Good afternoon everyone! It is finally time for my marathon recap! Hang on, it’s going to be a wild ride!!!
My alarm went off at 2:50 AM. Last year, I got up at 3:00 and felt rushed, so I decided to get up a few minutes earlier. I had only slept three hours that night so I was very very sleepy.
I don’t really remember much from that morning except I was frustrated with my bib because I couldn’t get it straight on my shirt and I can be a little OCD about it being straight…We finally made it down to the lobby where we met Karen.
We headed outside and there was an almost full bus waiting. We hopped on and were off within 3-4 minutes. The bus was taking way longer than expected to get us to the family reunion area, but we finally made it and had a quick blogger meet up with friends.
Then we headed over to another blogger meet up with the ROTER’s (Running of the Ears, runners who love Disney!) They had already taken the group pic which we missed.
It was chilly out, but not bad, and definitely better than last year! We started heading to our corrals. There were so many people we were barely moving and it took forever. I don’t remember it being like that last year!
We made it to the start and jumped in a potty line, then headed to the D corral. After a little confusion we made it in, and everything seemed to go a lot faster than last year. We were not in the corrals for 5 minutes when they sang the National Anthem!
There were some amazing displays of fireworks like only Disney can do, and the first wave started! I got a little emotional with the fireworks, but surprisingly, I wasn’t that nervous. I knew I would finish. We weren’t going for time, just to have FUN and take lots of character pictures. It was so nice not having all this pressure on me to finish in a certain time.
Before I knew it, our corral had moved up and it was our turn! We started running and before I knew it we were in EPCOT. (After basically making us run in a circle. So mean of Disney!)
They had some floats out from the electrical parade which was cool.
I had already tossed my pants at the start, and was planning on tossing my sweatshirt before we got into EPCOT so that my bib would be visible for photographers. I told Bobby he needed to do the same, and then he proceeded to tell me he would run the race “like this.”
awesome. Whatever floats your boat, dear.
When we hit the EPCOT ball, we noticed a cast member standing off to the side. Karen asked her if she would take a picture of us in front of the ball and she said “your going to make me take my hands out of my pockets and be cold!: How rude! She wasn’t too bright, because this is the picture we got “in front of the ball.”
seriously lady?! We made Bobby do it the RIGHT way!
We ran to the left towards the World Showcase, past Mexico, and then around some backstage area and out of Epcot. Wow. that was fast! It was here we encountered our first characters!
We made it back out onto the road, and I was a little turned around for a bit. We ran around a few circled inclines which my knee did NOT like, and the sun started to come up. We made it out to World drive, and they had this huge EPCOT balloon blown up. The day before, a cast member told me he had gotten very confused driving to work because he thought it was the real EPCOT ball!
We made it to mile 7!! Still smiling!
This is about where I stopped at the first of many medical tents. My knee wasn’t hurting yet, it was just a little tight, but I was being proactive. I slathered on the first of a LOT of Biofreeze I would use that day!
At this point, Karen had started texting her husband Jason. He was supposed to be waiting to see us at the TTC. When we got there, there were so many people we almost missed him! After that, we saw this fun guy with these huge hands!
I was starting to get excited because we were almost to the Magic Kingdom, my favorite part of the whole race! But, I realized I had to go pee REALLY bad! We made a plan to stop at a REAL bathroom in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.
We made it around back and out onto Main Street. I kept telling myself to soak it all in. I wanted to run though because I was so excited but I also wanted to stop and walk to look at everything and everyone!
I got emotional here last year, and of course, it happened again. the on-course support is so amazing!
This is where the picture taking Bonanza began! We took FOREVER in the Magic Kingdom because we took a ton of pics!
We finally made it to the POTTY! yes, Karen took a picture of me running into the bathroom!
I felt MUCH better after that and like I could enjoy the race more ha!
Next, we ran into these guys by the teacups
Then we ran through the castle, another super fun part, and got more pictures.
We then ran through Frontierland, and before you knew it we were out of the Magic Kingdom. I was a little sad because I knew this would be the longest stretch of nothingness of the race. but, Disney did a good job of keeping us entertained! There were characters, fun signs to read, music, etc. It really wasn’t that bad!
We came down the road past the Grand Floridian so of course, we had to take a picture with our favorite hotel.
We came up to the golf course on the left, and this is where we got lucky. There was a long line for Minnie and Mickey, but I really wanted a pic with them, so we got in line. When Karen went to take her pic, Goofy walked up and got in it, awesome! So then Bobby and I went to take our picture, and Donald walked in it too! We had all four characters! All these racers and spectators started snapping pictures, so we are probably in a lot of people’s pictures! After our pic, Mickey and Minnie left! Donald and Goofy were there to switch out, so we were the ONLY ones who got all four in our picture. Score!
After that, we saw Jason again and he snapped this lovely picture ha!
Soon after this, we hit mile 13. HALFWAY! In a way, the first half seemed quick, but also in a way, the thought of running 13 more miles seemed really daunting!
so how would we fare in the second half of the race? You will have to wait until tomorrow to find out!