Almost right after the half marathon, runDisney issued a heat advisory for the marathon the next day. This wasn’t going to be a race to speed through.
After my experience with half marathon pre-race, I decided to wake up an hour earlier so I could meet up with my friends before the race. I was ready to go by 3am this time.
I made it to the race around 4ish, and was (finally!) able to meet up with Team #runDisney!
A few minutes later, we began hearing the call to start heading to our corrals. I was DETERMINED to make it to my corral this time! My blogger friends Matt and Joe were in the same corral and had the same game plan of taking the race easy, so we decided to run the marathon together.
We made it to our corral on time (hooray!), and anxiously awaited the start of the race. Luckily, it wasn’t too long and before we knew it fireworks were going off and we were running (this time I also made sure the GPS was on!).
Our original race plan was to mix up the running and walking, however we were really excited to be there we ran at a faster pace for the first 8 miles. Around mile 8 or 9, it was starting to really heat up. I normally don’t stop at every water stop, however I quickly realized this would be key to not dehydrating with the heat. Disney did a great job of providing water and Powerade stops; it seemed like there were stops almost every mile to 1 1/2 miles.
The rest of the race we mixed it up with longer walking breaks and then eventually switched over to running intervals: 4 minute running, 1 minute walking. We also (a first for me!) stopped for a few character photos.
The race was a lot of fun, and completely flew by! We quickly passed through the big Mile 20 surprise (a big display with all the medals from the marathon for the past 20 years), and before I knew it we were back in Epcot getting our medals!
My first marathon was complete! Not only that, but I had run my first marathon completely pain free. My knee/IT band issues didn’t come up once!
This race weekend was one of the best racing weekends I’ve ever had. I didn’t really know what to expect going into the Goofy Challenge, however I’m really glad I did it! It was such an amazing experience, and I learned a lot about running and myself.
And now I have some times to go after for Goofy 2014!
Disney Marathon Results
Division Place: 153/835
Female Place: 1,645/10,619
Overall Place: 4,756/20,680
Goofy Challenge Results
Division Place: 16/156
Female Place: 292/3,056
Overall Place: 1,083/6,328