So… it took a while for me to update my blog with my final thoughts about the run. Overall…. It was GREAT!
My friend Kelly, who ran the her FIRST marathon there did fantastic and we had great fun while we were there (just us girls!)
So…. here is how it all went down… (warning… this might be a little long…..) – :-)
Left Toronto at 7:00am in the morning…. got to Orlando at around 10:30am…. by the time we reached our resort… it was around 11:15amish and we basically went straight to the expo to register and get our ‘race’ stuff…. After spending a while there and LOTS of money…. we retired for the night at our resort.
On Friday…. we decided to go to Hollywood Studios and spend most of the day there…. came back and ended up heading into Downtown Disney for dinner…. at this point… I’m pretty much stressing out…. because I have to get up on Saturday morning to do a 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles/21.1km). After much changing clothes to decide what I was going to wear (I think Kelly got tired of seeing the ‘fashion show’). I finally went to bed at 11:30pmish.
Got up Saturday morning at 2:30am, had shower and headed for the start of the race. It was nice that I got the race retreat (allowed me to be in a ‘temperature’ controlled tent…. although the weather was not as COLD as last year’s race!)…. I basically waited it out and finally met my ‘jimmey cricket’ —- this is the person who I had been communication with over e-mail about our training. He was a great support and helped me a lot along the way! You can see his blog at: http://blogs.technet.com/b/matthewms/ — you will need to go back to January 24th, 2011 date for his final blog on Goofy. Below is a picture of him and me in the race treat tent before the race:
So… he did want to try and start in the corral together….. but knowing myself…. when I get nervous…. I tend to use the ‘little girl’s room’ ALOT. AND true to my word…. I ended up going to the port-a-potty 3 times before the START of the race! Getting to the corrals for the start line was really BUSY….. made it there. And off we went…. below are a few pictures with ‘characters’ I ran into along the way:
Overall… I took it easy on the race and finished comfortably….. My biggest worry was how am I going to feel before the Marathon and during the Marathon race. Well…. the next 24 hours…. was telling….
Kelly and I ended up going to the expo again… spent lots of money again! But I decided to get a massage and BOY was that great! The person (whose name slipped my mind….) did a great job because by the evening…. I was feeling pretty good!
After laying out our stuff for the full marathon…. Kelly and I were ready to go! We got up in the morning at around 2:30am and was at the race retreat by 3:15amish…. it was a bit of a wait…. but we did make it to the start line. Here is a couple of photos of us before the race in the morning:
If you are interested in doing the Goofy and would like some advice…. please do not hesitate to drop me a line…. I think everyone can do it…. you just need the time to train and the mental aspect…. As for now… I leave you with the picture below: