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I run for myself…but not today

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I run for myself. I run for vain and selfish reasons. I run to be healthy. I run to be skinny. I run for a number on the scale and a specific pant size. I run for food. For lots and lots of food. I run for a bowl of ice cream every night. I run for a tub of movie theater popcorn on the weekends. I run for swedish fish. Sam’s Club size bags of swedish fish. I run for plain blueberry PopTarts. I run a little for the “look at what the unathletic high school band/drama geek can do” factor. I run for myself.

Correction: I ran for myself. But not today. Today I run for those who started a marathon in Boston but couldn’t finish it. I run for those killed and injured standing on the sidelines cheering along their loved ones. Because I know them. Because I know the ones who stand outside in 40 degree weather or 90 degree weather for an hour or seven for one glance as you run by. Because they are my spectators. Because they are my husband and my parents and my brother and my sister-in-law and my friends. Because they are the ones who listen when you complain about tight IT bands and plantar fasciitis and shin splints when they really have no idea what you are talking about. Because they are the ones who make fun of you for running so much when deep down they are more proud of you than you are of yourself.

So today I ran for Boston. A city I have never been to and my knowledge of which is mainly limited to “wicked awesome” and Mark Wahlberg. Today I ran for runners. Because those runners and those spectators are someone’s spouse, someone’s parent, someone’s child, someone’s sibling.

And tomorrow I will run. And the next day. And the next. And I will run a marathon again. A big one – Disney or London or Chicago. Because I continued to fly after 9/11. Because I still went to London in 2005 after the bombings. Because I go on. Because I refuse to be afraid of life. Of living. I will continue to run, but always toward something, never away.

So today I ran for something other than myself. For something that had no effect on my life other than to shatter the community that welcomed me with open arms when I was slow and untrained. I run for them. Cheers runners. Cheers spectators. Today’s 5-miler and tonight’s bowl of chocolate ice cream is for you.

The Big Day: Marathon Tale Part 5

We are finally to the big day. Marathon day!

It was absolutely nothing that I had pictured and nothing that I had planned.  In a few ways (my time and sore feet), it was worse. But in almost every other way, it was better.

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My mom felt it was necessary to take a picture of me eating my pre-race peanut butter sandwich.

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I woke up at 2:45 to a Mickey and Stitch wake-up call. Luckily I had laid out all my stuff the night before:

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I got up, got dressed, slathered on SPF 50 sunscreen, ate a PopTart and a part of a peanut butter sandwich, and I was off.

I got to the bus stop around 3:25 a.m. Marathon transportation was running from 3–4 a.m. From 3:25 until 4 a.m., probably six buses passed us by and never picked anyone up. It was terrible. Finally someone called the resort and told them that they needed to send buses our way. One came around 4:05 – except it was full, but we were able to get on and stand in the aisle.

Unfortunately it was 90 million degrees on the bus, I still had the flu, my sunscreen was very aromatic, and we were stuck in traffic for 45 minutes. Oh, and I tend to get bouts of motion sickness. So I sat myself down in the aisle, put my head between my knees, and prayed to God that we would get to the staging area quickly. We didn’t, but I didn’t puke, so that was good.

We finally made it to the staging area, and I dropped off my bag at bag drop, with sandals and such for after the marathon. I used a super disgusting port-a-potty and continued on my way to Corral C!

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It was quite a walk from the staging area to the corral, but I needed all the extra time I could get to recover from that horrible bus ride!  It was already super humid at 5 a.m. Gah! Not a good sign of things to come!

 But soon enough, it was time to start! First Corral A took off, then Corral B, and we inched our way closer to the start.  Finally, it was our turn for fireworks!

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Ahhhhh!!!! The start line!

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The start of the marathon was pretty exciting. I really couldn’t believe that just a year ago I couldn’t run two minutes on the treadmill and here I was at Disney (trying) to run 26.2 miles. I must be out of my gourd.

 The first mile passed pretty quickly, though not quickly enough. I wasn’t moving at as fast as a pace as I wanted.

However, two days ago I didn’t think I would be able to run ten feet, so I was doing alright.

Mile 1 – 12:26

There were some different banners and nice pictures of Mickey, etc. along the side of the road that I didn’t take pictures of. I just was focused on getting through the first few miles; they are always the hardest miles for me – settling into a rhythm and overcoming the mental blocks.

