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Old 01-22-2010, 09:30 AM   #91
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Wow! Look at all those people!!--and at that early in the morning!! You all are such an inspiration!!!

I think I'm still in shock over the fact that it actually snowed in Florida. Brrrrr...you both look so cold.

I can't wait to hear more about the race!!!!
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Wow! That looks so exciting! I am going to register today!

I guess it will do me good to be training in Iowa winter! Then I will be all prepared if it snows next year- BUT let's hope not!

Thanks so much for the report- it is so inspiring!

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Finally found you and joining in the fun! Alot different from Star Wars Weekend huh

I was for several years, a high school varsity track coach, so bravo to you gals for doing the half!! Since having my two kids I've become a bit of a couch potato and need to get back into the game. DH has several friends who are competitive tri-athelets (two have been to Ironman in Kona, one is among the top ten amateurs in his age group in the nation) and they love to "encourage" me to get running again.

Running in the cold is never fun (here in CT we always had the kids outside unless conditions were too icy), esp. in snow or in mixed weather conditions. I bet at the end of that race, you had a great sense of accomplishment. If you can run in those conditions, every other day must feel like a heatwave. Can't wait to hear the rest!
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Wow! Look at all those people!!--and at that early in the morning!! You all are such an inspiration!!!

I think I'm still in shock over the fact that it actually snowed in Florida. Brrrrr...you both look so cold.

I can't wait to hear more about the race!!!!
I think I'm still in shock that it snowed in Florida too and on the day of the race Not in my wildest nightmares could I have come up with that scenario. But it was still a great race and it makes for great stories

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Wow! That looks so exciting! I am going to register today!

I guess it will do me good to be training in Iowa winter! Then I will be all prepared if it snows next year- BUT let's hope not!

Thanks so much for the report- it is so inspiring!

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Did you get registered? It really is such a great race and there are so many people on this board who will help to cheer you on to the finish! I trained here in the cold in Maryland and I'm glad I did. Race day didn't seem that bad. Those Florida folks were just dying on race day!

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Finally found you and joining in the fun! Alot different from Star Wars Weekend huh

I was for several years, a high school varsity track coach, so bravo to you gals for doing the half!! Since having my two kids I've become a bit of a couch potato and need to get back into the game. DH has several friends who are competitive tri-athelets (two have been to Ironman in Kona, one is among the top ten amateurs in his age group in the nation) and they love to "encourage" me to get running again.

Running in the cold is never fun (here in CT we always had the kids outside unless conditions were too icy), esp. in snow or in mixed weather conditions. I bet at the end of that race, you had a great sense of accomplishment. If you can run in those conditions, every other day must feel like a heatwave. Can't wait to hear the rest!
It's fun to see my summer trip report friends again! This trip is definitely different from Star Wars Weekend. Just goes to show you there is always something new at Disney!
You have friends that do the Ironman. Those are real athletes and tough cookies! I just dabble in this running thing. Your friends are right though. You should get back out there running. You won't be sorry that you did!
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Will we ever get to the Magic Kingdom?

We were off, but definitely not at breakneck speed. This race has lots of walkers and we were in the last canal so there were many around us with a slower pace. We began weaving around people and trying to find a place to run a comfortable pace. We were looking for around an 11 minute mile, but didn’t get close to that during this part of the race. Almost immediately we noticed quite a few people heading for the woods by the side of the course. For those of you that are non runners let me explain a little bit about a phenomenon that occurs on race day. Most racers are pretty paranoid about staying well hydrated leading up to race day so we drink plenty. Plus there are those pre race jitters. Plus in this race there was the cold. All these things together tend to cause full bladders. Running on full bladders is rather uncomfortable. Thus the race into the woods. Most of the woods racers are men. Were there any female woods racers? Well I know there were at least a couple.

Anyway, back to the business at hand. The race was on and we were moving. We passed Mile 1 and I was going to take a picture of the sign, but it had no race clock on it so I skipped it. We soldiered on to Mile 2 and here is our time.



Now remember we started 35 minutes after gun time so we aren’t as slow as it appears, but we also aren’t speeding bullets. (The winner crossed the finish line less than 4 minutes after we hit mile 2). We were still dodging people trying to get a steady pace. As we ran along World Drive we saw some of the super speedy runners coming back the other way. Hard to believe, but these runners were coming up on Mile 10 while we were still working on mile 3. Craziness! We made it to Mile 3.



That was about a 12 minute mile. Somewhere along this stretch it began to really sleet. At one point Liz cried, “Ouch.” I looked over thinking she might have pulled a muscle or something and she says, “Ice just flew into my eye!” Yea, running through pelting ice is not a pleasant feeling for those of you that were wondering. I don’t think I’d recommend it. We came upon the first landmark of the run.



Then shortly thereafter we ran by the Speedway and through the TTC parking area. There were a few spectators about cheering us on which was very appreciated. It was miserable weather for us runners, but I’m sure it was worse for the spectators. At least we were moving. The Mile 4 sign soon appeared.



