZnx3Vc80/UQLXxPJ2FBI/AAAAAAAAIgg/iKLfR5MC89g/s800/edited-0191.jpg

And the tech shirts from the longer races...LOVE these shirts.

Half Marathon:
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20th anniversary of the full marathon:
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And Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge:
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Now, remember that cute little plush in the picture above with the Vinylmation? Well, I'd forgotten to grab him earlier, so rather than return to the first building I just headed to the official merch area in the expo (all the same stuff) and grabbed one there. Again, I asked about the AP Discount, letting the CM know that I knew it was a voucher, but could I get the discount? Heres and idea of how the conversation went down:

Me: I dont have the actual AP yet, but I have this voucher. Can I still get the discount?
CM: Thats not an actual AP.
Me: ...right, I know. I still need to exchange it.
CM: That's just from a Disney Store. You could have just picked that up without paying for it.
Me: :confused: what? The CM in the HP Field House said it was fine (NOTE: I hate when people do this "but she said it was okay, wahh!" but I was seriously shocked at what the CM had said to me, so I just blurted this out)
CM: Well I don't know who SHE is, but she shouldn't do that.
Me: (realizing that I need to leave ASAP because I was starting to get pretty upset) You know what, nevermind. Can I use a Disney Visa discount?
CM: No, has to be more than $50.
Me: :teeth: (big smile because what else is there do to?) Forget it. Heres my card.

Look, I know I was not entitled to that discount, and CM #2 is most likely correct in saying that CM #1 shouldnt have given it to me in the first place...but really, I could have taken the voucher from the Disney Store without paying for it?? REALLY? :mad:

So at this point I was carrying my camera bag, my bag of merchandise and the two bags with all of the race shirts. The expo was crowded and I was upset about the whole thing with the CM...so I just wanted to get OUT. I made my way to the exit and realized that I didn't remember activating the tags on the Goofy bibs (no tag on the 5K bib as it is an un-timed fun run), meaning that the chips werent going to record our race times. So I headed back into the HP Field House, got the activation done, and then headed out, only to realize AGAIN that I'd forgotten to do something. runDisney has started offering free commemorative posters/art cards for each race, and I had printed out a voucher for mine. I had run right past the booth where the cards are picked up at the expo...there was no way I was passing that up, so back into the Jostens Center I went to get my card.

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Finally, FINALLY, I left the expo. The volunteers at bib and t-shirt pick-up had been extremely nice, but the CMs at the registers had ranged from indifferent to downright mean (and I feel awful for saying that, because the expo was hectic and I'm sure it was stressful for them too). I'd gone to both buildings twice, and the expo was becoming more crowded by the second. This trip was hardly starting off on the right foot (pun intended!).

But if theres one thing that can make a girl feel better, its a pretty, pretty purse.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-c3LoDWI0B8Q/UPXRqVX8-JI/AAAAAAAAHaM/U8_WEqXjDJ0/s800/IMG_0118.jpg

Disney started releasing limited-edition Dooney and Bourke bags for the Tinkerbell and Princess Half marathons. Basically the bags would be available at the expo on a first come, first served basis. Inevitably the bags would sell out almost as soon as the expo opened and appear on eBay soon after in other words, they weren't being bought by runners, and those that couldn't get to the expo until Friday or Saturday never had a chance to get a bag. So with Marathon Weekend runDisney made the bags available for pre-purchase so that everyone could have a fair shot. This was my last stop at WWoS...to get my bag. Very nice and calm experience here...the ladies running bag pick-up were extremely nice (I think they could tell I was totally frazzled) and one of them brought out about 5 bags for me to choose from.

And heres the winner:
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Close-up of the runner Mickeys:
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Honestly, I need another bag like I need a hole in my head...but look at how pretty!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-bzr2YXx3yaU/UQLXe0lwM7I/AAAAAAAAIgA/J9nzV1T0oYI/s800/edited-0187.jpg

I had my bag at about 2:30 and began the long walk back to the buses.

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My plan was to take care of a few things at Downtown Disney, so it made sense to get on the Saratoga Springs/Old Key West bus, get off at the first stop, and head Downtown from there. At the bus drop-off area the buses were in a huge circle...I was at one end of the circle and needed to go to the other end to get the Saratoga/OKW bus. Rather walk all the way around the circle I began to cut through and saw a gentleman approach me. I knew what he was going to say before he even opened his mouth: I needed to walk all the way back and around to get to my bus. He genuinely seemed like he felt bad for telling me to go back and I just told him not to worry, it was my mistake...and just the way my morning had been going. :faint: What a baby.

I made it to the correct bus stop (bus was there waiting) and the driver asked where I was going Saratoga or OKW? I told him whichever one was first, and he guessed that I was headed to DtD. He told me to hold tight...he had a plan for me. The bus took off soon and we headed to OKW first, then Saratoga. The driver told me to stay on the bus and that he'd drop me off at a back entrance to Saratoga so that I could walk to Downtown Disney. Sidenote: I've never been to Saratoga before, and it's BEAUTIFUL.

Anyway, he dropped me off at the entrance he'd described and told me how to walk to the Marketplace - just a 5-minute walk. :worship: I thanked him profusely...he was so nice to me after I'd had a somewhat crappy morning, and I was very grateful.

The day was looking up, but I was still in GO-GO-GO mode, i.e. still pretty frazzled. First stop in DtD was Team Mickey to hopefully run into a friend that had just started DCP. Unfortunately she wasn't working that day. :( Probably for the best as I really could not calm myself down from the weird little frenzy I was in...I probably would have scared her away! Next I headed to Guest Services to get my (real) Annual Pass and Tables in Wonderland card. Then I looked around World of Disney for a bit before deciding that I needed some lunch...but first I had to stop for some coffee at Ghiradelli.

Okay, are there any Simpsons fans out there? Because OMG, it's a real-life Leftorium! :hyper:

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Anyhoo, I ordered an iced Caramel Latte at Ghiradelli and told the CM that I wasn't sure if I had any money on the giftcard I was trying to pay with. The lady behind me offered to buy me my coffee in case the giftcard was empty. I told her it was fine, that I could pay for it...just wasn't sure which card to use, but she kept insisting. Apparently I really looked like I could use a pick-me-up. I DID end up paying for the coffee myself and we had a nice chat...and I told myself to just calm the bleep down. I'd taken care of everything that needed to be done and was at Disney...my first day could get better if I decided to make it better. So with that I slapped a smile on my face and headed to Wolfgang Puck Express to order my lunch. :teeth:

One 4-Cheese Pesto pizza, please!
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Way too big for just me! Really, really good pizza, but I personally like the pepperoni better, I think.

I also made sure to get an ice water (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!) and enjoyed my delicious coffee. Finally I was starting to relax...ahhhh.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RXCW7YMPJNQ/UPXSVN9if5I/AAAAAAAAHas/2_-hnxAYUtE/s800/IMG_0123.jpg
(I thought I deserved the whipped cream.)

Lunch was lovely, and I boxed up a few slices of the pizza so that Will could have it as a late-night snack after his flight arrived the next day.

After lunch (as much as you can call a meal at 3:30PM "lunch") I headed to the Christmas store to put in a couple of orders for personalized ornaments. The CM here was super nice too and reminded me that I could have the ornaments delivered to the resort rather than shipped home. I'd totally forgotten about this because I don't think I've ever used the resort pick-up service before, so he saved me a few bucks!

My last stop was Cookes of Dublin, where I'd hoped to get the chocolate beer cupcake I'd read about on the Disney Food Blog. The CMs had no idea what I was talking about, so I gave up and headed to the bus stop. Once on the bus to my resort I opened up the blog to find that, DUH, the cupcake was at Captain Cooks at the Polynesian, not Cookes of Dublin. D'OH!

Coming up next...finally checking in!

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dismagiclover
01-19-2013, 02:43 PM
Awesome looking haul from the expo! I especially love that bag! If I actually do the Goofy next year, I may have to order me one of those. So cute!!!! I really don't like the Disney Expos either. Wayyyy too crowded. I've found Expos at other races are more enjoyable. Oh, and I'm happy to hear you enjoyed my previous race reports. I loved writing them and it's nice to hear people enjoy them. Can't wait for more!

kaf7878
01-19-2013, 03:51 PM
I totally got a kick out of your expo report! I just wrote mine today as well. My feet were DONE after walking around here, there, and everywhere.

Glad you could turn things around--I know what it's like to get into one of those "frenzies"--totally stinks!!

I'm so jealous that you get to rotate three awesome marathon shirts--they are the best!!

creativeamanda
01-19-2013, 09:47 PM
I'm here! So yucky about those CMs!

ZellyB
01-20-2013, 07:12 AM
I didn't realize either that the shirts were unisex and got a medium. Way too big, but live and learn. When we run another Disney race, I'll know to get a smaller one.

And, we didn't get in until Friday evening and the expo was jammed still and very picked over. But we were still able to get the items we wanted. My DH got the same little Vinylmation guy. Too cute that you can buy medals for them too. Those must have been gone already or we overlooked them...

BigEeyore
01-20-2013, 09:01 AM
:thumbsup2LOVE the title! Brilliant!
You did get a nice haul from the expo! I just got a new D&B bag for Christmas (the retro print one) so couldn't justify the marathon bag but it is so cute!
So glad you are writing a TR about the weekend! Looking forward to more.:goodvibes

Ariel484
01-20-2013, 09:24 AM
Awesome looking haul from the expo! I especially love that bag! If I actually do the Goofy next year, I may have to order me one of those. So cute!!!! I really don't like the Disney Expos either. Wayyyy too crowded. I've found Expos at other races are more enjoyable. Oh, and I'm happy to hear you enjoyed my previous race reports. I loved writing them and it's nice to hear people enjoy them. Can't wait for more!
Yeah, I had LOTS of giftcards from my birthday/Christmas...so awesome that they can be used at the expos. :) I really love the Dooney so much more in person than I did when I saw their promotional photo...for the Princess and Tinkerbell Half marathons they didn't change the patterns much from year to year so I wonder if the marathon weekend pattern will be the same too?

I totally got a kick out of your expo report! I just wrote mine today as well. My feet were DONE after walking around here, there, and everywhere.

Glad you could turn things around--I know what it's like to get into one of those "frenzies"--totally stinks!!

I'm so jealous that you get to rotate three awesome marathon shirts--they are the best!!
Some of those pictures in your expo report of the lines were NUTS! :scared1: Last year I was at the expo on Saturday and it wasn't too bad...Friday must be the big day.

Love these Disney race shirts! I don't run in min because I want them to stay nice (and not get smelly). :thumbsup2
I'm here! So yucky about those CMs!
Hi Amanda! Glad you're here! :)
I didn't realize either that the shirts were unisex and got a medium. Way too big, but live and learn. When we run another Disney race, I'll know to get a smaller one.

And, we didn't get in until Friday evening and the expo was jammed still and very picked over. But we were still able to get the items we wanted. My DH got the same little Vinylmation guy. Too cute that you can buy medals for them too. Those must have been gone already or we overlooked them...
I only knew to order a small because I made the mistake last year. The shirt thing is so lame...especially when 1. Men can get men's cut shirts at the Princess Half (and I think Tinkerbell too?) and 2. runDisney mentioned more than once that there were more women than men participating in marathon weekend...so give us women's cut shirts!! :mad: :rolleyes2

I forget where the Vinylmation medals were, but I knew to look for them because I read about them on the Disney Parks blog a few weeks back. I wish they would have this stuff available online after the races...I'm sure there are lots of people that didn't get stuff at the expo that they wanted.
:thumbsup2LOVE the title! Brilliant!
You did get a nice haul from the expo! I just got a new D&B bag for Christmas (the retro print one) so couldn't justify the marathon bag but it is so cute!
So glad you are writing a TR about the weekend! Looking forward to more.:goodvibes
Thanks! :goodvibes That's a cute D&B bag that you have! I actually kept looking around property for a smaller bag with the 40th anniversary print on it and kept only finding the huge $300 one (the 40th print is from last year so I don't think they're making new bags anymore :()...I LOVE that print, but I honestly don't know what I would have done if I'd found a smaller one. Two Dooneys in one trip is a bit much! :rotfl2:

Ariel484
01-20-2013, 10:22 AM
Check-in...FINALLY!

After my loooooong morning/afternoon I arrived at my resort ready to check in at about 4:45PM.

Originally we'd been booked to stay at the Polynesian, which both Will and I were super excited about. After we booked we waited for a discount to come out, and when it was released we were disappointed to find that the only discounted rooms at the Polynesian were themepark-view rooms. Don't get me wrong, it was mighty tempting to book one of those, but they were even more expensive than the orignal room we had booked. So we asked about a few other places and ended up at...

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GKVZ6xyvfAo/UPX_5ouzsoI/AAAAAAAAHxE/oUq-GUj-X68/s800/IMG_0350.jpg

The Grand Floridian! :yay:

The room at the Grand Floridian (another resort we wanted to stay at) ended up cheaper than any options we had at the Poly, so it was a no-brainer. The CM that checked me in, Nathan, was AWESOME. He was so nice and seemed genuinely interested in my race plans (or at least he did a good job acting like he was interested). We chatted for a good 10 minutes and he told me a little bit about the races he's run at Disney (the Wine & Dine - definitely on my to-do list, and the Royal Family 5K, which is held during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend). As I walked away with my room key in hand I heard someone behind me saying, "Mrs. Ariel484! Mrs. Ariel484!" It was Nathan running clear across the lobby to make sure I had a printout of the transportation schedule for the race. So nice! :thumbsup2

Now, before I go any further, I do have one complaint about the Grand Floridian construction that was going on. There was the DVC stuff of course (which looked ugly, but I knew about it going in and it didnt bother me from a noise point of view) and the construction on the courtyard pool, which I also knew about because the Grand had sent us a letter about it 6 weeks or so before the trip began. So when I checked in I asked Nathan if we had access to a hot tub, since I thought that would be great for after the races. He said no, and the only options were for us to either use the hot tub at the Contemporary (no hot tub at the Poly, of course - kind of nuts for a deluxe resort, I think) or buy a $25 all-day pass to use the hot tub at the spa in the Grand Floridian. I didnt make a thing of it (and truly I am not sure we would have even had time to use a hot tub anyway), but honestly I find it pretty unacceptable that they'd charge guests for a pass to use the hot tub. Yes we were staying on a discount, but it's not like we still weren't paying a decent amount each night for our room. Seems like the $25 pass could be waived for guests since the regular hot tub wasn't available. But - SPOILER ALERT - that's really the only complaint I have about the Grand Floridian.

Anyway, I headed back through the courtyard and to our building for the trip, Conch Key. A CM was toucing up the landscaping near the building and greeted me very warmly as I made my way inside. This building is in a great location - right on the lake near Narcoossee's and the boat dock. Very quiet and lovely. We'd paid for a garden-view room - the cheapest room one can get at the Grand Floridian - but Nathan had mentioned that we were in a deluxe room on the 5th floor of the building. It sounded like we'd gotten some sort of upgrade!

Right before I got into the room, a mousekeeper stopped by and asked if I wanted the room cleaned that evening. I told her no thanks and that I'd just checked in. She welcomed me and gave me some chocolates...awesome!

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And here's the room!

Looking in with my back to the door:
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Sink area...we've been renting points on our last few trips and it was nice to have the double sinks again:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-bQjr9doGkKo/UQLlz2zXezI/AAAAAAAAImo/GfZjjmsypBQ/s800/edited-0138.jpg

COFFEE MAKER. Very important:
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One of the great perks of being on the 5th floor...vaulted ceiling!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-PEV2A44If1E/UQLl9iXV-XI/AAAAAAAAInA/TsnJz1ZMf2I/s576/edited-0141.jpg

You can see in the picture below that my suitcase had magically appeared in my room and was waiting for me!
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And this, I believe, is what makes this deluxe room deluxe...an extra seating area:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fDCJ5Ox-q_g/UQLmSo6IM0I/AAAAAAAAInY/VfAutV7uZjU/s800/edited-0143.jpg

A second TV in the cabinet:
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I just couldnt believe how HUGE this room was...in fact it was so big I was afraid we'd lose stuff in there. Now, one thing you'll notice about the room - there's no balcony. I would guess this would be a problem for some people, but we didn't miss it...though I bet it would have been nice to sit out there in the morning/evenings and just take in the view.

Speaking of the view...we had a lot to look at. Here's the view sort of to the right. Ugly construction!
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We didn't hear any noise from this whatsoever, so that was a relief.

And now, looking to the left...
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Wow. Was not expecting that! If you look all the way to the left in the above picture, you can see the path to the boat dock. The boat ran to the Magic Kingdom, then to the Grand Floridian, then the Polynesian. We used the boat a lot since it was super convenient to our room and we like taking boats at Disney. Plus, we had 4 (!) ADRs at the Polynesian. So it was great.

I have to say, this was probably the best room we've had at Disney in terms of the room itself and its location. The bar has been set very high! :teeth:

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Ariel484
01-20-2013, 10:27 AM
Nighttime Wanderings, Part 1

After lugging the gear bags, my merchandise and camera bag around all day, the last thing I felt like doing was making the trek back to the lobby to retrieve my giant carry-on (which contained all of my race gear along with lots of other crap) - please note that this "trek" would have taken all of 3-5 minutes. I decided to be supremely lazy and call the front desk to ask bell services to deliver the bag to me...if I were smarter I would have just grabbed it when I checked in. An older CM appeared with my bag about 10 minutes later and talked to me about the races. He told me he'd met another Perfectly Goofy runner that was in his 70s and wanted to be "the last Perfectly Goofy standing." The runner asked the CM to trip any other Perfectly Goofy runners he happened to come across...haha! Anyway, this was ANOTHER awesome CM and by now I was super impressed. After my hit-or-miss morning with CMs it felt wonderful to be treated so nicely.

I quickly unpacked and organized my race stuff into neat little piles...the less thinking I had to do on the mornings of the races, the better.
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The gear bags actually included STUFF this year, not just the iGiftBag (which is pretty lame in my opinion)...a 20th anniversary pin and shoelaces!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xdLVvzND6IM/UQLXyKQ4BII/AAAAAAAAIgw/h8YJfOKTIqM/s800/edited-0193.jpg
Not a ton of STUFF by any means, but better than last year.

I also attempted to get a decent mirror shot...something I've seen other trip reporters do. I was definitely becoming loopy by now and I probably attempted this picture 10-15 times...yep, I'm a cool kid. It got frustrating.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CxrVndydmbo/UQLXC7ybDmI/AAAAAAAAIe4/9K85aaPURc8/s800/edited-0173.jpg

Oh hey, I did it!
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I'm normally not into the "selfies" but I'm posting the above pictures because they are some of the only ones from the weekend where I'm not drenched in sweat. They are definitely the last ones of me after a full night of sleep. Seriously, as the weekend progressed I feel like I looked like a walking zombie at certain points. :faint:

By now it was about 6:15 and I still wanted that chocolate beer cupcake, so I headed out to the boat dock.

Looking down at Conch Key's "lobby":
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Hidden Mickey Wallpaper in the hallway!
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Elevator mirror shot
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Outside of Conch Key...our room is on the top floor of the portion of the building that juts out with the red pointy area of the roof:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-w39dXi7g3A8/UPXdiWyUB-I/AAAAAAAAHgs/BcQUDxMg2Vw/s800/IMG_0204.jpg

From the front of Conch Key...I spy a castle in the distance!
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wiigirl
01-20-2013, 10:30 AM
Great pics! :)

Ariel484
01-20-2013, 10:31 AM
Nighttime Wanderings, Part 2

First I headed to the boat dock to wait, but there was no boat in sight. I got impatient after one whole minute of waiting and headed to the lobby to catch the monorail.

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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-eJDd3mSwGVs/UPXfzsuKjwI/AAAAAAAAHhk/WBm-8hHv2EM/s800/IMG_0215.jpg

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Time to jam!
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A monorail pulled up right as I got to the station (did I mention that I had weirdly good luck with transportation on this trip? Because I did :thumbsup2) and two stops later I was at the Polynesian!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Bw4xI2LeQxw/UPXisV7-9fI/AAAAAAAAHi0/MnokJW5jdCU/s800/IMG_0224.jpg

I got the last chocolate beer cupcake – success! – walked around the Poly a bit, took some awful nighttime pictures, and headed back to the monorail station.

Okay, Avengerail…take me back to the Grand Floridian!
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I rode the resort loop all the way around (the Contemporary still had the giant Mickey wreath up, but I never got a good picture) and got back to the Grand at about 7PM. After walking through the shops I headed to Gaspirilla Island and ordered the club sandwich – no tomatoes, no sauce – with a side of the homemade chips and a bottle of water (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!). I originally planned on eating this out on the Gaspirilla patio, but a lady sat at the table next to me and lit up a cigarette...errrm no thanks. So I scooped up my food and headed back to the room at about 8 (tossed the cupcake in the fridge for later in the weekend).
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Will and I chatted on the phone for about 40 minutes and afterward I just sort of putzed around the room – finished unpacking, double-checked my stuff for the next morning, ate my sandwich/chips, etc. Around 9:15 I heard some very loud music outside...
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It was the Electrical Water Pageant! Neat.
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After the pageant I knew it was time to go to sleep, but I had trouble tearing myself away from the ESPN WWoS channel on TV. This was (I think) channel 25 and it played an endless loop with information about the runDisney races. It was fun to watch, but the content was mostly ads for the other races...very little of the loop was dedicated to information about the actual races taking place this weekend. Dennis Marsico, the runDisney TV host, was featured a lot...he's incredibly cheesy but I'd jump at the chance to have his job.
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Eventually I pulled myself away from the TV and made my final preparations for the first race of the weekend...checked my stack of stuff and my camera battery (!!!) again, laid out sunscreen and my contacts, got the coffee maker ready, and set 3 alarms: my phone for 4:30AM, a 4:40 wake-up call, and the room alarm clock for 4:45. I went to sleep at about 9:30...almost time for the first race!

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Ariel484
01-20-2013, 10:32 AM
Great pics! :)

Thanks! :wave:

ZellyB
01-20-2013, 03:15 PM
The Grand Floridian looks beautiful. We had our anniversary dinner at Victoria and Albert's the night after the marathon and it was incredible. The portion of the resort we saw was lovely. So glad you liked your room!

BigEeyore
01-20-2013, 06:00 PM
Ooooh...ahhhhh...pretty room and nice view! Too bad about no hot tub though!

tinkgurl
01-20-2013, 09:13 PM
Your title is just so clever!

Wow, your room is so big! And what great views!

That nighttime picture with the Castle all lit up sure makes me miss WDW!

Ariel484
01-21-2013, 07:53 AM
The Grand Floridian looks beautiful. We had our anniversary dinner at Victoria and Albert's the night after the marathon and it was incredible. The portion of the resort we saw was lovely. So glad you liked your room!
I really love that resort. Everything was just sooooo nice. Happy Anniversary! :yay: How was your dinner at Victoria & Albert's? We're saving up to have dinner there next January. :goodvibes
Ooooh...ahhhhh...pretty room and nice view! Too bad about no hot tub though!
Yeah, a hot tub would have been nice! :( But the rest of the resort made up for it!
Your title is just so clever!

Wow, your room is so big! And what great views!

That nighttime picture with the Castle all lit up sure makes me miss WDW!
Thanks! I miss WDW too...I can't believe I was there just a week ago. :(

Ariel484
01-21-2013, 08:13 AM
Day 2: Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K - Arriving

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ozzYHkKqals/ULzyXqDwW7I/AAAAAAAAGmA/hsFwKecuSRM/s912/2013-WDW-5K.jpg

This weekend was originally supposed to be strictly Goofy...so why sign up for the 5K? 2 reasons:

1. The super-cute finisher medallion, of course! (Picture to follow.)
2. The promise of an early-morning run through Epcot, which was missing from this year's marathon course. :sad2:

I woke up that morning at about 4AM and couldn't get back to sleep because I was so nervous (not for the 5K itself, just for the overall weekend, I think). I hate when that happens! :mad: I finally gave up at about 4:30 and got out of bed...made coffee, got dressed, put on sunscreen, etc. I didn't take much with me to this race - my breakfast (a bagel and peanut butter I'd brought from home), some cash, my room key and my Annual Pass. And of course, my fully charged camera. :thumbsup2

For the longer races, resorts on the monorail don't have the option of bus transportation to the races - it's monorail or nothing. But the monorails weren't available for the 5K, so I headed to the convention area of the resort to catch the bus (which is also the bus stop for buses to and from the expo) at about 4:50. 5K transportation ran from 4:30-5:30, I think. Had a nice chat with the poor Mears employee that was manning our stop (Disney contracts out extra buses to cover the increased need during the races) and was on a bus by about 5. I ended up sitting next to a nice lady wearing a Disneyland Half marathon shirt. She'd done a lot of half marathons and this was her first Disney 5K...her daughter was here to run the marathon and the woman was taking care of the grandkids during the longer races. Cute!

We made one stop at Shades of Green (from what I could see from the bus their lobby was still decorated for Christmas) and were dropped off at the starting area in one of the Epcot parking lots at about 5:25.

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I don't know what the issue was, but I could not for the life of me get that bagel down. I don't know if it was nerves or what...but I ended up throwing half of it away. :( Definitely regretted that later.

I really think the 5K races are great for new runners. Everything is just much...less. Less distance, less pressure (the runs are not timed, so no worries about falling off pace), and less to navigate at the starting area (picture below):
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-OZ5TLtGj_T8/UPWkFHGCZsI/AAAAAAAAHPM/IjrZRheTp_I/s912/IMG_0458.JPG

Above you can see a line of porta-potties to the right...we were dropped off from the bus right behind the porta-potties and it was just a short five-minute walk to the starting area (the starting line itself is straight ahead in the above picture - the tall sort of purple thing - starting corrals up and to the left). Much less of a process compared to the longer races, which I'll talk about later.

One other thing visible in the above picture on the left side is the grandstand, where spectators can wait at the finish line...so really the start and finish lines were very close to one another.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-QGHK2QnYWfw/UPWj-2Sb1yI/AAAAAAAAHPE/KDfvhzCb1Fc/s912/IMG_0459.JPG

Essentially all we needed to do was walk straight ahead to get to the corrals. Mickey and Minnie were set up for pictures near the start (in their classic outfits) but I bypassed them because their lines were HUGE.

Starting line to the right:
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Corrals to the left:
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The above picture is actually the BACK of the starting corrals...you can see the fence separating Corral A and Corral B. For this race there were 4 corrals (A, B, C and D) and technically 6 starts - the lone wheelchair racer, A, B, C, D, and the stroller division. I guess the corrals were assigned based on when people signed up? :confused3 Not sure about this...essentially it was just a way for them to space us out a bit, I think.

In this picture I'm actually IN the back of the corral (volunteers are very strict about this - you have to show the printed letter on your bib)...Corral A is to my right.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-2n9eYXnqob8/UPWjYRdHyWI/AAAAAAAAHOU/morS451lIwE/s912/IMG_0468.JPG

Before I went into the corral I asked the volunteer coordinator about a rumor I'd heard, that there's a secret packet pick-up the morning of the 5K. He said there is, but it's mostly for people that picked up the bib earlier and then lost it. If people use the pick-up that morning they can get their BIBS ONLY - they have to go to the expo to get their race shirts. He seemed utterly perplexed as to why someone would do this morning packet pick-up...I could definitely see it being an option if someone's flight was delayed or they couldn't get to the expo on Thursday.

It was funny to be at the 5K start...this was MUCH different than the longer races. Lots more costumes and lots more kids who did NOT enjoy waiting around ("When is it going to start?", "I'm hot," "I'm tired," etc…made me think of Russell from Up! :p). There was a DJ trying to get everyone excited by playing a variety of music - the Cuban Shuffle, ACDC, and the Chicken Dance (which REALLY bummed me out :crazy2:) for example. My favorite part, though (and I forget the exact context), was when the DJ/host definitely said the words, "JUST a 5K." :confused: Really dude, you just said that?! He quickly figured out his mistake and sort of stumbled over his words to try to make up for it...oops.

Eventually everyone figured out that we needed to turn around and move to the other side of the corrals, so we all started cramming in. Here’s the whole set-up…me in Corral B, starting line to the left, Corral A directly in front of me, finish line to the right:
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ZellyB
01-21-2013, 08:14 AM
I really love that resort. Everything was just sooooo nice. Happy Anniversary! :yay: How was your dinner at Victoria & Albert's? We're saving up to have dinner there next January. :goodvibes



You really should. The dinner was incredible!! We had saved and planned for it so we splurged on each of us getting the wine pairing and a couple of upcharge items. The setting, the service and the food was well worth it. Certainly not something we could afford to do often, but for a special event it was really the highlight of the trip (after finishing the marathon of course. :rotfl: )

Ariel484
01-21-2013, 08:18 AM
You really should. The dinner was incredible!! We had saved and planned for it so we splurged on each of us getting the wine pairing and a couple of upcharge items. The setting, the service and the food was well worth it. Certainly not something we could afford to do often, but for a special event it was really the highlight of the trip (after finishing the marathon of course. :rotfl: )

Oh awesome! I've wanted to go for awhile but my husband was the one to set the wheels in motion...for my birthday last year he put together a little scavenger hunt and the final thing I found was a Disney giftcard. He made it clear that the giftcard was ONLY for this one dinner, and that we can add to it on each upcoming holiday (birthdays, Christmas, etc.) until we have enough for our meal. :) This is great for us because we don't buy eacho ther presents often (we're both super hard to shop for) but we DO love great meals. I'm glad you guys liked it so much! And the wine pairings are a must, at least for me! :thumbsup2

So glad to hear a great review! :)

creativeamanda
01-21-2013, 09:29 AM
It is really my dream to stay at the Grand Floridian. I had a reservation there one year all of 10 minutes, lol, before I moved to the Beach Club. I think I'd steer clear during all the construction, though I know that when there is construction, Disney makes every effort not to irritate the guests.

I love that room you got, and I'm really interested for the rest of the report on the 5K, because I'm walking the 5K with another Diser the day before the Princess Half.

dismagiclover
01-21-2013, 01:09 PM
It looks like they changed the corral arrangement this year. I ran the 5K in 2012 and we didn't have a corral assignment on the bib. Rather they just tried to divide us up by expected pace. I wonder why they changed. I can imagine being pretty annoyed if you thought you were going to run a 20 minute 5K and got stuck with a bunch of walkers. I suppose people know going in that it isn't timed so hopefully they wouldn't get too upset. Anyway can't wait for the actual race!

Ariel484
01-22-2013, 07:34 AM
It is really my dream to stay at the Grand Floridian. I had a reservation there one year all of 10 minutes, lol, before I moved to the Beach Club. I think I'd steer clear during all the construction, though I know that when there is construction, Disney makes every effort not to irritate the guests.

I love that room you got, and I'm really interested for the rest of the report on the 5K, because I'm walking the 5K with another Diser the day before the Princess Half.
Definitely make it to the Grand Floridian if you can. We thought it was awesome!
5K report coming up next!

It looks like they changed the corral arrangement this year. I ran the 5K in 2012 and we didn't have a corral assignment on the bib. Rather they just tried to divide us up by expected pace. I wonder why they changed. I can imagine being pretty annoyed if you thought you were going to run a 20 minute 5K and got stuck with a bunch of walkers. I suppose people know going in that it isn't timed so hopefully they wouldn't get too upset. Anyway can't wait for the actual race!
Yeah, I didn't quite understand the point of the corral placement stuff. I think it was maybe just to space us out a bit...? You're right that it would be completely annoying for someone that wanted to run a good time. :confused3 Luckily that is not a problem for me! :teeth: Although I do think it contributed to long lines at photo stops...so that wasn't cool.

Ariel484
01-22-2013, 07:43 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 1

A Disney vocalist sang the National Anthem and the main mice were called up to the stage to help start the race:
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The wheelchair racer was sent off first, and Corral A was let out of their pen and instructed to head to the start. It was similar to rope drop procedures I think - volunteers rolled out tape and slowly walked people to the starting line.

And now this becomes a multimedia experience...below is a crappy video of Corral A's start.

3 2 1 GOOOO! (Hope this link works!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIuPAyGdte4&sns=em


One of the advantages of coming to a race solo is that it's easier to creep up to the front of the corral...so much so that by the time Corral B was led to the starting line, I was right up front!
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It was time for Corral B to start running 7 minutes after Corral A...3 2 1 GOOO! (Sorry, no idea how to flip this thing...again, hope the link works!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNuDn1tp3SY&sns=em

The entire first mile was through more parking lots...I remember being surprised to see a decent amount of spectators here. The funniest part was listening to parents that were running with their younger children: I literally heard 5-6 parents telling their kiddos to "slow down!" in that first mile because the kids were just sprinting right out of the gate. :rotfl2: I made every effort to keep the pace nice and relaxed. At some point we passed Chip & Dale (huge line and they weren't wearing special costumes) and found the first mile marker near an entrance to a Cast Member parking lot.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-rcDYsXsajzA/UPWiIW5xLNI/AAAAAAAAHM0/iWvTCGXBvsw/s720/IMG_0479.jpg

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Blurry picture of the backside of Test Track...the first water stop was somewhere around here but I passed it up.
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Ariel484
01-22-2013, 07:47 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 2

And then we were in World Showcase, in between Mexico and Norway!
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Right away I spotted Norwegian Daisy! She looked so adorable, but her line was GIGANTIC. I was sad to pass her up. :sad:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-auUyiBkDhbM/UPWhnwXEc4I/AAAAAAAAHMM/wvKhRrs2SAk/s720/IMG_0486.jpg

I continued on through my world tour and came up to another HUGE line, but decided to wait in this one...I knew I was approaching the halfway point and at this rate I was going to come out of this thing without any pictures. BOO!