Mile 2 – 11:55

As I pounded down the highway towards mile marker 2, I saw a large ship in the distance.

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At this point, I wasn’t running the pace I wanted to, but I was still running. I knew I wouldn’t make my time goal so there was a big decision to make:

Do I run this marathon for a specific time, or do I run this marathon for fun? 

This is Disney after all:

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So I decided to run for fun! You can’t pass up Captains Jack and Barbosa in front of the Black Pearl!  Too bad Orlando Bloom wasn’t there…

Captain Jack had a very long line, evidenced by my third mile.

Mile 3 – 16:27

Not much was going on after Captain Jack for the next mile or two.

Mile 4 – 12:45

Somewhere around mile 5 or so, Jack Skellington and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas were out for pictures. But I hate, hate, hate that movie! I hated it 20 years ago when I first saw it, so I gave it another chance around Christmas 2012. It was still stupid. So I gladly passed up their super long line.

 My plan had to been to run around 10:45–11:00 minute miles.  So we can see what the flu and a lack of nourishment does even at the beginning of the marathon.

Mile 5 – 12:22

We then entered the Magic Kingdom!

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We passed by the Contemporary and under the monorail on our way into the park.

Around this time, I ran alongside a guy and his wife – he was dressed as Marlin and she was dressed as Dory from Finding Nemo.  Except that everybody was shouting “Nemo!” at him, and he was actually Marlin so he kept shouting “No, I’m Marlin!”  He was already kind of pissed at mile 5, I can’t imagine after 26.2 what he was saying to people that called him Nemo!😛

Running up Main Street.

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Then I came across a long line that I definitely had to stand in!

Ariel!

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Belle and the Beast!  My two favorite Princesses at one photo op!

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After I stood in this line, I realized that there was one that I really should have waited in – King Mickey and Queen Minnie! Unfortunately, my time was already very bad and I wanted to keep moving.

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Mile 6 – 20:29

I still wish I had stopped for them!

I then ran through the castle and was greeted by the crowds on Main Street.

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Had to stop for a photo op in front of the castle!

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And we continued on our way! Outside of the Magic Kingdom, we passed by the Grand Floridian and ran into some old friends: Mary Poppins and Burt!

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Mile 7 – 12:08

Mile 8 – 13:40

Came across a character from another Disney favorite! Genie! Grant me a wish – to finish this marathon!

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It was pretty warm by this point – the sun was up and we were on pavement, so were being cooked like eggs in a frying pan!

Right before mile marker 9, we had a very, very steep descent and then ascent into the Walt Disney World Speedway. We ran 1.25 miles on the track.

Mile 9 – 14:20

Saw some Challengers on the track.

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They also had some of the Cars characters out, like Tow Mater and Lightning McQueen, but I didn’t stop for pictures with them.

On the highway to Animal Kingdom, I met up with some friends…and some enemies!

Yikes, what are we plotting?

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Jiminy, I need some advice. How does one run 26.2 miles?

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Mile 10 – 15:31 (long line for the evil characters!)

Mile 11 – 14:07

We were now on our way into Animal Kingdom!

I ran by Expedition Everest

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And met Safari Daisy and Minnie

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Our jaunt through Animal Kingdom was way too short, but before we hit the highway, we met Safari Pluto and Mickey!

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Mile 12 – 12:38

Mile 13 – 13:06

We are halfway there!!!

Mile 14 – 15:21

Somewhere around here, we started running on the highway…and we never stopped.

It was mindnumbingly boring, and it was hot as Hades.

I want to take this moment to thank the thousands of volunteers who made the marathon possible. There were something like 22 water stops on the course, and I utilized every single one of them! They filled up the water bottles I was carrying and gave me cups of water and Powerade to drink. I never would have made it without the volunteers!

Mile 15 – 16:28

Mile 16 – 14:23

Mile 17 – 17:13

Somewhere around here I took a picture with my absolute favorite character during the marathon.

Life is like a hurricane…here in Duckburg…

LAUNCHPAD MCQUACK!!!

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And then another one…

Sometimes some crimes go slipping through the cracks…

CHIP ‘N DALE!!!!

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But they didn’t rescue me, I had to continue on my way.

Mile 18 – 13:50

Around mile 18, we entered into Disney’s Wide World of Sports. While it was nice to see some grass and run on a track and break up the monotony, it was boring. It might have even been more boring than the highway. I was never this bored during my long training runs. I was also possibly delirious from my lack of food.

