Walt Disney World Marathon - RunMarathon

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Orlando, Florida
United States
Walt Disney World Endurance Sports
75F / 24C
Total Time = 5h 23m 37s
Overall Rank = 9002/20680
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 927/1700
Pre-race routine:

Same as yesterday before the half, woke at 3, ate a bowl of oatmeal then drank Gatorade and ate a power bar on the bus. For some reason today the bus picked us up then took another route to Epcot and we were there in 5 minutes. As opposed to the 30 minutes it took us on Saturday before the half.
Event warmup:

Got to the venue a little earlier so I had time to get over to the start without stress, sit down and stretch and relax before the race start. Used to the walk over to the start line to try and loosen up my soreness from the half marathon yesterday.
  • 5h 23m 37s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 21s  min/mile

Ouch. That's all I have to say about that. Part two of the Goofy Challenge, this was a tough one. I think I would have preferred to run this the afternoon after the half marathon instead of the next day. Perhaps that is what makes it such a challenge, because after the half marathon you have the time to get a little sore and stiff before the next race.
It was another hot day, by mile 2 I was already sweating uncontrollably. My original goal for the day was to at least run faster than last year, unfortunately that just wasn't going to happen. I developed some knee pain very quickly and ended up stopping at every single medical station to apply biofreeze, which only worked until about mile 20, then nothing helped with that pain. I was able to maintain a decent pace, but it was all negated by having to stop at the medical tents. Honestly I can't say I can blame the crowds. While this is a crowded race, I don't feel that I was ever held up because people were in my way. By the time I got to ESPN zone, I was about done. Running was just simply too painful to my knee and I was beginning to be concerned I would do some actual damage to it. At that point I decided to just run the "fun" areas, such as the track and the baseball field. I was hoping to still be able to run at Hollywood Studios and Epcot, but that didn't happen. In fact, crossing the finish line I felt like one of those super old dudes you see at the Ironman finish line, who can't run without nearly being doubled over and not even close to in a strait line.
What would you do differently?:

Not run something like this 1.5 months after an Ironman. I don't regret that I did it, I just would have probably enjoyed it better had I been able to train better for it. I'll go back in a couple years and do this one again, and train smarter and harder for it.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around finish area, collected all my food and drinks then made my way out to the buses. Got my knee and ankle iced and wrapped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Undertrained, heat and humidity.

Event comments:

Decent race, I'd do it again. Well organized, they do a great job of accommodating so many runners and spectators.

Last updated: 2012-09-11 12:00 AM
05:23:37 | 26.2 miles | 12m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 927/1700
Overall: 9002/20680
Performance: Below average
Course: One big loop, much better than last year because this year included less highway running and more running through parks and/or attractions. The race track was fine, it's totally flat at the bottom so no worries about running on a slanted road.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4