Waiting in line...
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The line...it goes all the way up to the red and white sign (I think it's for funnel cakes?). You can make out the shoe reflectors of all the people who were waiting. ALL of the character lines were like this.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LqBupz9D-IA/UPWhYsMNYpI/AAAAAAAAHL8/M17UD4TWVYM/s720/IMG_0489.jpg

While waiting, I took a moment to sort of focus on the weather. The temperature wasn't bad, but it was HUMID - I was totally drenched in sweat after just 1.5 miles of easy running. Hydration was definitely going to be a priority leading up to the half and full marathons. I checked the temperature on my phone later and when I finished it was in the low-mid 60s with 97% humidity.

Still waiting...
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I have the data from my Garmin watch, so I can say for sure that I waited in this line for 7-8 minutes...most definitely the longest I'd waited for a character picture during a Disney race. And this is what I came out with...

GHOSTFACE!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fbcvljCLSF0/UPWhLlOzmPI/AAAAAAAAHLs/zx-2UqaGgb0/s720/IMG_0491.jpg

HAHAHA. I’m still trying to decide whether it was worth the wait. :confused3

Anyway, after that I continued my trek through the World Showcase. I passed by Pluto wearing a kicky little beret in France...I sort of wish I'd stopped for this one instead of the Goof, but again, HUGE line. :sad:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-SdUn9riEROY/UPWhDWFDs1I/AAAAAAAAHLg/0GMgtuqijAg/s720/IMG_0492.jpg

We briefly exited the park at the International Gateway...oh yeah, we're running a race!
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That's almost a 22-minute mile! :teeth:

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Ariel484
01-22-2013, 07:51 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 3

After leaving the park we were briefly in a Cast Member-only area (which also had the second water stop - I passed this one up too) and then back in the park in between Canada and the UK. Lumberjack Donald was out for pictures...again, his line was gigantic and I passed him up. :sad:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-7y9XNllwrfQ/UPWgvGBGJ6I/AAAAAAAAHLM/lpDdUyf94bI/s912/IMG_0495.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lHblTkAGLHk/UPWgpXH--AI/AAAAAAAAHLE/1OaPSKd4iGY/s720/IMG_0499.jpg

I have to say, I was pretty bummed about the character lines at this point! Clearly the 5K runners were taking a much more relaxed approach compared to the longer races I've run (hey, so was I!), where the photos don't seem to be as big a priority for everyone. I also think the corrals may have contributed to this...if runners lined up based on their expected pace (as dismagiclover said) the runners that didn't care about the photos would have been through the park already. Oh well.

We left the World Showcase and I decided that I needed to come out of this thing with at least SOME pictures of myself...so here I am!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-396RWX3rVLA/UPWgi7RdmmI/AAAAAAAAHK4/jf4MBBSk35I/s912/IMG_0500.JPG

Lots of nice volunteers/CMs were taking pictures in this area.

Euuuwwwww sweaty
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We wound our way through Future World and I was beginning to recognize this portion of the course from the other races I've run at Disney (the last 0.5 miles or so are similar). Almost there!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vM2qVpIgTOM/UPWgTIsRhNI/AAAAAAAAHKo/1-V9f9mYMe4/s720/IMG_0503.jpg

We left the park and found Mile Marker 3!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-UPeACsx5_6M/UPWgHxT5x4I/AAAAAAAAHKY/xbIQ_ynw3T4/s720/IMG_0505.jpg

The finish!
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Ariel484
01-22-2013, 07:55 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Finish Line!

The finisher medallion I originally got had some weird spots on it (green/purple spots in Daisy's eyes, among other places) so I decided to be difficult and trade it in for a different one.

Ooh yay!
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-D0JPMG5zskU/UPWUjLdeztI/AAAAAAAAHJI/rezBSEy9MM0/s912/IMG_0508.JPG

I think my time was just under 50 minutes or something? Eh, like I really care. Whatever it was, it was definitely my slowest-ever 5K. :teeth:

And here are some close-up shots of the finisher medallion (which is rubber, unlike the finisher medals for the longer races/Expedition Everest 5K) that I took later that day:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AS6y4RiLqVk/UPXpHsQrdbI/AAAAAAAAHlE/NusxNlX1TtU/s720/IMG_0243.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-FLp64oVGALA/UPXpYWtsLmI/AAAAAAAAHlY/MzyLvCaDjB4/s720/IMG_0244.jpg

Super adorable...love it.
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So after the race I came through the finisher chute and spotted Dennis Marsico, the runDisney TV host! I asked for a quick picture, and he seemed quite flattered.

Dude...I want to steal your job. Just an FYI.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-1pYsC5bCX8A/UPWUPM4OTcI/AAAAAAAAHIw/6__o6vOI3QI/s912/IMG_0511.JPG

The 5K finishes in the same area as the longer races, so they've got the med tent, the information tent, merchandise tent...and THIS.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-E3gVwT-V5Hc/UPWUKe1hg-I/AAAAAAAAHIk/J3g_SuUKcsI/s912/IMG_0512.JPG

:eek: I'll see YOU on Sunday, Goofy tent! At least I hope I will!

I quickly made my way through all of the people and headed to the bus area...
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-OnDQs9K7PEo/UPWUGMPkyDI/AAAAAAAAHIc/85Y4BnDm2bA/s912/IMG_0513.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-uTLaTeWpYEM/UPWUBMeTFOI/AAAAAAAAHIU/Eq8p8PC9FYE/s720/IMG_0514.jpg

There was a bus waiting for me, so I hopped on and looked through my post-race refreshments (which I'd picked up right after the Dennis picture). There's the usual bottled water/Powerade/bananas...but now they give out boxes of food instead of granola bars and muffins like in past years.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-NsavDPinn-s/UPWT6zziOKI/AAAAAAAAHIo/y5FRgutdkqs/s720/IMG_0515.jpg


Inside the box...I'm sure this is just free stuff from sponsors, but it was such an odd assortment for post-race food. Dark chocolate and cheese spread? Hmm. The crackers were good though.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-OECs2nvp1kM/UPWT1Mn3rCI/AAAAAAAAHII/SAFodLGOiGc/s720/IMG_0516.jpg

So there you have it! My first-ever 5K at Disney. :yay:

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CAStevens218
01-22-2013, 08:35 AM
The 5k sounds like so much fun! I love the characters World Showcase costumes...too bad the lines were so long.

Cute medal too!

Johnson1220
01-22-2013, 08:59 AM
great report ... having fun reading this. i am dying to do a disney race!

steph0808
01-22-2013, 09:05 AM
I hated the box of food after the marathon! Give me some orange slices, geez! :P I stole like five packs of the fruit snacks and ate those until I got back to my room!

dismagiclover
01-22-2013, 10:07 AM
Great 5K report! Crazy about the lines!!! I don't remember them being that long last year. I laughed when you mentioned the parents telling their kids to slow down. I had a similar experience last time I did a 5K with my 2 boys. My youngest (was 7 at the time) kept running way too fast and I couldn't keep up. I kept screaming at him through the crowd and I would have to send my then 9 year old up to tell him to slow down. He was not happy with me at all! When he finished he said he was never running a 5K with me again because I was too slow. I was exhausted so I agreed and told him he was running with his dad in all future 5Ks.:rotfl:

creativeamanda
01-22-2013, 11:28 AM
I like the relaxed pace of the 5K. Since we are walking it, I feel like it is really just a tour of the WS and a parking lot or two.

Now that box was a uh, different assortment.

Thank you for sharing!

Ariel484
01-22-2013, 11:43 AM
The 5k sounds like so much fun! I love the characters World Showcase costumes...too bad the lines were so long.

Cute medal too!
The lines were much longer than I expected! I guess I could have waited in all of them but that would have added a good 30 minutes to my time...!!
great report ... having fun reading this. i am dying to do a disney race!
Thanks! :) I hope you get to do a race at Disney some day!
I hated the box of food after the marathon! Give me some orange slices, geez! :P I stole like five packs of the fruit snacks and ate those until I got back to my room!
I mean, it was just the last thing I would want to eat after running, ya know? At least they still had bananas. :sad: Seriously though, those crackers are awesome. I meant to look for them while grocery shopping and forgot. :sad1:
Great 5K report! Crazy about the lines!!! I don't remember them being that long last year. I laughed when you mentioned the parents telling their kids to slow down. I had a similar experience last time I did a 5K with my 2 boys. My youngest (was 7 at the time) kept running way too fast and I couldn't keep up. I kept screaming at him through the crowd and I would have to send my then 9 year old up to tell him to slow down. He was not happy with me at all! When he finished he said he was never running a 5K with me again because I was too slow. I was exhausted so I agreed and told him he was running with his dad in all future 5Ks.:rotfl:
I really think the lines had a lot to do with them changing how they corraled (is that a word?) the race. I COULD NOT believe how many people were stopping to wait!

So funny about your kiddos running the 5K! Sounds like you have a future track star or two in your household. I am impressed that they can run 3.1 miles...way to go little Darling children!! :yay:
I like the relaxed pace of the 5K. Since we are walking it, I feel like it is really just a tour of the WS and a parking lot or two.

Now that box was a uh, different assortment.

Thank you for sharing!
It was VERY relaxed. I am sure you and your friend will have a blast! You're right that it's really just touring the WS...how many times do you lap WS on a given Epcot day anyway? And now they are giving you a medallion and t-shirt to do it! :thumbsup2

I think the snack boxes are here to stay, unfortunately. I saw someone's blog post from (I think) the ToT 10-miler and they had the EXACT same post-race box that I got last weekend. Boo!

Disney9.9.10
01-22-2013, 11:55 AM
I'm really enjoying this report! I've never participated in a run (I'm not a runner) and I haven't really seen pictures from one either. It really looks like a lot of fun! And how cute is that medallion!

leopardmickeyears
01-22-2013, 12:55 PM
Just found your TR, but I'm def in. I am FINALLY getting to participate in a runDisney event next year and I am so doing Goofy. Can't wait to read your adventure and live vicariously through you :hyper:

UGAFan0829
01-22-2013, 01:34 PM
Awesome review of the 5K! I think the Royal Family 5K runs the same route, so a lot of your pictures looked very familiar!!

Your room at GF looks so lovely! I'm glad that you were able to find the cupcake!

DancinDaisyDuck
01-22-2013, 01:47 PM
I'm jumping in! It's so exciting (and very informative) to read your WDW Marathon weekend trip report!!! My sister and I are planning on running the half marathon next year and have no idea what to expect. I love that you stayed at the Grand Floridian, too. We hope to stay Deluxe on race weekend too. If we're going to run 13.1 miles, I want a hot tub and nice linens, lol.

Looking forward to more!!

beachgirl2000
01-22-2013, 03:29 PM
I am here! I hope one day to do the Half Marathon!!!! Can't wait to read all about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wave2::surfweb:

leopardmickeyears
01-22-2013, 04:40 PM
THOSE PINS! are too cute! So is the Vinyl! I'm not big on collecting vinyls either (I actually got my first one a few months ago just because it is my favorite sports team) but I would def get that guy .


YAY Disney Dooney! Wow, look at that logo on it :lovestruc

Ariel484
01-23-2013, 08:18 AM
I'm really enjoying this report! I've never participated in a run (I'm not a runner) and I haven't really seen pictures from one either. It really looks like a lot of fun! And how cute is that medallion!
Don't worry, I have LOTS of pictures. :) The runs really are a lot of run...the bling is the icing on the cake!
Just found your TR, but I'm def in. I am FINALLY getting to participate in a runDisney event next year and I am so doing Goofy. Can't wait to read your adventure and live vicariously through you :hyper:
Welcome! I hope you get to run Disney next year. If you go Goofy, the best advice I can give you is to find a training plan that you are comfortable with and STICK TO IT. :thumbsup2 (It sounds obvious, but it worked for me!)
Awesome review of the 5K! I think the Royal Family 5K runs the same route, so a lot of your pictures looked very familiar!!

Your room at GF looks so lovely! I'm glad that you were able to find the cupcake!
I think you're right that the two 5K routes are the same. Possibly different characters though, right?

We really loved our room at the Grand Floridian. :) It was beyond what we were expecting!
I'm jumping in! It's so exciting (and very informative) to read your WDW Marathon weekend trip report!!! My sister and I are planning on running the half marathon next year and have no idea what to expect. I love that you stayed at the Grand Floridian, too. We hope to stay Deluxe on race weekend too. If we're going to run 13.1 miles, I want a hot tub and nice linens, lol.

Looking forward to more!!
Welcome! How fun that you are going to run the race with your sister! :) You're right, having access to a hot tub is a huge bonus on race weekends. :goodvibes
I am here! I hope one day to do the Half Marathon!!!! Can't wait to read all about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wave2::surfweb:
Welcome!! :wave:
THOSE PINS! are too cute! So is the Vinyl! I'm not big on collecting vinyls either (I actually got my first one a few months ago just because it is my favorite sports team) but I would def get that guy .


YAY Disney Dooney! Wow, look at that logo on it :lovestruc
They really do have some cool merchandise for the races! I'm glad I got to the expo early enough to get a good selection. I'll have to post a picture of the vinyl with the medals on. He's bling'd out! :goodvibes

Ariel484
01-23-2013, 08:23 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Final Thoughts

1. Like I said earlier, I think this is a GREAT race for newer runners. I read a lot about people who want to do a race at Disney (or anywhere really) but aren't sure they can do a half or full marathon - CHECK OUT THE 5K! It's really fun, low-pressure (no sweepers or official timing), less distance, it's much cheaper than the longer races, and you still get the full Disney race experience.

2. Along those lines, this is a great race for KIDS! There were lots of families running this race, which I thought was really neat. I could see myself doing this with a kiddo sometime in the future. :goodvibes

3. However, despite the fact that this race is cheaper than the other two, I keep going back and forth over whether I think it's overpriced. I think that the entry fees for the half and full marathon are in line with what other big races cost (New York, Marine Corps Marathon, Chicago, etc.)...but $55 for a 5K is easily twice as much as I've ever paid for a 5K race. Then again part of that is paying for the experience of running through a Disney park, and they did have refreshments afterward, lots of porta-potties, good transportation, and the finisher medallion, which is rare for a 5K (this was my 7th 5K and the only one where I got a finisher medal/medallion at the end). So I'm still not sure what I think about the entry fee. :confused3

4. If you do a 5K at Disney, be prepared for LONG character lines. :sad: There were 5 character stops, and all of the lines looked to be just as long as the one line I stood in...so if you're really dedicated that's 40 minutes just standing in lines.

5. There are official photographers along the race course, and participants get an email after the race with a link to purchase their photos. A single image download is $30 (!!) and a download of all of the images starts at $70...no video. I didn't buy mine.

Overall I really liked this race! The finisher medallion, which I really love, was a big draw for me. I think the only way I'll do the 5K again is if I'm not alone...it just makes these Disney races much more fun to run them with someone else! :thumbsup2

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Ariel484
01-23-2013, 08:28 AM
The Beauty of the Annual Pass

I was on the bus at about 7:45 and back at the Grand by 8. I checked in with Will, took a shower, jotted down some notes about the race and (overshare! :scared:) laid out my 5K clothes to dry out. I felt very, VERY bad for the mousekeeper that had to deal with our room that weekend...we made sure to tip well. My last task before heading out to breakfast was to check my stuff for the half marathon the next morning. From one race to the other!

At about 9:45 I headed out to the monorail station...TTFN, awesome room!

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You really cant beat the convenience of only having to go ONE monorail stop to get to the Magic Kingdom...awesome. :goodvibes

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From here I headed down to the boat docks to catch a ride to the Wilderness Lodge! I love taking the little boats at Disney...so relaxing!

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Once we stopped at the Lodge (10ish?) I headed straight for Roaring Forks...NOM!

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It has fruit on it, so it must be healthy! :thumbsup2

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Yummmmm. SO good. Does it get any better than sitting outside at the Wilderness Lodge on a beautiful day eating specialty Mickey waffles (and drinking tons of water - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!)? I think not. Too bad Will wasn't there to enjoy it as well.

By now I was texting back and forth with my mom a bit - she, my brother and aunt were en route from Jacksonville and were due to arrive at about noon, so I had an awkward amount of time to kill.

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And this is the beauty of the annual pass (or any park-hopper, I guess)...gotta love being able to just pop into the Magic Kingdom for an hour or so at will! :teeth:

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BigEeyore
01-23-2013, 08:30 AM
:scared:Those lines are awful!!! The characters were so cute in their special world showcase outfits, I can imagine it was hard to have to pass them by.
I think the only way I would do the 5k would be if my kids really wanted to do it with me, though that medal is really cute!

Ariel484
01-23-2013, 08:31 AM
Solo morning in the Magic Kingdom!

Since we were meeting at the Grand anyway I figured a slow, relaxed journey up and down Main Street was the perfect way to close out my morning. My first stop was to meet the big guy himself.

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Now, last year my one and only to-do after the marathon was to get a picture with Mickey. I'd heard great stories of character interactions with runners after races, and let me tell you, in 2012 dude was NOT pumped to see my marathon medal. :sad: But this year he totally made up for it! I was wearing my 5K shirt, and as soon as Mickey saw me he jumped up and down, clapping and pumping his fists. He made a running gesture to me and a motion like he was clicking a camera to the CM/photopass. And here's what we got! Yay! :yay:
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Ta-daaa!
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After meeting the mouse, I headed out to Main Street and got caught up in Move It, Shake It...etc. etc.
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And I just kind of slowly headed up and down Main Street...browsed the shops a bit and stared at the castle (because that's what you do in the Magic Kingdom :thumbsup2), briefly wondered if the castle's Christmas lights were still up (it looked like they were), and then headed back out.
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This is basically how my (very limited) park time was on this trip. Small chunks here and there...definitely a BIG downside of these race weekends.

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Ariel484
01-23-2013, 08:33 AM
:scared:Those lines are awful!!! The characters were so cute in their special world showcase outfits, I can imagine it was hard to have to pass them by.
I think the only way I would do the 5k would be if my kids really wanted to do it with me, though that medal is really cute!

I know! I was so bummed. :sad: Oh well, at least I got SOME pictures of them...even if I'm not in them. :rotfl:

I'm with you on the 5K...I didn't even sign up for it until they released the concept art for the finisher medallion. It seemed like it would be really fun for parents and kids to do together though! :goodvibes

UGAFan0829
01-23-2013, 11:36 AM
What a great way to spend post-race!!! Those waffles sure do look yummy! I had no idea WL had those there, so I may have to give them a try sometime! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Mickey pic and I'm so glad it made up for 2012! I don't think you could have spent your morning any better!!!

leopardmickeyears
01-23-2013, 11:48 AM
"It has fruit on it, so it must be healthy!"

That has to be one of the smartest things I've ever heard.

MICKEY WAFFLES :love:

YAY for running pose Mickey :goodvibes

ZellyB
01-23-2013, 12:07 PM
Love the Mickey shot. We also went to see him post marathon for a picture and he was great. Did running motions to us and high fives although our picture with him is far more boring than yours. Great job!

pxefig
01-23-2013, 02:07 PM
I couldn't participate in the "guess the resort" portion of your trip report festivities since I saw the PTR, but the shots with the bed spreads totally gave it away! Or maybe I just have a weird fetish that I can identify a resort by the bed spread alone ...?

I think Goofy was the right line to wait in. I have always wanted my picture with Colonial Goofy. I thought for sure it would be a home run when I did the Liberty Tree character dinner back when they still had that, but it was more of a Colonial peasant Goofy than military soldier. I guess I prefer my Goofy men in uniform!

And not to thread jack, but since it was mentioned in your PTR, I have since officially signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare, so I guess instead of being a dope I can be a Dumbo instead. Definitely a step up! :thumbsup2

DisneyParrothead
01-23-2013, 03:06 PM
"It has fruit on it, so it must be healthy!"

That has to be one of the smartest things I've ever heard.

MICKEY WAFFLES :love:

YAY for running pose Mickey :goodvibes

That's my mantra, for anything. It's got fruit, it's healthy :)

Laracroft72
01-23-2013, 04:10 PM
I am loving your TR! I hope to someday run the 1/2 or the 5k. I feel like I am right there with you, great perspective. :thumbsup2

BigEeyore
01-24-2013, 06:53 AM
Cute action photo with Mickey!

Mmmm...waffles! Best post-run meal ever! :thumbsup2

Ariel484
01-24-2013, 07:35 AM
What a great way to spend post-race!!! Those waffles sure do look yummy! I had no idea WL had those there, so I may have to give them a try sometime! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Mickey pic and I'm so glad it made up for 2012! I don't think you could have spent your morning any better!!!
Yep! The waffles are available until 11. I have heard they let adults order the kid's portion (2 waffles instead of 3 and you get applesauce along with bacon on the side) but I wanted AS MANY WAFFLES AS POSSIBLE. No regrets. :thumbsup2

You're right...it really was the perfect solo morning! :goodvibes
"It has fruit on it, so it must be healthy!"

That has to be one of the smartest things I've ever heard.

MICKEY WAFFLES :love:

YAY for running pose Mickey :goodvibes
Oh yeah, I'm just full of wisdom. :rolleyes1 :rotfl:

Mickey waffles and running with Mickey...it was just a Mickey-filled morning! If only every day was like that.
Love the Mickey shot. We also went to see him post marathon for a picture and he was great. Did running motions to us and high fives although our picture with him is far more boring than yours. Great job!
Yay! Glad he was great for you too! :goodvibes Gotta love a fun character interaction.
I couldn't participate in the "guess the resort" portion of your trip report festivities since I saw the PTR, but the shots with the bed spreads totally gave it away! Or maybe I just have a weird fetish that I can identify a resort by the bed spread alone ...?
I wondered if anyone would recognize the bedspreads! :thumbsup2
I think Goofy was the right line to wait in. I have always wanted my picture with Colonial Goofy. I thought for sure it would be a home run when I did the Liberty Tree character dinner back when they still had that, but it was more of a Colonial peasant Goofy than military soldier. I guess I prefer my Goofy men in uniform!
My friend ran the marathon in 2009 and got a picture with Colonial Goofy, Mickey and Donald...that has been one of my top wishes for character photo stops in the last 2 marathons and it hadn't happened. :sad: So at least I have 1 out of the 3 now! I agree with you, gotta love the fellas in uniform! :thumbsup2
And not to thread jack, but since it was mentioned in your PTR, I have since officially signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare, so I guess instead of being a dope I can be a Dumbo instead. Definitely a step up! :thumbsup2
Congrats on going Dumbo! I really wanted to do it but the funds just aren't there this year. :( I could have been a Dopey Dumbo...or a Dumb Dope...or something.
That's my mantra, for anything. It's got fruit, it's healthy :)
We should get that printed on t-shirts! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2
I am loving your TR! I hope to someday run the 1/2 or the 5k. I feel like I am right there with you, great perspective. :thumbsup2
Awesome! 1/2 and 5K are great goals and I bet you would love running at Disney. I hope you get to do it some day!
Cute action photo with Mickey!

Mmmm...waffles! Best post-run meal ever! :thumbsup2
YES. OMG I love waffles. :lovestruc They're on the dinner menu for tonight! (Just regular ones, not Mickey-shaped...but still.)

emilyindisney
01-24-2013, 07:39 AM
Jumping in! I'm a runner myself, and arrived in the world just after marathon weekend. Seeing everyone wearing their medals made me so excited to read some marathon trip reports! Plus, your title is genius!

I agree that it's sort of a toss up for the 5k price. I've done color runs, and Warrior Dashes that are similarly priced. I suppose I always just figure the experience is worth it. Not to mention the medal is a big plus! :)

Loving all your Grand pictures! I went for a character breakfast last weekend and was blown away at how nice the staff was while I was wandering around the property. Everyone asked how I was doing, how my morning was, etc. it was awesome! I see why people love it there so much!

I'm sure your mouse keeping was understanding, haha! I'll bet they've seen/smelled much worse!

Can't wait to hear about your next race of the weekend!

Ariel484
01-24-2013, 07:49 AM
STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY! Part 1

Before I go any further I think I'll just say this once and get it out of the way. In some instances my family and I don't exactly jive when it comes to Disney - I think I alluded to this a bit in my other 2 race reports - and this trip was no exception. I am not exaggerating when I say that except for a few instances, they found something to complain about CONSTANTLY (except for my brother - I think he "gets" Disney - but he likes to tell gross nursing stores DURING MEALS so that's a whole other issue :crazy2:). In the past it's really bothered me, as I am the planner of the group and put a lot of thought into hotel/park/dining choices based on what I think people will like, but I've finally started to learn to tune it out and just enjoy myself. It took me awhile to get there though, and this combined with my crazy arrival day and general nerves for the upcoming races made the first couple of days of this trip pretty tense. This also contributed to why I have no pictures of any of our travel group except for me, Will and Craig, and why I have very few pictures from Friday afternoon. I'm not going to dwell on it throughout the report, but this is what went on the entire time the whole group was together.

ANYWAY...they arrived and we headed to my room for a quick tour. I also gave my brother his Christmas present (a Cleveland Browns tech shirt to wear for the race!) and his race shirts. Now, we were both signed up for Goofy...but while I'd been preparing for it basically all year and had officially started training in early September (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2979628), for a variety of reasons Craig pretty much did not train AT ALL. As far as I know he basically ran a handful of 5- and 6-milers and nothing else. Before the trip he finally admitted that he was probably only going to run the half, but now that he was there I think he was getting caught up in the excitement and started talking like he was going to do both races. :scratchin We'll see!

After the GF tour we piled into my brother's car to head to Caribbean Beach resort so that they could check in. Here's a tip from me to you - if you're planning on traveling to Disney for Marathon Weekend, don't wait until AFTER THANKSGIVING to book your room, because the only rooms that will be left will be CBR pirate rooms. I never actually got to see the room, but the reviews ranged from "it's fine" to "it sucks." Eh, whatever. The drive to CBR was tough because the GPS in my brother's car just could not make sense of Disney property and I never drive in Disney so I was pretty clueless. Eventually we made it to the resort and were told that the room wasn't ready, so we headed to Epcot to get lunch. We parked at the Boardwalk, got everyone's tickets squared away, and headed to France...bonjour, delicious food!

I think everyone else got some kind of sandwiches (croissants, baguettes, etc.)...I got the quiche Lorraine and some kind of chocolate mousse dome...and water, of course (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!):
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I had them toast the quiche so that it was hot and it was SOOOO good. Really creamy and the perfect temperature. The chocolate mousse was awesome if I remember correctly it had a dark chocolate layer with a white chocolate layer inside. Very rich and oh so tasty.

Everyone was pretty happy with this meal overall, so we were off to a good start. I didn't take very good notes on this day (or many pictures, like I said before)...just wasn't in the mood.

After lunch I think we looked around France a bit and then headed to the UK pavilion, then Canada. We're all big Off Kilter fans but never managed to catch them on this trip, so that was sad. I pulled up the My Disney Experience App to check wait times in Future World and led everyone to Spaceship Earth.
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Thumbs-up for a life of leisure in the future!
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One thing I KNOW I kept doing was checking the wait times for Test Track...and there were no wait times because it was down all day. LAME. I was also occasionally checking the fastpass return time for Soarin' (wait time was 45-60 minutes...way too long) and at some point we grabbed fastpasses with a 6:50-7:50 return window and walked on to Living with the Land.

After frolicking in The Land we headed back to World Showcase to explore a bit more. Everyone was quite taken with Mexico but didn't want to go on the Grand Fiesta Tour...I think my aunt got a pair of earrings though.

Sup, bro.
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Somewhere in here I got a text from Will that he was boarding his flight...yay! :yay:

Anyone got an extra $37,500 lying around??
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Ariel484
01-24-2013, 07:55 AM
STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY! Part 2
Eventually we decided it was time to check in for our 5:45 dinner reservations.
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I feel like people either love or hate Via Napoli...this was my 3rd time eating there and I LOVE it. My only complaint is that it is LOUD in there, but I guess that's just a function of how the space was constructed.
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My mom and aunt split a medium-sized pizza (a white pizza, I think - it was HUGE)...actually, this is one other small issue I had with Via Napoli on this trip. Craig and I got our pizzas (individual-sized pepperoni for me, individual-sized mushroom for bro) about 5-10 minutes before the white pizza came out. No one else seemed to mind (bizarre considering the other stuff they moaned about...but I digress). I think I was actually the only one that was perturbed by that.
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The kid is trained now. I pointed my camera toward his pizza and without saying anything he instinctively threw his arms up. Good boy! :thumbsup2
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I need to note that last year Craig got some kind of pasta with clams that he liked, but not as much as he liked the bites of pizza he tried from me and mom. When we were going to order he asked me if I remembered what he had last year and I relayed the info. He was much happier with his pizza this year...hooray for trip reporting and taking pictures of food! :thumbsup2

I think this is a great pre-race meal because it's not too heavy thanks to the thin crust and light cheese. I'm normally not a huge fan of pizza sauce, but I like what they use here. It's a little...sweeter than other pizza sauce, I think? Whatever it is, it's delicious.

After dinner we headed back to The Land to use our Soarin' fastpasses (thumbs up all around...but COME ON Disney, clean the film up already! :mad:) and I had to call it a night. I'd been up since 4AM and did have a race to run the next day, after all...plus I just needed alone time. I gave everyone instructions on how to get back to the car, set up a meeting time with Craig for the next morning (4AM "near the DJ"...my idea. Way too vague) and made my way to the monorail station.
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If I could go back in time there are a few things I'd change about the weekend, but the biggest would be to go slap my Friday-afternoon-self silly and say, "STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY!" That afternoon/evening of walking around in Epcot was WAY too much before the races, enough that my feet felt a little achy by the time I got back to the Grand Floridian. I know everyone always says that runners need to stay off their feet before a race, and Disney runners will sort of half-heartedly nod while thinking, "yeah, but the parks are RIGHT THERE..." but seriously, this was a mistake. It honestly never occurred to me that I'd walked around too much until my feet started bugging me. :sad2: DUMB!

Back at the resort I made a stop at Gaspirilla Island for cupcake #2 of the weekend (cupcakes cure all! :thumbsup2) and got back to the room at 8:15. I was very surprised to see that wed gotten turndown service. Nice!
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The rest of the evening was just re-checking everything for the half, waiting for Will to arrive and stuffing my face with cupcake.

S'mores Cupcake from Gaspirilla Island:
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Some kind of fudge on the inside:
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This was good, but nothing super special. I think I like the s'mores cupcake from the Boardwalk Bakery better. I ate half of it and shoved the rest in the fridge for Will to have later (he never actually ate it).

Will's flight was due to land at MCO at about 9:50 (he'd connected in Nashville...long travel day after a full work day!), meaning that he wouldn't be at the hotel until about 11:30. There was no way I was going to make it until 11:30, so I sent him a message to just keep me updated (he argued against it since I needed to go to sleep but I said it was fine) and went to sleep at 9:30. About 5 minutes later I got the message that he'd landed early! Yay! I went back to sleep pretty easily and he sent me a message to let me know he was at the resort at about 11:15. I rolled out of bed, met him in the lobby and gave him a quick tour before we got back to our room. I think I was back to bed at about 11:30 with my usual 3 alarms set my phone at 2:45, a wake-up call for 2:55, and the iHome for 3AM. Race #2 coming up! :yay:

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Ariel484
01-24-2013, 08:02 AM
Jumping in! I'm a runner myself, and arrived in the world just after marathon weekend. Seeing everyone wearing their medals made me so excited to read some marathon trip reports! Plus, your title is genius!
Welcome!...and thank you! :)
I agree that it's sort of a toss up for the 5k price. I've done color runs, and Warrior Dashes that are similarly priced. I suppose I always just figure the experience is worth it. Not to mention the medal is a big plus! :)
Yeah, I think you're on to something with the pricing. The location plays a huge part. It's probably not fair to compare 5Ks I run at home ($18-$20 around areas in Ohio, no finisher medallion/medal) to ones at Disney ($55 through a Disney park with a finisher medallion at the end). Just 2 totally different experiences.
Loving all your Grand pictures! I went for a character breakfast last weekend and was blown away at how nice the staff was while I was wandering around the property. Everyone asked how I was doing, how my morning was, etc. it was awesome! I see why people love it there so much!
Aren't the Grand Floridian CMs awesome? After staying there I really don't know where the "stuffy" reputation the resort has comes from. It must be the decor only, because the CMs made us feel totally comfortable the entire time.
I'm sure your mouse keeping was understanding, haha! I'll bet they've seen/smelled much worse!

Can't wait to hear about your next race of the weekend!
Oooh, I bet they have. Poor mousekeepers. :( Ours was great!

emilyindisney
01-24-2013, 08:09 AM
Glad you were able to tune out the family's complaints and enjoy yourself!

I swooned over the castle when I saw it too! I can't help but wonder how many of those Disney sells.

I could've believe the flecks on the Soarin' film either! I mean, c'mon Disney! Can't they go digital? (Unless the film is already digital and something else is wrong!)

Those cupcakes sound fantastic! Definitely keeping that in mind for next time!

Can't wait to hear about the half! Hope it went well!

UGAFan0829
01-24-2013, 12:28 PM
Sorry to hear that you're family doesn't see Disney the same way that you do. I know that's tough, but I'm glad you've learned to not let it bother you!

Sounds like a fun afternoon/evening in Epcot.

And you definitely have me adding cupcake to my list of things to try on my next trip!