Mile 19 – 15:31

Mile 20 – 18:01

At mile 19.5, we went into the baseball field in WWOS.  At this point, I had expected the “Mile 20 Spectacular” and was sorely disappointed that it was basically a video feed of the runners on the big screen. I was not happy. As evidenced by this picture:

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WWOS was slowly killing me. Outside we hit the actual Mile 20 Spectacular, but I still wasn’t impressed. These guys were there, but I had no time to stop. My feet hurt so badly and I just wanted to be done.

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Mile 21 – 17:02

Mile 22 – 16:24

Mile 23 – 16:00

Around mile 23, we finally entered into another Disney park. It had been 10 miles since we left Animal Kingdom and those 10 miles were boringgggggg.

So we entered into Disney’s Hollywood Studios! There was a candy stop at mile 23, which was heaven! Mini Hershey bars! They tasted so delicious! They were slightly melted since it was like 90º. 

We ran through the backstage areas and through where they house costumes from previous Disney movies. That was so neat!

Finally, we came to another character I wanted to take a picture with!

I’m gonna wreck it!

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After this, we ran down the Main Street of Hollywood Studios. They were playing One Direction on the loudspeakers, and for some reason, it gave me a lot of energy!  I was bobbing my head along to the music and happy that I had just a 5k left!

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Mile 24 – 16:11

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After leaving Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we headed on a narrow path to the Boardwalk. It was very nice, though tight. It was extremely difficult to pass anyone.

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Mile 25 – 15:28

We finally entered Epcot, and I spotted my brother and sister-in-law! I was so excited – crappy bus transportation had forced my family to miss me throughout the marathon so I was so happy that I almost cried when I saw them. I high-fived them and continued on my final 1.2 miles!

The marathon photographers captured the moment I saw Karl and Theresa!

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Mile 26 – 16:59

A gospel choir sang us the final .2 miles to the finish line.

And I sprinted as fast as I could “sprint” after 26.19 miles.

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Final time: 6:42:53

I did it!!!!

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After puking twice on an airplane, after less than 2,000 calories in 3.5 days, after feeling like I was going to puke on a bus 30 minutes before the marathon, and after one year of training, I completed the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Marathon.

And when someone says that I’m not tough and that I can’t hack something, I will relate this story and ask them what they did 3 days after coming down with the flu. And their answer will probably be sat on their butt on the couch, not run 26.2 miles in the record high Florida temperatures.  And I will laugh and show them my medal.

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It may have taken me 1.5 hours longer than planned, but if this doesn’t show my determination, I don’t know what does.

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And to end a great race, I went over to get a picture with a character from my favorite cartoon.  Scrooge McDuck.  And to mess up my awesome happiness, Scrooge McDuck switched out with Daisy right when it was my turn!!!  Noooooooooo!

But she was cute, so I got a picture.

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I grabbed my stuff, got my snack box, and headed for the bus!  We headed back to Port Orleans Riverside, and my mom was kind enough to grab us a pizza and a sweet, cold chocolate milk for me.

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My plan was to take a shower, a nap, and rest! However, I ate and felt awesome!

I showered and headed out for the Magic Kingdom with everyone, except for my poor, poor dad.

It turns out that I gave him my flu bug. He did watch me at the marathon (on Sunday), but after we got back to the hotel, he was down for the count. The poor guy didn’t leave the hotel room until Thursday – and only then so we could fly home to Pennsylvania!  I felt so terrible!

And that is the tale of my first marathon. I was slow, and I was sore, and I was tired. But I finished, and it was great!

I never thought that I would run a marathon.  My goal in 2012 was to run a 5k!  If I can do it, anyone can!

The Day Before the Dawn Before the Day of the Marathon: Marathon Tale Part 4

For some reason, when I sat down to write this post, all I could think of was The Muppet Christmas Carol and the Ghost of Christmas Present saying “This is the night before the dawn before the day of Christmas!” Hence the title of this post.

For some reason, when I sat down to write this post, all I could think of was The Muppet Christmas Carol and the Ghost of Christmas Present saying “This is the night before the dawn before the day of Christmas!” Hence the title of this post.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

The day before the marathon, I was feeling better but still worried about being able to run.  My brother and sister-in-law had flown in the night before, so now the whole family was together at Disney!

