Walt Disney World Marathon - RunMarathon

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Orlando, Florida
United States
Walt Disney World Endurance Sports
Total Time = 6h 19m 1s
Overall Rank = 14941/20679
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1352/1669
  • 6h 19m 1s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 14m 28s  min/mile

Started the race feeling stiff and sore from Saturday's half marathon. Feet were already tender. Shoes were a little more snug than I would have liked and just got worse as the day progressed. Started off on my original plan, 15 minute warmup switching to a 4/1 run/walk. Kept that up for the first half while running with a friend. Had to take a major bio break at mile 4. After the halfway point things just fell apart and so I sent my friend off to run his own race. Last half of the race was more walking than running, and spent as much time in the grass as I could as my feet were aching with every step. Got an adrenaline boost near mile 18, but not in a good way. A stray pop fly from the baseball field came down and hit a female runner on the head, stunning her and potentially knocking her out of the race. I ran with the group just ahead of her calling for a medic. Not sure what happened afterwards, but the endorphins carried me until mile 21 or so. Swapped shoes at mile 25 (ran behind my resort so I had my family bring them out to me) which gave some, but not complete, relief to my feet. Finally made it through World Showcase & the rest of Epcot to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I had more adequate training. As I was returning from injury last year, I didn't get the mileage that I wanted as I was fighting both physical and mental resistance.
Post race
Warm down:

Spent an hour in the retreat tent & got a 15 minute massage. Took the bus back to my resort instead of walking this time as feet were too sore. Went down the water slide at the pool before heading back to my room, just because I could.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of consitant training & the high raceday temps.

Event comments:

I still love Disney races, and they pulled out all the stops to make the 20th Anniversary Marathon special. My own condition took away from my experience; I plan to return again in 2015 for the 10th Goofy Challenge.

Last updated: 2013-01-06 12:00 AM
06:19:01 | 26.2 miles | 14m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 1352/1669
Overall: 14941/20679
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4