Like I mentioned in my post about the day before the race, I’d really been looking forward to the Walt Disney World Marathon since the Space Coast Marathon. I’d really been beating myself up about how I performed there and knew that I could do a lot better. I think there were a lot of things that contributed to me not really being very motivated to push myself that day — I was bored, the hills were annoying, and I really just didn’t feel up to it. That wasn’t the case the morning of the Walt Disney World Marathon. I really wanted to do better, I wanted to do what I knew I was capable of and what I had trained for.
I’ve been looking forward to this race since approximately 5.78 seconds after I crossed the finish line at the Space Coast Marathon. When I finished feeling great, with a huge smile on my face, I knew I could have done better. Much, much better. I finished though, and for your first marathon, that’s all that really matters. I learned a lot, but most of all learned to respect the distance. In case you didn’t know, 26.2 miles is a really long way to run.
We all know that I can be a little bit ridiculous at times, right?
We’ve been looking forward to the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon since we signed up for it at the Princess Half Expo in February. It was our first time leaving both kids for more than an overnight with our parents, I’ve never been to the Food & Wine festival, and running another Disney race? Definitely a recipe for a wonderful weekend with my husband, right? Right. Or not.
I apologize in advance, because this post is pretty picture heavy. I tried to cut some out, but the folks at runDisney took SO many amazing pictures, so it was HARD!
I’ve been looking forward to this race for a few months. A long, long time ago (like before we had kids), a friend of mine tried to get me and another friend to do this race with her. I told her she was completely nuts because there was no way I could EVER run 10 miles without dying. She was in the middle of training for her first marathon, so 10 miles was no big deal to her. (We ended up doing the Race for the Cure with her instead, and walked almost the whole thing!)
According to 1st Place Sports, this race series is designed to test your ability to run three different races in a twenty-four hour period. Your time in each of the three events is added together to determine your place for the Tour de Pain. I couldn’t decide how to write this recap. Since it was a series of three races so I was going to break it into three, but really it was kind of like one big race since they were run so close together and they all affected each other. I decided to put them all together, so forgive me if this is long!
I feel kind of funny calling this a race recap. There was a race involved, but we didn’t race.. not really.
I’m super late with this race recap and I’d love to say that it’s going to be worth the wait.. but, well, it’s probably not.
A question that I’m asked often is “Why do you run?” It’s kind of a hard question for me to answer. I know why I started running. I enjoy it most of the time. I like how it makes me feel and I like that it allows me to eat chocolate every day without gaining a ton of weight. That’s not really why though. I mean.. It isn’t something that feels good all the time, in fact it often makes me hobble around the house like an old lady. It even makes me miserable at times. I think the reason it’s so hard to explain is because I don’t do it for any particular reason, I just do it for me.