We headed to breakfast at the resort, and I finally got to eat some food in the shape of Mickey. That is all I wanted to do at Disney!

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After I ate breakfast, I started not feeling very well. Darn Mickey waffle, so tasty, but my belly was grumbling about actually receiving a meal for the first time in two days.

My brother decided he wanted to change into shorts, so he ran back to the room. I thought about going and lying down. But we sat on a bench and waited for him, and in 10 minutes, I was feeling a lot better.

We headed off to the Animal Kingdom!

Hello Tree of Life!

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We stopped for a picture.

Oh Dad!

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This one isn’t too bad. It was very bright and warm already at 9 a.m.

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Our first stop was Kilimanjaro Safari. I love animals. I would love to be a safari guide at Disney; my two favorite things combined into one – awesomesauce!

The elephants were splashing around in the lagoon – it was so cute! I even took a short video of it. Love!

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After that, we took the train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch.  The train was so interesting because we passed by where all of the animals are housed. We saw the rhinos and elephants that had the day off from being part of Kilimanjaro Safari and learned about their care.

At Rafiki’s Planet Watch, we met Rafiki! I look terrible (and I’m supposed to run 26.2 miles tomorrow?!).

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We also hit a number of shows/exhibits (Flights of Wonder, Nemo, etc.).  Animal Kingdom has some rides but it also has a lot of things you can sit down at, which is nice. I really enjoyed Flights of Wonder with all of the different birds.

My big lunch of the day:  Super Pretzel!  And you know what, it tasted so awesome!

I did dare to go on Expedition Everest – a roller coaster that even goes backwards! Now that is weird!

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While my mom, brother, and sister-in-law headed on to Hollywood Studios for Fantasmic, my dad and I headed out of the park around 5 p.m. – I needed to eat, get off my feet, and get to bed; and he has bad hips and he also needed to get off his feet.  We were two of a kind that week, in more ways than this!

We went back to Port Orleans Riverside and had dinner. I opted for some pasta with chicken.  It wasn’t bad, and I was trying desperately to get some carbs into my body.  I had stayed pretty well hydrated even with the flu, but my food intake was desperately lacking. This was my next-to-last meal before the marathon and I needed something for fuel.

Food intake in days prior to marathon. Thursday: two pieces of toast which did not stay down. Friday: two PopTarts, maybe 3-4 ounces of chicken, fries. Saturday: Mickey waffle, strawberries, Super Pretzel, pasta with chicken.  I should have been eating more than that combined EACH DAY!

I went to bed around 8:30, and I didn’t sleep very well. I woke up about every hour and looked at the clock, ticking down to 2:45 a.m. when I needed to get up, get dressed, and get to the marathon.

I was able to walk around most of the day at Animal Kingdom without a problem. But would this prove good for me or come back to haunt me during the race?

Out and About – Marathon Tale Part 3

Part 2 of my marathon tale ended with me taking a nap Friday afternoon after an exhausting two hours at the expo. The flu was taking its toll.

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But I woke up from the nap feeling good (the two poptarts and some chicken and fries probably helped too), and the parents and I decided to head off to Disney’s Hollywood Studios (MGM for those, like me, who hadn’t been to Disney in over a decade).

So no Tower of Terror today! But don’t worry, we will be back!

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We picked to go to DHS because I was not up for a ton of walking, and I wasn’t going to do any rides. My stomach was feeling better, but not enough for that!

DHS has a lot of shows – Indiana Jones, Beauty and the Beast, Stunt Show, Backlot Tour, etc. – so we planned on doing those for just an easy afternoon in the park.

We went and saw Indiana Jones, which is always a good time. My favorite movie and ring tone! After that, we planned on seeing Beauty and the Beast, but it was closed for stage repainting or something stupid, and wasn’t playing that day.  It turned out that it wouldn’t open again while we were there! So disappointing!

Instead we headed to Fantasmic, which is a water and light show featuring Mickey and some Disney villains. We had a good time.

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After that, it was about 7:30 and I was ready for bed!  We headed back to our resort, Port Orleans Riverside, and grabbed some food from the dining hall.

I really liked the look of the resort. Very pretty. But next time, monorail!

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I ate some more chicken and French fries and felt half normal for the first time on the trip.  The flu feeling was going away, but I was still rocking a terrible stuffed nose and cough.  We watched some TV and then went to bed.