Oh, I am so excited to read about the next race...I can't wait!

beachgirl2000
01-24-2013, 12:40 PM
I am loving your report. I know what you mean about vacationing with family. That is why the last time it was just me, my husband and son. As much as I love to travel with my parents and sisters and their families, if I don't organize everything right down to the second, then nothing gets accomplished but when I do give them my itinerary, they make fun of me! You can't win! :confused3

Ariel484
01-24-2013, 02:32 PM
Glad you were able to tune out the family's complaints and enjoy yourself!

I swooned over the castle when I saw it too! I can't help but wonder how many of those Disney sells.

I could've believe the flecks on the Soarin' film either! I mean, c'mon Disney! Can't they go digital? (Unless the film is already digital and something else is wrong!)

Those cupcakes sound fantastic! Definitely keeping that in mind for next time!

Can't wait to hear about the half! Hope it went well!
Oh definitely! Luckily Will thinks the way I do about Disney...phew! :)

I love the castle! I saw the price and was trying to have Craig guess it and had to say "nope, higher" 5-6 times! It's pricey!

The flecks have been there every time I've ridden Soarin' but they looked pretty awful this most recent trip. It's really a shame. :(

Gotta LOVE the cupcakes at Disney! I had two on my list for this trip but ended up with 3...woohoo! :thumbsup2
Sorry to hear that you're family doesn't see Disney the same way that you do. I know that's tough, but I'm glad you've learned to not let it bother you!

Sounds like a fun afternoon/evening in Epcot.

And you definitely have me adding cupcake to my list of things to try on my next trip!

Oh, I am so excited to read about the next race...I can't wait!
Yeah, I used to think it was just a "the way I vacation" vs. "the way they vacation" thing, but I really did feel like they found something wrong with practically EVERYTHING they did on this trip. It was sort of freeing to realize that there was nothing I could do to make them totally happy...so why upset myself over it?!

We did have fun in Epcot...this was the first time I've really taken a good amount of time to explore some of the countries (Mexico, for example) so that was fun!

I have a "to-eat" list for my next trip too! The Nutella/fruit waffle from Sleepy Hollow is firmly at the top of that list...I wanted to try it this trip but never found the time. This trip was all about the cupcakes! :teeth:
I am loving your report. I know what you mean about vacationing with family. That is why the last time it was just me, my husband and son. As much as I love to travel with my parents and sisters and their families, if I don't organize everything right down to the second, then nothing gets accomplished but when I do give them my itinerary, they make fun of me! You can't win! :confused3
Your family sounds a lot like mine...:rolleyes2 The problem with these race trips is that if my brother and I are doing the races I don't really feel like I can tell my mom that she can't come, ya know? That might be awkward. :eek: :rotfl: And my brother "gets" Disney but he's pretty disorganized, so that was part of the reason why their room got booked so late. Oh well, I did my best. :p The good news is that when Will and I go just the two of us he gives me the reigns (but still has some input, of course) and then I can really let my crazy OCD planning tendencies shine through! Yay! :yay:

camandjacksmom
01-24-2013, 04:55 PM
I totally understand the family irritation equation and Disney!! I love my dad going with us for my children's sake but I always loose it over the food reservations!! I spend hours looking at menus and finding the right place for all of us to find something to eat. Then the response I get is I could get a better steak at the Golden Corral!! I mean really your eating at artist point in Disney a signature restaurant??? Don't you know how much energy I put I this.....breathing!!!! I am actually relieved it isn't just my family who comes across ungrateful and complainy(is that even a word)!!!

nnjamison
01-24-2013, 09:26 PM
Love it! Hanging around for more!

Ariel484
01-25-2013, 10:59 AM
I totally understand the family irritation equation and Disney!! I love my dad going with us for my children's sake but I always loose it over the food reservations!! I spend hours looking at menus and finding the right place for all of us to find something to eat. Then the response I get is I could get a better steak at the Golden Corral!! I mean really your eating at artist point in Disney a signature restaurant??? Don't you know how much energy I put I this.....breathing!!!! I am actually relieved it isn't just my family who comes across ungrateful and complainy(is that even a word)!!!
Wow, nothing against your dad...but Golden Corral, really? :scratchin

Definitely not just your family. I know they appreciate that I plan everything, look around for discounts, etc....but I feel like they just can't help themselves. I used to feel a lot of pressure with these trips BECAUSE I planned everything, like if they didn't have fun it was my fault, but after traveling with them a few times I realize that it's just how they are. Nothing I can do about it. :confused3 Except ignore them and still have my own fun! :teeth: Will and I are planning a trip for just the two of us (NOT centered around a race) and I'm REALLY looking forward to that.
Love it! Hanging around for more!
Thanks, and welcome! :wave:

Ariel484
01-25-2013, 11:11 AM
Day 3: Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon - Arriving

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No waking up early this time...I slept like a ROCK. :teeth:

Technically this was my first time running the WDW Half Marathon, but I have run this course before...it's exactly the same as the course used during the Princess Half Marathon. I leapt out of bed at 2:45, turned off the iHome, grabbed the room wake-up call and did the same as the previous morning - coffee, sunscreen, camera battery check , etc. After saying good-bye to a completely dead-asleep Will, I headed out of the room at about 3:20 with a bit more stuff than I had with me for the 5K - Gu chomps for fuel during the run, breakfast for Princess C, my phone wrapped in a paper towel and secured in a baggie - you'll see me holding it in pictures, a small pack of tissues (sole purpose - in case I happened upon a porta-potty with no toilet paper! :eek:) and completely pointless throwaway clothes. With the long wait in the starting corrals runners bring old clothes to wear to keep warm, which Disney picks up, cleans and donates to charity. This was the first year I'd actually remembered to bring clothes, and of course I totally didn't need them - temperatures were already in the mid-60s with 100% humidity at 4AM.

Like I said earlier, monorail resorts utilize the monorail for transportation to these morning races, which was really nice. The bus transportation I've had in the past (from Port Orleans Riverside in 2011 and Beach Club Villas in 2012) was totally fine, but I have heard horror stories of traffic jams and bus drivers getting lost. Taking the monorail just gave me an extra piece of mind that getting to the start would be smooth. I took very careful notes on how long everything took so I'd know what to do for the marathon, and this started when a monorail pulled right up to the station when I arrived at 3:28AM. We briefly stopped at the Magic Kingdom stop (the doors opened for a few seconds and then quickly shut again) and this is when I got my first course spoiler - the Magic Kingdom, including the castle, was all lit up! Woohoo! :woohoo:

We picked up some runners at the Contemporary before continuing on to the TTC. Everyone was very quiet, which was fine by me - I don't do well with making small talk in general...chit chatting before I've had a sufficient amount of coffee is borderline impossible. :crazy2:

Our monorail arrived at the TTC at 3:36. We silently switched monorails and were en route to Epcot by 3:39. Everyone was still quiet and I could see more race "spoilers" along World Drive - Mile Marker 3, a screen with runner Mickey, Donald and Goofy, and the same pirate ship that had been out during the 2011 Princess Half Marathon. I don't recall feeling very nervous...I think the 5K had allowed me shake out all of the nerves and now I was just looking forward to getting out there to run! :yay:

We arrived at the Epcot monorail station at 3:50AM. Coming down the ramp from the monorail station there were LOTS of Cast Members available to direct us either to the starting area or to the bathrooms under the monorail station. I, of course, went to the bathrooms...because they were REAL BATHROOMS! :worship: This is very rare on a race course.

After the bathroom stop I made my way toward the start. I have to say, the Cast Members I encountered that morning were AWESOME - they were all so nice and encouraging (lots of "good luck" and "have fun" wishes) and didn't seem to mind that they were up so early just to tell us where the bathroom was. It was great that there were so many of them - there was absolutely no confusion on where to go. Lots of us runners made sure to thank them as we passed by.

LALALALALA *plugs ears*
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Under the mouse ears and into the starting area!
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Ariel484
01-25-2013, 11:17 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon - Waiting for the Start

The walk from the monorail station to the start area took longer than I expected, and as a result I was about 15 minutes late to meet Princess C. Oops! :o I also realized that "near the DJ" was definitely not a specific enough meeting place...I shouldn't even refer to it as a meeting place at all. Like I said before, way too vague. I don't know how Craig spotted me because there were lots of people around and I couldn't see him at all...maybe he had an advantage because he's tall. There are lettered tents in the "Family Reunion"/start area and we quickly decided to meet at one of those tents the next morning for the marathon.

We chatted a bit and by then I think I had already ditched my throwaway clothes - old sweatpants and a $4 fleece jacket from my local Goodwill - in a donation bin. Craig wasn't wearing throwaway clothes, but he did have on a nice long-sleeved Nike running top. I asked him what he was planning to do with it because there was NO way he was going to survive with that and a t-shirt underneath for the entire race. Neither of us planned on checking bags so it looked like he'd be stuck carrying it at some point.

After heading through the no bag-check line we came to a stand-still and were stopped for a decent amount of time (15 minutes maybe?) before making the long walk from the holding area to the starting corrals. Per Disney race tradition people were already hopping off to the side of the roads for a bathroom break in the bushes - men AND women. :confused3 I prefer to just keep walking...there are tons of porta-potties near the corrals, and the ones toward the end always have the shortest lines. :thumbsup2

Anyway, after our long walk and a bathroom stop (NOT in the bushes :thumbsup2) we reached our corral at about 5:15...not too long before the official start of the race.
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After some bantering back and forth from the hosts/DJs and a few interviews (including one with Joey Fatone of *NSync, who seemed to be THE celebrity of the weekend) another Disney vocalist sang the National Anthem. Random thought about Joey Fatone (aka Fat One for anyone that watches Dancing With The Stars) - I thought it was weird how much they promoted that he was running Goofy purely because his wife had signed up and had to pull out...so he was running with her bib, even though us non-celebrities are NOT allowed to transfer bibs. Ooooookay. :rolleyes2

During this time we marveled at the people who were just arriving at the starting corrals and were sprinting to make it to the A and B corrals on time...yikes. :eek: Glad we got there early!

Anyway, the wheelchair racers went first, followed by Corral A, then B. We inched closer to the start...
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Mornin', fellas.
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beachgirl2000
01-25-2013, 12:39 PM
I am sorry but I want video and/or documented proof that Fatone actually completed the entire Goofy challenge. I KNOW I am in better shape than him and there is no way I would attempt a full marathon let alone a half marathon and then a full marathon. Sorry, but I call shenanigans on this one! :joker:

beachgirl2000
01-25-2013, 12:40 PM
And one more thing, are you telling me Fatone is the only "celebrity" Disney could find to do this Challenge??? Really? Come on, now! :rotfl2:

jwgm2012
01-25-2013, 01:43 PM
So excited to find another one of your reports! I love the detail and your experience memories. I just started "running", if I'm even allowed to call it that considering it's 3/4 running, 1/4 walking... but my goal is to eventually get to a Princess 5K or any Disney race for that matter ;)

Can't wait to read the rest and again, thanks for reporting so in depth! :thumbsup2

creativeamanda
01-25-2013, 02:22 PM
Caught up! It's interesting how smoothly the race start was for the half being at a monorail resort. I'm at BWV for the Princess Half and I've wondered if I should drive or if the bus transport would be fine.

That sign about the heat is interesting. I remember actually being concerned for you that weekend because I did a long run in SC that weekend and it was unbearably hot.

camandjacksmom
01-25-2013, 02:52 PM
I'm sad we didn't run into you in corral c!! Yes mr fatone was kinda lame as our celebrity (California got Sean Asten). I was shocked to by how the people just kept streaming in after the race had already started!! I couldn't even see an end to the stream of people and there was alot jumping over the gates.

emilyindisney
01-25-2013, 03:21 PM
So glad your check-in/corral finding process was simple. It always pays off to be early! I would hate to be hurrying in and rushing through crowds to get ready to start.

Though the heat is a bigger downer, its nice to not need your throwaway clothes. Of course, having them and not needing them is better than needing them and not having them! :rotfl:

For the record, I believe I read somewhere that Joey did a 1-minute run/walk interval to make it through the races. He was by no means prepared to run the Goofy challenge. I'm not surprised that Disney let him use her bib, and make a big deal about it. Does Disney ask for ID when you pick up packets? I know I've run races using other people's bibs but they've never asked for ID at pick-up. I wonder if Disney is more strict about that (I wouldn't be surprised!)

Ariel484
01-25-2013, 03:44 PM
I am sorry but I want video and/or documented proof that Fatone actually completed the entire Goofy challenge. I KNOW I am in better shape than him and there is no way I would attempt a full marathon let alone a half marathon and then a full marathon. Sorry, but I call shenanigans on this one! :joker:
:rotfl2: My only issue with it is that they don't allow ANYONE to transfer their bibs...unless they're a celebrity, I guess. :rolleyes2
And one more thing, are you telling me Fatone is the only "celebrity" Disney could find to do this Challenge??? Really? Come on, now! :rotfl2:
I know Drew Carey and Allison Sweeney were supposed to participate in the Weekend in some capacity but pulled out (due to an injury and scheduling conflicts, respectively). :confused3
So excited to find another one of your reports! I love the detail and your experience memories. I just started "running", if I'm even allowed to call it that considering it's 3/4 running, 1/4 walking... but my goal is to eventually get to a Princess 5K or any Disney race for that matter ;)

Can't wait to read the rest and again, thanks for reporting so in depth! :thumbsup2
Thanks! And if you get out there and put one foot in front of the other, you're a runner! Poof, I declare you a runner! :wizard: Hope you get to do a Disney race some day, I bet you would love it! :goodvibes
Caught up! It's interesting how smoothly the race start was for the half being at a monorail resort. I'm at BWV for the Princess Half and I've wondered if I should drive or if the bus transport would be fine.

That sign about the heat is interesting. I remember actually being concerned for you that weekend because I did a long run in SC that weekend and it was unbearably hot.
I stayed at BCV last year...one thing you want to keep in mind is that ALL of the Epcot resorts share buses: Swan & Dolphin, Beach, Yacht and Boardwalk. I didn't have any problems taking a bus for the marathon last year from Beach. Just make sure you're on a bus by 3:30 and you should be okay. :thumbsup2

Haha, thanks for thinking of me during the heat wave! They were on top of it...lots of warnings, fully-stocked water stops, etc.
I'm sad we didn't run into you in corral c!! Yes mr fatone was kinda lame as our celebrity (California got Sean Asten). I was shocked to by how the people just kept streaming in after the race had already started!! I couldn't even see an end to the stream of people and there was alot jumping over the gates.
I know! There were lots of people I was hoping to run into in C but it just didn't happen. :( I'm not sure what was going on during the morning of the half but it seemed like lots of people had trouble getting there on time!
So glad your check-in/corral finding process was simple. It always pays off to be early! I would hate to be hurrying in and rushing through crowds to get ready to start.

Though the heat is a bigger downer, its nice to not need your throwaway clothes. Of course, having them and not needing them is better than needing them and not having them! :rotfl:

For the record, I believe I read somewhere that Joey did a 1-minute run/walk interval to make it through the races. He was by no means prepared to run the Goofy challenge. I'm not surprised that Disney let him use her bib, and make a big deal about it. Does Disney ask for ID when you pick up packets? I know I've run races using other people's bibs but they've never asked for ID at pick-up. I wonder if Disney is more strict about that (I wouldn't be surprised!)
Yes, they do ask for ID when you pick up your bib. You need your ID and your signed waiver. To pick up my brother's bib I had to have a copy of his ID, his signed waiver and a form from him authorizing me to pick up his stuff. So they are about as thorough as they can be and there's no "legal" way to transfer bibs. I know lots of people will sell/buy them on eBay or Craig's List...but it was just weird to me that they were so open about how he ran using his wife's bib. :rolleyes2 I don't doubt that he completed the races but it wasn't quite "legal" from the beginning, and to me it's not fair to people that, say, signed up and then wanted to sell their bib for some reason (injury, sickness, etc.) but couldn't, or to those that wanted to sign up after registration had closed. It seems like Disney could set up some sort of transfer system so that people don't have to resort to trying to do it online through other means.

/rant over. :teeth:

creativeamanda
01-25-2013, 03:55 PM
Yeah, I said a little brief prayer for you. I ran in like 80 degree weather at 1 pm and had to stop after 3 miles. I could have kept going, but I was not well enough hydrated and came back and tried the next morning.

emilyindisney
01-25-2013, 06:13 PM
Yes, they do ask for ID when you pick up your bib. You need your ID and your signed waiver. To pick up my brother's bib I had to have a copy of his ID, his signed waiver and a form from him authorizing me to pick up his stuff. So they are about as thorough as they can be and there's no "legal" way to transfer bibs. I know lots of people will sell/buy them on eBay or Craig's List...but it was just weird to me that they were so open about how he ran using his wife's bib. :rolleyes2 I don't doubt that he completed the races but it wasn't quite "legal" from the beginning, and to me it's not fair to people that, say, signed up and then wanted to sell their bib for some reason (injury, sickness, etc.) but couldn't, or to those that wanted to sign up after registration had closed. It seems like Disney could set up some sort of transfer system so that people don't have to resort to trying to do it online through other means.

/rant over. :teeth:

I agree! I know its a hassle for Disney to have people swapping but I know everyone would really appreciate it. Maybe they could make a swapping window from the time that registration closes to shortly before the race? Who knows :confused3

I agree that it doesn't seem right to keep advertising that they let a celebrity skirt the rules, though!

Can't wait until you're off and running!

BigEeyore
01-27-2013, 08:22 AM
Your photos really bring back the excitement of race morning and how surreal it all was...being up at 3 am with thousands of other people and all that nervous energy.
Seeing the castle all lit up when I ran into MK took me completely by surprise, and I teared up running down Main St. with that beautiful castle in front of me. Pure Disney magic and a moment I'll never forget! I hope it wasn't too ruined for you having seen it from the monorail!

Ariel484
01-27-2013, 10:22 AM
Yeah, I said a little brief prayer for you. I ran in like 80 degree weather at 1 pm and had to stop after 3 miles. I could have kept going, but I was not well enough hydrated and came back and tried the next morning.
That's so sweet! :hug: Running in the heat is definitely tough.
I agree! I know its a hassle for Disney to have people swapping but I know everyone would really appreciate it. Maybe they could make a swapping window from the time that registration closes to shortly before the race? Who knows :confused3

I agree that it doesn't seem right to keep advertising that they let a celebrity skirt the rules, though!

Can't wait until you're off and running!
Yeah, I'm hoping they will move toward having bib transfer in the future...they let people defer registration to the next year if they need to, so why not bib transfer? Hmm.
Your photos really bring back the excitement of race morning and how surreal it all was...being up at 3 am with thousands of other people and all that nervous energy.
Seeing the castle all lit up when I ran into MK took me completely by surprise, and I teared up running down Main St. with that beautiful castle in front of me. Pure Disney magic and a moment I'll never forget! I hope it wasn't too ruined for you having seen it from the monorail!
Surreal is the perfect way to describe it! There were definitely moments where I would just suddenly think to myself "it's 4AM and I'm here with thousands of people about to run for hours...this is nuts!"

It wasn't totally ruined for me seeing the MK from the monorail...the Dreamlights weren't on so THAT was a surprise! :goodvibes

Ariel484
01-27-2013, 10:30 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 1-3

The con-duck-tor counts down to Corral C's start at about 5:47AM...3 2 1 GOOO!

(Apologies for the shakiness. :o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1EdOoWWVMc

And we were off! All through this race I tried really hard to pay attention to our pace...not because I had a specific goal time in mind, but because keeping the marathon in mind I didn't want us to run the race too fast (and trash our legs) or too slow (and be on our feet for longer than necessary). I wanted us to run it juuuuust right...

...okay, I lied. I wanted us to beat our time from the Princess Half (3:02ish). :teeth:

Ugh...please note the humidity on the Mile Marker 1 sign. Yuck!
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I remember the first mile being very narrow and crowded. It was hard to run.

Cool flags!
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I think we were able to spread out a bit by Mile Marker 2, if not right after. After passing this mile marker we each ate 4 Gu chomps (strawberry flavor, yum!). Craig wasn't a huge fan because they got stuck in his teeth.
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And then we came up to the first character meet of the race: the pirate ship I'd seen from the monorail earlier that morning. We passed it up since the line was pretty big and we already have a picture with the exact same set-up from 2011.

Yo ho yo ho
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Next we passed the photo-op screen I'd also seen earlier (I never did stop for a picture in front of this thing) before reaching the MK Entrance gates! LOTS of room to run by now, and if I remember correctly, we saw the lead wheelchair racers and runners pass us by on the other side of the median...they were already 9ish miles in! :worship: Wow.
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The warning that plays over the speakers here was burned in my brain all weekend: "Caution runners. Road narrows, and speed bumps ahead." I bet despite the fact that I said it was burned in my brain I actually quoted it incorrectly just now. :rolleyes2 Despite the warning I was distracted by taking a video and managed to trip over a speed bump. Luckily I caught myself. :teeth: Said video is linked below...not worth tripping for!

(This video is blurry and shaky and pretty awful in general...you've been warned!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnANSVVwF1o

Mile Marker 3 was just inside the gates.
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At the 5K mark our first text/email alert was sent out: 5K in 38:18, a 12:19/mile pace. Estimated finish time of 2:41:35. Not bad, right?...

...then we came the first character meet we wanted to stop for. Bye-bye decent average pace! :wave:

By now we were outside the WDW Speedway and were both DRENCHED in sweat. Craig had to accept defeat, take off his long-sleeved pullover, and tie it around his waist. I voted for him wearing it around his shoulders Zack Morris-style but he vetoed that idea.

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This line looked sort of long but only took 3-4 minutes...racing 'munks!
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I must say, the bro was very good at spotting mile markers before I did (ahh, to be tall) and was all about the character pictures during this race. I don't know if it's because I've finally got him trained after our other race weekends, or if he was a fan of the more relaxed approach, or both. But it worked out well for me! :thumbsup2

And it's a good thing too, because there was no way I was passing up the next photo-op. It was a long line (6-minute wait) but this is one of the rarer character meet-ups I've seen, so it was totally worth it.

.....how's that for a cliff-hanger?? :teeth:

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Mrs Green
01-27-2013, 11:46 AM
I am loving your trip report...just read the whole thing and not happy with the cliffhanger!!! :)

I ran my first 5k last summer and would like to train for more races in the future...possibly the new 10k at DLR or the princess 5k. I am in awe of you running Goofy; it is beyond my comprehension but makes for interesting and inspiring reading! Thanks for sharing with us!

camandjacksmom
01-27-2013, 12:10 PM
I know! I know!!! It was our favorite of the race!! I actually jumped up and down like a little kid!!!

Ariel484
01-27-2013, 12:18 PM
I am loving your trip report...just read the whole thing and not happy with the cliffhanger!!! :)

I ran my first 5k last summer and would like to train for more races in the future...possibly the new 10k at DLR or the princess 5k. I am in awe of you running Goofy; it is beyond my comprehension but makes for interesting and inspiring reading! Thanks for sharing with us!
Haha, sorry for the cliff-hanger!

I'm glad Disney has added a 10K back into the mix...hopefully this will inspire them to add more. I'm sure lots of people want to run longer races after the 5K, but the jump from a 5K to a 10-miler or half marathon is quite a big one!

Thanks for reading! :goodvibes
I know! I know!!! It was our favorite of the race!! I actually jumped up and down like a little kid!!!
ME TOO! :teeth: One of the best character meet-ups I've seen! :yay:

croach
01-27-2013, 01:11 PM
If it's what I think it is then yes it was a great photo op. Didn't stop for photos during the half so I was sad not to see Chip & Dale out for the full. At least they weren't in the same spot as the half. Enjoying the trip report and hearing about your Goofy experience.

emilyindisney
01-27-2013, 02:07 PM
Loving all the mile marker signs! I think I'd stop and use those as my photo-ops! Also love that you stopped for Chip and Dale. They're my favorite classic characters so I think they're worth the wait- glad yours was slow though.

What exactly was the pirate ship? Just something you could have your picture taken with? Or was there a character nearby?

Cannot wait to hear about rare character you caught up with next! I know they have a lot of characters reserved for only runDisney events these days!

Ariel484
01-28-2013, 08:03 AM
If it's what I think it is then yes it was a great photo op. Didn't stop for photos during the half so I was sad not to see Chip & Dale out for the full. At least they weren't in the same spot as the half. Enjoying the trip report and hearing about your Goofy experience.
You're probably thinking of the right one! :) I'm sorry you missed the 'munks.
Loving all the mile marker signs! I think I'd stop and use those as my photo-ops! Also love that you stopped for Chip and Dale. They're my favorite classic characters so I think they're worth the wait- glad yours was slow though.
I saw the mile marker sign in a friend's trip report a few years back and I'm SO glad I did. It never would have occurred to me to take those pictures but I am so glad to have them! :goodvibes

For the most part my rule with not-so-rare characters (and I would put Chip and Dale in that category) is to only stop if they are wearing special outfits, so the 'munks made the cut with their hats. :thumbsup2
What exactly was the pirate ship? Just something you could have your picture taken with? Or was there a character nearby?
I assumed it was this (from 2011 Princess Half):

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I didn't stop for it though so I can't be sure. :)

Cannot wait to hear about rare character you caught up with next! I know they have a lot of characters reserved for only runDisney events these days!
Yeah, last week during the marathon I met the 3 Little Pigs and Ludwig Von Drake...those were good ones! Lots of good ones this year too! :goodvibes

Ariel484
01-28-2013, 08:09 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 1

What's this? What's this?

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It's Jack Skellington and Sally! One of my favorite character photos from the weekend.

The funniest part of the meet was when Jack put his arm out for me to grab and said, "Hello" in a super low, creepy voice. I had no idea he was a face character and wasn't expecting him to talk at all, so I had a mini-heart attack. :faint: But mostly I was just pumped to meet two awesome characters!

(Have you ever looked at the lyrics to "What's This?" So clever!)

By now we were at the TTC, and surprising to no one, mile 4 was a slow one (a little over 20 minutes long):
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This is a notable area of the race because there is awesome spectator support here, as well as REAL bathrooms. Unfortunately the lines were out the door so we didn't stop. We headed under the water bridge near the Contemporary, and WOW was the course poorly lit here. Not cool.

Also notable about this part of the race? 8 minutes before we were at Mile Marker 4 the winner of the half marathon FINISHED THE RACE (1:05:26) - a new course record! :worship: Insanity.

Teeny little DJ with his cute little sign.
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After the Contemporary we found ourselves at Mile Marker 5...
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...and said good morning to Space Mountain!
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We headed down a side road and finally hit our first park of the race.
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All of us runners headed into the Magic Kingdom through a Cast Member-only entrance near The Chapeau and were met with lots of cheering spectators. We turned onto Main Street and found a cool surprise (well, the surprise I'd seen earlier from the monorail) - Christmas lights on the castle and a lit-up Main Street USA!
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Traffic completely STOPPED on Main Street, and for the first time I realized how truly crowded this race was. I think there were 27,000 runners? This was quite different than what I'd experienced on this same course during the 2011 Princess Half, which had 14,000 finishers.

Looking back down Main Street:
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I'm surprised my pictures came out so badly, because I honestly don't even remember being able to RUN down Main Street at all. Unless I'm exaggerating it in my mind we walked pretty much the entire way.
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Next we turned right and headed into Tomorrowland.
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Buzz Lightyear was out in front of the Lunching Pad, and we passed him up - not rare at all. We checked the lines for the bathrooms near Mickey's Star Traders (out the door) and saw people heading to the bathrooms by Space Mountain (eh, too lazy to go that far off the course). I gave up on the Tomorrowland bathrooms and we headed into Fantasyland. The Mad Tea Party was the sight of our next meet-up.
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It was off with our heads before continuing on through Fantasyland!
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Ariel484
01-28-2013, 08:12 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2

Belle (in yellow dress) was out with the Beast near the new walls in Fantasyland, but we passed them up and headed to the castle.

Waiting...
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These guys provided some entertainment:
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This was another long-ish line (5-6 minutes)...but when the race con-duck-tor is out for photos in his royal attire, you stop. You just do.
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After meeting the duck we ran through the castle and came to another complete stop. There were tons of runners trying to get out of the castle to make the turn into Liberty Square, and people just were not moving. Other runners started to great frustrated and yelled "runners to the left, walkers to the right!"...nice try. We just sort of slowly trudged down to the street below.

Still can't get a decent picture despite the fact that I'm walking ever-so-slowly...
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We bypassed the photo-op in front of the castle (lines seemed huge and I knew from last year it would be official photos only - they wouldn't take one with my camera) and headed toward Liberty Square.
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We passed Tiana in Liberty Square and Jessie in Frontierland and finally found Mile Marker 6! (Ate 4 more Gu chomps here.)
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Another 22-minute mile! :rotfl2: Without fail getting through the Magic Kingdom is always the longest portion of these Disney races for me...

And now it was time to leave the MK and head back to Epcot. We went backstage and passed Prince Phillip and Aurora standing on one of the daytime parade floats (giant line) and came to yet another bottleneck in the course. The area we had to run in was extremely narrow, and by now quite a few people were walking...so it was hard to dodge around them. :mad: I have absolutely no problem with people walking during a race (I do it myself a lot!) but proper race etiquette was just out the door this morning. People were walking right in the middle of the course, giving no notice when they were going to start walking, and groups were walking 4-5 across. :mad: It was incredibly frustrating. And these times when all of the runners seemed to be walking in one giant clump of people were really the only times the weather bothered me during the half...the sun and temperatures weren't too high yet, but when all of the runners were so close together it felt incredibly hot and humid out. Whenever we had some space it felt quite pleasant.

Somewhere in here our second alert was sent out: 10K in 1:33:31, an average pace of...15:03! Estimated finish time of 3:17.17. :faint: Thats what a 22-minute mile in the Magic Kingdom will do to you. :teeth:

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wiigirl
01-28-2013, 08:29 AM
Great pics! :thumbsup2

Ariel484
01-28-2013, 09:00 AM
Great pics! :thumbsup2

Thanks! :goodvibes

ZellyB
01-28-2013, 09:06 AM
Great report! I remember the section you are talking about coming out of Magic Kingdom during the marathon. It was really tight and crowded. It was difficult to manage. My DH and I are run/walkers, so I was really paranoid about stopping to walk in these areas. We always made sure to position ourselves before slowing to be sure we weren't cutting anyone off and that we were out of the way as much as possible. But that was not the norm for a lot of runners a lot of the time.

DancinDaisyDuck
01-28-2013, 09:35 AM
I really appreciate all the details you're including about not just the course itself and characters but also the pace, how the crowds are, and race etiquette. I didn't know most of the stuff you mentioned and I'm so glad you are writing about it, it's a big help knowing what to expect next year. Even though it sounds very crowded and must have been frustrating I think the MK part of the course is going to be such a special experience!

Also, I talked to my sister last night and we decided to stay at the Grand!!!

Looking forward to more!

steph0808
01-28-2013, 10:00 AM
I love reading your race reports!

I saw Jack and Sally during the marathon, but I didn't stop for them. I actually hate that movie with a passion (I watched it when I was like 7 and it came out and then I tried again this year and made it about halfway through - just not my cup of tea) so I skipped right by them!

I did get a rare character during the marathon (and from one of my favorite cartoons ever!). I won't say anything in case you got him too! He had absolutely no line - I don't think people realized who he was!

dismagiclover
01-28-2013, 10:10 AM
Looks like they had some great characters this year! I've never seen Donald dressed like that! He looks great! I think this half has come pretty close to reaching its capacity limit. Each time I have run it, it seems to get more crowded. Makes corral placement even more important. Maybe I'll actually do some speed work and try to get a decent 10K time before next January.

creativeamanda
01-28-2013, 11:09 AM
Proper race ettiquite is the one thing I'm trying to make sure I get right. For the Myrtle Beach mini, I ran almost 14 miles because I was weaving in and out of traffic. I'm certain that was frustrating for both you and your brother!

Ariel484
01-28-2013, 11:56 AM
Great report! I remember the section you are talking about coming out of Magic Kingdom during the marathon. It was really tight and crowded. It was difficult to manage. My DH and I are run/walkers, so I was really paranoid about stopping to walk in these areas. We always made sure to position ourselves before slowing to be sure we weren't cutting anyone off and that we were out of the way as much as possible. But that was not the norm for a lot of runners a lot of the time.
Thanks! Yeah, am I right in remembering that during that post-MK section we had ONE LANE to run in? That can't be right, can it?? :confused3

It was just such a mixed bag...proper race etiquette and improper race etiquette here and there. That and course crowding were really my only complaints about the race.
I really appreciate all the details you're including about not just the course itself and characters but also the pace, how the crowds are, and race etiquette. I didn't know most of the stuff you mentioned and I'm so glad you are writing about it, it's a big help knowing what to expect next year. Even though it sounds very crowded and must have been frustrating I think the MK part of the course is going to be such a special experience!

Also, I talked to my sister last night and we decided to stay at the Grand!!!

Looking forward to more!
Thanks! So are you planning on running the half next year? They do publish this stuff in the final race instructions, but my guess is that for many people this is their very first BIG RACE, and they have possibly missed the instructions or, like you, just never heard of this before.

But you are right that there is nothing quite like running in the Magic Kingdom. Cramped or not, it's really an incredible experience. You and your sister will love it.

THE GRAND...you'll love that too! I actually decided to stop being lazy and tried to figure out how to edit my photos over the weekend, so my room pictures are looking a lot less yellow...if you haven't go back and look again. That should give you a better idea of what the room was like. :goodvibes
I love reading your race reports!

I saw Jack and Sally during the marathon, but I didn't stop for them. I actually hate that movie with a passion (I watched it when I was like 7 and it came out and then I tried again this year and made it about halfway through - just not my cup of tea) so I skipped right by them!

