My very first marathon was in January 2007 in Disney World. It was a great day and an awful day. How is that possible? It is very possible! Finishing your very first marathon is always a great thing. Setting a time goal and convincing yourself it is important is a nice set up for disaster. As I began to cramp in both of my calves half way into the race, I knew not only my time goal is done, but I began to wonder if finishing is possible. That was my first real encounter with running with others (Running is probably not accurate during that last half of the race. I guess that would have been limping with others). I found a fellow runner who was one of many of us struggling to the finish and we hobbled a long way together. I remember as I attempted to run across the finish line. I looked a lot like Frankenstein! Running from one stiff leg to the other. I am sure I provided someone with entertainment that day, but I did finish!
One of the things that I did before the race was read all about it. However, not as much as I should have. I read all about the course and what it was like, but I was not mentally prepared for the marathon itself. As someone who prides themselves in trying to help others be successful, I thought this might be a good time to prepare at least one first time Disney 13.1 or 26.2 runner for the race. And if you are a veteran, maybe this can help you relive some of the great memories you have had on the course. And for those of you who have not run Disney and are not signed up, maybe this will get you excited about running Disney in the future.
So, here is what I decided to do. Each week I plan to cover a specific topic in regards to getting ready for Disney. From the expo to dining, transportation, where to stay, the weather and many more details I hope to give you a snap shot of the Disney Marathon weekend and what to expect. I might include a race report or 2 and keep you up to date on how my training is going. I also plan to provide you with a detailed guide of the 13.1 and 26.2 race.
On a side note: If you wonder about my use of 13.1 and 26.2, yes there is a reason. I don’t believe 13.1 miles is half of anything. I get the idea but 13.1 miles is 13.1 miles. I think it does the race an injustice to call it a half. So I don’t! Enough of that.
More than a course preview I also plan to help you prepare mentally for the race with any coaching advice I might have on my end and maybe you can learn from my mistakes over the years!
This is a weekend that I love. It is a race that means a lot to me. I would imagine your first marathon is always special, but when you combine that with the excellence of Disney, the races is hard to beat. Training for me officially begins on Monday, August 25th. That is my first step in preparing for Disney. I invite you to join me for the journey as we prepare for Disney!