Karl and Theresa (my brother and sister-in-law) arrived around midnight from Colorado (good thing they got out before the snowstorm!), and finally our whole group was in Florida.

About 30 hours until the marathon.

The Expo – Marathon Tale Part 2

As our tale began, I came down with a cold and the flu on the way down to Florida.  Thursday was a rough day, and with the marathon on Sunday, who knew what would happen.

But Friday’s goal was to head to the Expo and pick up my marathon bib.

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The Marathon Expo was held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.  We caught the bus from our resort – I even made mom and dad go before they had breakfast. Being sick, I didn’t feel like eating at all, so I forced them to suffer as well. Sorry parents!

We had to go to one building to pick up my marathon bib (and buy Disney gear!) and then to a different one to pick up my packet of stuff (marathon shirt, gear bag for drop-off, etc.).

My bib number was 4698, so I headed here to get my bib (little hard to see, but it is 4001-4500 and 4501-5000):

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Here, I got my bib and the sticker for the gear check bag.  I had to pick these up first because you need your bib to pick up the rest of the items – the shirt, etc.

After that, we did some shopping at the runDisney area! I picked up a 26.2 Disney magnet, an “I did it” stuffed Mickey (pressing my luck here), and a nice zip-up runDisney sweatshirt.  I was really looking for an “I Did It” marathon shirt, but there were none located here. So I picked up the zip-up sweatshirt just in case I couldn’t find anything else.

Fun fact: My dad was wearing his “Juniata College Dad” shirt and got two comments from people. One from a Disney cast member who was from Altoona, and one from a guy whose daughter went to Juniata! Small world.

My loot:

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We then left that building and headed to the expo:

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It was crazy! There were a lot of vendors and I wanted to visit a lot, but I was starting to get run down by the time we finally got into the expo (we had to wait outside in line for about 10 minutes.

On the way in, we passed the New Balance booth (I love New Balance – the only running shoes I will wear!).  The back of the booth listed every runner of the weekend:

Me!

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I went and picked up my gear bag, which included the marathon tech shirt, marathon shoe laces, marathon pin, marathon program, final race instructions, and the plastic gear drop-off bag for marathon morning.

Tech shirt (Love the Disney park logos on the sleeve – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios):

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I had put down for a small shirt, but after receiving it, I realized I needed an x-small.  Unfortunately, there were no x-smalls left at the exchange booth. So that made me mad, but it won’t stop me from wearing the shirt!

After that, there was some more runDisney gear – and they had I Did It shirts! Only two options (one men’s, one women’s). I had vowed I was going to have mom buy my shirt so I didn’t jinx anything, but she and dad were out wondering the booth so I had to get it myself.

Love this shirt! The back lists each mile that we ran and where it was in the parks:

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I was enticed by the Dooney and Bourke marathon bags for a few minutes and thought about buying one. But I didn’t love them enough to drop $200.

I visited one booth and ordered a shadowbox for my medal, a photo, my bib, and a plaque with my marathon time.  I really wanted to hit more (to get a free art card, to see if New Balance had any good deals, to check out some other races, etc.), but I was exhausted by this point and just wanted to get back to the hotel.

It was disappointing that I wasn’t able to spend as much time as I wanted to.

So we headed back to the hotel for a nap (me) and lunch (mom and dad).

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For lunch, I had two plain blueberry poptarts and half of a chicken sandwich (just the chicken, not the bun) and a few fries.

Then I took a nap.

Half of Friday down, and a few hours at the expo has exhausted me.  Marathon is less than 48 hours away.

I Wandered Off Somewhere Along the Way… Marathon Weekend Part 1

I wandered off somewhere around the beginning of January as my marathon training was coming to a close.

But I am back now, coming to terms with the way that the marathon actually went in comparison to how I thought it was going to go.

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The days leading up to marathon departure were crazy.  I had been stuck on the treadmill since the day after Christmas, which wasn’t fun. I run a lot slower on the treadmill and it just isn’t as easy for me.  So that sucked a lot of my confidence.  I was stressed out in week 17, but by the time week 18 rolled around, I was ready.

I did one 3 mile run on the treadmill to start off week 18, but I skipped a 2-miler the day before we left for Florida because my throat was feeling scratchy. I ate grilled cheese and ring-o noodle soup, which is the cure for all potential sicknesses.