I did get a rare character during the marathon (and from one of my favorite cartoons ever!). I won't say anything in case you got him too! He had absolutely no line - I don't think people realized who he was!
Thanks!! I think NBC is a love-it-or-hate-it movie. I love it, my husband hates it...even though he had a "What's This?" ringtone for a few months. :thumbsup2

Now I'm trying to figure out your rare character...! You'll have to let me know if I got him! Are you going to post a race report to your blog?
Looks like they had some great characters this year! I've never seen Donald dressed like that! He looks great! I think this half has come pretty close to reaching its capacity limit. Each time I have run it, it seems to get more crowded. Makes corral placement even more important. Maybe I'll actually do some speed work and try to get a decent 10K time before next January.
They really did have some great characters this year! I was pretty happy with the turnout overall. :goodvibes

AMEN on the half getting close to capacity. :worship: If they start letting more people in I feel like it might become a safety issue. :worried: It was just such a different experience compared to when we ran the Princess Half and there were 10,000 less people...

Proper race ettiquite is the one thing I'm trying to make sure I get right. For the Myrtle Beach mini, I ran almost 14 miles because I was weaving in and out of traffic. I'm certain that was frustrating for both you and your brother!
I totally hear you on weaving and adding extra mileage...that's the worst! For last year's marathon my total mileage was 26.88...! For the half this year it was 13.42 (not awful, I guess)...he knew I had the Garmin on and was asking me where we were, and when I admitted to him that we were ahead of the mile markers due to weaving, etc. he was not a happy camper. This year I did a teeny bit better with the marathon (26.85). Unfortunately the weaving is unavoidable sometimes...:crazy2:

DancinDaisyDuck
01-28-2013, 12:17 PM
Thanks! So are you planning on running the half next year? They do publish this stuff in the final race instructions, but my guess is that for many people this is their very first BIG RACE, and they have possibly missed the instructions or, like you, just never heard of this before.

But you are right that there is nothing quite like running in the Magic Kingdom. Cramped or not, it's really an incredible experience. You and your sister will love it.

THE GRAND...you'll love that too! I actually decided to stop being lazy and tried to figure out how to edit my photos over the weekend, so my room pictures are looking a lot less yellow...if you haven't go back and look again. That should give you a better idea of what the room was like. :goodvibes

This is my first big race. This summer I will be running a Tough Turtle (5K obstacle course), another 5K and in November the Turkey Trot 10K in preparation for next year's half. I know nothing about race etiquette or what to expect, so getting some exposure soon will be really helpful.

I'm so excited for The Grand! My first choice was actually Beach Club, but my sis doesn't go to WDW was often as I do so GFlo was her request and I am happy to oblige. I'm just psyched out of my mind we're staying Deluxe! I'm a value person, so this will be the first time at some place so swanky and I can't wait!

DisneyParrothead
01-28-2013, 01:05 PM
I LOVE Nightmare and listen to many of the songs. A lot of the lyrics are so clever, and I'm jealous people got to meet Jack and Sally.

BigEeyore
01-28-2013, 01:09 PM
:eek: Sounds crowded! And you guys were in corral C - probably only got worse for the people behind you.
I am now regretting not waiting for Jack Skellington at the full - Sally was not with him. Not the biggest Nightmare Before Christmas fan, but he is super rare!
Love Donald in his royal get-up!

pxefig
01-28-2013, 02:28 PM
Craig looks like he took some lessons for how to pose with characters. He like he's (finally) having some fun with that. But bad shirt-typing choice. If there's nothing else I've learned in life, it's that when you have the chance to look like Zack Morris, you take it! :rotfl2:
I guess I fall on the "hate it" side of NBC. I remember seeing it as a kid and not liking it. Thank as an adult I saw the NBC overlay the Disneyland does at the Haunted Mansion for the holidays and I was blown away by how incredible the ride was and it made me think that maybe I just didn't remember the movie that well. So I bought it and watched it and- nope, I have no love for it. "What's This?" is def the only part I find interesting.

Ariel484
01-29-2013, 08:30 AM
This is my first big race. This summer I will be running a Tough Turtle (5K obstacle course), another 5K and in November the Turkey Trot 10K in preparation for next year's half. I know nothing about race etiquette or what to expect, so getting some exposure soon will be really helpful.

I'm so excited for The Grand! My first choice was actually Beach Club, but my sis doesn't go to WDW was often as I do so GFlo was her request and I am happy to oblige. I'm just psyched out of my mind we're staying Deluxe! I'm a value person, so this will be the first time at some place so swanky and I can't wait!

Great idea to run some races before running the half! Suggestion: when you get your 10K time, send it to runDisney and ask them to update your corral placement. Is your sis running the 10K too? If you guys get your corral placement updated you get to start the race earlier. :thumbsup2

Beach Club or Grand...2 great choices! You will love it so much. The monorail to the race start was really great. :goodvibes
I LOVE Nightmare and listen to many of the songs. A lot of the lyrics are so clever, and I'm jealous people got to meet Jack and Sally.
Yeah, besides the race course and at that Frankenweenie even at Downtown Disney a few months ago the only time I have seen them meeting is out in Paris! And by that I mean photos of them meeting...super rare! :eek:
:eek: Sounds crowded! And you guys were in corral C - probably only got worse for the people behind you.
I am now regretting not waiting for Jack Skellington at the full - Sally was not with him. Not the biggest Nightmare Before Christmas fan, but he is super rare!
Love Donald in his royal get-up!
I find it really hard to pass up the rare characters. Last year I waited in line for a duck I'd never seen before and had to ask someone who he was afterward (it was Ludwig Von Drake)...Disney brought Sally and Jack out for that event I mentioned above AND the races, so I wonder if they will start showing up more?
Craig looks like he took some lessons for how to pose with characters. He like he's (finally) having some fun with that. But bad shirt-typing choice. If there's nothing else I've learned in life, it's that when you have the chance to look like Zack Morris, you take it! :rotfl2:
I guess I fall on the "hate it" side of NBC. I remember seeing it as a kid and not liking it. Thank as an adult I saw the NBC overlay the Disneyland does at the Haunted Mansion for the holidays and I was blown away by how incredible the ride was and it made me think that maybe I just didn't remember the movie that well. So I bought it and watched it and- nope, I have no love for it. "What's This?" is def the only part I find interesting.
Yeah, the kid's a pro now! I'm so proud. :goodvibes I think he had a great time! Except for being in pain from not training...

When I told him he should do the Zack Morris he was like "No, I hate Zack Morris! I hate 'Saved By the Bell!'" A dagger to my heart...:sad: How are we even related????

I need to watch NBC again...it's been a couple of years. But my husband hates it so I guess I need to do it when he's not home! :thumbsup2

Ariel484
01-29-2013, 08:36 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 7-10

Just before the Grand Floridian and Mile Marker 7, we passed a Reedy Creek fire truck.
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We didn't stop for much over the next few miles...for whatever reason I had it in my head that I wanted us to finish in under 3 hours, and Craig was starting to struggle. We passed a couple of character meets - Mary and Bert outside of the Grand Floridian and Lilo and Stitch outside of the Polynesian - before finding Mile Marker 8.
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We passed the WDW Speedway again (and the Genie) as well as Mile Marker 9.
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The photo screen, pirate ship and pirates were still out...
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Our third text split was sent out somewhere during this mile...15K in 2:12:33, an average pace of 14:13/mile (hey, getting better! :thumbsup2). Estimated finish time of 3:06:27.

And now we were in double digitland (ate my last Gu chomps here...I think Craig gave up on them because he was sick of getting them stuck in his teeth).
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Throughout the race I'd stop to take my mile marker pictures, Craig would walk up ahead, and I would run to catch up with him. Since we'd run this course before, I knew what was coming after Mile Marker 10 - the one overpass of the race we would need to conquer. Craig was really starting to struggle now, so I tried to get him pumped up with a "Lets make this overpass our *****!" :eek: He just sort of weakly laughed in response, but together we took off. I felt pretty fantastic at this point - drenched in sweat, sure, but not at all sore or tired. It was great but probably shouldn't have been all that surprising considering that I was in marathon shape and was running a very relaxed pace (and stopping a lot! :p).

Almost all of the other runners were walking up the overpass. We weaved around them and tried our best to find the flattest parts of the road (mostly we stayed near the top of the road)...the slope can really do a number on one's knees. Partway through we stopped to show just how strong we were! *flex* Craig claimed he was posing like he was holding a gun, but to me it looks like he's playing air guitar...
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And we conquered the overpass, running almost the entire way! Woohoo! :woohoo: We looked down in pity at all of the runners behind/below us before moving on.
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Ariel484
01-29-2013, 08:41 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 11 & 12

So now we were back on (I think) Epcot Center Drive. The flags from this morning were still out.
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Greetings, Mile Marker 11!
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This next portion of the course was all highway with sort of rolling hills. Epcot was just beyond our reach.
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All of the guys ahead of us...
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Phineas and Ferb were out meeting just before Epcot and Mile Marker 12...their line was non-existent but we passed them up.
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By now Craig was slowing down a bit more, and as guilty as I felt to do it I sheepishly said, "Umm...see you at the finish?" He said "yep" and I took off for the last 1.1 miles by myself.

Hello, Epcot!
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I think these flags are new for the races? Maybe? Or maybe they've been there in the past and I just never noticed...
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Lots of awesome CMs out clapping for us here. Stitch was out in Future World with zero wait...so why not?
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And just like that...bye-bye Epcot!
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Ariel484
01-29-2013, 08:47 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! The Finish!

Almost to the end...the gospel choir...
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...and Mile Marker 13...
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...and the finish line! :yay:
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But anyone who has read my race reports knows that I didn't sprint to the finish. There's pretty much always a character out at this point for high fives and photos...so I had to stop.
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MICKEY IN HIS TRACK SUIT! :hyper: Yes! After last year's marathon I really wanted a picture of Mickey and Minnie in their track suits, so now I was halfway there! :thumbsup2

After the picture I think I just turned around and stepped across the finish line. Race #2, complete! :thumbsup2

Final finish time: 2:57:56, a 13:34 minute/mile pace...just about 5 minutes better than my time for the 2011 Princess Half Marathon. Booyah! :cool1:

Time for the bling! Thank you, kind sir!
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Close-up shots of the medal I took later...
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I headed to to my and my brother's designated meeting area (a lettered tent) in the Family Reunion area. I was surprised to find that he was almost right behind me and had been chasing me down over the last mile. And here's where karma comes back to bite me...you'll notice that he was representing the home teams (Browns, Indians) with his race outfit. Throughout the race we'd gotten a few "HERE WE GO BROWNIES!" cheers, which was really neat. As he crossed the finish line my brother got one final "GO BROWNS!" cheer. He looked to his right and the cheer had come from..."The Price is Right" host and fellow native Clevelander Drew Carey! (He was supposed to run the marathon but had to pull out with a knee injury.) My brother blinked a few times and exclaimed "DREW?!" GUH. :headache: If I had been there with my camera we totally would have gotten a picture. This is what I get for ditching Princess C at mile 12. Bad sister! :sad1:

Anyway, the first thing out of bro's mouth after the Drew story confirmed what I'd known for weeks but didn't really want to admit: "I can't run tomorrow." He'd completed the half marathon on - literally - a handful of training runs, but finishing the marathon (and Goofy) just wasn't possible or smart, especially since he was wiped from completing the half. Sadness, both for him - since he'd paid the Goofy entry fee which is over twice as much as the half fee! - and for me. My second marathon would be a solo endeavor. :(

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Ariel484
01-29-2013, 08:48 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Final Thoughts

NOTE: This is long...oops! :o

1. First of all...you'll notice that I didn't mention running into any spectators during this race. From the beginning I made it clear to our fellow travelers that I didn't expect people to try to spectate during the half for a few reasons:
- The biggest reason...running is not a great spectator sport in my opinion. You see your runner for a few seconds and they're gone, just like that. Yawn.
- There aren't many great spectator areas along the half course, so they could have seen us twice, maybe, if they were really diligent.
- From running the Princess Half in 2011 I knew we'd finish right around 9AM...after Will's long day of working and traveling I absolutely did not expect him to get up at the crack of down to wave at me for a minute as I ran past.
- My mom and aunt don't know their way around property very well, so asking them to navigate Disney transportation on race morning just seemed like more of a hassle than it was worth.

2. You'll also notice that I don't have any official race pictures or videos in this report. Last year I bought the marathon package because there were lots of great pictures, including a decent number of me crossing the finish line. This year: lots of finish line pictures from the 5K, no finish line pictures at all from the half or full. NONE. :mad: Well, that's not true you can see half of me crossing the half marathon in a couple. There were just a lot less photos overall...I'm not impressed. Just didn't seem worth the money this year.

3. I'm not sure what was going on, but getting people to the starting corrals seemed a little disorganized this year. We were there early and had a long wait before we could start walking to the corrals, yet we only arrived about 15 minutes before the official start of the race. Lots of other people were sprinting to their corrals to start on time. It was weird. :confused:

4. I have read before that this race is one of the biggest that Disney puts on (they kept saying 27,000 runners and the results list a little over 21,000 finishers...I wonder how many actually started?), yet I could NOT believe how crowded it was, especially during the couple of miles where we were entering/leaving the Magic Kingdom. It even seemed like the character lines were longer this year than in the past. I don't see them lowering the cap (the number of people that can participate in the race) because it's a proven money-maker and I sure hope they don't increase it. It was almost too much to handle at times and may have even bordered on being unsafe for runners.

5. Along with the crowds (Disney's fault), my other big issue with the race was runner etiquette...or lack thereof. This isn't Disneys fault, of course. They post guidelines in the final race instructions, which is probably all they can do. Like I said earlier, I am NOT complaining about people walking on the race course, but I had problems with people walking in the middle of the course (walk to the side! ), starting to walk in the middle of the course unexpectedly (put up a hand or something! Otherwise I will probably run into you ), and walking 4-5 people abreast and totally blocking the way (Disney suggests no more than 2 abreast ). It was incredibly frustrating.

6. Now, despite my above complaints, I did think that this was a GREAT race overall. :thumbsup2 Except for the hiccup with the starting corrals and some places where the course could have been lit a little better (Contemporary water bridge, I'm looking at you), I liked it. It was (for the most part) well-organized, there were lots of full-stocked water stops (which also had Powerade), lots of porta-potties, and, as always, AMAZING volunteers. :worship: Crowd support was great so fun to run into the Magic Kingdom and toward the finish line while tons of people cheer! And most importantly, we got some great character pictures, the highlight for me being Jack and Sally.

7. Just a random thought...this was my first time running the WDW Half, but second time running on the course as it's the same course as the Princess Half. I was surprised at how much of the course I remembered (course narrows and spreads out over the first 2 miles, overpass after mile 10, look out for sloped roads, etc.) and how much having run it before helped.

I hate to say this because I know this is a goal race for a lot of people...but of the 5 Disney races I've run I think this is the most frustrating race experience I've had, and that is completely because of how crowded it was and the lack of runner etiquette on the course. It really makes me wonder how much bigger this race can get, and makes me hope that the Princess Half (which I know grows each year) won't get as crowded as this race was. I would still, of course, whole-heartedly recommend this race to anyone that wants to participate - we still had a great time despite the above issues - just be aware that it's CROWDED! :goodvibes

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DancinDaisyDuck
01-29-2013, 09:22 AM
Congratulations on finishing your race and meeting your goal of under 3 hours! Fabulous work reporting too. I guess I will need to start training on some of the hills here in Ithaca as I didn't realize the last part of the course isn't as flat as I remember most of WDW property to be.

What do you use to carry your stuff during the race? I don't see a pouch or anything in your pictures unless I'm missing something. Just wondering!

UGAFan0829
01-29-2013, 09:53 AM
What an awesome race recap! Congrats on beating your time from the Princess!! I really appreciate your honest opinion on the crowds. I've been wanting to do the Donald for a while now, but other Disney races have always taken precedence. I've been debating on the possibilty of trying for this one next year, but I have to be honest and tell you that the crowds worry me a little. I remember how crowded the Princess seemed when I ran it, so I can only imagine how you felt. I know that it definitely had to be frustrating.

So sorry to hear that your brother wasn't going to be able to make the Goofy...but I commend him for even being able to finish the half with such little training!

camandjacksmom
01-29-2013, 10:27 AM
Yay for the half report!! I have to say you look really amazing in the pictures!!! You can really tell how hard you have worked and I know you said you haven't liked how you looked in past pictures during the races....you look so skinny!!! I just started back on weight watchers so I am working towards being lighter for goofy in 2014!!!

leopardmickeyears
01-29-2013, 10:46 AM
Aww no, your brother can't run the full :(
But really, no surprise if he wasn't really training. I was still hoping he would. Even if most of it was walking. :P

ZellyB
01-29-2013, 10:55 AM
Sorry your brother wasn't able to do the full with you. :(

Impressive that he was able to complete the half on so little training and how very cool to have seen Drew!! Sorry you missed out on that (and by extension we missed out on a picture of him :) )

Ariel484
01-29-2013, 11:57 AM
Congratulations on finishing your race and meeting your goal of under 3 hours! Fabulous work reporting too. I guess I will need to start training on some of the hills here in Ithaca as I didn't realize the last part of the course isn't as flat as I remember most of WDW property to be.

What do you use to carry your stuff during the race? I don't see a pouch or anything in your pictures unless I'm missing something. Just wondering!
Thank you! :goodvibes The elevation changes are really not that bad. I didn't do any hillwork when I was training, but my long run route did have a couple of decent-sized hills and I felt like I tackled the water bridge hill, overpass, etc. pretty well. The overpass isn't TOO bad...the elevation increases slowly but the big thing to watch out for there is the slope in the roads. It can kill your knees!

Here's what I was carrying during the race:
- Camera in one hand and iPhone (wrapped in paper towel and sealed in a ziploc baggie) in the other
- In shoe wallet (the black thing on top of my right shoe): $20 cash, Annual Pass, room key card and extra hair tie
- In pockets of my running skirt (http://www.sparkleskirts.com/sparkletech/sparkletech-solid-colors/sparkletech-dolotech/): Gu chomps (3 bags) and a small packet of tissues in case I came upon a porta-potty with no TP...:eek:

I probably could have made better use of the skirt pockets (there's a zip pocket at the waist and one on each leg of the compression shorts underneath the skirt) but if they get too loaded down with stuff I start to feel like the skirt is falling down. For the 2011 Princess Half and the 2012 WDW Marathon I used this Amphipod fuel belt (http://www.amphipod.com/products/holders/music/electronics/airflow-lite) and it did the job. I still had to carry my camera and I didn't take my phone with me - no way it would have fit in the belt - but it held my Gu, room key, etc. Whatever you decide to you make sure you PRACTICE with it ahead of time to make sure it feels right to you! :goodvibes

What an awesome race recap! Congrats on beating your time from the Princess!! I really appreciate your honest opinion on the crowds. I've been wanting to do the Donald for a while now, but other Disney races have always taken precedence. I've been debating on the possibilty of trying for this one next year, but I have to be honest and tell you that the crowds worry me a little. I remember how crowded the Princess seemed when I ran it, so I can only imagine how you felt. I know that it definitely had to be frustrating.

So sorry to hear that your brother wasn't going to be able to make the Goofy...but I commend him for even being able to finish the half with such little training!
Thank you! :goodvibes

Ugh, I'm sorry if my description of the crowds makes you nervous. :worried: The worst parts were really going down Main Street and coming out of the castle...but hey, at least we were in the Magic Kingdom! :thumbsup2 Leaving the Magic Kingdom was cramped for a bit too, but otherwise it wasn't awful. it's definitely something to keep in mind but I wouldn't let it keep you from doing the race. Now if they up the cap to something crazy like 35,000 that's a different story...

The bro is nuts when it comes to finishing these races without training...:eek: I don't think I could do it!
Yay for the half report!! I have to say you look really amazing in the pictures!!! You can really tell how hard you have worked and I know you said you haven't liked how you looked in past pictures during the races....you look so skinny!!! I just started back on weight watchers so I am working towards being lighter for goofy in 2014!!!
Thank you so much! :goodvibes :o Good luck with Weight Watchers! I haven't been great with it lately (stuck at the same number for MONTHS, but that's what happens when you don't try) so I'm hoping now that the races are over and my appetite is back to normal I can get back on the wagon. :thumbsup2 Weight loss makes running soooo much easier...shocking, right?! :rotfl2:
Aww no, your brother can't run the full :(
But really, no surprise if he wasn't really training. I was still hoping he would. Even if most of it was walking. :P
Honestly, I kind of thought he would start the race just because he's stubborn (like me). So if he had to drop out he must have really been hurting!
Sorry your brother wasn't able to do the full with you. :(

Impressive that he was able to complete the half on so little training and how very cool to have seen Drew!! Sorry you missed out on that (and by extension we missed out on a picture of him :) )
I know! These silly boys that can get up and go "oh gee, I think I'll run a half marathon today." :rolleyes2 I roll my eyes, but I'm not-so-secretly jealous. I'm sad to have missed Drew too! I must have ran right past him and not even noticed...or I was distracted by Mickey in his track suit. ;)

suzyq0626
01-29-2013, 01:32 PM
Coming out of lurkdom... Great job on hitting your time goal on the half! Thanks for all of the details. I had baby number 3 a few months ago and just started slowly getting back into shape again. I've been thinking about trying to train for one of the Disney half marathons for next year so I'm loving all of this info. Thanks! Can't wait to read how the marathon was!

creativeamanda
01-29-2013, 02:06 PM
First of all, great job finishing the half with a better time. I hate your brother would be unable to do the full marathon. I can see how difficult that would be without the proper training. Thank you for your report, and it's nice to see you with such big smiles at the end. It's unfortunate that racer ettiquite was so poor. I had heard some of that on the Mickey Miles podcast and read it on the Princess Posse Facebook group and I'm disappointed. Read the directions, people!

Thank you again for sharing!

Ariel484
01-29-2013, 02:26 PM
Coming out of lurkdom... Great job on hitting your time goal on the half! Thanks for all of the details. I had baby number 3 a few months ago and just started slowly getting back into shape again. I've been thinking about trying to train for one of the Disney half marathons for next year so I'm loving all of this info. Thanks! Can't wait to read how the marathon was!
Welcome, and thank you! :goodvibes Congratulations on baby #3!!! :)

Sounds like a great goal...I hope you get to run one! Good luck with your training. :)
First of all, great job finishing the half with a better time. I hate your brother would be unable to do the full marathon. I can see how difficult that would be without the proper training. Thank you for your report, and it's nice to see you with such big smiles at the end. It's unfortunate that racer ettiquite was so poor. I had heard some of that on the Mickey Miles podcast and read it on the Princess Posse Facebook group and I'm disappointed. Read the directions, people!

Thank you again for sharing!
Thanks Amanda! Yeah, he was SUPER bummed about it, especially while watching the marathon. I'm hoping this will motivate him to train for and run Goofy with me in 2015 for the 10th anniversary. :)

Yeah, the etiquette stuff really did make it tough in a few places...there are just SO many people that run the half. I don't think it will be like that for the Princess. princess:

BigEeyore
01-29-2013, 02:37 PM
:cool1: Great job beating your princess time! Too bad about your brother - maybe he learned a lesson about not training and will be more motivated next time!
I stopped for the Bert and Mary Poppins photo op on the full - I have never seen Bert out before in the parks, and I love MP :lovestruc. What a perfect movie.
I am looking forward to hear how the legs were feeling after the half...ready to take on the full the next day?

Ariel484
01-29-2013, 02:48 PM
:cool1: Great job beating your princess time! Too bad about your brother - maybe he learned a lesson about not training and will be more motivated next time!
I stopped for the Bert and Mary Poppins photo op on the full - I have never seen Bert out before in the parks, and I love MP :lovestruc. What a perfect movie.
I am looking forward to hear how the legs were feeling after the half...ready to take on the full the next day?

Thanks! He WAS busy this year - he's a RN so he has a crazy work schedule (3 12-hour days plus working at another part-time job) and is going to attend grad school, so he had some stuff going on with that (interviews, etc.). But he COULD have made it work...I think he just didn't because he'd gotten through a half and full separately with little training in the past, but somehow this year he was even LESS prepared. :confused3 Who knows.

I kind of wish I'd stopped for MP and Bert. :( Oh well, maybe next time.

SPOILER ALERT: Legs felt great after the half! :thumbsup2 ...but would they stay that way??? :eek:

ZellyB
01-29-2013, 02:57 PM
I also wished I'd stopped for Mary Poppins, but I was actually practically passed them before I realized who it was and the line was really long so I passed on it. Oh well, maybe next time.

DH and I are talking also about going Goofy in 2015 for the anniversary.

DancinDaisyDuck
01-29-2013, 03:16 PM
Thank you! :goodvibes The elevation changes are really not that bad. I didn't do any hillwork when I was training, but my long run route did have a couple of decent-sized hills and I felt like I tackled the water bridge hill, overpass, etc. pretty well. The overpass isn't TOO bad...the elevation increases slowly but the big thing to watch out for there is the slope in the roads. It can kill your knees!

Here's what I was carrying during the race:
- Camera in one hand and iPhone (wrapped in paper towel and sealed in a ziploc baggie) in the other
- In shoe wallet (the black thing on top of my right shoe): $20 cash, Annual Pass, room key card and extra hair tie
- In pockets of my running skirt (http://www.sparkleskirts.com/sparkletech/sparkletech-solid-colors/sparkletech-dolotech/): Gu chomps (3 bags) and a small packet of tissues in case I came upon a porta-potty with no TP...:eek:

I probably could have made better use of the skirt pockets (there's a zip pocket at the waist and one on each leg of the compression shorts underneath the skirt) but if they get too loaded down with stuff I start to feel like the skirt is falling down. For the 2011 Princess Half and the 2012 WDW Marathon I used this Amphipod fuel belt (http://www.amphipod.com/products/holders/music/electronics/airflow-lite) and it did the job. I still had to carry my camera and I didn't take my phone with me - no way it would have fit in the belt - but it held my Gu, room key, etc. Whatever you decide to you make sure you PRACTICE with it ahead of time to make sure it feels right to you! :goodvibes

Thanks for the great info! Especially the link to your running skirt and I love the story of the company. I'm also a sucker for anything with the word Sparkle in the title. I'll definitely be ordering a skirt from there for the half!

Looking forward to reading more about how the rest of your day went. I hope you took a nap!

camandjacksmom
01-29-2013, 03:17 PM
Mary,Bert and the penguin were my second favorite of the race!! We stopped and it was the shortest of the race for us. It's crazy how a few minutes during the race can change how long the lines are!!

tehvalerie
01-29-2013, 03:28 PM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Final Thoughts...but of the 5 Disney races I've run I think this is the most frustrating race experience I've had, and that is completely because of how crowded it was and the lack of runner etiquette on the course.

A friend of mine ran the half this year and said that night that she'd never do another Disney race because of this. Of course, we've since discussed going back next year!

steph0808
01-30-2013, 07:09 AM
I just want to say thanks for the push - I finally started my trip report on my blog!

Love reading yours! Can't wait to hear about the marathon!

JessM
01-30-2013, 08:50 AM
Congrats on beating your princess time! I think you have convinced me to do the princess next year as my first half! Now to convince the BF... Haha. Can't wait to hear all about the marathon! Thank you for taking the time to put this together it's fun reading about your experiences!

Ariel484
01-30-2013, 09:12 AM
I also wished I'd stopped for Mary Poppins, but I was actually practically passed them before I realized who it was and the line was really long so I passed on it. Oh well, maybe next time.

DH and I are talking also about going Goofy in 2015 for the anniversary.
I think Mary and Bert have been out on the race courses in the past, so I'm sure you'll get another shot at them. :thumbsup2

WOOHOO Goofy 2015! I haven't run that by the husband yet but I am hoping that it will work out. :)
Thanks for the great info! Especially the link to your running skirt and I love the story of the company. I'm also a sucker for anything with the word Sparkle in the title. I'll definitely be ordering a skirt from there for the half!

Looking forward to reading more about how the rest of your day went. I hope you took a nap!

You're welcome! SparkleSkirts does come to the Disney race expos...EXCEPT for the Marathon Weekend one, because I think it's too expensive for them to get a booth. The skirts are pricey but they are AWESOME - the shorts don't ride up at all and the pockets are great. Really good customer service too...I cannot recommend them enough. Even though they don't come to the WDW Marathon Weekend expo they hand-delivered skirts to people at their Disney resorts. They are awesome!

Yep, I did take a nap. It was awesome! :thumbsup2
Mary,Bert and the penguin were my second favorite of the race!! We stopped and it was the shortest of the race for us. It's crazy how a few minutes during the race can change how long the lines are!!
I think I would have stopped if the penguin was out...when I ran by I think he was just waddling away for a break. Darn!
A friend of mine ran the half this year and said that night that she'd never do another Disney race because of this. Of course, we've since discussed going back next year!
Yep, runDisney sucks you in! :thumbsup2 After last year's marathon I thought I was done, and, well...we know how that worked out. :goodvibes
I just want to say thanks for the push - I finally started my trip report on my blog!

Love reading yours! Can't wait to hear about the marathon!
Oh yay! I am going to read it after I post this update! :goodvibes And hey - love the new avatar! :goodvibes
Congrats on beating your princess time! I think you have convinced me to do the princess next year as my first half! Now to convince the BF... Haha. Can't wait to hear all about the marathon! Thank you for taking the time to put this together it's fun reading about your experiences!
Thank you! :goodvibes The Princess is a great first half marathon. Tell your BF to DO IT...he'll be surrounded by ladies (I think the women:men ratio is 30:1 :rotfl2:) but it's SO much fun...and I think they have men's cut tech shirts now!

Ariel484
01-30-2013, 09:20 AM
16.2 down, 26.2 to go...FEED ME!

We didn't hang around the finish area very long (and didn't get a picture together with our medals! Darn! :headache:). Princess C headed back to the CBR bus stop and I made my way back to the monorail station at the entrance to Epcot, weird little runDisney snack box in hand. They were making runners that wanted to get to the monorail go through security along with the park guests that were arriving just after Epcot had opened for the day. I'm sure they didn't appreciate having to share the security line with the sweaty runners.

Waiting for the monorail and looking back toward the starting area...
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I think I got on a monorail at about 9:15 and was en route back to the Grand.

It was a Simpsons kind of weekend. :goodvibes
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Will met me at the monorail platform and we quickly headed back to the room. Now remember how I mentioned earlier that I didn't want to hear people talking about the heat and freak myself out over it? One other thing I didn't want to overthink was recovery between the half and full marathons. I read up a bit online and people were talking about ratios of macronutrients and drink this just after the race, do these stretches, walk for at least 15 minutes each hour, etc. Eventually I stopped reading about it and stuck with what the method that worked best for me, which I'd figured out during training - as awful as it sounds, take an ice bath after the race, followed by a glorious bit of sleep.

I felt GREAT after the half - no soreness at all - but I didn't want to take any chances with the marathon the next morning. I took about a 5-6 minute ice bath (probably should have been longer but I was in a hurry), showered and rolled my quads a bit with The Stick. I also very carefully removed my Goofy bib and laid it out for the marathon the next morning. Goofy runners use the same bib for both races and if it gets bent the bib tags won't properly record the race times...I definitely didn't want that to happen.

We headed over to the Polynesian (I think we took the boat) and checked in a few minutes early for our 10:40 ADR at Kona Café...which was totally SWAMPED. Seriously, that place was a mad house. My best guess is that lots of runners stay at the monorail resorts for the race and Kona is right there...and it's a great place for a celebratory breakfast.

My mom's friend was joining us for this meal and no one was there yet. We took our pager and waited.

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We got seated after about 10 minutes and the rest of our party arrived. This was our first time eating at Kona for breakfast and I was SO excited - I love breakfast food!

Will and I ordered the Kona pressed pot to share. SO GOOD.
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(Please note my giant glass of ice water. Still gotta hydrate!)

Will ordered the Samoa I think (?) and everyone else ordered some kind of eggs...I know my brother got steak and eggs. I got...

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...any ideas???...

TONGA TOAST!

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Now, certain food things (yep, food things...food items? :confused3) at Disney are so overhyped that by the time I get to try them I am disappointed (i.e. - and flame me all you want for saying this - Dole whips and Boma)...but OMG. This stuff totally lives up to the hype. It was soooooo good. I think it flirts with being a little too sweet (especially with the strawberry sauce) but wow, it was awesome. I think the key for my liking it is that the banana flavor isn't too over-powering, because I don't normally like bananas mixed with other things...but this was incredibly delicious. :cloud9: On a normal day I don't know that I would be able to finish the entire portion by myself, but after the half I wolfed it down, no problem. And this is a weird thing to say, but I was quite excited about the bacon. I feel like most bacon on Disney property is thin and, well, kind of crappy...but the Kona bacon was thick and quite good! :thumbsup2

Everyone agreed that the food at Kona was fantastic, but the meal took a long time. I really think Kona was caught off-guard with the post-race crowds and wasn't prepared to handle it, so everything was just a little slow. And my family was being a little, well...difficult ...so Will and I decided that we needed an afternoon alone.

We paid the check, said TTFN to the fam (who were planning on heading to the Magic Kingdom for the day) and headed out to the Polynesian bus stop. To the Studios!

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Ariel484
01-30-2013, 09:24 AM
A short Studios afternoon

After our long brunch we arrived at the Studios at about 1:15.
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The Studios is our least-favorite park (we're determined to explore it more fully on our next trip because we're sure there's more to love that we just haven't yet discovered) but we had a couple of things we wanted to do here that wouldn't take very long, so it seemed like a good pick for the afternoon in between the races.

