Mile 22 medical issues took a phycological toll. Like the half marathon there were 47,500 participants that ran in this morning. I was better mentally prepared for the race and the corralling process, or so I thought.
Weather was perfect the morning of the race; I considered not taking my jacket but did anyhow because the weather in Florida seems to change by the minute.
On the bus at 4:00AM and at the staging area by 4:45AM at Epcot. Traffic was really bad this morning and the bus that the rest of my co-workers were on was a bit late getting in. By the time we all started the half mile walk to the corrals the first corrals were starting the run. Our two fastest runners headed off to their corrals while the three of us head to ours. We needed to get into corral “I” which by now was at the “G” corral marker but the staff person wouldn’t let us enter and pointed us to the “I” corral marker. We had to fight the crowds to get in that corral which was now really corral “K” runners.
We got across the start line at 6.06AM 35:30 minutes after the Gun Start. The race went pretty much the same as the all the other races we ran this week, but unlike the other races there were allot more narrow and bottle neck paths that made it almost impossible to hold a steady pace. I was also paying for not taking it easy in the 10K and Half Marathon my body was worn-out and I could feel it the whole race.
I really had no plan other then to stay with our group this time and run the pace we all agreed on. The problem was that there were so many people blocking our path it was hard to stay together and it caused us to have to modify our personal running styles and so by mile 2; we were running only occasionally with each other even though we were only about a minute apart the whole race; that is except for me and Aaron we stayed together the entire race which would be a key factor in me finishing after mile 22. Aaron and I decided to try and maintain a pace between 13 and 14 minutes per mile which we did for the most part if you take into account the time we wasted stopping to take pictures of things, Goats, and with Disney characters.
Mile – Time
01 – 12:49 14 – 13:44
02 – 12:49 15 – 11:50
03 – 11:44 16 – 11:46
04 – 12:47 17 – 13:38
05 – 13:01 18 – 12:29
06 – 11:53 19 – 12:40
07 – 12:06 20 – 12:06
08 – 11:57 21 – 12:28
09 – 12:33 22 – 11:25
10 – 13:33 23 – 13:44
11 – 12:54 24 – 13:07
12 – 14:14 25 – 11:47
13 – 13:06 26 – 11:37
26.9 – 11:52
It was interesting that we had to weave in and out so much it added .58 miles onto the total distance we ran. I also noticed having to weave in and out and come to abrupt stops because of people stopping without warning, causes you to use muscle groups that are not normally used as much. I’m sore places I’ve never been sore before.
We ran from the Epcot staging area out to the streets taking us to Magic Kingdom, through Magic Kingdom, back into the streets to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
It was at mile 22 just before Disney’s Hollywood Studios; I noticed that my hands and wrists were swollen, closing my hand felt tight. I had never had this happen to me before and to be honest it really started to mess with my mind. I slowed down, I was contemplating on what to do about it; I was so close to the finish line at this point there was no way I wanted to drop out of the race or even stop at the aid station for fear they would pull me out. You can see in my splits I caused Aaron and me to slow by a minute.
I told Aaron about it and he ask me a bunch of questions and assured me I was okay, which was reassuring but I could see he was concerned because he kept asking me if I was okay and was obviously holding back from running at a faster pace. Mile 25 I just said screw it and ran, I was not going to quit now not 2 miles from the finish. We travel the rest of the route which was though Disney’s Hollywood Studio’s Park, then to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
I gotta tell you I think running in the ESPN complex was my favorite part of the run; even though I was still freaked out about the swelling. The ESPN complex is HUGE! we got to run though allot of exciting areas but the ones that were most memorable is the New Balance Track and Field Complex here we ran almost the whole track which was my first time running on synthetic it really felt good on the feet and legs beside Goofy was there!
It was then on to the Champion Stadium; if you ever do this race and bring people to watch you this is the place you should have them go. The spectators get to sit in the stands as the runners round the entire stadium. The runners are shown on this giant screen as they round home plate; You never know how big the stadium is until you are on the field.
Once out of the ESPN complex you run though a resort area that is on the way to back to the Epcot center were the race began. At this part of the run spectators line the boardwalk offering among other things Beer shots, Margaritas, Candy and French Fry’s. I found this amusing and even more amusing that people we stopping for bear shots. and back though Epcot center into the parking lot where the finish line was.
I was never so glad to be at a finish line. Aaron and I waited for our company President who was just a little behind us because he had to stop to take care of a blister. We had to ‘pretend’ that we were trying to recover because the staff kept trying to kick us out of the area we were waiting. According to my running app I did the race at 26.59 miles in 06:06:47 with an average pace of 12:46/mile Disney clocked me at 06:02:56 Pace 13:51.
This was my first ever Marathon and I’m thinking the numbers are fine considering we had run the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon in the 3 days preceding and the fact that we stopped to take pictures with Goats and the like quite a few times. I guess now I’ll have to run a non ‘the experience’ marathon to see what time I can really run one in. I’m still not sure what the swelling was about; but I will have to find out before I try another Marathon.
Here are some pictures from the race!