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Another Challenge Conquered, I'm officially Goofy!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Disney Goofy Challenge is the Race and a Half where you do the Half Marathon Saturday, then the full marathon on Sunday. I've never done anything close to this! It hasn't even been a month since my last marathon and I hadn't run a marathon in alsmot 2 years before that!!! So I had no expectations, other than nightmares that I wouldn't finish! But I wanted that BLING!!!

Did a couple of training runs, a 16 and 18 miler to prepare for this race, but had a hamstring pull, so had not run the two weeks before the race. On Thursday, the 10th the Disney Marathon Expo started, which means I was on my feet working for 12 hours (working the Rock n Roll booth). I drank a lot, elevated my feet when I could and stood on a cushioned pad that I brought. On Friday, another 11 hours. Saturday morning was the Half Marathon and I had no idea how I would feel since I still had some pain. I found a running partner so we could take pics of each other and I just planned to enjoy the race! And that I did!!! I took pics with characters, we stopped and took a pic in front of Cinderella's castle, all things I would never do when I normally "race". I walked every mile and every water stop. And had very little pain, praise Yahweh! My normal racing time for a Half is just under 2 hours, so I finished this one in 3:01 but didn't care about the time and was so happy to finish and get my Donald Duck Medal!

After the Half Marathon, went back to the hotel, took an Ice Bath, got dressed and went back to the Expo to work 6 hours, then to prepare for the Marathon!

Goal for the Half was to reserve my energy and strength for the full so I could complete the 39.3 mile challenge! Started out running with a few friends who were doing their first marathon. They were doing 3/1 intervals (run 3 minutes, walk 1). I stayed with them until Mile 11 as they were increasing the speed of their running intervals and my legs were feeling very tired. So I dropped back and turned up my music. I ran really slowed, walked each water stop and each mile marker. Took more pics with characters, animals, went to pee 3 times lol. Then at Mile 20, they had a big "party" going on! All my favorite Disney music playing, cool characters and just a lot of fun! You could take a pic with Donald, Mickey & Goofy but there was a line...oh well! I wanted that pic so I waited in line! I was having so much fin I didn't want to leave, but realized I needed to finish the final 6.2 miles.

While I wasn't really in pain, my feet hurt like crazy, probably from a combination of the standing at the Expo and the pounding of the pavement in the two races. Otherwise, I felt great! They really did a great job with the course, we ran along the Richard Petty speedway and they had a bunch of classic cars lined all along! We also ran on the ESPN track which was cool, and even saw a turtle crossing the track (yes a live turtle, who knows where he came from lol).

As the remaining miles came up, I just soaked up the experience! I was having a blast! I actually got emotional when I saw the Epcot Ball because I know the finish line was near! I was really going to complete this!

I finished in 5:49 and was so proud of myself! My hubby also ran the marathon and finished in 3:42. He wasn't happy with his time, as he really wanted a sub 3:30 but it got really hot and hunid! But I was proud of him!!! We did it!

So after the cruise, we drove to Port Canaveral and boarded a cruise and spent the next 4 days relaxing! I didn't even bring any sneakers or heels with me! Never stepped foot in the gym! The only walking I did was to and from the dining room lol! Ok, we did get off and walked the ports, but only for about 30 minutes. We had a balcony so we enjoyed it. This was truly a "sleepcation". Well deserved!

Onto the next challenge, the Clearwater Marathon this Sunday for yet another 26.2!!! Then I'll take a break!

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