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Old 01-17-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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The Darling Family Takes on Marathon Weekend: Jan at the Boardwalk Villas

to a Darling Family trip report. Iím happy to have old friends here and happy to have new friends join me. This trip was a dream come true for me. Iíd often dreamed of running a marathon, but never really thought I could do it. However, Iím not getting any younger so I decided now was the time to tackle one of the biggies on my bucket list. So I hatched a plan (always a bit scary when I do that). The whole Darling family would come with me and each of us would take part in marathon weekend. Medals for everyone! Along with this came our first stay at our DVC home resort, the Boardwalk villas. So last February at the 11 month mark I called up and made our reservations for a week in a 2 bedroom villa. Then last summer the official marathon training began. Training for a marathon was unlike anything I have ever done before. It was long and at times it was brutal. I am slow and some of the long runs took well over 4 hours. I kept on going though and completed the training. January arrived and I would soon be a marathoner! Before we get to all of that though let me introduce the cast. Here are my four favorite people in my favorite place.

The guy dressed like Peter Pan is my DH. He is not as big of a Disney lover as myself, but donít let him fool you. He really is Peter Pan in his heart.

This is me (Jenny).

So no suspense here. Yes I finished the race and got the medal.

This is Wendy.

She is my beautiful 10 year old that is trying really hard to grow up.

Here is John.

This is my fellow Disney lover. He just gets it. He is a kind hearted 8 year old boy that loves his video games.

This is Michael. Michael can be a challenge to us all (as you will see during this report.) Or he can be clever or determined or full of joy. All within a 2 minute span.

So that is the Darling family. Here are links to previous trip reports if you are interested.

The June 2009 Beach Club Trip: Huggin Ewoks and Finding Peter Pan

2010 Half Marathon Trip: Yes it does snow in Disney World

June 2010: When are the Parents Showing Up?

October 2010 Halloween Trip to Neverland

As for this one: Letís get this started!

Day 1: Our Arrival

Day 2: Chef Mickey's
The Expo
The Mickey Mile
Downtown Disney
My Birthday Evening

Day 3: The Half Marathon
A Little Epcot
Our Afternoon and Evening in Epcot

Day 4: The Marathon Begins
The Road to the Magic Kingdom
Running Through the Magic Kingdom
Finishing up the Magic Kingdom
On the Road Again
Meeting Some Friends at the Animal Kingdom
The Rest of Darling Family's Morning
Approaching Mile 20
On to Hollywood Studios
The Final Stretch
The Finish Line
A Surrey Bike Ride
Our Post Marathon Evening

Day 5: A Hollywood Studios Morning
More Hollywood Studios
Meeting Some Old Friends
Another Epcot Evening

Day 6: Our Animal Kingdom Morning Begins
Hidden Mickeys
A Little More Animal Kingdom
An Afternoon Around the Boardwalk
Once Again Another Epcot Evening
Character Fun

Day 7: Crystal Palace for Breakfast
Morning in Fantasyland
Our Last Visit to Mickey's House
Farewell to Minnie's House
An Art History Lesson
More Magic Kingdom
Tomorrowland and a Parade
A Bit of a Shopping Spree
Our Final Epcot Evening

Day 8: Our Last Disney Morning
Goodbye Disney World

Final Thoughts

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Old 01-17-2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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Yay! I'm here!!! I can't wait to read all about it!! Oh and Congrats for finishing the race!!!! Great picture with Mickey!!
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Subbing! I would love to do the Disney Marathon one day but for now I'm sticking with half marathons. 26.2 just seems like a crazy long distance to me. But there once was a time that 13.1 seemed really long too so maybe... Can't wait to read more!
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I'm here and can't wait to hear the rest!

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Not first, but first page. I'll take it!
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I'm here! Can't wait to read all about it!
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #7
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I'm here. I'm sorry that I didn't meet up with you to ride to the staging area on the bus that morning like we talked about. Glad you got your medal. I like this year's medal so much more than last year's. You picked a good year to do the full.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:20 PM   #8
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Great start Jenny!
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:40 PM   #9
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Happy to find this TR. I just read your last year's report and really enjoyed it.

One of my coworkers just did the 1/2. Another coworker and very good friend wants a Donald medal. She thinks I need to do the 1/2 with her since I am a Disney fanatic and we've been to Disney together twice and know we travel well together. I will be 50 in May and just had bunion surgery on my right foot in August and on my left foot the day after Thanksgiving. My left foot is doing pretty well considering it is only 7 weeks but my right foot still hurts-doctor says it can take a year for the bone to completly heal. Still I think we are going to give it a shot. We could both use the motivation of Disney to get in shape. OH...and she wants to do the DL next September also. I had wondered if we should shoot for 2013 when she'll be 50 but I think we'd loose motivation if we didn't try for next January.

I'm anxious to read about your entire family's trip. I have DD(11), DS(10) and DD(8). My DH is not a Disney fanatic. He tolerates an annual visit but I also take the kids one at a time. I've been lucky enough to go about 3 times a year the past few years. I haven't been since July due to my surgeries. My next trip will be to celebrate my 50th. That will be childless with 2 girlfriends. I'm sure we'll have a blast! We may do a family trip this summer but haven't decided that yet.

Looking forward to hearing all about your trip!
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Subscribing - can't wait to hear about your trip, especially with all of you taking some part in the marathon weekend!
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #12
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was hoping to find your marathon report. Your Half marathon report last year was so good and helped me relive it cold and all. Looking forward to all the details. Thanks for sharing
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:26 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Angies1274 View Post
Yay! I'm here!!! I can't wait to read all about it!! Oh and Congrats for finishing the race!!!! Great picture with Mickey!!
Hi Angie! Glad you made it!

Originally Posted by Dsnygrl1205 View Post
Subbing! I would love to do the Disney Marathon one day but for now I'm sticking with half marathons. 26.2 just seems like a crazy long distance to me. But there once was a time that 13.1 seemed really long too so maybe... Can't wait to read more!
Welcome! If you decide you want to do a marathon you can definitely do it! All it takes is commitment to training plus a lot of time. If you can handle a war zone, you can handle a marathon. You just have to decide it's worth all of the trouble (and believe me it is some trouble.)

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I'm here and can't wait to hear the rest!
Hi Lisa! I can't wait to tell you!

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Not first, but first page. I'll take it!
Glad you're here. I'm not a rock star trip reporter so it's not too tough to make page 1 on my reports

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Good to see you! There is plenty to tell!
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:34 PM   #14
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Hi there

I caught the end of your last TR so I'm excited to be at the beginning of this one! And I love that your whole family dressed as characters from Peter Pan, so adorable! I have 3DD's, one is 11 and like you stated about your DD10, is trying to grow up too! Honestly, some days it feels like a continual onslaught of 'why can't I have a cell phone too' or 'can I wear make-up now' and so on. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to reading your TR, good for you for completing the marathon! That's a big accomplishment.
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