To Dopey 2020 and Beyond!


DIS Veteran
Apr 5, 2018
First time checking in for the New Year. So I’ll try to give a short-ish recap of the last 19 days. And it’ll most likely be more of a stream of consciousness.

Jan 1, I PR’ed the 5K by 50 seconds. So new 5K PR is 23:31.

One goal I’ve set for myself this year is to try and get to at least 1 yoga class a week. So far, I’ve made it to 4 classes this Month. So far, so good.

Only did some short easy runs between the New Year’s 5K and Dopey. Nothing to really speak of there.

I flew down to WDW Wednesday morning. When I originally booked my flight with American it was supposed to leave 8ish and get down there about 10:15. However, in the months leading up to flying down American changed my flight on me twice and I didn’t actually leave Philly until 10:45 and got to MCO about 1 PM.

I was meeting up with my brother and Aunt who where both running the 10K. They had gotten in earlier that day and had already picked up their bibs. Once I landed they picked me up and we headed straight to the expo so I could get my bibs. From there it was on to YC where we were staying. I didn’t take any notes or anything, so no trip report. The following are just some thoughts on the races.

First, sorry for not making it to any of the meet ups. For the 5K I got in line for Dopey and it took about an hour to get to him. By the time I did the corrals had already opened up and I just went right to them. For the 10K I was there with my brother and Aunt so hung with them. The. For the Half and Full I just put on my headphones and went into my own little zoneuntil I’d aw people start making their way to the corrals (and boy was that a hike).

For Dopey, I was in B corral for the 5K, & C corral for the other three races. My original plan was to take all 4 races super easy. I wasn’t going to have any time goals and I was just going to have a good time with it. And I did have a good time with it. Somehow I didn’t end up with any PWs either.

However, with Thursday morning being a real nice morning for running I made a last second decision to actually run the 5K full out. I didn’t stop for any of the character stops (kind of bummed I missed Chip & Dale as Rescue Rangers, but when I passed the line it was super long. I did the 5K in 25:11. If it had been less crowed/the course not as narrow I think there would have been a good chance of me breaking my 5K PR again in just a matter of days.

For the 10K I knew I had to start taking these runs at a slower pace. So I deliberately stopped for a picture with Goofy. I also made a bathroom pit stop. All told I crossed the finish line in 1:02:19.

For the Half, I knew with the warm temperature and the high humidity that I would really need to take things easy. So I made myself a promise that I would never go more than 4 character stops without stopping to take a picture. And boy am I happy I made that promise. I started out the Half feeling great and ran past the first three stops without a thought. But by the time the fourth stop was coming into view I was already feeling the humidity. That’s why I have a picture with that random reindeer character that was out there. All told during the Half I stopped for 9 character pictures. (Reindeer, Queen of Hearts, Dopey, Pinocchio, Pluto, Daisy, Goofy, Lilo, & Horace). I crossed that finish line in 2:12:33.

For the Marathon, wow was that a tough day. I’ve ran in hotter temperatures, but I don’t think I’ve ran in humidity that high often and never a combination of the two. Especially not for a marathon. The other two marathons I run were Philly in ‘18 & ‘19. The Philly Marathon is ran the Sunday before Thanksgiving. So needless to say, the temperature for those was vastly different. I know a lot of people had trouble getting g to EP that morning, but I was not one of them. I was on the very first bus that left YC. Even just the walk to the YC bus stop I could begin to feel the humidity. I knew well before I even started running that I would need to make myself take a lot of character breaks. And I did. I ended up taking 18 breaks for pictures (15 characters, the Figment statue, Cinderella’s Castle, & a picture with the sheep on the way to AK). I’m also happy with myself for thinking ahead of time to bring the cool towel they handed out after the half. Pouring water onto that every couple of water stops was very nice. It ended up taking me 5:21:43 to cross the finish. Funny enough, physically, this was the best I’ve felt durn g a marathon. During my first two my right knee stuffed up around mile 19, but that didn’t happen this time. This was also the best I’ve felt the day after the marathon as well. I’m guessing it might be because it’s the most walking I’ve even done after the same day after the marathon was over. I ended up with over 70,000 steps on Sunday.

I’ve seen others on here mentioning getting sick when they got home and I can kind of be added to that list. On Tuesday I could feel the beginnings of a semis infection coming on. Lickily, thanks tomucinex and sudafed it didn’t get to bad.

As I said, this was the best I’ve ever felt after a marathon. I actually felt so good that I meet up with my normal Tuesday night run club and ran 4 miles. I did 4 miles yesterday & today as well.

I’ve got a few weeks to take it easy as my next race isn’t until Feb. 22 and that’s a 5 miler. Then I have the Love Run Half at the end of March.

i think that’s about all I’ve got for now.


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