We left for Florida on Thursday, January 10th.  I came down with both the flu and a terrible head cold.  I threw up on the plane.  It was not awesome.

My dogs had woken me up around 4 a.m. to go outside.  I let them out and then felt sick, like potential flu sickness. But I laid down for a while and it seemed to pass.

I went back to bed until around 8 a.m., and I felt a lot better.  But as I would move around, I would feel sick again. Laying down was best for me. I ate two pieces of toast around 10 a.m.

I didn’t feel well, but I didn’t feel too terrible either. I think it was flu butting up against excitement of going to Florida.

I showered and finished packing, heading to my parents’ around 1 p.m. in order to leave.  We drove to the airport, where they had dinner, but I didn’t want to eat anything and risk it not staying in my stomach. It sure smelled good though.

We took off around 6 p.m.  I tried to sleep on the plane, and though I was tired, I couldn’t sleep.  I must have fell asleep for a few minutes around 7 p.m. when I woke up and felt sick. I said I needed to go to the bathroom. I was in the window seat, and I made it to the aisle before I had to sit down. It wasn’t good – that faint-like feeling, that dizzy, clammy, flu feeling.  And that is when I had to use one of the “air sickness” bags for the first (and second) time(s) in my life. But it wasn’t turbulence, it was the flu.

After that, I actually felt a little better, and thankfully, that was the only vomiting episode on the plane and of the flu.  My spirits were not high. I didn’t know how I would make the marathon on Sunday.

I was exhausted (physically and emotionally) and was very happy when we landed.  Being on the ground, in Florida cheered my spirits, if not my sicknesses.

First we had to grab the Magical Express to our hotel (we were at Port Orleans Riverside).  I had requested our Magical Express passes ahead of time, so we got to bypass the long line of people waiting to be assigned a bus.  Thank the Lord I research these things. We stood in line for about 2 minutes before we boarded the bus.

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Dad was cheery (poor Dad, he wasn’t cheery for very long – I soon passed my sicknesses on to him)

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Mom was cheery (and cheery most of the trip, until I passed the cold on to her)

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Port Orleans Riverside was a very nice hotel, I really enjoyed it.  The décor is New Orleans, Southern, plantation-like.

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But the thing that cheered me up the most, besides being at the Happiest Place on Earth, was the RunDisney transportation signs for Marathon Weekend!

With the flu but can’t pass up a picture!

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I was here, in Disney, after training for more than a year to run this marathon.

After that, it was time to sleep (and wait for our bags to arrive – if you arrive before 10 p.m., Disney gets your bags from the airport and transports them to your room! Which is nice because you don’t have to get your bags, but it can take up to 3 hours – I think ours arrived around midnight. I was asleep. I woke up long enough to take my contacts out and put on my pajamas).

So this is the beginning of the marathon weekend tale.

Sunday is the marathon.  Thursday I come down with a cold and the flu. I ate 2 pieces of toast on Thursday – that was the only thing I ate on Thursday.  It didn’t stay in my stomach.  Carb-loading, not so much.

Marathon fate questionable.

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Have to fly, have to fight, have to crow… Week 17 is complete. 2 runs left. Somebody save me.

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Week 17 / Day 4

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Week of December 30 (19) Cross Rest 4 run 3 run 4 run Rest 8 run

8 miles planned / 8 miles completed

19 miles completed / 19 miles planned for the week

437 miles completed so far in training

Stats from the run:

Total time: 1:36:00 for 8.00 miles / Average pace: 12:00/mile

Still on the treadmill. Today’s movie was Hook – hence the “bangarang” and “have to fly, have to fight, have to crow.”  I hope I find some random point on the marathon course to yell out “bangarang.”  Great movie. Strangely appropriate for marathon training or whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. You have to put your mind to it and believe in yourself. It is really that simple.

I have resigned myself to the treadmill now because I am too scared to slip on ice or twist my ankle in snow outside. I can’t take such risks with only a week and a few hours to go until the marathon!  I might do my 3 and 2 mile runs outside at work next week. The weather will decide.

Also, anxiety has set in and causes me to have slight panic attacks about the marathon. If I distract myself enough, it goes away. But it was in full force during this run (oh God, what if all this super slow treadmill running has ruined my training or my pace, what if the weather is too hot (it is supposed to be warm), what if I don’t hydrate enough, etc.).

Ah, the joys of a first time marathon!

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