We’re making OK time, but nowhere near our hoped for 11 minute pace. (Too much people dodging.) About this time we get our first castle spotting. It was exciting to think we’d be running through it soon! At about 4 ½ miles we hit the much hyped “Contemporary hill.” Hills are interesting things when you are a runner. Normally people don’t even notice hills, but as a runner you’re pretty much always aware of an incline no matter how slight. Overall Disney is incredibly flat which makes for great running. (Especially compared to Maryland. If you don’t like hills never go near the Baltimore races. Trust me.) There are a few inclines at Disney though. Most of them involve overpasses, but the Contemporary hill is an underpass. It actually goes under a bridge of water connecting the 2 lakes. So I was interested to see if this hill was all it is hyped to be. I hate to say it, but it wasn’t. Like I said I’m used to running in Maryland and there is a much bigger hill that I do on every run. So we made it up the “big hill” without incident. Right after the hill we ran by this lovely sight.





Notice the sun has come up. I mentioned to Liz that maybe we should just bag it and head inside to warm up. She laughed at my joke. I wasn't joking. But we carried on despite my fantasies of warm showers and hot cocoa, motivated by what we knew was coming right up. We hit Mile 5.



Then what did we see?



It’s Space Mountain! Now that’s what I’m talking about! The sight inspired me to really take off!



Liz was feeling like she had the whole universe in her hands. (I know. Bad joke.)



It was finally here. Time for the Magic Kingdom and that run down Main Street!
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I saw this picture on someone else's half marathon TR for an older race so I'm thinking they use the same mile markers each year? I'm hoping so because my maiden name is Bannister. I'm sure we're not related at all, but maybe he'll inspire me during the race.

They count your time from the time you cross the start line, right? That's why you wear chips on your shoes?
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It even looks cold. Ran the Half in 07. We had lots of fun and warmer weather. Started laughing when you said the elite runners were so far ahead. I do that all the time!!!!
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LOL Jenny you're cracking me up with your descriptions of everything...

And after us, there were at least a few more...we started a trend on that stretch of road...

Wow, that's crazy that the winner crossed the finish less than 4 minutes after we reached mile 2!

I have told the story of the sleet going in my eye many times now. lol It was crazy!

That Contemporary hill/underpass was nothing. I was so caught up in the sights around us, and the anticipation of nearing MK, I did not even notice we were going up a hill. Distraction sure helps when you're running!

Oh there was NO WAY we or me or you were going back to BLT at that point my friend!

HAHA the whole universe in my hands. cheesy, love it.


Carissa, yep the tag on your shoe tracks your actual race time, called "chip time". On the results they show your chip time and clock time. Here's the first page of the half results so you can see:
http://results.active.com/pages/sear...D=3&rsID=88766
The difference in time between the chip and the clock shows you how long it took the person to cross the Start line. It took Jenny and I about 35 minutes to cross it, so we have a 35 minute difference between our chip times and clock times.
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You look so cold! I'm sure it was warmer running than watching though. I grew up in South Florida and when I was in second grade in 1977 it snowed in Ft. Lauderdale. The first and last time in recorded history. We got to go out and play in the flurries and then they closed school because we had no heat. (It wasn't broken or anything, the school was built in the 50's and they simply didn't put heat in.) Looking forward to hearing about the run through the MK!
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I never realized that the race actually went through the parks, that's very cool. It's good to know that a nice amount of people walk (in case I ever considered it)
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Awesome pics, loving your descrips for each. Love the "Scream" mile marker picture

Am looking forward to reading/seeing the Main Street run
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Regarding the peeing aspect. I think I stopped 5 times during the race itself (not counting the two times before we even started.) I was a bit overhydrated on race day
Everyone was b/c it wasn't hot enough to sweat. And those port a potties were gross. I was always hydrated just right on training runs to not have to stop for a potty. It stunk to have to stop on race day.


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We were off, but definitely not at breakneck speed. This race has lots of walkers and we were in the last canal so there were many around us with a slower pace.
Good luck to you on getting bumped up into a higher corral for 2011. Dodging slower runners/walkers burns more energy than you realize. It will make a difference if you're placed in a corral with people at your pace.

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You learn fast when someone over by the trees catches the corner of your eye to snap your head forward and not look. Especially that one woman who was all letting it hang out .... this was after the sun had risen Call me a prude, but I waited for the port a potties... even if it took a minute or two in order to make it through the line and do my thing.



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Those crazy Elites! It'd be nice to run as fast as them and get it done with. I think that the winner for the full marathon came in at 2:33


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Somewhere along this stretch it began to really sleet. At one point Liz cried, “Ouch.” I looked over thinking she might have pulled a muscle or something and she says, “Ice just flew into my eye!” Yea, running through pelting ice is not a pleasant feeling for those of you that were wondering. I don’t think I’d recommend it.
If for some crazy reason it decides to sleet again next year (which I doubt - and hope - it won't). But if it does, I think I'm going to invest in a pair of these:
http://www.amazon.com/MSA-Safety-Wor.../dp/B000BO6NZQ

That sounds painful, Liz.