First on the list, one of our favorite things to do at WDW...drawing class!
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We got in line right before being let in to the class. The animator was one we've had before (she helped us draw Minnie in June 2011) and I think she's just so darn cute. She makes a big speech before the class about how everyone's drawings are good and there's no eraser on the pencil so don't get frustrated and how we want to make a messy, sloppy sketch, etc. It's adorable and makes me want to hug her. She'd make a great kindergarten teacher.

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Just like last year, she had the character we were going to draw picked out ahead of time and wanted us to start drawing without knowing who it was. Whoever guessed the character would get the animator's drawing once class was over. One girl right in the front of the room was NOT happy about having a pre-picked character. For whatever reason she thought that SHE should be able to pick who we draw. Um...how about shut up and let the class get started?! :rolleyes2 Eventually the animator whispered the character to the girl and she was like, "Oh, thats a good one...I approve!" So obnoxious.

So then the animator draws one line on the sheet of paper and the guy next to me yells out, "STITCH!" like he's able to guess who the character is already. He wasn't right...yet he continued to guess STITCH every few minutes. :headache: Seriously, 5-6 times. It went from being funny the first time to making me want to stick my pencil - with no eraser! - right into my eye.

I ended up using my pencil for drawing only and I present to you...Dale!
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And I came away from class asking myself the same question I have after each drawing class I've attended...why is it so hard to draw a circle?? WHY?? :crazy2:

So far in class we've drawn Pluto, Minnie, and now Dale. I think this class is such a fun activity and really a perfect example of something you can only get at Disney. It's really one of the highlights of the trip for us each time we participate.

After class we checked the wait for Toy Story Mania (too long...shocker! ) and headed to Sunset Boulevard for the best ride EVER...the Tower of Terror. I think we waited about 15 minutes. It was awesome as usual, but I am ashamed to admit that after that one ride I was DONE. :o I needed a nap, pronto.

We made one last stop before leaving the Studios - Starring Rolls to purchase our third and final cupcake of the weekend - and caught a bus back to the Grand Floridian. Before going back to the room I showed Will where the race course passed the Grand Floridian in case he wanted to watch part of the marathon. When we got to the room I took a glorious nap. Ahhhh. I think Will alternated between playing on his phone and dozing off as well during this little break.

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Ariel484
01-30-2013, 09:31 AM
Welcome, Cousins!

I think I got up from my nap at about 5PM and made a bee-line for that cupcake I'd gotten from Starring Rolls.

Red Velvet Cupcake:
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Of the 3 cupcakes I had that weekend, this one was by far my favorite. The cake was super moist, and in my book you really can't go wrong with cream cheese icing. I had about 3/4 of it and Will had the rest.

After the cupcake I took a few more photos from our windows...
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We had an awkward amount of time to kill before dinner, so just like after the 5K we popped into the Magic Kingdom for a bit!
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:offtopic: And now for a mini-rant...I thought I'd finally picked the correct race shirt size this year (small instead of medium) but they seem to run larger now. I can definitely see that in the above picture. RUN DISNEY, IF YOU'RE READING THIS (psssshhhhh HAHA yeah right): Throughout the entire weekend - at the expo, at the races, even on your blog and Facebook page you kept mentioning how over half of the runners participating in the races were women...would it kill you to start producing women's-cut race shirts?? Men get men's-cut shirts for the Princess Half and Tinkerbell Half...where's the love for the ladies??? :mad:

Also, runDisney, if youre reading this...HIRE ME! :thumbsup2 /rant over.

Anyway, this was pretty much an exact repeat of what I did after the 5K - just a leisurely stroll along Main Street. Except the Magic Kingdom was SUPER crowded on this day, so it wasn't quite as relaxing as we would have liked.

No more Dreamlights:
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We didn't stick around very long - just a little over an hour I think. It was time for dinner!

We left the Magic Kingdom and caught the resort monorail back to the Polynesian. Our reservations for 'Ohana were for 7:05 and we checked in at about 6:50. I'd been texting with my mom and they were making their way over from the Boardwalk. She said it would only take a "5 minutes" for them to drive over. Right...

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This reservation was...challenging. Way back in July I woke up at the crack of dawn to get our ADRs set and this 'Ohana dinner was the first one I made. That was back when the trip was going to just be me, Will, Craig and my mom. On December 29 - exactly 2 weeks before our 'Ohana dinner - my mom texted me that her friend was coming on the trip, and could I add her to this reservation? This stressed me out more than it should have - at the time the only reservation available for 5 was at 9:40...not happening - but I knew all I could do was make a back-up reservation for them and keep hoping for a cancellation. It sounds callous, but I made a reservation for 2 at the Grand Floridian Café for mom and friend. I had been very deliberate about the restaurants I picked for the pre-race dinners - they had to be places both the bro and I had eaten at that had NOT made us sick, and they also had to be places I thought people would like. Via Napoli and 'Ohana fit the bill. I'd done the work to get the reservation and 'Ohana is awesome - I was NOT going to give it up. I checked the dining system a few times per day and on New Year's Eve there it was - a reservation for 5 at 7:05PM! I snatched it up, canceled GF Café, and all was well...and then my aunt decided to come on the trip 3 days before check-in day. Luckily I was able to just call Disney Reservations and make the switch (going from 5 to 6 is a lot easier than 4 to 5). My mom thanked me profusely - she knew everything I'd done to plan the trip and the dinners. I was happy to do it, of course, but I'd be lying if I said it hadn't stressed me out a bit.

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So Will and I checked in at 'Ohana, got our pager and waited. We were called to be seated pretty quickly...but the rest of our party wasn't there yet. They wouldn't seat us until everyone had arrived, so we were put back into the queue. Meanwhile my brother is texting me that the GPS is steering them in the wrong direction AGAIN and they've already made 3-4 u-turns. :mad: At this point Will was livid - I'd had to change the reservation so many times and now they were late?! I was mad too and was starting to get what Will and I call "panicky-hungry" - where you're so hungry you start to feel a little ill and, well, panicky - but eventually I decided (and told Will pretty firmly) that we would NOT be angry about this. They'd get there, we'd eat, and we'd just go about the day. Because the way the weekend was going I had already had the stressful arrival day, the full-of-complaints day at Epcot, and now this. This was not how I was going to remember this trip. We both calmed down pretty quickly, and I don't remember what time everyone else arrived, but I think we ended up getting seated at about 7:30.

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We were seated at a table for 8 and ended up configured in such a way that Will and I were sitting together sort of facing everyone else. Oddly appropriate given how the weekend had been going up to that point :eek:...anyway, this was the one instance where there were NO complaints at all. Shocking! Everyone was very impressed by the food (for the most part), but I'd like to think they also reigned it in a bit because they felt bad about being late. Who knows.

The one downside of eating at 'Ohana the night before the race was that I felt the need to eat less dessert than I normally do, thus I didn't gorge myself on the amazing bread pudding quite as much as I wanted to. So sad. I did get wild and order a Coke to go along with my water (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!) though.

Despite the fact that I tried not to stuff too much food into my face the night before the marathon I still felt like my stomach looked like this guy's when I was done:
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No food pictures - it was way too dark for anything to come out. But everything was great and the service was really good. Love that place. :lovestruc

We finished dinner at about 8:30 (I'd heard the soundtrack to Wishes! being piped in but we were too far away from the windows to see the fireworks) and Will and I were outta there in record time. We headed back to the Grand and took a stroll around the lobby before heading back to the room.

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Once we were back in Conch Key I checked all of my stuff for the marathon again and was in bed between 9:30 and 10. My same 3 alarms were set: phone at 2:45, wake-up call at 2:55 and iHome at 3:00. Third and final race report coming up next!

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jwgm2012
01-30-2013, 10:32 AM
Hi Shannon! Thanks for more great TR updates! Oh and thanks for waving the running wand and granting me "runner" status! LOL...

I think it's awesome how well you felt coming off of the 1/2 portion.

Looking forward to reading the rest :thumbsup2

gina

pxefig
01-30-2013, 11:45 AM
And this concludes your extensive six-week training program!
Now that song is in my head. Thanks (I'm not sure if I'm being sarcastic or not... "But Main Street's still all cracked and broken/Sorry Mom, the mob has spoken)
I love your shot of Mickey at the crossroads of the world. I want to steal it and make it my Facebook cover photo!
In the Delicious Disney Cookbook there is a recipe for the Ohana bread pudding that tastes exactly like Disney's version. Which impresses me, because I rarely have that good of a result when I try Disney recipes at home.
Starring Rolls will always have a special place in my heart. I went to WDW when I was pregnant with my third pretty much because I wanted grapefruit cake. That's why I boarded a plane and saw the mouse- for that cake. But they didn't have any at Starring Rolls and I hadn't been able to get an ADR at BD. The poor cashier was slightly freaked out by a hungry pregnant woman dealing with no cake disappointment and he walked over to BD and stole a piece of grapefruit cake for me. And it was everything I had hoped it would be.

nnjamison
01-30-2013, 12:40 PM
Love love following along! And you and the hubs are adorbs!

Ariel484
01-30-2013, 01:11 PM
Hi Shannon! Thanks for more great TR updates! Oh and thanks for waving the running wand and granting me "runner" status! LOL...

I think it's awesome how well you felt coming off of the 1/2 portion.

Looking forward to reading the rest :thumbsup2

gina
Haha, you're welcome! pixiedust:

Yeah, except for feeling tired from...you know...the 3AM wake-up call I really felt pretty good! :thumbsup2

Thanks for reading! :goodvibes
And this concludes your extensive six-week training program!
Now that song is in my head. Thanks (I'm not sure if I'm being sarcastic or not... "But Main Street's still all cracked and broken/Sorry Mom, the mob has spoken)
I love your shot of Mickey at the crossroads of the world. I want to steal it and make it my Facebook cover photo!
In the Delicious Disney Cookbook there is a recipe for the Ohana bread pudding that tastes exactly like Disney's version. Which impresses me, because I rarely have that good of a result when I try Disney recipes at home.
Starring Rolls will always have a special place in my heart. I went to WDW when I was pregnant with my third pretty much because I wanted grapefruit cake. That's why I boarded a plane and saw the mouse- for that cake. But they didn't have any at Starring Rolls and I hadn't been able to get an ADR at BD. The poor cashier was slightly freaked out by a hungry pregnant woman dealing with no cake disappointment and he walked over to BD and stole a piece of grapefruit cake for me. And it was everything I had hoped it would be.
You're welcome. :thumbsup2

"True or false: You can get mono from riding the monorail."
"False...no wait! True." :rotfl2:

Whenever we take the monorail at Disney we always sing "Monoraaaaail, monoraaaaaail, monorail...monorail! Mono-d'oh!" And since we stayed on the monorail this time we sang it a lot more than normal...we're cool kids. :cool2:

Thanks for the compliment on the photo...steal away! :goodvibes

Congrats on recreating the bread pudding! The only Disney recipe I've tried at home was the Jiko mac and cheese...3 attempts, 3 spectacular failures. My Disney cooking confidence is shot. :(

So funny about the grapefruit cake! I'm glad the CM got it for you, sounds like it was turning into a dire situtation...:eek: :rotfl2:
Love love following along! And you and the hubs are adorbs!
Thank you! :goodvibes And thanks for reading!!

BigEeyore
01-30-2013, 02:42 PM
:mad: I am with you on the shirt sizing. My "small" shirt is enormous on me - it really wouldn't be that hard to do women's fit shirts. I forgot that the men had their own separate fit shirt for the Princess. Not cool Disney!
Your tonga toast and that cupcake both look amazing! I might try cooking up the tonga toast sometime. We have actually had pretty good success replicating disney food at home.
Love the animation academy too! For some reason, we keep getting either Minnie or Donald. Love them, but I really want to draw somebody else sometime:rolleyes2
So glad your reservation at Ohana worked out. It must have been hard to hold back and not stuff yourself too much!

DancinDaisyDuck
01-30-2013, 03:04 PM
MMMMM, Kona and 'Ohana all in the same day! Glad you got that nap in and had some leisurely time in Hollywood Studios. A good way to wind down after the morning.

Excited to read about the full marathon next!

leopardmickeyears
01-30-2013, 05:56 PM
First, LOVE the title.. FEED ME! Those are precisely my thoughts after a long run :thumbsup2

And the Poly! YES!

TONGA TOAST!! I love that picture too! It's PERFECT


Those first two pictures going to DHS are gorgeous too :lovestruc

I knew it had to be the red velvet cupcake. This was a good day of food (in my opinion) and well deserved

that being said...AND 'OHANA!?!

panicky-hungry...I know exactly that feeling..just never saw a name for it ;)

Aww no food pics :/

DisneyParrothead
01-30-2013, 07:28 PM
Oh I definitely know that panic-hungry feeling. I have low blood sugar so when I start feeling that way, I'm stressed and worried.

I'm loving all these pictures. I did the Princess half last year and am planning on the half next year.

Ariel484
01-31-2013, 12:30 PM
:mad: I am with you on the shirt sizing. My "small" shirt is enormous on me - it really wouldn't be that hard to do women's fit shirts. I forgot that the men had their own separate fit shirt for the Princess. Not cool Disney!
Your tonga toast and that cupcake both look amazing! I might try cooking up the tonga toast sometime. We have actually had pretty good success replicating disney food at home.
Love the animation academy too! For some reason, we keep getting either Minnie or Donald. Love them, but I really want to draw somebody else sometime:rolleyes2
So glad your reservation at Ohana worked out. It must have been hard to hold back and not stuff yourself too much!
Yeah, I think I definitely could have gone with an XS. :mad: Oh well.

The Tonga Toast and cupcake WERE amazing! For a shorter trip we managed to get lots of good food. :thumbsup2

So far at Animation Academy we have gotten Pluto, Minnie and Chip. I have heard that sometimes they will do a really obscure character, i.e. Ray from Princess and the Frog. Sounds like you haven't gotten much variety though! :confused:

I'm glad we got to 'Ohana too...it's not our top favorite but it's up there. It was SOOOO hard not to inhale everything! :lmao:
MMMMM, Kona and 'Ohana all in the same day! Glad you got that nap in and had some leisurely time in Hollywood Studios. A good way to wind down after the morning.

Excited to read about the full marathon next!
Originally when we booked this trip we were staying at the Polynesian and I was so excited to have great restaurants RIGHT THERE...so at least with the resort move they were only a monorail/boat ride away. :thumbsup2 And the nap was a must...I just hit the wall after ToT!
First, LOVE the title.. FEED ME! Those are precisely my thoughts after a long run :thumbsup2

And the Poly! YES!

TONGA TOAST!! I love that picture too! It's PERFECT


Those first two pictures going to DHS are gorgeous too :lovestruc

I knew it had to be the red velvet cupcake. This was a good day of food (in my opinion) and well deserved

that being said...AND 'OHANA!?!

panicky-hungry...I know exactly that feeling..just never saw a name for it ;)

Aww no food pics :/
Thanks for the kind words on the pictures. :)

You know, you're right...that WAS a good day of food. I don't know if we'll ever top that one! YUM. I want to do it again. :thumbsup2
Oh I definitely know that panic-hungry feeling. I have low blood sugar so when I start feeling that way, I'm stressed and worried.

I'm loving all these pictures. I did the Princess half last year and am planning on the half next year.
Panicky hunger is the worst. :( I got that a lot in the latter weeks of marathon training...

Didn't you LOVE the Princess Half? I think that one still ranks as the most fun race I have done. You'll like the half too...same course! :thumbsup2

Ariel484
01-31-2013, 12:37 PM
Day 4: Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Arrival and Start

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In the weeks leading up to Marathon Weekend I can truthfully say that I wasn't ever nervous about completing all of the races. No, the thing that freaked me out was knowing that I would have to wake up at insane times of the "morning" three days in a row. :eek: So it was quite a relief to wake up on time on Sunday and not have to worry about it anymore.

Once I was up I did the same routine as the previous 2 days - turned off alarms, took the wake-up call, got dressed, sunscreen'd up, etc. - and left the room by 3:15. Now that the waking up part was over, for the first time I started to get really nervous about actually completing the marathon. Physically I felt fine (no soreness or anything) and I think I knew I could do it...but despite how many times I told myself, "it's just running...it's just running..." I couldn't calm myself down.

It sounds ridiculous - because seriously IT'S JUST RUNNING - but by the time I caught the monorail to the TTC (3:20) I was actually shaking a little bit. I kept trying to figure out what exactly I was scared of  running alone? Hitting the wall? Feeling sore at some point? The heat (which wasn't a big deal during the half because I'd finished by 9AM...but today I'd probably be out there until noon and it was already 63 degrees with 98% humidity at the start)? - but I could never really pinpoint exactly what it was so that I could talk myself down.

We switched monorails and I was on the second one by 3:30 (luckily it was another quiet ride). Again I saw the Magic Kingdom lit up, the pirate ship, and mile marker 26 in Epcot. This was really happening.

Our monorail arrived at Epcot by 3:40. I made a *REAL*bathroom stop again and headed to the start area. Walking helped calm my nerves a little bit, but just like before the 5K I had trouble getting part of my breakfast (a granola bar) down. It actually almost came right back up at one point. Ugh.

I got to the starting area and immediately headed to the lettered tents for a 4AM meet-up with some folks from another message board that I belong to...fun!

We waited around for about 20 minutes to try to catch any other board members, but after the weirdness with getting people to the corrals the previous morning I decided I wanted to start heading over. I also decided that being alone wasn't going to help my nerves any, so I asked a couple of my new board friends if I could tag along like a little lost puppy since they were in Corral C as well. They kindly allowed me to hang out with them! :)

We parted ways with the other board members and made our way to the corrals. The Fairy Godmother was out for pictures along the way, which was different...I'd never seen a character out before the race NOT in the holding/Family Reunion area.

The three of us made it to Corral C at about 5:10.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ARmfhllhgwc/UPWL_lc6QQI/AAAAAAAAG9o/BuvkWK0ld80/s720/IMG_0611.jpg

Once we were in the corrals and the start was getting closer the nerves were starting to kick in a bit more. By now I found that the best way to get that nervous energy out was to "dance" (which for me is just bouncing up and down and pumping my arms stupidly) and sort of babble. Kind of awkward considering that I was hanging out with people I'd just met in person for the first time, but that's how it goes. :p

Just before the race start at 5:30, another Disney vocalist sang the National Anthem...I think he was the best of the 3 over the weekend. The wheelchair racers started, then Corral A, then Corral B. We inched closer to the start.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-E7WcrUtmnnE/UPWL64-b1dI/AAAAAAAAG9g/RNojec2c0Qk/s912/IMG_0616.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-fqvIvsGrlso/UPWL2ZBLhiI/AAAAAAAAG9Y/m8cRZH1ODMw/s912/IMG_0617.JPG

Finally it was our turn to start running at 5:47. 3 2 1 GOOOOO!
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-j5LI_fCzLxs/UPWLtgeIBYI/AAAAAAAAG9I/exwOfpxRvk4/s720/IMG_0619.jpg

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Ariel484
01-31-2013, 12:43 PM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Mile 1-5

Just like the half, the first couple of miles were crowded and humid.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--wdQtSbirN4/UPWLir214xI/AAAAAAAAG84/Cw_yNWayTCE/s912/IMG_0623.JPG

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wpYO0KD2ITk/UPWLef6zrcI/AAAAAAAAG8w/lJohm2MNDKk/s912/IMG_0624.JPG

And when I say that the first portion of the course was exactly the same as the half, I don't just mean the route...lots of the character meets (Jack and Sally, pirates, etc...I don't think Chip and Dale were out at the Speedway) and entertainment (flags) were identical to the previous day's, which I had kind of expected...but it was a bit of a letdown.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qfqKrlh6jvk/UPWLTy9qn-I/AAAAAAAAG8g/K9Vk_4eck50/s912/IMG_0626.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-AFCkFbQ1mfU/UPWLJfGSDEI/AAAAAAAAG8Q/60rYLPfa9N8/s912/IMG_0629.JPG

I don't remember much about those first few miles. I'd seen it all the previous day and for the most part I think my mind just went blank. But what I do remember was feeling surprisingly lonely. Normally I am super independent but I missed running with my brother...wahhhh! :sad1:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nLbxS6jJEn8/UPWK98VjD7I/AAAAAAAAG8A/9Tv1iKzmpow/s912/IMG_0631.JPG

There were lots of spectators at the TTC again...and just like the previous day the *real* bathroom lines were too long. Boo!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gi63lM-caWY/UPWK5mzzGhI/AAAAAAAAG74/q0PXuvEM3pM/s912/IMG_0632.JPG

Mile Marker 4 was in the TTC...time for half a bag of Gu Chomps.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hdbaSFi5YBo/UPWK0VgiLMI/AAAAAAAAG7w/mFod520FyZA/s912/IMG_0633.JPG

And back under the Contemporary water bridge. Poorly lit and narrow here, just like during the half.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4vgEkv95L4A/UPWKp0g53YI/AAAAAAAAG7g/qtGpowN02F8/s912/IMG_0635.JPG

Almost to the MK!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AUm-tb9YtJc/UPWKloE3UQI/AAAAAAAAG7Y/KviUkDt2Q54/s912/IMG_0636.JPG

The splits are a little different for the marathon compared to the half...here my first split was sent out: 5 miles in 59:27, average pace of 11:53/mile. Estimated finish time of 5:11:41 (11:02AM). Gee, that would be a somewhat decent finish time, wouldn't it?

Wheeeee!
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vn9ZaYFaLkM/UQiR9JvfYwI/AAAAAAAAJIY/Jfo591_q93U/s720/726012-1011-0045s.jpeg
(This is the one official photo I purchased from the weekend...not impressed with the photos overall but this one makes me laugh!) :rotfl2:

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BigEeyore
01-31-2013, 01:26 PM
Sorry I missed seeing you in corral C before the marathon. It definitely helps to pass the time and take your mind off things to chat with people before the race. I randomly ran into some people that I knew from the gym and it really helped eased my nerves to talk with them waiting for the race to start.

UGAFan0829
01-31-2013, 02:08 PM
Woohoo! Great start for the Full! I'm sorry that you felt so nervous and then so lonely! I'm glad that your message board friends let you hang with them until the start!:)

thebyrdwoman
01-31-2013, 02:24 PM
Absolutely LOVING this TR :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear how the rest of the Marathon goes -- hopefully your brother made it out to cheer you on!

And eating at Kona AND Ohana in the same day?! Lucky lucky lady!

Ariel484
01-31-2013, 02:53 PM
Sorry I missed seeing you in corral C before the marathon. It definitely helps to pass the time and take your mind off things to chat with people before the race. I randomly ran into some people that I knew from the gym and it really helped eased my nerves to talk with them waiting for the race to start.
Me too! :( I'm glad each of us ran into people that we knew.
Woohoo! Great start for the Full! I'm sorry that you felt so nervous and then so lonely! I'm glad that your message board friends let you hang with them until the start!:)
Yeah, I'm super independent so I wasn't expecting to feel lonely like that. :confused3 It was weird. I guess I'm just not used to it at these longer Disney races because my brother is normally with me and he TALKS. Like, a lot. :rotfl2:
Absolutely LOVING this TR :goodvibes

Can't wait to hear how the rest of the Marathon goes -- hopefully your brother made it out to cheer you on!

And eating at Kona AND Ohana in the same day?! Lucky lucky lady!
Thank you, and welcome!

**SPOILER ALERT: Yes, my brother did make it out to cheer me on...and took video! :eek:

Beginning and ending the day eating at the Polynesian was AWESOME. I totally need to do that again. :thumbsup2

DancinDaisyDuck
01-31-2013, 03:08 PM
Oh my gosh, just looking at that route map makes my feet hurt. Sorry you were running solo and missing your brother:(

That picture of you is adorable!

I was beginning to wonder why you had reservations at the Poly like that! I should have booked a night there on my last trip- I booked 'Ohana dinner one night and Kona breakfast the next morning. Would have cut my travel time down significantly!

creativeamanda
01-31-2013, 04:10 PM
I'm still so completely amazed that you did all of these races! You are a pure BEAST! I am concerned about being lonely for the Princess half. I think you were doing awesome, though!

camandjacksmom
01-31-2013, 10:15 PM
I love the animation academy!! Went this time and got wreck it Ralph and Merida!! We have ended up with the same guy alot of times and he takes a vote on who we draw!! I like him because we have drawn some rare characters with him. We have gone since my kids were 4 so roughly 6 years. It's really cool now because we can look back at the pictures and see how much they have grown in their drawing abilities!!

that's nice
01-31-2013, 11:23 PM
Nice job on the runs:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

You really have an eye behind the camera. Love your pictures!

swimchick1984
02-01-2013, 09:42 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2

Belle (in yellow dress) was out with the Beast near the new walls in Fantasyland, but we passed them up and headed to the castle.

Waiting...
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0YibUm7Jf5g/UPWQGK3HS8I/AAAAAAAAHDQ/R1g3WWAYIDg/s912/IMG_0565.JPG

These guys provided some entertainment:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-O1sCBEXy0F8/UPWQAotvjgI/AAAAAAAAHDI/xSU07QzdtEs/s912/IMG_0566.JPG

This was another long-ish line (5-6 minutes)...but when the race con-duck-tor is out for photos in his royal attire, you stop. You just do.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-KkOXn799PPM/UPWP2S6CB0I/AAAAAAAAHC4/IlqWhbEqAP0/s912/IMG_0568.JPG

After meeting the duck we ran through the castle and came to another complete stop. There were tons of runners trying to get out of the castle to make the turn into Liberty Square, and people just were not moving. Other runners started to great frustrated and yelled "runners to the left, walkers to the right!"...nice try. We just sort of slowly trudged down to the street below.

Still can't get a decent picture despite the fact that I'm walking ever-so-slowly...
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OyYbMU-DfQ4/UPWPvl77FoI/AAAAAAAAHCw/TtboupScBVs/s912/IMG_0569.JPG

We bypassed the photo-op in front of the castle (lines seemed huge and I knew from last year it would be official photos only - they wouldn't take one with my camera) and headed toward Liberty Square.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ce8SWQ5dI2k/UPWPkyKwejI/AAAAAAAAHCg/MTim1CEAkME/s720/IMG_0571.jpg

We passed Tiana in Liberty Square and Jessie in Frontierland and finally found Mile Marker 6! (Ate 4 more Gu chomps here.)
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AvDgwYC8sHs/UPWPW4eK9YI/AAAAAAAAHCQ/FmerIZ39PX0/s912/IMG_0573.JPG

Another 22-minute mile! :rotfl2: Without fail getting through the Magic Kingdom is always the longest portion of these Disney races for me...

And now it was time to leave the MK and head back to Epcot. We went backstage and passed Prince Phillip and Aurora standing on one of the daytime parade floats (giant line) and came to yet another bottleneck in the course. The area we had to run in was extremely narrow, and by now quite a few people were walking...so it was hard to dodge around them. :mad: I have absolutely no problem with people walking during a race (I do it myself a lot!) but proper race etiquette was just out the door this morning. People were walking right in the middle of the course, giving no notice when they were going to start walking, and groups were walking 4-5 across. :mad: It was incredibly frustrating. And these times when all of the runners seemed to be walking in one giant clump of people were really the only times the weather bothered me during the half...the sun and temperatures weren't too high yet, but when all of the runners were so close together it felt incredibly hot and humid out. Whenever we had some space it felt quite pleasant.

Somewhere in here our second alert was sent out: 10K in 1:33:31, an average pace of...15:03! Estimated finish time of 3:17.17. :faint: Thats what a 22-minute mile in the Magic Kingdom will do to you. :teeth:

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I agree with the statement about the walkers, it was even more frustrating in the narrow areas. I know there were many a time I was running on the grass to get around super slow people and walkers.

ZellyB
02-01-2013, 09:45 AM
Love the one picture you bought of yourself! You just look so happy. :)

dburg30
02-01-2013, 05:27 PM
Havent even read the first real post of this thread yet, but I know I'll love it. Your post from last year is what initially got me thinking about goofy in 2014!

PCFriar80
02-01-2013, 05:55 PM
2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 1-3

The con-duck-tor counts down to Corral C's start at about 5:47AM...3 2 1 GOOO!

(Apologies for the shakiness. :o)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1EdOoWWVMc

And we were off! All through this race I tried really hard to pay attention to our pace...not because I had a specific goal time in mind, but because keeping the marathon in mind I didn't want us to run the race too fast (and trash our legs) or too slow (and be on our feet for longer than necessary). I wanted us to run it juuuuust right...

...okay, I lied. I wanted us to beat our time from the Princess Half (3:02ish). :teeth:

Ugh...please note the humidity on the Mile Marker 1 sign. Yuck!
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-nycv2RKbkoQ/UPWSldBzhLI/AAAAAAAAHGs/A6wH_XoPnqw/s720/IMG_0534.JPG

I remember the first mile being very narrow and crowded. It was hard to run.

Cool flags!
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-s_j-me725zo/UPWSfziLIvI/AAAAAAAAHGk/HtJBArsCQnU/s720/IMG_0535.JPG

I think we were able to spread out a bit by Mile Marker 2, if not right after. After passing this mile marker we each ate 4 Gu chomps (strawberry flavor, yum!). Craig wasn't a huge fan because they got stuck in his teeth.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5opz6ZCQitU/UPWSbvLz6vI/AAAAAAAAHGc/XiB9vwFN7fE/s720/IMG_0536.JPG

And then we came up to the first character meet of the race: the pirate ship I'd seen from the monorail earlier that morning. We passed it up since the line was pretty big and we already have a picture with the exact same set-up from 2011.

Yo ho yo ho
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WdGjeVwpPsY/UPWSX4epx5I/AAAAAAAAHGU/1F1klqF49gk/s720/IMG_0537.JPG

Next we passed the photo-op screen I'd also seen earlier (I never did stop for a picture in front of this thing) before reaching the MK Entrance gates! LOTS of room to run by now, and if I remember correctly, we saw the lead wheelchair racers and runners pass us by on the other side of the median...they were already 9ish miles in! :worship: Wow.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-iIsNFj9PNYM/UPWSSCMptYI/AAAAAAAAHGM/q5KYwWfw2iw/s720/IMG_0538.JPG

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-w75BtoaRfa0/UPWSOuDZeTI/AAAAAAAAHGE/gyQvV1WTD4w/s720/IMG_0539.JPG

The warning that plays over the speakers here was burned in my brain all weekend: "Caution runners. Road narrows, and speed bumps ahead." I bet despite the fact that I said it was burned in my brain I actually quoted it incorrectly just now. :rolleyes2 Despite the warning I was distracted by taking a video and managed to trip over a speed bump. Luckily I caught myself. :teeth: Said video is linked below...not worth tripping for!

(This video is blurry and shaky and pretty awful in general...you've been warned!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnANSVVwF1o

Mile Marker 3 was just inside the gates.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-UmtYBJ8W5dE/UPWRsffBuYI/AAAAAAAAHFY/L83DwTak620/s720/IMG_0544.JPG

At the 5K mark our first text/email alert was sent out: 5K in 38:18, a 12:19/mile pace. Estimated finish time of 2:41:35. Not bad, right?...

...then we came the first character meet we wanted to stop for. Bye-bye decent average pace! :wave:

By now we were outside the WDW Speedway and were both DRENCHED in sweat. Craig had to accept defeat, take off his long-sleeved pullover, and tie it around his waist. I voted for him wearing it around his shoulders Zack Morris-style but he vetoed that idea.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-vCN3UQtqGDU/UPWRndOTAXI/AAAAAAAAHFQ/T7t7cf3zmEk/s720/IMG_0545.JPG

This line looked sort of long but only took 3-4 minutes...racing 'munks!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CWLIN2EEusY/UPWRhtoNf0I/AAAAAAAAHFI/trkk9Pit8mY/s720/IMG_0546.JPG

I must say, the bro was very good at spotting mile markers before I did (ahh, to be tall) and was all about the character pictures during this race. I don't know if it's because I've finally got him trained after our other race weekends, or if he was a fan of the more relaxed approach, or both. But it worked out well for me! :thumbsup2

And it's a good thing too, because there was no way I was passing up the next photo-op. It was a long line (6-minute wait) but this is one of the rarer character meet-ups I've seen, so it was totally worth it.

.....how's that for a cliff-hanger?? :teeth:

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Great report and I'm a little behind, but you did happen to catch my wife in the "light blue" or "turquoise" shirt at mile 1 [cool flags caption]!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-s_j-me725zo/UPWSfziLIvI/AAAAAAAAHGk/HtJBArsCQnU/s720/IMG_0535.JPG

dburg30
02-01-2013, 06:48 PM
ACK! I'm all caught up!! :rotfl2::rotfl:

emilyindisney
02-03-2013, 06:13 PM
I read a couple of your previous updates on my phone so I can't remember if I commented or not.

Congrats on finishing the half! I agree with what you said about race etiquette. I mean, hey- I get that a lot of people run in Disney for the first time and really may not be die hard runners or anything. I give anyone credit who wants to get out and try but, c'mon people- do some research. It sounds like it would be a better experience for everyone if people followed the usual, unspoken race rules.

Love the picture you purchased! Can't wait to hear about the second half of the course!

Ariel484
02-05-2013, 08:21 AM
Woohoo! Great start for the Full! I'm sorry that you felt so nervous and then so lonely! I'm glad that your message board friends let you hang with them until the start!:)
Thanks! Yeah, it was weird...normally I am super independent and I do all of my races at home by myself, so I wasn't expecting to miss the bro so much. Wahh! :p
Oh my gosh, just looking at that route map makes my feet hurt. Sorry you were running solo and missing your brother:(

That picture of you is adorable!

