What better place to get your first medal than the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary 1/2 Marathon. Finally my Disney 1/2 Marathon race report. I know you all have been waiting patiently to hear how my race went. It was FANTABULOUS!
I Did It!
I only had 3 wonderful goals:
- Start – Which was Easy
- Finish- It was Damn Hard
- Not be Last – It was close, but I managed to out run/walk the old decrepit and maimed racers.
How shall I begin. Warning…this is probably going to be a long one folks. I don’t want to leave anything out. :) You know me. Me Me Me!
Of course Disney made it ubber easy to register and get all the paperwork you needed before the race. I already knew what my race number would be and I had maps, instructions, everything to get to where I needed to be.
You can read about my discision to originally run the Disney 1/2 Marathon at My Signup . I did it all from Afghanistan.
I traveled from the far ends of the earth just for this race. Well from Afghanistan where I am working, living and running. I had just been on R&R 30 days earlier in Sunny Bali, Indonesia , but who couldn’t use two vacations back to back. As with any race I had to do a bag or race packet pickup. That guess that helps to build the excitement for the runners.
All runners for the Disney Run Weekend were required to attend the Disney Health & Fitness Expo. It was more like a trade show if you ask me. That was ok, but I felt a bit mislead. That’s OK, I guess that is how the real runners in the running community roll and I am a real runner.
Let me say, the volunteers there are wonderful, but it was a cluster “F*&(“. OMG. This was a definite con for me. First I was directed to the last place I was suppose to go. That place had a line that I can’t even explain how long it was.
I don’t think I have ever been in a line that long. Then I finally got to the correct place after being told to go back to the same long line. Any who I finally got everything I needed.
The packet pickup basically was some small brochure type books with info in them. It was mostly advertising. My bib with all kinds of chip stuff on the back. Very cool. My number:
When I originally saw my number I was thinking “Damn, it is going to be a lot of people in this race.” Which was not the case. I also got a clear bag that had a yellow tech shirt which was very nice and a sticker with my number on it.
I had no idea what to do with that stuff. I found out race morning that the bag was to put your things in to store while you race you buns off. The sticker was to stick on the bag. I’m sure it was in the instructions somewhere.
However, I just knew I liked the shirt. Since I was at the Expo, I decided to pickup a few items from the Track Shack (my favorite local running specialty store) who had a presence there.
I got some nice socks for the run and a handheld water bottle, which I forgot and left at home. You can view the items at the end of the post where I mention The Swag.
Shinny Things & Pictures for My 1st Disney 1/2 Marathon:
Let me just say, it doesn’t take much to amaze me. I’m just simple runner folk. You know I saw shinny things everywhere, metaphorically speaking of course. I didn’t think I would have many pictures, since I was by myself but it worked out great thanks to the awesomeness of high tech gadgetry at Disney.
One reason that I didn’t think I would have enough pictures is because I had sweated on my phone so much, I was unable to take pictures by mile 2. I was very disappointed since this was my first race. Oh well, Disney saved the day. Read on……
I knew the race would be chipped, so I didn’t worry about the time. I did however wear my trusty Nike Plus Watch. I love that watch. There were several ginormous clocks all through the race route.
As a newby it took me a while to figure out that the time on the clock started when the first runner ran across the start line. Duh. I didn’t figure it out until I got home. I just kept thinking man I am way slower than I thought, which was not the case at all.
My thoughts during the Disney 1/2 Marathon and finally some more photos:
One thing I failed to mention was the weather. It was absolutely perfect. I got to the course at about 6am and it was about 45°. By the end of the race it was in the mid 70′s.
Pictures say it all.
3 Second Rule out the Window and a lonely Cliff Bar Story:
Mile 9 I was darn hungry. I didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast. Can you say BIG Mistake. All I can say as we, now walkers, walked and some limped down the lonely abandon highway, I saw what looked like a Cliff Bar on the ground.
My mind said “Don’t worry about the 3 second rule, pick it up fool, you need energy.”
Now keep in mine that there was bar station set up, but unfortunate they were on empty when my group got there. That sucked. I was really hungry. You know us real runners expend so much energy. Any way that Cliff bar on the ground looked pretty good.
The only reason I didn’t pick it up was because I was afraid one of the other zombies would take it from me. I can’t fight so that would have been a wrap. RIP Cliff Bar, RIP. I know somebody picked it up. I would bet money on it and I don’t gamble.
Wake Up Call…When Muscles Attack!
My gluts seized up on me at mile 11. I was going up a hill when it struck me. OMG. This almost took me out of the race. I’m now the poster child for squats. Do your squats guys & gals. My ASS hurt for 2 days after the race from my glut seizure.
I knew I had to go on, but in my mind I was saying God save me. I had tears in my eyes. I’d come too far to quit. Now I really was looking and walking like a zombie. I had 2.1 miles left. That may as well of been another 13.1 miles.
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings and I was keeping my mouth shut.
Now that was Darn Hard! But…..I’m so glad I did it. When I was dragging one leg, looking for the finish line, I was saying to myself “Never Again. And don’t even ask me to do a full marathon.”
I don’t have a finish photo, but I have video. I just don’t have access to post it yet. Sorry. I was look pretty burnt out. I don’t know how people can be so happy at the end. I was so darn tired.
Afterward I got my medal, posed for my finisher photo, got me a food box and 2 bananas. I told that volunteer I was hungry, so they hooked me up. I found a wet, dirty corner of gravel to sit in. At that point I didn’t give a darn where I sat, I just wanted to rest.
This kind lady asked if I wanted some ice. I accepted and placed two bags squarely on ……you guessed it….my behind. It felt so good. Then it was time to walk about a mile to my car in zombieisk fashion of course.
Fast forward to today….would I do it again….HELL Yeah! I will make sure I do my squats this time. Whoooa! Come on, who wouldn’t want to run Disney.
More Pics form the Disney 1/2 Marathon:
More pics…coutsey of disney and the wonder chip under my number. Technology is so amazing.
Not too shabby for me, if I do say so myself! Click on the images to enlarge.
How do I feel about the results? Great, I did better than I expected in the end. I felt like mud by the end. I originally planned on a time goal of 3:15 mins. So I am OK with the results since this was my first Disney 1/2 Marathon. I would give it 2 thumbs up and call it a win.
I got my number, a tech shirt & my awesome Medal. Out of 4 races I have done, I got 3 T-shirts and this is my very 1st medal.
I was also able to go online and order additional pictures and video of yours truly. I got my race results immediately and downloaded a race certificate. That is quite a bit of loot even if I had to pay for it. It is all well worth it.
As I walked through the parking lot or should I say as a stammer to my car I looked at my medal with pride. I did it! I said to myself “You deserve this medal & you ARE a real runner.”
Now that is a race report I can live with.
Run Liz Run!
How did you feel about your first medal?
Have I inspired you to go for it and run a race?
What is the furthest you have run?