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At about 4 ½ miles we hit the much hyped “Contemporary hill.” Hills are interesting things when you are a runner. Normally people don’t even notice hills, but as a runner you’re pretty much always aware of an incline no matter how slight. Overall Disney is incredibly flat which makes for great running. (Especially compared to Maryland. If you don’t like hills never go near the Baltimore races. Trust me.) There are a few inclines at Disney though. Most of them involve overpasses, but the Contemporary hill is an underpass. It actually goes under a bridge of water connecting the 2 lakes. So I was interested to see if this hill was all it is hyped to be. I hate to say it, but it wasn’t.
I'm glad to know that I was not the only one that didn't get all of the hype surrounding this hill. Actually, it's long gradual inclines that kill me, not hills. There are so few actual hills in the Disney marathon that it's a nice break to take the pressure off your legs (for the most part) and put it on your glutes. Gradual inclines are long and put tons of stress on your legs and just never seem to end.


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Wow!

So it was true that it snowed in Disney. Thats weird it was like the same temp 3hrs South and it never snowed. Wow you are so lucky! I kept waiting for it to snow but it never did. Oh well. At least you had a great time :-)
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I saw this picture on someone else's half marathon TR for an older race so I'm thinking they use the same mile markers each year? I'm hoping so because my maiden name is Bannister. I'm sure we're not related at all, but maybe he'll inspire me during the race.

They count your time from the time you cross the start line, right? That's why you wear chips on your shoes?
I bet they do use the same mile markers every year so gear up for Mile 4 next year And yes your official time is the chip time they get from your shoe.

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It even looks cold. Ran the Half in 07. We had lots of fun and warmer weather. Started laughing when you said the elite runners were so far ahead. I do that all the time!!!!
It was cold! Hopefully this was a once in a lifetime cold and next year we will go back to worrying about being too warm.

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LOL Jenny you're cracking me up with your descriptions of everything...
And after us, there were at least a few more...we started a trend on that stretch of road... We're quite the trend setters aren't we
Wow, that's crazy that the winner crossed the finish less than 4 minutes after we reached mile 2! You've got some training to do if you want to win next year
I have told the story of the sleet going in my eye many times now. lol It was crazy! Crazy or insane (or both)!

That Contemporary hill/underpass was nothing. I was so caught up in the sights around us, and the anticipation of nearing MK, I did not even notice we were going up a hill. Distraction sure helps when you're running!

Oh there was NO WAY we or me or you were going back to BLT at that point my friend! I'm glad you were with me because you never know what I would have done if I by myself
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You look so cold! I'm sure it was warmer running than watching though. I grew up in South Florida and when I was in second grade in 1977 it snowed in Ft. Lauderdale. The first and last time in recorded history. We got to go out and play in the flurries and then they closed school because we had no heat. (It wasn't broken or anything, the school was built in the 50's and they simply didn't put heat in.) Looking forward to hearing about the run through the MK!
It was cold. I can't imagine how tough it was for those spectators.

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I never realized that the race actually went through the parks, that's very cool. It's good to know that a nice amount of people walk (in case I ever considered it)
The best part of the races is definitely throught the parks. The half goes through MK and Epcot. The full marathon actually goes through all 4 parks which sound awesome!
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Awesome pics, loving your descrips for each. Love the "Scream" mile marker picture

Am looking forward to reading/seeing the Main Street run
I especially like the woman posing with the Scream mile marker

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Everyone was b/c it wasn't hot enough to sweat. And those port a potties were gross. I was always hydrated just right on training runs to not have to stop for a potty. It stunk to have to stop on race day. The temperature really did change the hydrating and sweat factor. I never did even close to that many pooty breaks in my training runs either

Good luck to you on getting bumped up into a higher corral for 2011. Dodging slower runners/walkers burns more energy than you realize. It will make a difference if you're placed in a corral with people at your pace.

I'm hoping to do a 10K this summer that will bump me up, but on the Disney website it says you need to show proof of time if you expect a 5 hour finish or less. That means a closse to a 60 minute 10K and I'm not sure I can do that. I'm going to have to do some speedwork

Those crazy Elites! It'd be nice to run as fast as them and get it done with. I think that the winner for the full marathon came in at 2:33 I don't know. I think they miss all the fun

If for some crazy reason it decides to sleet again next year (which I doubt - and hope - it won't). But if it does, I think I'm going to invest in a pair of these:
I'm going with the assumption this was a once in a lifetime event

I'm glad to know that I was not the only one that didn't get all of the hype surrounding this hill. Actually, it's long gradual inclines that kill me, not hills. There are so few actual hills in the Disney marathon that it's a nice break to take the pressure off your legs (for the most part) and put it on your glutes. Gradual inclines are long and put tons of stress on your legs and just never seem to end.

I agree. Gradual inclines can be killers!
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So it was true that it snowed in Disney. Thats weird it was like the same temp 3hrs South and it never snowed. Wow you are so lucky! I kept waiting for it to snow but it never did. Oh well. At least you had a great time :-)
It snowed, but it didn't hit the ground or even come close to any accumulation. It didn't take long for it to turn into sleet (which is worse). We weren't thinking we were lucky at the time! Maybe in that one pocket it was a tad bit colder
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