I was beginning to wonder why you had reservations at the Poly like that! I should have booked a night there on my last trip- I booked 'Ohana dinner one night and Kona breakfast the next morning. Would have cut my travel time down significantly!
The route is kind of crazy when you really look at it! Running in between the parks is definitely no joke.

Thanks for the compliment on the picture! I think it's pretty funny. :rotfl:

Part of the reason why I was so excited to stay at the Poly was because I knew we could eat there A LOT and it would be so easy. At least changing to the Grand Floridian meant we were only a monorail/boat ride away. :thumbsup2 Will missed the easy access to the self-serve Dole Whip machine though...:rotfl:
I'm still so completely amazed that you did all of these races! You are a pure BEAST! I am concerned about being lonely for the Princess half. I think you were doing awesome, though!
:goodvibes Thanks Amanda! I honestly don't know what came over me as far as being so lonely. But I still had a great time...and I forgot to write about it but I did chat with other people that were there solo, so that was fun.

Your race is SOOOO CLOSE...ahhh!!! princess:
I love the animation academy!! Went this time and got wreck it Ralph and Merida!! We have ended up with the same guy alot of times and he takes a vote on who we draw!! I like him because we have drawn some rare characters with him. We have gone since my kids were 4 so roughly 6 years. It's really cool now because we can look back at the pictures and see how much they have grown in their drawing abilities!!
I love it too!! Isn't it such a hidden gem?? Wow, Wreck-it Ralph and Merida are really good ones! We can't wait to go back and do it again. :goodvibes

The drawings are great keepsakes. It's so cool that you still have your kiddos' drawings after all this time. :goodvibes
Nice job on the runs:thumbsup2:thumbsup2

You really have an eye behind the camera. Love your pictures!
Thanks fellow half-er! :goodvibes

Thanks for the compliments on the pictures...I'm trying really hard to improve in that area to justify my purchasing a new camera recently. :thumbsup2
I agree with the statement about the walkers, it was even more frustrating in the narrow areas. I know there were many a time I was running on the grass to get around super slow people and walkers.
It was nuts! I really have nothing against people that walk in the races AT ALL (since I myself walk during the races)...but it would have been so much better if people walked off to the side and didn't walk 4-5 people across. Sigh.
Love the one picture you bought of yourself! You just look so happy. :)
Thanks!! :goodvibes My husband saw it and was like "You have to buy it." Even after I told him the crazy price! I forget, did you get your picture issues sorted out?
Havent even read the first real post of this thread yet, but I know I'll love it. Your post from last year is what initially got me thinking about goofy in 2014!
Great! Welcome. :goodvibes Goofy is quite an experience...good luck with your training!
Great report and I'm a little behind, but you did happen to catch my wife in the "light blue" or "turquoise" shirt at mile 1 [cool flags caption]!

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-s_j-me725zo/UPWSfziLIvI/AAAAAAAAHGk/HtJBArsCQnU/s720/IMG_0535.JPG
Really?! :rotfl: How funny is that! :thumbsup2
ACK! I'm all caught up!! :rotfl2::rotfl:
ACK! Yay! :thumbsup2
I read a couple of your previous updates on my phone so I can't remember if I commented or not.

Congrats on finishing the half! I agree with what you said about race etiquette. I mean, hey- I get that a lot of people run in Disney for the first time and really may not be die hard runners or anything. I give anyone credit who wants to get out and try but, c'mon people- do some research. It sounds like it would be a better experience for everyone if people followed the usual, unspoken race rules.

Love the picture you purchased! Can't wait to hear about the second half of the course!
Thanks for the congrats! :goodvibes Yeah, when I saw the race program/final instructions I read them cover to cover multiple times because I was so excited. :p I guess not everyone does that!

Ariel484
02-05-2013, 08:35 AM
Bleh...apologies for the long delay. I left my flash drive (which contains my trip report) at work and then got sick over the weekend and didn't come in yesterday. :sick: Luckily it's just a cold - I know it could be SOOOO much worse and am thankful it's not the flu - and I am back at work armed with meds, super soft lotion-y kleenex, cough drops and a large latte. I haven't been out for a run since Thursday, which feels bizarre. And now I'm wrapping my brain around the fact that the marathon was only 3 weeks ago! :eek: Seems like it's been months.

ANYWAY...back to the race.

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2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 1

We made the same turn into the MK as we had the day before and Main Street was much more manageable. Still crowded but at least today I wasn't afraid of getting an elbow to the...uh...chest area. :eek:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-U3nSrFofzas/ULzyaGMDSJI/AAAAAAAAGmk/sNoktjyS2i4/s800/WDWMarathon2013_MKPortion.jpg

Don't look into my devil-eyes in this picture...I might steal your soul!
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jMn3c3rr0BU/UPWKgYjt1FI/AAAAAAAAG7Q/9ILAS0nTlK8/s912/IMG_0639.JPG

Pretty castle!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oWJVC8Xa2cw/UPWKav7PAWI/AAAAAAAAG7I/KqIjqA2oq6s/s720/IMG_0640.jpg

And back into Tomorrowland we go!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lHbB9dh0wto/UPWKTm-XIBI/AAAAAAAAG7A/gixq1hTNIbo/s720/IMG_0641.jpg

Buzz was out in front of the Lunching Pad again, the Mickey's Star Traders bathroom lines were huge again, and people were darting off the course to the Space Mountain bathrooms...again. Déjà vu, anyone?! Alice was out in Fantasyland again too...but this time she was with the Mad Hatter.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hNlIIgSI6Wg/UPWKN_WkTnI/AAAAAAAAG64/L3tpDbWXS8I/s912/IMG_0642.JPG
Note to self: the "hold out the skirt" pose doesn't really work with a running skirt.

I ran back through Fantasyland, past the circus...
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-faZk0zSsaIE/UPWKHAfixDI/AAAAAAAAG6w/lOK8QqIaLJc/s912/IMG_0643.JPG

...and stopped at the new castle walls.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-e8OvOVbUkq0/UPWJ14RuifI/AAAAAAAAG6g/Zp2urNHFS24/s720/IMG_0645.jpg

This was sort of a long line (4 minutes per my Garmin data...it felt longer at the time!) but I couldn't pass up the chance to do my best princess pose with my DISboards namesake.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4gSJYWhVWok/UPWJv7duJ9I/AAAAAAAAG6Y/VeVXX_coh6Q/s912/IMG_0646.JPG
Probably best to leave it to the professionals.

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Ariel484
02-05-2013, 08:39 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2

Belle was also out in her yellow dress, but I passed her up and got into the GIANT line at the castle. Donald was out at the castle the previous morning so I was pretty sure Mickey would be out today. A CM confirmed it for me and let me know that Minnie was there too (!! :yay:), so I just made myself comfortable. I got out my phone to shoot Will a quick text (I NEVER thought I'd text so much on a race course) and briefly considered calling him to make sure he was awake. He was hoping to stroll out to the Grand Floridian parking lot to watch me run by, and I was about 1.5 miles away by then. Eventually I decided I probably didn't need to call and took some videos to pass the time in line (7-8 minutes...again, it felt longer).

The trumpeters were working hard that morning. My favorite was when they would occasionally play the Rocky theme, but I never got a decent video of it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnxyBDnrzC8&feature=youtu.be

This next video sort of gives an idea of the atmosphere in the Magic Kingdom (at least that's why I took the video...maybe it conveys nothing ) and just how big this line was.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ntp0uIsek8

It was really funny, because people would run by the line, figure out who the line was for, stop in their tracks and backtrack so that they could wait for a photo too. I saw this happen 5-6 times. I also heard lots of people justifying the photo stop out loud and quickly re-adjusting their goals: "Well I did have a goal time but you should really just do this race for fun, it's okay!" Ahh, I'm among my people. :thumbsup2 But once again I'd be lying if I said I didn't sort of have a goal time in mind. The ultimate goal was to, of course, come out of this thing (the Goofy Challenge) alive...but in addition to wanting to beat my time from last year (6:20) I also wanted to go under 6 hours. Partially just to see some improvement but also because it was going to be HOT that day and I didn't want to be out in the sun for longer than necessary, and a 6-hour finish time would have me completing the race right around noon. So it was interesting and a little alarming to stand in the Fantasyland lines (at the Mad Tea Party, for Ariel and the one I was currently in) and watch the average pace on my Garmin shoot up from 12 minutes to almost 16 minutes per mile.

But I have no regrets...woohoo! :woohoo:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-HGaxMVCGh2I/UPWGn_-TMWI/AAAAAAAAG4k/elk6uivcMW4/s912/IMG_0652.JPG

The run through the castle was a lot easier this morning for whatever reason. Tiana and Naveen were out in Liberty Square, and BULLSEYE was waiting for me in Frontierland!!! :yay:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wmlmony_EFI/UPWGh_iU-VI/AAAAAAAAG4c/E_wFZYkeV5g/s720/IMG_0653.jpg
This was a picture I'd really been hoping to get...you can probably tell by my ridiculous grin, which in turn made me do some weird neck straining thing. Oops. It looks a LOT worse in the official photo...almost alarming, actually.

And here we are at Mile Marker 6...
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qMu3g5wcw4k/UPWGbiMHOaI/AAAAAAAAG4U/CJ7NU7N6VR8/s912/IMG_0654.JPG
Two things about this picture. 1. Starting here and for the remainder of the race I was running near a big family (10 people maybe) from Japan and it was really hard to get pictures without that family in them. So I had to stand and wait for a minute or so to take the above picture, because I like to get those mile marker pictures people-free (I'm still annoyed that theres a person in my Mile Marker 4 picture from the half :mad:). And 2. Please note that today's jaunt through the Magic Kingdom took 32 MINUTES. :rotfl2: HAHAHAHAHA...but seriously, with the goal of not being outside for too long in the heat (which hadn't really kicked in yet, at least I didn't think so) I spent the rest of the race really trying to recover from that long sixth mile.

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DisneyParrothead
02-05-2013, 09:38 AM
I really wish the course went through more of the park. We don't even see Adventureland, and c'mon, it's got Pirates and the Jungle Cruise.

mrsdrake625
02-05-2013, 10:11 AM
Just wanted to say -

First off, you're crazy awesome for doing three races in a row... I'm tired thinking about it!

Second, I LOVE reading your descriptions of the races. Thanks for taking the time to write them and post pics, etc. They have motivated me to try a Disney race sometime soon!

BigEeyore
02-05-2013, 01:07 PM
Hope you are feeling better! It's just that time of year. At least it isn't the week before the marathon!
Oh, Mickey and Minnie...that line was too long, I just couldn't do it, especially after waiting in that Star Trader bathroom line. :sad2:
I was happy that (spoiler alert!) I was able to get pictures with Mickey later on in the race...I was kicking myself thinking I missed my one opportunity with the big cheese!

camandjacksmom
02-05-2013, 01:16 PM
I was beginning to think I would need to send out a search and rescue party!! I'm glad you are on the mend!! I can't wait to see the rest of the marathon!! So the hubby said we could stay at the contemporary for goofy in 2014!! It's not the grand but it's a start. Maybe after the sticker shock wears off I can try for the grand in 2015!!

pxefig
02-05-2013, 01:51 PM
I sort of feel like the people who just go from running to walking with no courtesy in a race are the same ones who don't signal their turns when driving. I had a whole rant in mind, but I think I'll just leave it at that.
The jealousy I feel for people who will get to read this trip report from start to finish without waiting for the next installment is the same sort of envy I feel for my children knowing that when they are old enough they will get to read every single Harry Potter book with no wait! :rotfl2:
I'm glad for the video of that line. I would have never guessed it was a less than 10 minute wait. If I had seen that I would have moved on, but it's good to have a visual of what marathon wait times are. I suppose they line moves pretty quickly with no autograph books and everyone trying to get a PR :thumbsup2
I love all of your different running clothes! I'm still in that old yoga pants and 5K t shirts phase of my running wardrobe. I want cute stuff. I'm sure it would make me run faster! :cutie:
I did turn your photo into my cover photo and it has gotten a many likes, so your photographic eye is admired even by complete strangers. Purchase justified, I say!

beachta1
02-05-2013, 01:56 PM
Congrats on the Goofy! Enjoying your TR, can't wait to hear how the rest of the marathon went.

Ariel484
02-05-2013, 02:06 PM
I really wish the course went through more of the park. We don't even see Adventureland, and c'mon, it's got Pirates and the Jungle Cruise.
That's my big gripe about ALL of the Disney race courses...if you sit and look - REALLY LOOK - at the course maps you realize that a really small portion of the races are actually run in the parks. I mean, I get it from a logistical standpoint, but it still stinks to actually see it on paper. :sad2:
Just wanted to say -

First off, you're crazy awesome for doing three races in a row... I'm tired thinking about it!

Second, I LOVE reading your descriptions of the races. Thanks for taking the time to write them and post pics, etc. They have motivated me to try a Disney race sometime soon!
Thank you! :goodvibes

Glad you're enjoying the report! I like having everything written down so I can remember it all. I hope you get to try a Disney race soon! :)
Hope you are feeling better! It's just that time of year. At least it isn't the week before the marathon!
Oh, Mickey and Minnie...that line was too long, I just couldn't do it, especially after waiting in that Star Trader bathroom line. :sad2:
I was happy that (spoiler alert!) I was able to get pictures with Mickey later on in the race...I was kicking myself thinking I missed my one opportunity with the big cheese!
Thanks...I am feeling much better today. Last night was the first night since Wednesday that I've been able to SLEEP without waking up 10+ times to cough/blow my nose, and that helped a lot. :thumbsup2 You're so right about being lucky that I have this now and not during the marathon...a friend of mine (who also did Goofy) ran the marathon with a chest cold. :eek: Yikes!

These races are rough with the character photos...you really have to pick and choose. I missed Mickey and Minnie in their royal attire (different from the photo in this report...they were both in gold) during the 2011 Princess Half and am still bummed about it.

How does Mickey manage to be in so many places at once during the marathon...??? :) It's Disney Magic! pixiedust:
I was beginning to think I would need to send out a search and rescue party!! I'm glad you are on the mend!! I can't wait to see the rest of the marathon!! So the hubby said we could stay at the contemporary for goofy in 2014!! It's not the grand but it's a start. Maybe after the sticker shock wears off I can try for the grand in 2015!!
Nope, I'm here...just buried under a pile of tissues, cough drops, medicine, and self-pity. :faint: Haha!

Hey, the Contemporary ain't so bad! You will LOVE having the monorail transportation for the races. It really gives you such a piece of mind. Having said that, I will cross my fingers that you can work your way up to the Grand in 2015. ;)
I sort of feel like the people who just go from running to walking with no courtesy in a race are the same ones who don't signal their turns when driving. I had a whole rant in mind, but I think I'll just leave it at that.
I could totally see that. I saw some people running that would hold up a hand and count down on their fingers...4 fingers, 3 fingers, 2 fingers, 1 finger...finally I realized that they were counting down to when they were going to start to walk. :worship: Genius! So simple and clear, I wish everyone would do that.
The jealousy I feel for people who will get to read this trip report from start to finish without waiting for the next installment is the same sort of envy I feel for my children knowing that when they are old enough they will get to read every single Harry Potter book with no wait! :rotfl2:
Aw, shucks. :o As a giant Harry Potter fan I must say that is quite a compliment. Thank you! :goodvibes
I'm glad for the video of that line. I would have never guessed it was a less than 10 minute wait. If I had seen that I would have moved on, but it's good to have a visual of what marathon wait times are. I suppose they line moves pretty quickly with no autograph books and everyone trying to get a PR :thumbsup2
That is honestly one of the biggest lines I have seen at a Disney race. I can recall 2 others that have topped it...so it's very unusual. One other thing that helps the lines move quickly besides no autographs is that there are normally 2 CMs at the characters - one taking the current picture and the other getting the next runner's camera ready. Really no comparison to the lines you'd wait in on a normal day in a park.
I love all of your different running clothes! I'm still in that old yoga pants and 5K t shirts phase of my running wardrobe. I want cute stuff. I'm sure it would make me run faster! :cutie:
Thanks! :goodvibes I got the tops on clearance at end-of-year sales, but I did splurge on the skirts. They were worth every penny.
I did turn your photo into my cover photo and it has gotten a many likes, so your photographic eye is admired even by complete strangers. Purchase justified, I say!
Hmm, which photo was that? The DHS one? Glad it made a good cover photo! :goodvibes

Ariel484
02-05-2013, 02:06 PM
Congrats on the Goofy! Enjoying your TR, can't wait to hear how the rest of the marathon went.

Thank you, and thanks for reading! :goodvibes :goodvibes

creativeamanda
02-05-2013, 02:19 PM
32 minutes in MK?!? Of course, those pictures really are worth it all, aren't they?

Ariel484
02-05-2013, 02:25 PM
32 minutes in MK?!? Of course, those pictures really are worth it all, aren't they?

Yes ma'am. :) Lots of distractions here...

1. Going down Main Street toward the Castle - at some point I always stop to get at least one castle shot
2. Turning right into Tomorrowland - I always stop to get a shot of the Tomorrowland sign
3. Character in front of the Lunching Pad
4. Character in front of the Mad Tea Party
5. I'm guessing they will continue to have characters in front of the new castle walls from now on
6. Character at the back of the castle
7. Running out of the castle toward MSUSA
8. Character in Liberty Square
9. Character in Frontierland

:faint: :faint: :faint: There's a lot going on in the MK! And it could be even longer if you stop to use a *real* bathroom and take advantage of the photo-op in front of the castle after going through Fantasyland.

Just so you know...'cause you'll be there soon! :goodvibes

steph0808
02-05-2013, 03:07 PM
Pretty castle!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oWJVC8Xa2cw/UPWKav7PAWI/AAAAAAAAG7I/KqIjqA2oq6s/s720/IMG_0640.jpg



1. I hope you feel better soon! That is the kind of cold I had to run the marathon with - no fun (though running does help clear the snot out!) :rotfl:

2. I am so glad you are back to post - I was worried! Like everyone else, I am totally invested in your trip reports!

3. This is the real point of this post (and why I quoted the picture). My castle photo looks completely different - the sky is already really bright! I am going to admit to being a stalker here. I checked your split times on the race results page. I know we both started in Corral C, and at the 5-mile split you were 7 minutes ahead of me. I wish I had gotten to Magic Kingdom earlier (damn Jack Sparrow line) for a picture of the castle when it was still dark! Interesting - at the 10-mile point I was 2 minutes ahead of you and at the half point we were within 26 seconds of each other - that must have been right around when I saw you with the evil characters and then you took off and I couldn't catch up! I think it would have been too stalkery to yell "Shannon! Wait! I know you from the Internet!" :rotfl2:

4. I didn't even see Alice and the Mad Hatter! I must have blown right by them!

5. I waited for Ariel and Belle/Beast and then when I went up to the castle, I saw Mickey and Minnie. I did stop and almost turned around to get in the line, but it was so long! I am still sad about that!

gjl
02-06-2013, 01:38 AM
I don't know you from Sam, and rarely follow a trip report, but I'm so enjoying this one! Thanks for your candid information on the runs! I also cannot get the song referenced in your TR title out of my head each time I read an update! It's my wife and my daughter's favorite movie!

Thanks for making me want to run at Disney someday!

Ariel484
02-06-2013, 07:54 AM
1. I hope you feel better soon! That is the kind of cold I had to run the marathon with - no fun (though running does help clear the snot out!) :rotfl:
I feel MUCH better today. Last night I slept in my bed again (I banished myself to the couch for the past 2 nights so I wouldn't wake up the husband with my constant coughing and nose-blowing), so that was a huge triumph. I'm hoping to run again tomorrow after almost a full week off, but we'll see.
2. I am so glad you are back to post - I was worried! Like everyone else, I am totally invested in your trip reports!
Thanks! :) Glad to be back!!
3. This is the real point of this post (and why I quoted the picture). My castle photo looks completely different - the sky is already really bright! I am going to admit to being a stalker here. I checked your split times on the race results page. I know we both started in Corral C, and at the 5-mile split you were 7 minutes ahead of me. I wish I had gotten to Magic Kingdom earlier (damn Jack Sparrow line) for a picture of the castle when it was still dark! Interesting - at the 10-mile point I was 2 minutes ahead of you and at the half point we were within 26 seconds of each other - that must have been right around when I saw you with the evil characters and then you took off and I couldn't catch up! I think it would have been too stalkery to yell "Shannon! Wait! I know you from the Internet!" :rotfl2:
I've totally checked other people's splits too, so I guess we're both stalkers. ;) Darn, it sounds like we were right by each other! You totally should have said hi...I may have had a small heart attack at first but after getting over the initial shock I would have been happy to meet you! :) I did the exact same thing to a few people I know from another board...so I'm a creep. :teeth:
4. I didn't even see Alice and the Mad Hatter! I must have blown right by them!
By now I think I just know where to look for the characters after having done a few of these morning races (see post #186). It seems like there's ALWAYS someone out at the Mad Tea Party. I could see how that's an easy one to pass up though since you're focused on getting to the castle.
5. I waited for Ariel and Belle/Beast and then when I went up to the castle, I saw Mickey and Minnie. I did stop and almost turned around to get in the line, but it was so long! I am still sad about that!
That's definitely one of the longest lines I have seen at a race! :eek: I don't blame you for passing it up.

Can't wait to read more of your report!! :)
I don't know you from Sam, and rarely follow a trip report, but I'm so enjoying this one! Thanks for your candid information on the runs! I also cannot get the song referenced in your TR title out of my head each time I read an update! It's my wife and my daughter's favorite movie!

Thanks for making me want to run at Disney someday!
Well thanks for checking out my trip report! I'm glad you're here. :)

Sorry that the song is stuck in your head...wait. No, I'm not. It's a great song! :teeth: Your wife and daughter have good taste, The Little Mermaid is one of my favorites too.

Hope you get to run at Disney some day, and thanks for reading! :goodvibes

DancinDaisyDuck
02-06-2013, 08:42 AM
So glad you're feeling well again! This cold/flu season has been so tough!

Love the Magic Kingdom pics, I definitely want to post a good 10k time so I can hopefully get into at least corral C, if not B, for the half. I want it to be dark by the time I reach Main St. to get a pic of the castle lights! I've never been during holiday time and would love to see that in person.

Ariel484
02-06-2013, 08:45 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 7-10

Next up was the run past the Grand Floridian. Mary and Bert were out, but Will was not. :sad: I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed, but I knew he didn't miss it on purpose. Plus I knew that once he realized he'd missed me he would be super mad and hard on himself...no point in my adding to it.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-0B4c_oJ92OA/UPWGXbK55QI/AAAAAAAAG4M/ypwoOysdCTM/s912/IMG_0655.JPG

No more than 5 minutes after passing the Grand Floridian I got a text from Will that he'd overslept, and I told him that I'd just run by. He wasn't happy to say the least, and told me that he'd see me later on the course.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/--mP2--0xHFg/UPWGSjjaG8I/AAAAAAAAG4E/jkUTQFCRi6E/s912/IMG_0656.JPG
(Took more Gu chomps here.)

I passed up the Genie again and came up to the first new addition to the race course...a run around the WDW Speedway.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-FYJLpSfsQLU/UPWGFv_Wn4I/AAAAAAAAG30/o9Bdqz3-T-I/s912/IMG_0658.JPG

Getting in to the Speedway was pretty crappy. The entrance took us down one super steep hill and then up another. It was that kind of concrete that you know would get pretty slippery if it gets wet, so if we'd had any rain or spillage from the nearby water stop it could have been a problem.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-p9UPIbtQy8I/UPWGBSgnSeI/AAAAAAAAG3s/d5XDD2i21KY/s912/IMG_0659.JPG

This was probably pretty awesome for anyone that is a fan of racing and/or is really into cars. I am neither, so I can't say this really did much for me. I can definitely appreciate the fact that this cut out a bit of the back roads we would have run on otherwise, and it's certainly an area of WDW that I am sure I never would have seen had I not run this race. But when I first saw this addition to the course I didn't like it AT ALL. I assumed we'd be running on a slope the entire time and would have zero shade. Luckily I was wrong about the slope - maybe this just illustrates how little I know about car racing, but we ran on some flat area of the track - but the sun was getting kind of brutal by now and there was no way to escape it.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-kj003KX4xKM/UPWF8DcHlzI/AAAAAAAAG3Y/2mWDYI629RA/s912/IMG_0660.JPG

There were some Cars characters out, but I didn't stop. I did make a bathroom stop somewhere in here though...my only one of the entire race.

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-wipsDYqcS6A/UPWF24qBBLI/AAAAAAAAG3Q/CoZVxOdlwSM/s912/IMG_0661.JPG

Mile Marker 9 was in here too.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rNJQPtDJVvk/UPWFwy_KRcI/AAAAAAAAG3E/HHqd9e5QDjI/s912/IMG_0662.JPG

A little over 6 minutes before I took this picture Adriano Bastos of Brazil won the marathon with a time of 2:21:16...the 8th time he's won this race. :worship: I bow down to you, sir!

We exited the Speedway and were now at one of the more boring areas of the course...the run down Bear Island Road. I remembered this part of the course from last year fondly though, because there are lots of trees...so lots of shade! :thumbsup2 It felt nice and cool after being out in the sun on the Speedway. Plus, once again, Disney put one of the best character meets I've ever seen here.

Last year:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-eN3wiGEHGzo/TwxoXQQP5vI/AAAAAAAAGso/Ufbjya3Wrn4/s912/IMG_0349.JPG

This year:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-pQNl8S4PC_I/UPWE9_05ksI/AAAAAAAAG2o/DQiCZHfC5UA/s912/IMG_0664.JPG

:yay: Six villains in one picture, people! You can't beat that.
(And apparently step0808 was close by! I wish we could have met up and grabbed a picture together.) :)

After that awesomeness I continued down Bear Island Road, passed up some Country Bears, and reached Mile Marker 10.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-DQMvctFctd4/UPWEyQptshI/AAAAAAAAG2Y/acvaKFpsPDg/s912/IMG_0666.JPG

My second split was sent out here...let's do a quick study and see what a 32-minute mile does to one's average pace, shall we?

5-mile split: 5 miles in 59:27, average pace of 11:53/mile. Estimated finish time of 5:11:41 (11:02AM).
10-mile split: 10 miles in 2:26:12, average pace of 14:37/mile. Estimated finish time of 6:23:17 (12:13PM).

:eek: :rotfl2:
And I distinctly remember seeing my pace creep close to 16 minutes/mile while waiting in the Mickey/Minnie line...so despite the fact that I'd made up for it somewhat I had still added over an hour to my estimated finish time. Yowza!

Oh well, I knew what I was getting in to. Just gotta keep chugging along.

This was an interesting meet...not sure I've ever seen these characters outside of the Christmas parade (except seeing the soldiers in MK):
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-4LEMgQ9YKrw/UPWEryXJwHI/AAAAAAAAG2Q/r0-g_FXGloE/s912/IMG_0667.JPG

Whenever I was in a photo line I'd shoot Will a text. He was getting my automatic updates and told me he was planning on heading to the Boardwalk to see me...yay! :yay: By now I was talking to my brother a bit too, and he was heading for Epcot. :yay:

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Ariel484
02-06-2013, 08:55 AM
So glad you're feeling well again! This cold/flu season has been so tough!

Love the Magic Kingdom pics, I definitely want to post a good 10k time so I can hopefully get into at least corral C, if not B, for the half. I want it to be dark by the time I reach Main St. to get a pic of the castle lights! I've never been during holiday time and would love to see that in person.



Thank you! :) Yeah, I was starting to get a little over-confident thinking that Will and I were going to make it through winter without getting sick...then he was sick at the beginning of last week and I caught it from him. Darn!

The Magic Kingdom is SO MUCH FUN during the races. You're definitely got the right idea in wanting to run a 10K to submit to Disney...it can only help you with corral placement. I hope they leave the lights up for you! It's a toss-up from year-to-year as to what decorations are still up...last year the marathon was earlier so almost everything was still there. This year I didn't see anything except for the decorations at Shades of Green, the Mickey wreath at the Contemporary, and the castle lights (which were only on for the races). :goodvibes

ellajeansmom
02-06-2013, 10:22 AM
Hi there :wave2:

I have been keeping up your report (just bad at posting as usual) and just went back to watch the videos as I can't see them at work. Great report so far...gorgeous room at the Grand :lovestruc, 5k family run looked like a fun time, too bad the lines were so long, great job on the half :thumbsup2

Sorry you've been sick - that's me right now and why I am home today. I think its just a head cold and normally I would take some cold medicine and push on but with the PHM only 2.5 weeks away I'm not taking any chances.

Your comments about your spectators (not having them for the half and then Will missing you the first time in the full) have confirmed what I've recommended to my parents for the PHM, to just come and see us at the finish line, even though it would be cool to see them at MK.

I did re-read your Half posts, it helps settle me about the PHM...I'm fine with the distance, my training has gone well, its the logistics that worry me now!

Looking forward to the rest of the Full and the rest of your trip :)

Ariel484
02-06-2013, 11:10 AM
Hi there :wave2:

I have been keeping up your report (just bad at posting as usual) and just went back to watch the videos as I can't see them at work. Great report so far...gorgeous room at the Grand :lovestruc, 5k family run looked like a fun time, too bad the lines were so long, great job on the half :thumbsup2
Hello! :wave:

We LOVED that room at the Grand Floridian...:love: ahhh I miss it. The 5K was a lot of fun...I'm glad I tried it!

Sorry you've been sick - that's me right now and why I am home today. I think its just a head cold and normally I would take some cold medicine and push on but with the PHM only 2.5 weeks away I'm not taking any chances.
Yeah, everyone is sick now and with my husband being a high school teacher and me working in a hospital one of us was bound to get sick at some point. I hope you feel better soon! You're smart to take some time off before the Princess Half.
Your comments about your spectators (not having them for the half and then Will missing you the first time in the full) have confirmed what I've recommended to my parents for the PHM, to just come and see us at the finish line, even though it would be cool to see them at MK.
It just doesn't seem like it would be much fun for people to rush from place to place to see us run, ya know? :confused3 Both my mom and Will did manage to catch us running by Spaceship Earth during the 2011 Princess Half and Will and Craig caught up with me later on the marathon course, but that was it. It sounds like the best way to see people is to actually get up with the runners at 3AM, take the bus to the starting area, trek back to the monorail and take that to the MK and go from there. Others may not agree with me but I sort of feel like that's asking a lot of people to go through all of that...???
I did re-read your Half posts, it helps settle me about the PHM...I'm fine with the distance, my training has gone well, its the logistics that worry me now!

Looking forward to the rest of the Full and the rest of your trip :)
Good! The hard work is done, all that's left is to get better from your cold and enjoy the race! :) I hope you have a wonderful time at the Princess Half! :) princess:

ZellyB
02-06-2013, 01:49 PM
Glad to see your report resume. It's been a rough respiratory season for sure, so feel better soon.

I was telling my husband I may write up a trip report myself just because I was thinking it would give me a record to help remember details that I'll forget otherwise. Your reports are a great inspiration.

emilyindisney
02-06-2013, 10:45 PM
Hope you're feeling better!

I read a story about the guy who won where he said his goal is to win ten times. Wasn't this year like his third consecutive win, or something like that? Mad props to him- what a beast! :worship:

First off, your villain picture is awesome! :cool1: Hahaha, love your tough,
'villainess' look! My sister loves Scar, and always thinks he's under-appreciated in the parks so I'll have to show her that he was in the background!

Also, I'm actually pretty jealous that you met the Christmas people. I've never done Christmas at WDW but I have the Disney Christmas sing-along tape and I distinctly remember the tall reindeer dancing around in the background. Would love to get a picture of myself with them one day just for the nostalgia, haha!

Hope you weren't sweatin' it too much about the time (figuratively :rotfl2: ) After all, you're running in Disney! Don't wanna pass up on the fun stuff!

Can't wait to hear how the rest of your double digit miles go!

Ariel484
02-07-2013, 12:00 PM
Glad to see your report resume. It's been a rough respiratory season for sure, so feel better soon.

I was telling my husband I may write up a trip report myself just because I was thinking it would give me a record to help remember details that I'll forget otherwise. Your reports are a great inspiration.
Thanks...I'm being a giant baby about the whole thing. :p

I'm SO glad I have everything written down from the races I've done at Disney, otherwise I wouldn't remember anything. I bet if you write stuff down you'll be glad you did in a few years or whatever. It's fun to look back on it.
Hope you're feeling better!

I read a story about the guy who won where he said his goal is to win ten times. Wasn't this year like his third consecutive win, or something like that? Mad props to him- what a beast! :worship:

First off, your villain picture is awesome! :cool1: Hahaha, love your tough,
'villainess' look! My sister loves Scar, and always thinks he's under-appreciated in the parks so I'll have to show her that he was in the background!

Also, I'm actually pretty jealous that you met the Christmas people. I've never done Christmas at WDW but I have the Disney Christmas sing-along tape and I distinctly remember the tall reindeer dancing around in the background. Would love to get a picture of myself with them one day just for the nostalgia, haha!

Hope you weren't sweatin' it too much about the time (figuratively :rotfl2: ) After all, you're running in Disney! Don't wanna pass up on the fun stuff!

Can't wait to hear how the rest of your double digit miles go!
Thanks, I am feeling better...although today I jogged to make it to a meeting on time and coughed for, like, 10 minutes afterward. The ol' respiratory system isn't quite back to normal just yet. :sick:

The guy who won...I think he got beat last year by like 7 seconds. But I did hear what you heard about him wanting to win 10. I bet he'll do it! :worship:

I LOOOOVE the villains picture. I tried to vary my character poses a bit more this year, so thank you for noticing my tough look. :teeth: I thought it was so clever that they had Scar in there! I think that's the only place I've seen him...

