On the morning of Saturday, January 11th, I set out for the first race of two of the Goofy Challenge- the half marathon.
I’m just going to be real honest and upfront right here. I did not train for this the way I should have. My longest run prior to Goofy was the Wine and Dine Half Marathon at the beginning of November. When I was home in first week of December visiting my family, I decided then that I no longer wanted to run Goofy. I was tired of the pressure I was putting on myself. I no longer loved running. There was no passion for the sport left. So, I decided to defer it and run the 2015 race. But, when I went to defer the race, I realized you had to pay for the 2015 race then and wait 4-6 weeks for a refund of the 2014 race. This was around Christmastime, and I just didn’t have $400 to have floating around. So, I decided to just try to complete Goofy the best I could. It was a stupid decision and not one I’d recommend. I realize that this is an unhealthy trend here on this blog, and I’m going to start refocusing and getting myself back to the way I used to be when I loved running… and when I was 35 pounds lighter.
Anyway, back to the half marathon.
I woke up at 2:30am, and was out the door by 3:15. I can’t even tell you how relaxing it was to wake up in my own home and get ready for the races there. I made my usual pre-race meal of peanut butter on toast, and I took a really relaxing shower with stress relief shower gel.
Being so close to the parks, I arrived at the Epcot starting area by 3:30. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize my friends had plans of getting there at 4:30. So, I had an hour to spare, so I decided to get some pictures taken.
Unfortunately, right after taking this picture, water started gushing out of the tube of my Camelbak. I had lost the mouthpiece in a sea of people. After looking for it for a while, I headed back to the car and left my Camelbak there. I had to figure out ways to stuff my keys, gummies, cash, and my iPhone into the pockets of my pants.
On my way back to the staging area, it dawned on me to check my pictures to see if the mouthpiece was still on while taking the pictures. It wasn’t, so I knew I must have lost it in line, so I went back to the line, and there it was! It was too late to wash it and go back to the car now, so I put the mouthpiece in my checked bag. What a relief! I could still use the Camelbak the next day for the full marathon. Phew!
I met up with my friends, made the 20-30 minute walk to the corrals, and ended up getting to the corrals just in time for the National Anthem and the fireworks for the first corral.
I had no real plans of how to get through this race other than take it slow and have some fun. I started the race off with 1/1 intervals (run for 1 minute, walk for 1 minute).
The first few miles are always spent weaving in and out of people and finding your groove, but the Magic Kingdom toll plaza is always a welcomed sight just before the third mile marker.
Unfortunately, the Magic Kingdom is still about a mile away once you hit the toll plaza. You still have to run by the Transportation & Ticket Center and the Contemporary Resort.
By the fifth mile marker, we were finally by the backstage area of Magic Kingdom, and then…
Main Street and Cinderella Castle!
I found my friend Jenn at the castle, along with her friend Ami, and I decided to tag along with them for as long as I could. They were doing the Dopey Challenge (a 5K on Thursday, a 10K on Friday, the half marathon on Saturday, and the full marathon on Sunday), and they were taking this race easy. We walked for a lot of the next 3.5 miles, but when we were running, we were acting like a bunch of fools. It was literally the most fun I’ve had in a race.
By the ninth mile, they were running more than I could, and I eventually lost them. I was really beginning to struggle and really started to wonder how in the world I’d be able to complete 26.2 miles the next day.
View from the overpass around Mile 10
I slowly walked the rest of the miles, knowing I still had a buffer from the “sweeper bus”.
I strolled in with a time of 3:33:46, a pace of 15:57 (I ended up run/walking 13.39 miles).
I grabbed my medal, some water and Powerade, and headed directly to Wawa for a sub. I was hangry!
When I arrived home, I immediately took a shower, ate my sub, and laid down to watch some episodes of Once Upon a Time, my newest obsession!
I took a little bit of a nap, and then later that evening, I met up with my friend Lori for dinner at the Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs. I had the salmon with asparagus and sweet corn polenta, and a glowing cocktail!
When I was headed home, I heeded my mom’s advice about using diaper rash cream for chafing (she had heard it from Guiliana Rancic) and stopped to get some at Walgreen’s.
I had some bad chafing on my back from my sports bra… and some other unmentionable areas (and I had lathered up extremely well before the race with Body Glide). Let me tell you… this stuff is AMAZING! I woke up the next morning with not even a red mark or burning sensation in those unmentionable areas!
Around 9, I started putting all of my gear out for the next day and settled in to bed. Another 2:30am wakeup call was just around the corner!
Stay tuned for the full marathon recap!