race report: goofy challenge, part 2
After the half marathon, we showered, grabbed some lunch, and hit Hollywood Studios for a few rides. Since it's not a huge park we knew we wouldn't do too much damage. Besides, all through training we were active after our "short" runs on our double-run weekends!
We wanted Italian for dinner that night to carb-load for the marathon, but I waited a bit to long to make reservations. The latest reservation I could get was at 3:20pm! But actually, it worked out perfectly. Since we had been up so long, it felt like 7p.m. when we sat down to dinner. We ate, finished up at the park, and headed back to our room early. We got our clothes laid out and called it a night ... around 7:30p.m!
Sunday, January 10: Mickey Mouse Full Marathon
Just like the day before, my alarm went off at 2:45 a.m. As I eased myself awake, I slowly realized I was getting ready to run 26.2 miles. Did I feel like running 26.2 miles? Well, we were going to find out!
The skies were clear for the second day -- no rain/snow, so that was good news. But at my early wake-up time, it was only 27 degrees. Anything below freezing and I'm really bundled up! I had some choices ... but I chose all of my warmest options.
Thin tights under my blue ToughGirl Skirt -- a skirt with attached pants. Double layers! On top I wore a thin long-sleeve tech shirt under a quarter zip fleece top. I topped that with another custom-made short sleeve tech shirt and a throw-away windbreaker. I figured I'd lose that after warming up.
After two pairs of gloves (one tech, one dollar-store that I planned to toss), and a fleece balaclava, I was ready to go!
We were glad we saved our mylar blankets -- they were more effective than the garbage bag from the previous day.
The drill was the same -- wander around the staging area for a while, visit the port-o-pots, and begin the journey to the start line. I decided to clock the distance on my Garmin this time -- .83 to our corral!
It was a totally different experience from the half marathon, though. Even though we were just as generous with our time (6 hours), and in the same corral (G), there were actually a couple more corrals behind us this time. And the first three corrals took a different route for the first few miles, so they were on the other side of the street.
We moved to the front of the corral (on the street! not in the grass!), and danced to the music (that we could hear!), mainly to keep warm. Hooray for working speakers, and lights! I was getting excited to run!
And before we knew it, we were on our way -- Garmin says we started at 5:54a.m. And we started running. All those walkers from the previous day were behind us. Yay!
Of course, it made it more necessary for us to move to the right whenever we were getting ready for a walk. But we weren't alone, there were tons of Galloway runners in our corral. And for much of the course, we were on wide highways so we didn't have to worry about it that much, everybody had plenty of room.
Our first entrance to Epcot was amazing. They were playing music and the fires were burning in those giant torch things they have along the lake. I was warmed up by now and I lost the windbreaker and extra gloves. It was a quick trip through the park and we were back on the roads. To the Magic Kingdom!
That takes a while -- it's about five miles between the parks. Around mile eight, I was starting to fade. Uh-oh, we had a LONG way to go. Fortunately, that problem was solved by taking a GU. (Tri Berry, my favorite!)
The Magic Kingdom route was the same as the half course. But we had sunny skies. And we learned we could use the real bathrooms while in the park -- not too long of a line, either. (We timed it right, it was worse when we got out!)
And I had my camera! I didn't take too many shots, but was glad to have it.
After the Magic Kingdom, we were back on the road -- another long, boring stretch of highway. Looking at the race course, it seems to be another five-mile stretch. But it seemed like we were almost at Animal Kingdom forever!
And then we ran through so quickly. And the monkeys weren't even out!
It was around mile 17 when we decided to take a stretch break. We were starting to feel the effects of all that running. It was helpful, and we started taking them every three or so miles.
After leaving the Animal Kingdom there was more highway! Including an annoying out-and-back at mile 20! My training partner was starting to feel a little off, so we took more walk breaks. I didn't mind, I vowed to stick with her! Though, my feet were really hurting. Oddly enough, it hurt less to run at this point!
Eventually we did enter Hollywood Studios, where they were handing out chocolate. Yum! We took another stretch break. I ate my chocolate, and she had some Luna Moons, which seemed to help. We kept going with our run/walk intervals.
After Hollywood Studios, there was no more highway! We hit mile 24 wile running along the (cold! breezy!) waterfront by the Disney Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club Resorts.
After passing the resorts, we were back in Epcot, running through the World Showcase. I love Epcot, so that was great, and we were almost finished! Just around the lake and we were there!
Chip time: 5:48:22. A bit slower than our training runs, and a lot slower than my only other full marathon, but I'll take it!
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