The Christmas meet was probably the biggest surprise of the race...someone else told me I should print that picture and make it into an ornament. Fabulous idea!

Don't worry, I wasn't too focused on the time...like, the thought was there but I wasn't going to pass up a character I really wanted because of it. :goodvibes I know better than that! :thumbsup2

Ariel484
02-07-2013, 12:13 PM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! The pain begins...

Mile Marker 11 is right by the water treatment plant...mmm lovely.
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("You're a rocket ship!" made me LOL.)

I stopped for a quick meet with Wendy and Peter (ate more Gu chomps while in line) just before Mile Marker 12...
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And here, right before the halfway point, is where I remember starting to have problems that came on very suddenly. I'd been concerned about the heat but I seemed to be dealing with that just fine thanks to the sunscreen, well-stocked water stops, and (I assume) having drank so much in the days leading up to the races. However now my quads were starting to feel really sore...this always happens to me during long races, so I was expecting it but it still didn't feel great. (Any other runners out there know how to combat this??? :confused3)

But the biggest problem for me that day was my feet. All of a sudden it felt like both of them were cramping up, and it was so incredibly painful. I've had foot pain before from running, from the pounding I guess, but never this bad. I'd even done Goofy "dress rehearsals" during training (running back-to-back 9-/18-milers and 10-/16-milers, etc.) where this didn't happen...and now here it was, and it stuck with me throughout the rest of the race. With every step my feet BURNED. My best guess is that, among other things, now I was finally paying for not having stayed off of my feet in the days leading up to the races. In talking to other running friends it also sounds like low sodium could have caused this, so I need to look into that for future Goofys. And, ya know, last I checked feet are pretty important when it comes to running...so this was a problem.

After registering that I was definitely in some pain I also quickly figured out that walk breaks - and stopping - were bad ideas. Neither helped my feet all that much (though at least when I stopped I could alternate standing on one, then the other, to give them a break), but getting myself to run again was incredibly hard. My quads were now so sore that whenever I tried to get myself to start to run again after walking or stopping for a photo it felt like I couldn't actually bend my legs at first because they had quickly tightened up. It felt like I had to waddle for the first few steps until they loosened up enough so that I could run normally again. Sitting down for a break was also out of the question - who knew if I'd be able to get back up?

I went over all of this in my head very quickly and accepted that the only option was to just keep moving...I was going to need to limit any remaining walking/stopping. The thought of not taking many walk breaks for the remainder of the race totally freaked me out, but it really seemed like the best course of action, and as a result *SPOILER ALERT* I actually ended up negative-splitting the marathon (running the second half faster than the first half).

It was actually a somewhat decent time to start feeling crappy because we were finally about to enter another park! Woohoo!

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I ran past some CMs that were holding animal friends, the most noteworthy being the giant snake that runners would drape across their shoulders for photo-ops. I felt bad for the snake having to deal with the sweat. Next I went past Jiminy Cricket, Rafiki and Terk (have met all before) backstage before entering Animal Kingdom! This part came later in the race last year (mile 16?) and had been open to guests...so it was weird to run through an empty park this year.

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This was a great park to run through because of all of the SHADE, but I could definitely see how the designs stamped in to the concrete could trip people up.

Smiling even though my feet huuuuuuurt:
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Approaching the mountain...
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One awesome thing I have read about is how runners will leap off of the marathon course to take a spin on Everest. Apparently guests and Cast Members let runners enter through the fastpass area of the queue so that they can hop on the ride and get off quickly. After not doing this last year Craig and I agreed that riding Everest during the race was on the top of our must-do list this year - how often does one get to ride a roller coaster in the middle of the marathon? Then the course changed, and I figured there was a good chance we'd be in Animal Kingdom before the park opened, so we bagged the idea.

Now that I was actually here I knew there was no way I was going to challenge the (disco) yeti this morning. We were only about 10 minutes from park opening, but with how I was feeling I just did not want to take those extra 10 minutes (15-20 total once the ride was done)...plus there was a distinct possibility that I wouldn't be able to sit down in/get up from the train, and what if I did ride the ride and was totally spent afterward? So it didn't happen. I think it was the right decision, but I do kind of regret not doing it. :sad1:

Folks waiting in line for the ride to open (you can see that the clock reads 8:52 AM):
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The course continued on into Dinoland and I saw a photo-op that I wanted to stop for. Yes I'd have to waddle for a bit afterward, but there was no way I was going to pass up a picture with the ladies:

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steph0808
02-07-2013, 01:11 PM
Sorry that you're starting to hurt! My feet hurt so bad starting at mile 16 - I am thinking it was from walking around the parks the previous two days, as well as running on all that pavement (I did all long runs on a trail). (It also didn't help that I looked at my watch at mile 16 - I was already out on the course longer than my 20 mile training run. Damn sickness).

Keep up the good work!

DancinDaisyDuck
02-07-2013, 01:29 PM
That sounds so painful! I don't know how I am going to resist wandering around the parks before the race next year, it's so hard to stay away! But I'm hoping that by staying Deluxe there will be more to do at the resort to take my mind off park time. I'm still getting park tickets just to take advantage of dining in the parks and touring on Saturday and Sunday. The real test will be Thursday and Friday, lol.

BigEeyore
02-07-2013, 04:12 PM
Oh no, not foot pain at the half way point! Good job on the negative split though. I didn't see the snake - not that I would have done that! Did you see the super cute donkey with the "Keep Hoofin' It" blanket on? I stopped with him, so adorable!
Remember the Pocahontas/John Smith/Meeko stop just before AK? The woman in front of me in that line just started gushing to Pocahontas how she was her most favorite princess, what an honor to meet her, such an inspiration, etc etc. The woman was genuinely star-struck! I guess the heat and the miles make us all a little giddy :rolleyes:

garneska
02-07-2013, 08:39 PM
My feet were aching at 14. By 16 I was pretty miserable, I could feel the heat and my feet were swollen and ached. I think the heat was causing it, but I also lost 8 weeks of training for goofy due to a stress fracture. I only had 3 weeks of training prior to marathon weekend. I have run Goofy before and never had that issue. Hope someone solves the mystery.

BTW, Love the trip report. I read your training log but i did stop while i was injured. It was very hard to go to the boards when i was not running. Once i was back to running, your training log helped me. I just knew i could do it just not as fast as i would like.

ZellyB
02-07-2013, 08:51 PM
My feet were a real problem too. Strange so many of us had the problem. We did do AK on Saturday but tried to keep our walking to a minimum. My feet really started to bother me around mile 18 or so and never let up.

Expedition Everest was open and no wait for runners when we passed by but the ride makes DH sick so no go for us. :-(

beachta1
02-08-2013, 08:55 AM
I'm curious... Why did you carry your phone in your hand wrapped in a paper towel? And what did you use to take pictures along the way?

Ariel484
02-08-2013, 09:52 AM
Sorry that you're starting to hurt! My feet hurt so bad starting at mile 16 - I am thinking it was from walking around the parks the previous two days, as well as running on all that pavement (I did all long runs on a trail). (It also didn't help that I looked at my watch at mile 16 - I was already out on the course longer than my 20 mile training run. Damn sickness).

Keep up the good work!
Yeah, it was not good. :sad2: I guess it was probably unrealistic to expect that I would make it through the entire weekend pain-free...though that was certainly my hope. :p I've had foot pain before but never quite like it was that day. I did all of my long runs on concrete so you think I would have been used to it...

I feel so bad that you were so sick during your race! :( You're a trooper for toughing it out.
That sounds so painful! I don't know how I am going to resist wandering around the parks before the race next year, it's so hard to stay away! But I'm hoping that by staying Deluxe there will be more to do at the resort to take my mind off park time. I'm still getting park tickets just to take advantage of dining in the parks and touring on Saturday and Sunday. The real test will be Thursday and Friday, lol.
I know! I mean...you know you're SUPPOSED to take it easy, but you are in Disney after all, soooo...??? :confused3 Walking around a lot beforehand wasn't a problem for me when I did the Princess Half or marathon before though...just this year for Goofy.
Oh no, not foot pain at the half way point! Good job on the negative split though. I didn't see the snake - not that I would have done that! Did you see the super cute donkey with the "Keep Hoofin' It" blanket on? I stopped with him, so adorable!
Remember the Pocahontas/John Smith/Meeko stop just before AK? The woman in front of me in that line just started gushing to Pocahontas how she was her most favorite princess, what an honor to meet her, such an inspiration, etc etc. The woman was genuinely star-struck! I guess the heat and the miles make us all a little giddy :rolleyes:
The snake was sort of at the end of the line of animals...!! :eek: Now that you mention it I do remember seeing the donkey! What a little cutie. :) I know I saw other animals but I don't remember specifically what they were, if that makes sense. Things were getting cloudy at that point!

That's so funny about that lady and Pocahontas! :rotfl2: "Giddy" is a nice way to put it. :thumbsup2 Things were getting nuts out there...
My feet were aching at 14. By 16 I was pretty miserable, I could feel the heat and my feet were swollen and ached. I think the heat was causing it, but I also lost 8 weeks of training for goofy due to a stress fracture. I only had 3 weeks of training prior to marathon weekend. I have run Goofy before and never had that issue. Hope someone solves the mystery.

BTW, Love the trip report. I read your training log but i did stop while i was injured. It was very hard to go to the boards when i was not running. Once i was back to running, your training log helped me. I just knew i could do it just not as fast as i would like.
Wow, just 3 weeks of training?! Congrats on making it through!

In talking to other people I've gotten a few guesses as to why this happened...low sodium levels (take salt caps to help this I guess?), lack of potassium, etc. I just don't know! A certain amount of swelling is normal I think (that's why people sometimes buy a size up in shoes) but I know for some people it was a whole other level of swelling that day. I'm sure the heat played a big part for everyone.

And thanks for reading the report and my training log! :) I'm glad it helped you. I totally know what you mean about avoiding the boards at certain times. I won't log on for weeks if I'm in that post-Disney depression, and since I'm most likely not running at Disney at all next year I can see myself avoiding the WISH section altogether. :sad2: I hope you're completely recovered from your stress fracture...happy running! :goodvibes
My feet were a real problem too. Strange so many of us had the problem. We did do AK on Saturday but tried to keep our walking to a minimum. My feet really started to bother me around mile 18 or so and never let up.

Expedition Everest was open and no wait for runners when we passed by but the ride makes DH sick so no go for us. :-(
Blech, more feet pain! :sad2: The heat must have been a big culprite...a combination of dehydration and loss of electrolytes? Potassium, sodium?? Ack. I'm going to try to research this...don't want it to happen again! :mad:

I find that each time I come off of Everest I feel a little more rattled than I did the previous year (and that's just on a normal day...not during the marathon), so I can totally understand why your husband avoids it.
I'm curious... Why did you carry your phone in your hand wrapped in a paper towel? And what did you use to take pictures along the way?
Okay, so the skirt I was wearing has 3 pockets - 1 on each leg of the shorts and a big one with a zipper at the waist. When I got the skirt in the mail there was a note suggesting that if I was going to carry my phone in a pocket that I should wrap it in a paper towel and then seal it in a ziploc bag to protect it from sweat. I mentioned this somewhere else and another person chimed in that he DID NOT do anything like this with his phone, which was in his pocket for the Tower of Terror 10-miler, and due to the humidity/sweat his phone screen now looks permanently foggy. After hearing that I wasn't taking any chances. Then I went on a few test runs in the skirt with the phone wrapped and ziploc-ed up, and no matter what pocket I put it in (waist or leg pockets) I felt like my skirt was falling down. The pockets are fine for gels, chomps, etc. but I guess the phone was too heavy, so I just carried it. When I run races at home I leave my phone in the car and really would have preferred to just leave it in my room for these Disney races, but now I had to coordinate meeting people on the course/after the race. I didn't mind keeping it in the bag because I knew I wasn't going to use it for pictures.

So the phone was in one hand...in my other hand I carried a point-and-shoot camera (this one (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-Stabilized-2-7-Inch-Silver/dp/B0035FZJKI)...except that it wasn't this expensive when I bought it! :eek:). I made sure to have the strap around my wrist at all times so I wouldn't drop it. I've used this camera for 5 races now and it's held up very well, so I wasn't worried about how it would handle the sweat...the phone (which is a brand new iPhone that I got in September, and I didn't pay for insurance on it) was another story. I have a decent case for it and a screen protector, but I didn't feel like that would be enough to protect it from sweat. I babied the crap out of that thing.

I wish the skirt pockets would have worked out a bit better and that I could have kept the phone and camera in those pockets, but carrying the stuff in my hands just isn't that annoying to me. I think it helped that I had something in each hand to sort of balance it out, and pretty soon after I started running I didn't really think about carrying stuff at all. :confused3 I carried both in my hands for the half and full (for the 5K I just took the camera) and it was fine.

Haha sorry, that was probably MUCH more than you wanted to know! :rotfl2: :thumbsup2

emilyindisney
02-08-2013, 09:56 AM
Sorry to hear about the pain! I know I under-trained for my first half and was in a lot of pain by mile 11. You're right- the best thing to do is just keep moving! Glad you ended up with a negative split, though!

I love hearing how Disney caters especially to the runners, by letting them do things like cut the lines for rides if they wanna hop off the course. Sounds like fun!

Ariel484
02-08-2013, 09:59 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 13-16

We left Animal Kingdom and were finally at about the halfway point of the marathon, and two-thirds Goofy!
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Half split: 13.1 miles in 3:09:36, average pace of 14:28/mile. Estimated finish time of 6:19:10 (12:09PM).

This is another course change that I didn't like so much. On the old course we were in Animal Kingdom for miles 16-17, which was a nice boost so late in the race. Today we were gone from the park and only at the halfway point with almost 10 miles to go until the next park. I'm such a crab. :sad: :p

After leaving the AK we ran past the entrance and toward the parking lot. The course was super narrow here but there was great spectator support.

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Mickey and Pluto were out for photos in front of Mickey's Jammin' Jungle float...they had a pretty decent line so I passed them up since I got a photo with Jammin' Jungle Mickey last year.

Then it was past Mile Marker 14...
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...and time for what I've seen others call the Highway March of Death. This was a 2-3 mile straight shot down Osceola Parkway toward the Wide World of Sports and it was AWFUL. This was my least favorite area of the course last year too (it came later...miles 18-20 I think). It's just boring highway, out in the sun, and unfortunately it seems to keep popping up in a few Disney race courses. And despite the fact that my legs kept moving the entire time, for a brief, fleeting second, I just wanted to be done. Physically I wasn't feeling any worse than I had been before - actually, except for my quads screaming at me and the desire to get a feet transplant I felt surprisingly great - but mentally I momentarily lost it. I wanted to find a bus, stagger up the steps, stick my legs in giant ice buckets and not have to do this anymore. I don't know if that was me technically "hitting the wall" because I never actually stopped running (yes, I was still running at that point...like I said, the feet and quads were dunzo but everything else was good), but it was certainly the first time I'd ever thought about quitting a race at Disney. I knew I was never actually going to drop out of the race though, and the thought left my mind almost as soon as it had arrived.

After mile 14 we approached some Haunted Mansion gravediggers. They had the same photo-op set up as last year, where the gravediggers posed next to gravestones and runners would lie on the ground to get their photo taken. And just like last year, there was no way I was laying on the ground. I would need some serious assistance to get back up. So I cautiously approached one of the grave diggers not posing near the gravestones. We had a brief stare-down and I held up my camera and meekly asked, "Smile?" This is what I got:
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Pretty.

Continuing along the highway...please note the guy behind the mile marker stretching his calves. Another runner approached him and was like, "Don’t jump! You have so much to live for!" :rotfl2: I definitely appreciated any little moment of humor I could get at that point.
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By now I was back to auto-pilot mode...I don't remember feeling sad or discouraged or happy or anything. My mind was blank once again, which I think was helping me to ignore the pain in my feet. I was just all-business and wanted to get it done, and I felt like I was still running at a somewhat decent pace...but then...

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When there's trouble you call D-W!!...

...*quads seize up...waddle waddle*...

Okay, back to normal-ish running.

Up next were some trampolinists. I was hoping for a cool action shot similar to this one from the 2011 Princess Half:
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I stopped and waited for the chick on the trampoline to start doing something cool. This is what she gave me:
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Umm thanks, but not quite what I was looking for. I can do that, give me a cool back flip or something! :mad:

And the march continued on...

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Ariel484
02-08-2013, 10:04 AM
Sorry to hear about the pain! I know I under-trained for my first half and was in a lot of pain by mile 11. You're right- the best thing to do is just keep moving! Glad you ended up with a negative split, though!

I love hearing how Disney caters especially to the runners, by letting them do things like cut the lines for rides if they wanna hop off the course. Sounds like fun!
"Just keep moving" is definitely the way to go! And yeah, the negative split was a pleasant surprise...I'm sure it helped that there wasn't another Mickey and Minnie-sized line to wait in during the second half of the race. :thumbsup2

It is definitely cool about runners getting to cut the line on Everest...not just that Disney is okay with it, but that other guests are as well. :thumbsup2 Very neat.

emilyindisney
02-08-2013, 10:15 AM
"Just keep moving" is definitely the way to go! And yeah, the negative split was a pleasant surprise...I'm sure it helped that there wasn't another Mickey and Minnie-sized line to wait in during the second half of the race. :thumbsup2

It is definitely cool about runners getting to cut the line on Everest...not just that Disney is okay with it, but that other guests are as well. :thumbsup2 Very neat.

Are the guests cool with runners jumping the character greet lines as well? I'd hope so but I could see how some people might get testy.

In regards to miles 13-16...

That's rough. 2-3 boring miles in the sun that far into the race? I give you some serious credit for trekking through! I'm glad to see that people were having fun with it (like your blurb about someone telling the guy not to jump, haha!) I love the friendship between runners!

I don't blame you for not wanting to climb into the grave. The picture of the grave digger is hilarious! Definitely a keeper! :rotfl2:

steph0808
02-08-2013, 10:22 AM
OMG! You got Darkwing Duck?! No way!!!

But, when I got there - it was Launchpad McQuack - who I absolutely adore (even more than Darkwing!). DuckTales, woohoo! I am still so flipping excited about him (I have my picture with him as my Facebook profile pic!)!

So when I missed Scrooge McDuck after the race (he switched out with Daisy - boo, got her and Safari Minnie during the race), I was pissed because DuckTales is my favorite - and I still am pissed! I am seriously contemplating next year's marathon just to get Scrooge.

creativeamanda
02-08-2013, 01:23 PM
I can't imagine running in that much pain in my feet. Knees? Yes. Feet? No. You are my new hero--deciding to run it instead of just walk the rest of the way!

Practically_Perfect
02-08-2013, 03:16 PM
Hi! :wave2:

I've been lurking on your report (your title is so catchy!), and have even gone back and read through your 2011 PHM/2012 WDW Marathon reports and your "In Training" report for Dopey Challenge. You've been very inspirational to me :cheer2:

I have a question for you - I'm planning on running my first 5K on Mother's Day weekend. You mentioned that you used a C25K to train for your first - do you remember which one? I found the Easy 5K App by Jeff Galloway, and am pretty tempted to use his. There's also a clinic with a Running Room near my office that I'm tempted to use, specifically because it has a "Women's Only" clinic, but also because of the 20-30 minutes of instructional talk beforehard.

However, if you have any other suggestions they're more than welcome! You are obviously a gal who does her research :thumbsup2

Thanks for writing your reports - can't wait to hear how the rest of the race went!

jlovesee
02-08-2013, 05:16 PM
From one lurker to another! I have been reading your trip report since you were writing about the 5K! I have really enjoyed it!

My husband and I are hoping to run the Goofy next January 2014, its a lofty goal but I think we can. We are running our 2nd 10K tommorow (saturday) and are working ourselves up to a Half in May.

You have an absolute knack at story telling, and I really enjoy all the details, though how you remember it all is beyond me. We ran the 5K this year and I can only remember bits and pieces of that.

Thanks so much for report so far, and I am looking forward to the conclusion!

Jennifer

beachta1
02-08-2013, 05:41 PM
You should look into a spibelt! I bring it on my longer runs for my phone and carry ID and jellybeans. It's one less thing to carry!

annabanna
02-08-2013, 09:25 PM
That is too bad about the foot pain. I totally understand what you mean about finding it better to run instead of walk when you get to that point. I do run/walk intervals, but it seems that I get to a point around mile 6-7 that my knees and ankles just will not take the slow down to walking and it takes the "waddle" steps to get going running again. I just get to a point where I just tough it out and run the rest of the way.
I am expecting this at the PHM, figuring that I will end up running the most of the second half. I guess I'll have a negative split!

BigEeyore
02-09-2013, 07:56 AM
HOW did I miss Darkwing Duck? I must have been really out of it.
I had to get the HM gravediggers shot - it really is a priceless photo op! I didn't think about how hard it would be to get back up after...oh, well, it was worth it!
Osceola Parkway was mentally really tough. And then your big reward at the end of it was...a never ending march through the WWoS! The sun, the "major" hills on the overpasses...not the prettiest part of the marathon!

Ariel484
02-10-2013, 12:36 PM
Are the guests cool with runners jumping the character greet lines as well? I'd hope so but I could see how some people might get testy.

In regards to miles 13-16...

That's rough. 2-3 boring miles in the sun that far into the race? I give you some serious credit for trekking through! I'm glad to see that people were having fun with it (like your blurb about someone telling the guy not to jump, haha!) I love the friendship between runners!

I don't blame you for not wanting to climb into the grave. The picture of the grave digger is hilarious! Definitely a keeper!
I have heard that guests are okay with the runners cutting the line! Seems pretty surprising to me...:confused3

Yep, lots of people were climbing into the grave...I seriously would have been DONE if I did that. :faint:
OMG! You got Darkwing Duck?! No way!!!

But, when I got there - it was Launchpad McQuack - who I absolutely adore (even more than Darkwing!). DuckTales, woohoo! I am still so flipping excited about him (I have my picture with him as my Facebook profile pic!)!

So when I missed Scrooge McDuck after the race (he switched out with Daisy - boo, got her and Safari Minnie during the race), I was pissed because DuckTales is my favorite - and I still am pissed! I am seriously contemplating next year's marathon just to get Scrooge.
Launchpad McQuack is a great one too! I seriously would have been thrilled with either.

I didn't know Scrooge was on the course at all this year. Last year he was meeting before and after the race in the staging area, so we got a picture with him then. Scrooge and Minnie seems like a really odd combo! :rotfl2:
I can't imagine running in that much pain in my feet. Knees? Yes. Feet? No. You are my new hero--deciding to run it instead of just walk the rest of the way!
Haha, thanks. :goodvibes I have never felt foot pain before like I did that day. The only thing that kept me running was the thought of getting done SOONER.
Hi!

I've been lurking on your report (your title is so catchy!), and have even gone back and read through your 2011 PHM/2012 WDW Marathon reports and your "In Training" report for Dopey Challenge. You've been very inspirational to me :cheer2:
Hi! :wave: Thanks for checking out my reports, glad you like them! :goodvibes
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="DarkOrchid"]I have a question for you - I'm planning on running my first 5K on Mother's Day weekend. You mentioned that you used a C25K to train for your first - do you remember which one? I found the Easy 5K App by Jeff Galloway, and am pretty tempted to use his. There's also a clinic with a Running Room near my office that I'm tempted to use, specifically because it has a "Women's Only" clinic, but also because of the 20-30 minutes of instructional talk beforehard.

However, if you have any other suggestions they're more than welcome! You are obviously a gal who does her research :thumbsup2

Thanks for writing your reports - can't wait to hear how the rest of the race went!
I used this Couch-to-5K plan (http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml) when I first started running. Basically it has you slowly work your way up to running 30 minutes non-stop. I'm sure the Jeff Galloway plan is similar, so I'd suggest just comparing the 2 of them and deciding which one works better with your schedule and which one you feel the most comfortable following - which one you think will work best for you. But I know a lot of people have had success with both plans. Personally I don't use Galloway plans anymore, but I DO like that he has helped to take away the stigma of taking walk breaks. I personally think there is nothing wrong with taking walk breaks. :thumbsup2

The clinic sounds like a great idea too, especially because you'd have someone giving you the instruction and you'd have the support if a group of people that are working toward the same goal you are. I'd like to join a running group at some point, I think - it would keep me more accountable and would be a good way to make friends! :goodvibes

Other suggestions...before you run a single step, make sure to go to a running store and get fitted for running shoes. Running in old shoes or shoes that aren't right for your feet will make things harder and could lead to injury. And when you do start running, start out slowly and don't worry so much about your pace. The important thing is that you're getting out there and that you're getting used to a schedule of running 3-4 times per week. And least that's what I think. :goodvibes The first few weeks may be frustrating...don't give up! You'll get there. :)

Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

From one lurker to another! I have been reading your trip report since you were writing about the 5K! I have really enjoyed it!

My husband and I are hoping to run the Goofy next January 2014, its a lofty goal but I think we can. We are running our 2nd 10K tommorow (saturday) and are working ourselves up to a Half in May.

You have an absolute knack at story telling, and I really enjoy all the details, though how you remember it all is beyond me. We ran the 5K this year and I can only remember bits and pieces of that.

Thanks so much for report so far, and I am looking forward to the conclusion!

Jennifer
Hi Jennifer! Thanks for checking out my trip report. :) How was your 10K?

I think it's great that you and your husband are tackling this goal together! Lucky you! :) If you have any questions about Goofy training, let me know...but it's totally doable.

Since I've done a few Disney races now I think I have gotten better at "mentally tagging" stuff that I know I want to remember, but taking lots of pictures helps a LOT. Otherwise I'd probably forget 80% of the races. :eek:

Thanks for reading!! :goodvibes
You should look into a spibelt! I bring it on my longer runs for my phone and carry ID and jellybeans. It's one less thing to carry!
I used to use this Amphipod fuel belt (http://www.amphipod.com/products/holders/music/electronics/airflow-lite) for races and haven't used it since I starting running in the running skirts. :confused3 I know lots of people swear by spibelts, but I think I just don't like having stuff around my waist. Maybe I'll look into it someday though...maybe it's more comfortable than my Amphipod model. ???
That is too bad about the foot pain. I totally understand what you mean about finding it better to run instead of walk when you get to that point. I do run/walk intervals, but it seems that I get to a point around mile 6-7 that my knees and ankles just will not take the slow down to walking and it takes the "waddle" steps to get going running again. I just get to a point where I just tough it out and run the rest of the way.
I am expecting this at the PHM, figuring that I will end up running the most of the second half. I guess I'll have a negative split!
Yep, I totally know what you mean. The knowledge that I would finish faster definitely drove me to running most of the second half too. And I kind of hate that I wanted to get the race over with, because I really do love doing these races...but that was my mindset that day. :sad2: But hooray for negative splits! :thumbsup2
HOW did I miss Darkwing Duck? I must have been really out of it.
I had to get the HM gravediggers shot - it really is a priceless photo op! I didn't think about how hard it would be to get back up after...oh, well, it was worth it!
Osceola Parkway was mentally really tough. And then your big reward at the end of it was...a never ending march through the WWoS! The sun, the "major" hills on the overpasses...not the prettiest part of the marathon!
Don't worry, I was a bit out of it by then too. :faint: The character radar was still working though, I guess. :thumbsup2

Here's what we did with the grave diggers last year...this was as far as we were willing to go. :goodvibes
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Ugh, WWoS...the more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that I really, REALLY didn't like that part of the course. :headache:

schoonersky
02-10-2013, 02:20 PM
Subbing- great report!! Inspiring!

RNBelle
02-10-2013, 07:39 PM
Another Marathon Weekend at Disney has come to a close. Let me tell you about it!

The cast includes me (Shannon, 28), my husband Will (27), my brother Craig (aka Princess Craiggy, 26), my mom, Kriss, my aunt Laurie, and my mom’s childhood best friend Barb. I got no photo of all 6 of us, and in fact have no photos at all of my mom, aunt or Barb (not my choice). Le sigh. :rolleyes2

Anyhoo, as the title of this report suggests, this year I participated in the 5K, half marathon and full marathon (unofficially known as the Dopey Challenge) during Disney’s Marathon Weekend. Originally this trip was strictly for the Goofy Challenge (the half and full), but the idea of the 5K had been in the back of my mind for a while...eventually I pulled the trigger and signed up in August.

In my previous race reports (for the 2011 Princess Half and the 2012 WDW Full (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2910984)) I rambled on quite a bit about training. This time I posted a whole darn thread (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2979628) about it! :teeth: I really enjoyed documenting my training and feel like I made a friend or two along the way, so I'm glad I kept up with the "In Training" journal. The Cliff's Notes version: I am extremely Type A and was very, very diligent when it came to preparing for these races. Having said that, I should warn you that you won’t find any speedy fast times here, but if you’re looking for a somewhat detailed play-by-play of all 3 races with lots of character pictures, you’ve come to the right place. :thumbsup2

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4 parks. 3 races. 42.4 miles. Let’s do this! :yay:

I just read your 2011 TR. I am 28, my husband is 25, and we want to run the half in January of next year. Reading your TR is such motivation! I have never ran more than 3 miles, and have only ran/walked in ONE 5k.

I also am from Ohio- Cleveland specifically, and so I figure I won't get to start running until April (although tomorrow's supposed to be beautiful, so I may try to get out on my lunch break!)

Thanks for writing these, they give me hope!

Ariel484
02-11-2013, 09:40 AM
Subbing- great report!! Inspiring!
Thanks, and welcome! :)
I just read your 2011 TR. I am 28, my husband is 25, and we want to run the half in January of next year. Reading your TR is such motivation! I have never ran more than 3 miles, and have only ran/walked in ONE 5k.

I also am from Ohio- Cleveland specifically, and so I figure I won't get to start running until April (although tomorrow's supposed to be beautiful, so I may try to get out on my lunch break!)

Thanks for writing these, they give me hope!
Hi there!

I'm also from the Cleveland area! :) Not to be blunt, but if you're training for the half in January, you're gonna have to get used to running in less-than-ideal weather...or get friendly with the treadmill. :sad2: It stinks, but it's worth it. :thumbsup2

That's awesome that you and your husband are running together! I'm going to give you a (totally unsolicited) suggestion: train for and run a 10K sometime this year. It'll get you ready to train for the half, you'll get more race experience, and you can use the time for corral placement for the WDW Half. :goodvibes

Good luck to you and your husband with your training! :goodvibes

Ariel484
02-11-2013, 09:46 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Wide World of Sports, Part 1

We were about to head into the Wide World of Sports and were running right past the runners that had already exited the complex (they were running the opposite way down Osceola to get to the Studios). They were almost to mile 21, and an announcer on their side kept shouting excitedly how they had "less than 6 miles to go!" DUDE. :mad: SHUT UP. Those of us at mile 16 can hear you! I took a short walk break to eat my Gu chomps and thought very mean thoughts about the announcer. People around me didn't seem to appreciate it either.

By now it was about 10:15, 10:30 and we were approaching the hot part of the day. The water stops were AWESOME though. The first few volunteers had one job - to re-fill bottles that runners were carrying. I'm sure this isn't some new thing, but I've never seen this at a race before. Then there were volunteers giving out cups of Powerade, then cups of water like normal. But in these later miles a fourth set of volunteers were added to the stops, and their sole purpose was to dump water over runners' heads. This was FANTASTIC. Whoever thought of this is a genius. I was still dealing with the heat better than I'd expected, but by now instead of alternating Powerade/water at each station I was now taking one cup of each. Add in getting the water dumped over my head and I was a happy camper, except for the time that it went right into my eyes. Blech.

Finally I arrived at the complex (passing by naked - i.e. no special costumes - Chip and Dale).

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UPDATE: Lower appendages still hate me. Nothing new there. Yet feeling somewhat awesome otherwise.

This was another addition to this year's course, and just like the Speedway I was pretty "meh" on the whole thing.

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Again, I can appreciate that this gets us off of the highway/back roads, and it does break up the awful mile 20/21 out-and-back that I hated so much in 2012...but when I first saw the map I was dreading all of the twists and turns, and just like the Speedway I knew we wouldn't be getting much shade.

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But right after Mile Marker 17 one of my VERY FAVORITE things of the entire day was given to me...
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:cloud9: *cue angels singing*

That's a kiddie pool filled with wet sponges. Squeezing the sponge over my head and shoulders felt amazing. Unfortunately I made the mistake of tossing the sponge almost immediately...I wish I'd kept it with me and got it re-soaked at each water stop like I saw other smarter runners doing later in the race. Oh well.

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So by now we were in the complex...which was fine at first.

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We ran by a few practice fields and came up to the track. I know Olympians train here and all that, but rather than channeling my inner-Olympian it mostly just took me back to having to "run the mile" in high school PE, which I HATED. It was kind of a funny thing to think about in the middle of my second marathon. At least the surface was a nice, squishy change from the concrete we'd been running on for 17 miles.

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To leave the track area we had to go over a grassy, lumpy area. I had a brief vision of me spraining my ankle on one of those lumps...thankfully I came out unscathed. Mile 18 was right after the track.

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Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47471697&postcount=222)

Ariel484
02-11-2013, 09:49 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Wide World of Sports, Part 2

After the track we passed a practice baseball field. I am a big baseball fan so I thought this was cool, but I read later that a runner got hit by a foul ball...and I think they actually needed medical attention. Yikes. I wonder if runDisney will re-think the scheduling here.

