It's amazing how fast time goes. Since my last post I have done the All Women's and One Lucky Guy half-marathon in November, 2011, and the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge in January, 2012. I did the Nov race in the 3:35 I was hoping, and I loved the Goofy!!! I didn't complete the Goofy though.
The half marathon on Saturday was great! I finished in about 3:25, so just 5 minutes shy of the cut off time. But, I had sooo much fun. The Disney Races are great for entertainment, and I again had the thought - this is my hobby, so I am going to enjoy the long walk (with some running), and take as long as they let me. Guess I don't have a super great COMPETETIVE attitude, but I sure do have fun in this life.
The morning of the marathon was very rewarding. We had to get up by 3am for the 6am race. We had to eat something and catch the bus to the start. I have my favorite picture of my awesome brother and I getting ready to leave. I have proof that I could lift my leg high. The half marathon distance is so do-able.
I really enjoyed the first half of the marathon. My brother and I kept catching up with each other. We'd chat, then go separate, then meet up again. We decided to be done at the half. It was getting hot, we were miserable. But, we did the half in the time limit. We decided to keep walking until they kicked us off - as opposed to just stopping on our own. Well, then we got close to Animal Kingdom, so we decided to speed up a little so we could at least go through the park. As soon as we got into the park, I hit the restroom. That definitely slowed us to the point that we were not going to make it to the end in time. So, we were picked up at mile 18 - same place I made it the second time I tried to run the marathon. But, we were smiling, and NOT broken!
So, this year I need to get some more marathons under my belt. I love the half marathon distance though. I know if I get in better shape and more marathony I can do a better job and enjoy the marathon distance as well.
My family rocks, too. My sister in law H is so supportive. I can't ever tell her how much it means to come around the bend at Polynesian Village and see her blonde hair and her willing to get a sweaty hug or give me whatever encouragement I need. My cousins V and K gave me all the special encouragement I need too. I do not have their competitive spirit, but they are willing to put up with me anyway. And my brother is the most amazing person I know. I didn't realize he signed up for Goofy just to encourage me. He is such a great man.