Poor Unfortunate Soles: Marathon Weekend 2013 (5K, Half and Full Marathon)-COMPLETE!!

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  1. Ariel484

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    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) I rambled on quite a bit about training. This time I posted a whole darn thread 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:
     
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  3. Ariel484

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    Table of Contents

    Introduction

    Thursday, January 10, 2013

    Travel Day!
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, Part 1
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo, Part 2 and Downtown Disney
    Check-In...FINALLY!
    Nighttime Wanderings, Part 1
    Nighttime Wanderings, Part 2

    Friday, January 11, 2013

    2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Arriving
    2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 1
    2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 2
    2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Part 3
    2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Finish Line!
    2013 Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K! Final Thoughts
    The Beauty of the Annual Pass
    Solo Morning in the Magic Kingdom!
    STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY! Part 1
    STAY OFF YOUR FEET, DUMMY! Part 2

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Arriving
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Waiting for the Start
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 1-3
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 1
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 7-10
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Miles 11 & 12
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! The Finish!
    2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon! Final Thoughts
    16.2 down, 26.2 to go...FEED ME!
    A short Studios afternoon
    Welcome, Cousins!

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Arrival and Start
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 1-5
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 1
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Magic Kingdom, Part 2
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 7-10
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! The pain begins...
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 13-16
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Wide World of Sports, Part 1
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Wide World of Sports, Part 2
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! The Mile 20 "Spectacular"
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Miles 21-23
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Challenge Complete!!
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! OOOH SHINY
    2013 Walt Disney World Marathon! Final Thoughts
    Jambo, Everybody! LET'S EAT!
    Nighttime Magic!
    "I use antlers in all of my deeeecorating!"

    Monday, January 14, 2013

    Good Morning, Cousins!
    Now It's Time To Say Good-Bye...
    Final Thoughts
    Final Thoughts - Goofy's Race-and-a-Half Challenge/Dopey Challenge
     
  4. Disney9.9.10

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    I love the title of your report, it made me giggle :) Sounds like a fun trip!
     
  5. ZellyB

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    I'm really excited to read your report!!

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  6. camandjacksmom

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

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    I am so excited to read this report! I can't wait!
     
  8. Lucys2200

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

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    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.
     
  10. pxefig

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

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    I know! I read the title and thought it would make a perfect supporter sign for a Disney race.
     
  12. hulagirl87

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    My friends just ran the 5k and full marathon! looking forward to reading your report!! :goodvibes
     
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    I'm here!!!!! Congrats on your accomplishment!!!!! Loved your TR last year....I'm excited for this one too!
     
  14. JessM

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

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    Looking forward to following along!
     
  16. beachta1

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    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.
     
  17. Ariel484

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

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

    Yay! Glad you're here!

    Welcome!! :)

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

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

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

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

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

    Welcome, and thanks for the congrats! :)

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

    Great, thanks for being here! :wave:

    Hi! I hope you get to run the full...good luck with your training! :) Let me know if I can answer any questions.
     
  18. Ariel484

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    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:

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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  19. ZellyB

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    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.....
     
  20. UGAFan0829

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    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
     
  21. butiflfeet

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    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
     

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