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By the time we got to mile 19 I was starting to curse this place. The turns weren't as bad as I'd expected, but in looking at the course map I'd somehow failed to grasp just how long this part of the race was going to take. Seriously, it felt like this portion going through WWoS would NEVER END. Clearly Disney wanted to take advantage of the fact that they could keep the runners on an enclosed area of Disney property and off the roads for as long as possible, but man, I just wanted to GET OUT OF THERE. It was annoying to think we were in both the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for less than a mile, yet now we were getting a very thorough tour of this place. I understand that they work with what they have when it comes to running through the parks during these races (what portions can actually hold runners, still having the park operate as normal for day guests, etc.), but when you really look at the course maps and see how little time is spent in the parks it's kind of...sobering. Or maybe it's just the fact that I was 19 miles in and seriously contemplating walking on my hands for the last 7 miles...so every emotion was heightened. Who knows.

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This race seemed like it had happened AGES ago at this point.
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But I will say this about the WWoS - I saw lots of *REAL* bathrooms here. At least 3, I think...but they had huge lines. Arrg.

Now we were approaching Champion Stadium where the Braves practice for Spring Training. We took a VERY sharp turn to enter the ballpark. Didn't like that so much.

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So remember that loop I said I'd watched on the WWoS channel, the one with the race info? One part of the loop had Bart Yasso (running legend and editor of Runner’s World magazine) describing the course. He said that the stands of Champion Stadium would be filled with tons of fans. He also said that the Mile 20 Spectacular would take place here. What's the Mile 20 Spectacular, you ask? It was some surprise that runDisney had been hyping for months – something they were working on in secret in honor of the 20th anniversary of the marathon that would knock our socks off.

Now, runDisney has a weird history with "surprises." Awhile back they put on an elaborate scavenger hunt to introduce a new race. It went on for weeks and resulted in them announcing the Tinkerbell Half Marathon. Obviously it’s great that Disneyland got another race, but making a huge deal out of what is essentially the West-cost version of the Princess Half marathon disappointed a lot of people. (Similarly there was a lot of fanfare around releasing the concept art for the special 20th anniversary marathon medal...but I DO think that the medal lived up to the hype.)

So when this surprise was announced months before the race I tried not to get my hopes up, but I was really hoping there would be tons of rare characters to meet. In particular I had visions of Steamboat Willie dancing in my head. On the other hand, runDisney had really annoyed me with the Tinkerbell Half stuff, so I also knew it was quite possible that after all this hype the big surprise would be seeing ourselves on the jumbo-tron in the stadium. One extreme or the other.

Anyway, we made the (way-too-sharp) turn into the stadium. Folks that had completed the lap around the warning track were heading out...nothing looked "spectacular."

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The warning track gravel was nice - softer than the concrete - but kind of uneven. Where are the tons of fans??

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So yeah, that was it. One lap around the track, a few fans, then gone. I think we were on the jumbo-tron but I totally missed myself. Had we been punk'd by runDisney again?

Blerg. The thought of getting my Goofy medal cheered me up!
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Yasso saying the surprise was in the stadium had been confusing to me since the course map clearly indicated that mile 20 was OUTSIDE of the stadium. So I quickly decided that we just hadn't made it to the surprise yet. And despite the fact that I had tried not to think much about the surprise in the months leading up to the marathon, it suddenly became my motivation to get through WWoS. "Just keep going…you’re almost out and you’ll find the surprise."

Continued in Next Post (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47482674&postcount=230)

ZellyB
02-11-2013, 10:40 AM
WWoS was not a fun time. I mean, there were portions that were okay, but the pounding sun (I was quite some time behind you so the heat was pretty bad by that time) and just the length of time it seemed to take us really zapped me. I was worried the whole time in the stadium that I would slip or twist an ankle, so I didn't enjoy that portion at all. Like you, I understand why they wanted to take advantage of that mileage, but it was not fun for me as a runner. :(

Ariel484
02-11-2013, 12:39 PM
WWoS was not a fun time. I mean, there were portions that were okay, but the pounding sun (I was quite some time behind you so the heat was pretty bad by that time) and just the length of time it seemed to take us really zapped me. I was worried the whole time in the stadium that I would slip or twist an ankle, so I didn't enjoy that portion at all. Like you, I understand why they wanted to take advantage of that mileage, but it was not fun for me as a runner. :(

I totally agree. It may have been better if there was some entertainment, or music, or SOMETHING...but there really wasn't much. I hope they take that portion out in the future, but I could see them leaving it in just because it gets us off the roads and we're all contained...:sad2: :headache:

BigEeyore
02-11-2013, 01:05 PM
I too thought the run around the baseball field was the hyped 20 mile surprise, thinking what a huge let down. I just did not have a good time in the WWoS, sent a text to my husband somewhere in there that included profanity I think! :sad2:
I understand why they wanted us in there for so long, but they could have made it a better experience with some kind of entertainment along the way. I did grab a banana at the food stop in there, which was actually the first time I had eaten "real" food during a run - I was worried how my body would handle that after 18 miles but no issues. Good to know!

tehvalerie
02-11-2013, 02:40 PM
WWOS was terrible. I was one of the last people on the course (I was swept at the intersection just past mile 21) and knew at the the 18 mi marker that I was basically in a death march, so that probably didn't help. It was just hot and never ending. When I got to the ball field and the "spectacular" I thought they'd already cleared everything out but...nope! It was just lame for everyone. :confused3 Oh, and the announcer at mi 20 was still telling us "just 6 miles to go!" as we approached our final mile and the buses. I had to laugh but I wish someone had clued the guy in!

AB6876
02-12-2013, 07:57 AM
Hello, I just wanted to let you know I just read through your report. I subscribed weeks ago and just got the chance now to read it.
LOVE it brings back memories from a month ago lol...
I keep looking at your splits and for the most part my husband and I were about 5 minutes behind you. Congrats on goofy, it was tough but very much worth it.
I totally agree with you the mile 20 surprise was confusing I kept thinking the same thing you were, how can mile 20 be IN the stadium, and when we got there it was, "meh". At least the thought process of trying to figure it out on the course was a distraction hahaha. WWoS was long and horrible, but I guess it could have to do with the fact it was late in the race, but not late enough. It was hot too so that probably had a lot to do with it too.

emilyindisney
02-12-2013, 09:09 AM
WWoS looks pretty rough! I'm not a sports fan so I know running over tracks and baseball fields certainly wouldn't keep me entertained that late in the race.

What a disappointment about the baseball field! I remember watching a race course video a few months ago and they were hyping that up with crowds, running the bases, etc. I hope the mile 20 surprise was worth all the work it took you to get that far.

Almost there! Can't wait to hear about crossing the finish line!

Ariel484
02-12-2013, 09:22 AM
I too thought the run around the baseball field was the hyped 20 mile surprise, thinking what a huge let down. I just did not have a good time in the WWoS, sent a text to my husband somewhere in there that included profanity I think! :sad2:
I understand why they wanted us in there for so long, but they could have made it a better experience with some kind of entertainment along the way. I did grab a banana at the food stop in there, which was actually the first time I had eaten "real" food during a run - I was worried how my body would handle that after 18 miles but no issues. Good to know!
Okay, so I'm not the only one that was confused on where the surprise was. I didn't text any profanity to anyone, but I was definitely thinking less-than-magical thoughts! :mad:

Entertainment definitely would have helped. I don't mind the portion that goes from the MK to AK just because they at least have character stops, music, etc. WWoS had nothing.
WWOS was terrible. I was one of the last people on the course (I was swept at the intersection just past mile 21) and knew at the the 18 mi marker that I was basically in a death march, so that probably didn't help. It was just hot and never ending. When I got to the ball field and the "spectacular" I thought they'd already cleared everything out but...nope! It was just lame for everyone. :confused3 Oh, and the announcer at mi 20 was still telling us "just 6 miles to go!" as we approached our final mile and the buses. I had to laugh but I wish someone had clued the guy in!
"Hot and never ending" is the perfect way to describe it. I knew we'd be in there for awhile but it felt like it would NEVER END.

I'm sorry about your injury and that you got swept. :(
Hello, I just wanted to let you know I just read through your report. I subscribed weeks ago and just got the chance now to read it.
LOVE it brings back memories from a month ago lol...
I keep looking at your splits and for the most part my husband and I were about 5 minutes behind you. Congrats on goofy, it was tough but very much worth it.
I totally agree with you the mile 20 surprise was confusing I kept thinking the same thing you were, how can mile 20 be IN the stadium, and when we got there it was, "meh". At least the thought process of trying to figure it out on the course was a distraction hahaha. WWoS was long and horrible, but I guess it could have to do with the fact it was late in the race, but not late enough. It was hot too so that probably had a lot to do with it too.
Hello! :) Sounds like a lot of us were at the same places at almost the same time. :goodvibes

WWoS was just not good any way you look at it. I think you hit on a lot of the points I've heard most people bring up - late in the race, no shade, etc. If they add some entertainment in the future I think it would help a lot!

Congrats on finishing the marathon! :goodvibes
WWoS looks pretty rough! I'm not a sports fan so I know running over tracks and baseball fields certainly wouldn't keep me entertained that late in the race.

What a disappointment about the baseball field! I remember watching a race course video a few months ago and they were hyping that up with crowds, running the bases, etc. I hope the mile 20 surprise was worth all the work it took you to get that far.

Almost there! Can't wait to hear about crossing the finish line!
It was! I AM a sports fan and still didn't really like it! :confused:

I'm sure there were lots of fans in the stadium earlier in the race...they just didn't stick around for the rest of us! :rotfl2: :sad1:

Mile 20 surprise coming right up...:eek:

Ariel484
02-12-2013, 09:26 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! The Mile 20 "Spectacular"

And now, here it is: the Mile 20 spectacular. Turns out I was right. The surprise WAS beyond the stadium...and it was over-hyped. :sad2:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9RPxAhqPB3s/UPWAsYud_qI/AAAAAAAAGxI/ixt7SLl4_XU/s720/IMG_0710.jpg
(No idea what the sky-writing says.)

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lEU3Yi_cPfI/UPWAlnlBvLI/AAAAAAAAGxA/6WWE8-TOseE/s720/IMG_0711.jpg

I guess these are from an old Disneyland show?

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Juz6gc0divo/UPWAd-iI3pI/AAAAAAAAGw4/ZdHVO2rZSvw/s720/IMG_0712.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-99MUStD16-E/UPWAV_L9iuI/AAAAAAAAGww/VZFwzsC1foo/s720/IMG_0713.jpg

(There was also a Tigger puppet, but my picture won't post because part of the link to the photo won't make it past the filter and I don't know how to correct it! Oops! :eek: If you squint real hard you can see him in the back of the first puppet picture. ::yes::)

Basically the 5 giant puppets, the race mascots (who I later heard were switching out with other members of the Fab Five), and a special mile marker...
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Kq2eQRhrzU0/UPWAH0EdExI/AAAAAAAAGwg/FF5mbYtPTrs/s912/IMG_0715.JPG

I definitely thought the mile marker was cool - it has art of all 20 WDW marathon medals.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zyp6mVs8Yic/UPWAC1AWF_I/AAAAAAAAGwY/oHkrH7NmWJs/s912/IMG_0716.JPG

I think I actually laughed when I realized that this was it. THIS was what they'd been talking up for months. THIS was what they had been working on. THIS was supposed to get us excited and give us the energy to push through to the end. Oh runDisney...you got me again. :rotfl2:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-dcFSJEWDNs8/UPV_9u_EXKI/AAAAAAAAGwM/TlzNYKvfNJk/s912/IMG_0717.JPG

(20-mile split: 20 miles in 4:40:35, average pace of 14:02/mile. Estimated finish time of 6:07:50 (11:58AM). Ate more Gu chomps here! Nom.)

I truly don't know why they do this. Scratch that, I do - they put on these big campaigns to draw attention and get people to sign up for the races. I have actually read statements from people saying that the Mile 20 surprise was a deciding factor in signing up for the race. I don't think I have read ONE person say that they weren't disappointed in the surprise. If I hadn't heard this being talked about for months and totally didn't know about it I think I would have thought this was a really awesome little area of the course. :confused3 Instead it just ended up being a let-down. :sad2:

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Ariel484
02-12-2013, 09:33 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 21-23

Moving on from the Mile 20...thing. :headache:

By now we were back on Osceola Parkway (oh goody...you again :mad:). At least now when the announcer said there was less than 6 miles to go I didn't do a face palm. :thumbsup2

Lots of folks just entering the WWoS from the other side of Osceola...
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EigD2rsIGUE/UPV_4xoOGZI/AAAAAAAAGwE/oNMbF3AdpIQ/s912/IMG_0718.JPG

Shuffling along...legs and feet still on fire, otherwise feeling pretty good. :thumbsup2
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-I9W1SIxFDsM/UPV_qZinb0I/AAAAAAAAGv4/ds7ds_XI8Sg/s912/IMG_0719.JPG

For awhile I'd been running near a guy dressed as Richard Simmons (you can see him in the above post in the Sebastian picture). Sounds bizarre now, but my brain was so warped 21 miles in that at the time it seemed completely normal. Like...OF COURSE fake Richard Simmons would be running the marathon. DUH. ::yes::

We reached Sarge and some soldiers, and Richard dropped and gave Sarge 10. Better you than me, sir.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-zJZrdRq2Z0M/UPV_kQdJIkI/AAAAAAAAGvw/V0zULuYEnpI/s912/IMG_0720.JPG

Oh good, Mile Marker 22. Time for the Studios! :yay:
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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9csqoMXjwm8/ULzyZJJlOuI/AAAAAAAAGmY/SKoZBAfmgng/s720/WDWMarathon2013_DHSPortion.jpg

We ran down a highway toward the park and sang (shouted) along to "Sweet Caroline" blaring from the speakers. We entered the park behind the MOST AWESOME Tower of Terror and I passed Mr. Incredible on his Pixar Pals float.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-YSwjF0ouZqs/UPV_MMFCa_I/AAAAAAAAGvY/b3xnPrDV45U/s720/IMG_0723.jpg

The Studios was my least-favorite park in 2012 as far as characters go, so I wasn't expecting much this year. I did get a picture with this guy though...

I'm gonna wreck it!
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ENXTfVNx8_o/UPV_HEIDyHI/AAAAAAAAGvQ/62iaiyILQMQ/s912/IMG_0724.JPG

And down through the Backlot Tour Tunnel...oh man did it feel amazing to be in the cool shade. :cloud9:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cTEEyt-LwUc/UPV_A7sV2hI/AAAAAAAAGvI/dmbrKTwZ3uc/s912/IMG_0725.JPG

Then I got to Mile Marker 23...
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-BMc9Nd2vm1k/UPV-6-wnJCI/AAAAAAAAGvA/iL9ZZAKbN3A/s912/IMG_0726.JPG

As odd as it sounds, throughout training I never gave much thought as to whether or not I'd actually be able to complete all three races...but I definitely would not have signed up if I didn't think I was capable. And up until this point - throughout the weekend and during this race itself - I also hadn't thought too much about it. I'd been able to keep my emotions in check for the most part, but now, standing at Mile Marker 23, I felt myself start to get choked up. :sad: At first I didn't know why - I wasn't even at the finish line yet! - but then it dawned on me: I had 3.2 miles left. Just a little over a 5K...and I'd crawl that last 5K if I had to. For the first time, I knew without a doubt that I was going to finish this thing. :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

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beachta1
02-12-2013, 09:47 AM
The end is in sight!!! Great job.

camandjacksmom
02-12-2013, 10:02 AM
I'm glad you made it out of WWOS!! I was totally having flashbacks of the tower of terror race as you retold your race!!! This was the point I felt like it would never end!!! Did they send you a questionnaire about the race?? I really hope they listen and maybe change who is in charge of making the plans for these races.

DisneyParrothead
02-12-2013, 10:16 AM
You're getting me choked up too! I don't know if I can do a marathon as my body doesn't like even 10 miles, but I can persevere for 3.1 more miles. Not 16.2.

schoonersky
02-12-2013, 10:31 AM
So exciting!! Almost there!!

AB6876
02-12-2013, 11:52 AM
Awesome update! Now I know we were running close to one another. "Richard Simmons" was near us most of the race. We started in corral D with him right up front. He was hilarious.
I had the same EXACT feeling when I hit mile marker 23. I think I started crying and it was funny because I was laughing because I could not figure out at the time why I was crying. That goofy challenge will get you. I have run a marathon before and did not get emotional, however mile marker 23 and as soon as we entered Epcot was like all the adrenalin from the weekend was just draining out and I could not help myself. Thank god I had sunglasses on lol!!!

creativeamanda
02-12-2013, 12:00 PM
This is not the first complaint I've heard about mile 20. You described it about the same way that it's described on the Mickey Miles podcast, believe it or not.

Either way, I am amazed that you were able to do this and just seeing the pictures. . .awe just doesn't quite describe it!

pxefig
02-12-2013, 01:35 PM
you're getting me choked up too! I don't know if i can do a marathon as my body doesn't like even 10 miles, but i can persevere for 3.1 more miles. Not 16.2.

amen!

ZellyB
02-12-2013, 01:51 PM
The Backlot Tour Tunnel......AHHHHHHHH!!! I was so incredibly happy when we had that brief respite from the sun.

croach
02-12-2013, 07:20 PM
I will forgive having to run all around WWoS and the meh mile 20 deal simply because of those wonderful sponges they were handing out. Like you I didn't think to hang on to mine either. Great job!

Ariel484
02-13-2013, 08:37 AM
The end is in sight!!! Great job.
Thanks!! Just a little over a 5K left! :goodvibes
I'm glad you made it out of WWOS!! I was totally having flashbacks of the tower of terror race as you retold your race!!! This was the point I felt like it would never end!!! Did they send you a questionnaire about the race?? I really hope they listen and maybe change who is in charge of making the plans for these races.
They did NOT send a questionnaire. I'm not sure if they do that if it's not a brand new race...this was a new COURSE but as far as I know they don't seem to be super interested in getting feedback. :confused3 I'll be very curious to see if they keep the course the same next year.
You're getting me choked up too! I don't know if I can do a marathon as my body doesn't like even 10 miles, but I can persevere for 3.1 more miles. Not 16.2.
:) You'd be surprised as what you can accomplish when you stick to a training plan! Never say never! :goodvibes
So exciting!! Almost there!!
:yay: Woohoo!!
Awesome update! Now I know we were running close to one another. "Richard Simmons" was near us most of the race. We started in corral D with him right up front. He was hilarious.
I had the same EXACT feeling when I hit mile marker 23. I think I started crying and it was funny because I was laughing because I could not figure out at the time why I was crying. That goofy challenge will get you. I have run a marathon before and did not get emotional, however mile marker 23 and as soon as we entered Epcot was like all the adrenalin from the weekend was just draining out and I could not help myself. Thank god I had sunglasses on lol!!!
Richard was great! He definitely provided some much-needed entertainment! :rotfl2:

I totally know what you mean. Last year when I ran the marathon I cried at the finish line, so I was thrown for a loop when I found myself getting teary-eyed in the Studios. You just never know! "The goofy challenge will get you"...I like that! :thumbsup2
This is not the first complaint I've heard about mile 20. You described it about the same way that it's described on the Mickey Miles podcast, believe it or not.

Either way, I am amazed that you were able to do this and just seeing the pictures. . .awe just doesn't quite describe it!
Yeah, like I said in the trip report, I would have thought it was so cool if they hadn't built it up so much for months and months. The way they were talking it was like Walt Disney himself was going to make an appearance! :eek:

The Princess Half is almost here!!! Are you ready?? princess:
amen!
Seriously, you never know what you're capable of until you try! :thumbsup2
The Backlot Tour Tunnel......AHHHHHHHH!!! I was so incredibly happy when we had that brief respite from the sun.
YES. The Backlot Tunnel was glorious. :cloud9:
I will forgive having to run all around WWoS and the meh mile 20 deal simply because of those wonderful sponges they were handing out. Like you I didn't think to hang on to mine either. Great job!
Those sponges were amazing! I am definitely making a mental note for next time to hold on to mine. :thumbsup2

Ariel484
02-13-2013, 08:46 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Challenge Complete!!

The emotion I felt at Mile Marker 23 was gone almost as soon as it had hit me, and now it was back to work. I passed Mike and Sulley before leaving the Studios (again, pretty disappointing as far as the characters go) and found Mile Marker 24 by the Boardwalk.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-KaxHvryq2Vg/UPV-xC_A2gI/AAAAAAAAGuw/BBDenPYZN4k/s912/IMG_0728.JPG

I slowed down to walk for a bit and take my last batch of Gu chomps. They weren't going to give me some magical burst of energy to tackle the last 2.2 miles, but I was STARVING so I ate them anyway. I also texted a bit with Will, who was waiting for me by Yacht and Beach, and the bro, who was somewhere in Epcot. Fans!!

While eating my chomps I did a few calculations (as much as I could do with my brain being total mush at that point) and realized that if I kept up my current pace there was a small chance I could finish this thing in under 6 hours. Excitement!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-yVKlqIZzz6Y/UPV-saQQrtI/AAAAAAAAGuo/7Kl0EayW2i0/s912/IMG_0729.JPG

I spy Spaceship Earth...
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I headed over the bridge near the Swan and Dolphin and over the dock area. I kept my eyes peeled for Will...he told me he'd be under the ship/slide at Stormalong Bay.

And then I saw him!!!!! YAY!!! :yay:

He clapped and told me how great I was doing...I think he was surprised that 1. I was still running, and 2. I wanted to stop for a picture (I momentarily forgot about my time goal). He gave me a kiss and a few ladies around us ooh-ed and ahh-ed and said "How cute!" Aw, shucks.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-SZpY3X7KoQA/UPV-gfEu_CI/AAAAAAAAGuY/gZQyQkJZVxY/s912/IMG_0731.JPG

After this picture a woman scurried over to us yelling, "Wait! Wait!" She grabbed the camera and took this for us. Thank you, ma'am! I told Will he didn't have to touch me because I was completely soaked in sweat (my shirt felt like it weighed about 10 pounds), but he did! That's love right there. :lovestruc
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JNfQt3SSwPI/UPV-csA3E5I/AAAAAAAAGuQ/7cpK1K2cz74/s912/IMG_0732.JPG

If he had to miss me at one area of the course - mile 7 in front of the Grand Floridian or here at mile 24.5 - I am SO glad it wasn't here. It was such a boost to see him so late in the race. I could not stop smiling. And I'm hoping that having been on the course will help to convince him to do a Disney race with me someday! I'm trying not to be too pushy, but I think I have him on board for an Expedition Everest Challenge at some point. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, we made plans to meet once I was done and I took off toward Epcot. The course took us past the International Gateway and to a backstage area of the park that had the last water stop on the course. With my sub-6-hour goal in mind I ran past it and headed toward the UK Pavillion. Princess C had texted that he was near the red phone booths in the UK, but I was disappointed not to see him.

Lots of spectators here. We took a right and as I approached Rose & Crown I heard someone yell, "SHANNON...SHAN!"

It's Princess C! Should have known he'd be at the pub.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-B9nZ895UCzw/UPV-R53XSYI/AAAAAAAAGuA/4TK-aRjfTa8/s912/IMG_0734.JPG

He pulled out his phone and recorded a short "interview" with me, which I forgot to upload. From what I can remember it went something like this:

Princess C: So how does it feel to be running the marathon?
Me: It hurts!

Yes, I'm quite the wordsmith.

We said good-bye and I continued on with my longest-ever trek around the World Showcase...

The course took us over the bridge to France (cruel!), home of Mile Marker 25.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EOFG7kittSU/UPV-L6g805I/AAAAAAAAGt4/2omadNxnC5g/s912/IMG_0735.JPG

I took my picture, waddled for a bit, and continued on. During the last mile of the 2012 marathon I was fighting through some pretty intense piriformis (i.e. butt) pain during this last mile (it started in Morocco and stayed with me until the finish), and I remember thinking that there was no way that the pain wasn't going to come back this year now that I was almost done. I kept running...and waiting...but it never came. All pain in my body just seemed to be concentrated in my feet and quads (woohoo! I guess? :confused:) and somehow I was succeeding at mostly blocking that out.

I made it through the World Showcase as fast as I possibly could, still marveling at the fact that I was keeping up a decent pace. Park guests were cheering on the runners and I didn't stop for any characters (no one rare out, just the same ones you'd see in the park on any given day - which I guess makes sense because day guests would mob any rare charactesr). I was back to feeling like I wanted to be DONE, but this time I knew being DONE meant successfully completing the race.

The gospel choir was out again...
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-IstjQ0a1q2I/UPV-FSjNJ-I/AAAAAAAAGtw/Yu2ZWwgIzjg/s912/IMG_0736.JPG

...and after first seeing it from the monorail that morning 8 hours earlier (!), there was Mile Marker 26.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-xaI4dQth3cM/UPV9_iSd8NI/AAAAAAAAGto/wh0MiZ1_-kY/s912/IMG_0737.JPG

A few twists and turns later, it was finally over.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FQMm0Z85DB0/UPV97BGfTNI/AAAAAAAAGtc/NBiop4rGbPU/s912/IMG_0738.JPG

Eh, no it wasn't. Do you see who I see in the above picture? Time goal be darned, I'm not gonna pass up an opportunity to get a picture with my girl in her track suit.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2QKEOPDyspk/UPV91uqda_I/AAAAAAAAGtU/NGS0STVATNc/s720/IMG_0739.jpg
(I just noticed on Monday that Goofy is in the above picture as well! :sad1: CRAAAAAP I so would have gotten a picture with both if I'd noticed, especially since I was about to complete the Goofy Challenge! Arg. Oh well, I am thrilled with the picture I DID get.)

Just like the previous day, I took my picture, turned around and stepped over the finish line. I'd done it...NOW it was really over.

Final time: 26.2 miles in 5:59:30 (just squeaked in there!), average pace of 13:43/mile. Finished at 11:50AM, 21 minutes faster than the 2012 marathon.

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Ariel484
02-13-2013, 08:51 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! OOOH SHINY

I actually don't remember feeling very emotional when crossing the finish line. I just kind of walked through the chute like it was the most normal thing in the world and went straight to a volunteer. One amazingly awesome finisher medal, please!

From later:
"I Only Hope That We Don't Lost Sight Of One Thing...It Was All Started By A Mouse."
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-dz03h42KUWE/UQMDIG9nXHI/AAAAAAAAJA4/YHQLpxkCqj0/s1024/edited-0579.jpg

"All Our Dreams Can Come True, If We Have The Courage To Pursue Them."
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-a0kCGQQfD-g/UQMDKuSfC-I/AAAAAAAAJBE/xqDCKactVi4/s1024/edited-0580.jpg

Double-spinner action:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-WQElTTEoBdU/UQMDPqG88VI/AAAAAAAAJBM/fwsQN6ViSQY/s1024/edited-0585.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-3a7n33i-6M0/UQMDSkyUSBI/AAAAAAAAJBU/YVUFaZCOW4M/s1024/edited-0586.jpg

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-3qMHT1W1KPQ/UQMDTTPCpII/AAAAAAAAJBc/xrElqbei-5Q/s1024/edited-0587.jpg

In case the fact that I have 5 pictures of this medal doesn't tip you off, the marathon medal is BY FAR my favorite medal from the weekend, and my favorite one that I own. :love: It's fantastic...and heavy (it weighs half a pound!)!

After receiving that awesome piece of hardware, I continued on through the chute and grabbed one bottle of water and one bottle of red Powerade. I opened the Powerade and immediately started guzzling. A woman wearing a Celebration Hospital t-shirt (official medical provider of the race weekend) was shouting that no one could pass her without an open bottle in their hand and that we all needed to start re-hydrating immediately. If people didn't have open bottles she'd open the bottles for them or hand them something to drink. This heat advisory was serious business.

I had one last stop I needed to make before heading back to the room. I hobbled toward the Goofy tent and locked eyes with a volunteer holding a medal...MY medal. It was like something out of a movie: we walked toward one other in slow motion (well, I walked in slow motion - I'm sure he was walking at a more normal speed :rotfl2:) and I felt myself get choked up again. I'd done it. I'd actually done it.

Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge medal:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N28VBKQegFk/UQMC8nhV_PI/AAAAAAAAJAg/P19SaN0VnlM/s1024/edited-0575.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--G1p21dJV1Q/UQMC91S2l_I/AAAAAAAAJAs/T0-K5ROpCDg/s1024/edited-0576.jpg

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6Es928QwXgk/UQMDIHDSUzI/AAAAAAAAJA0/4EjJO4wQAhA/s1024/edited-0577.jpg

Back of the medal (I didn't notice this until about a week after the trip when Will pointed it out to me): "1 marathon, 1 half marathon, 2 days, 4 theme parks, 39.3 miles!" AWESOME.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lyQdbhLUhaI/URkHUcKt7HI/AAAAAAAAJMg/9mkLPf7k7j8/s720/photo.JPG

Will is kind enough to let me display my race medals on a wall at home, and I seriously cannot comprehend that I have one of these. Sometimes I just stare at it, like..."Where did THAT come from??" I was all-business through most of the marathon and only let my emotions get to me a few times, but now that it's done...I can't believe I did it. :yay:

The haul from the weekend...Officially Dopey. :goodvibes
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-tGUvsZo8YfU/UQMC8qQtDrI/AAAAAAAAJAc/jKcGQ8-zB3A/s1024/edited-0573.jpg

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Ariel484
02-13-2013, 08:54 AM
2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Final Thoughts

I have to admit that I have some really conflicted thoughts about this race...

1. The starting/staging area was fine. Much more organized than it was the morning of the half...so really about the same as it's been at other Disney races I've done. Love the piece of mind I got from the monorail transportation.

2. In comparing the new course to the old one, I have to say that the old one wins for me. I hate to say this for anyone reading that hasn't run a marathon at WDW before, but I couldn't help but compare the two. I appreciated that some of the back roads were cut out, and I know there are other runners that loved the new additions of the Speedway and the WWoS. My two biggest issues were that I really missed the first few miles going through Epcot, and I HATED having Animal Kingdom at the halfway point of the race instead of at miles 16-18. The Speedway was okay - just long and out in the sun - but the WWoS portion went on FOREVER. :faint:

3. The course gripes are really the only issues I had with the marathon. Just like the half, despite a complaint or two this was a great race. The organizers definitely had a big challenge with the weather and I think they did a great job. The water stops were excellent - LOVED that they re-filled runners' bottles and poured water over our heads - and as usual the volunteers were incredible. The course was nowhere near as crowded as the half course was and runner etiquette seemed better...so thumbs up there! Great entertainment and character stops (Darkwing Duck, the Christmas characters, Royal Mickey & Minnie, etc.) and wonderful spectator support. Such a great environment. :goodvibes

4. And speaking of spectators...if someone is coming to watch you race, may I suggest having them try to catch you in the latter miles? :) SUCH a boost to see Will and Craig out on the course. Definitely my favorite memories from the weekend.

5. This was kind of a weird race for me. I remember feeling conflicted because I just didn't feel as much pure...I don't know...JOY while out on the course compared to the other races I've run at Disney. Not that I didn't have an amazing time, because I did.

I'm not sure what the cause of that was - certainly the pain I felt in the latter miles was a factor, but I think it was also because I was running the race by myself. Rather than have someone else to share everything with I was able to just zone out and almost be on auto-pilot the entire time...and while I'm glad to know I can complete a marathon on my own I'm kind of sad that I came away from the race not really feeling like I soaked in the experience as much as I should have. I hope the bro will return to WDW to run more races with me...I missed sharing that with him (I think there's a good chance he will...he was REALLY disappointed at not being able to run the marathon).

6. Related to #5 above, running a marathon for the second time is SO much different than running the first one. It certainly helped with training - knowing I'd done it before and could do it again - but I think this is part of what helped me to go into auto-pilot. I knew I could finish, so I just zoned out and did my thing.

I'm not sure if any of this makes sense...I feel like I'm still processing the weekend as a whole, and the marathon itself in particular. :confused: Plus, I haven't really had coffee yet. Excuse the rambling. :coffee: I'll post thoughts on going Goofy - and Dopey - at some point here too. Still trying to process that as well.

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steph0808
02-13-2013, 09:04 AM
So awesome! You did so good and made it in under 6 hours!

My brother and sister-in-law were standing right around mile 25 when we came into Epcot. After not seeing any family members the whole race (bus transportation was horrible for them - next time, monorail!), I did tear up a bit when I saw them. I was just so happy to see and talk to someone I knew!

For some reason, I also passed up Mickey at the finish line - I am still mad about that. I was pretty much delusional by that point and just wanted to finish (I was also pissed that the clock had turned over the 7 hours even though I was not in corral A and my time was under 7!) :P

DancinDaisyDuck
02-13-2013, 09:12 AM
OMG Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! It's incredible to think of all you accomplished and just looking at your medals is inspiring. You should be SO proud of yourself!

mrsdrake625
02-13-2013, 09:21 AM
You are SO INSPIRING. :cool1: Can't believe you did all three races... so crazy!! Well done. I hope your feet feel better by now.

Yup, I was running on the treadmill today in the gym and started thinking, "what races do I really want to train for?" And of course, reading your trip report recently made me think, "a Disney race!" now just to decide which one. But... just one for now. ;)

thanks for sharing this!

CAStevens218
02-13-2013, 09:28 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! Such an accomplishment!

I LOVE reading your running trip reports. They are what first got me to do the half marathon in 2012 and now you have me considering something for next year! Thanks for the enthusiasm and motivation!

DisneyParrothead
02-13-2013, 10:02 AM
Yay! That is some serious bling :thumbsup2

ZellyB
02-13-2013, 10:07 AM
Wow! Under 6 hours is so great!!! Congratulations on 3 amazing races. I'm so glad that Will and Craig were able to see you there at the end. I can see how that would give you a huge boost. And, I should have stopped at the finish line for my picture, my husband encouraged me to, but all I could think about was getting over that line. :lmao: Maybe next time.