I’ll write a full recap of the actual race when we get home, and when I’m not beyond exhausted, sick (yeah, I know!), and have some time to process. For now, here’s what I’ve got about all the other stuff surrounding it. I legit just burst into tears in our hotel room and told MattHowk that I did it, like he didn’t know.
My kid got sick THE DAY we got here, so of course I got sick too. I mean, he kept coughing RIGHT INTO MY MOUTH. I’m glad I brought Zicam, I think it sort of held it at bay. Fun fact, people think adults can’t get croup, but we do. Our airways are more mature, so we just typically don’t have the telltale seal bark that kids get. We think we got a cold, but in actuality our kids are sharing their disgusting croup with us.
I had shrimp tempura and Udon noodles the night before. I sure do love the World’s Showcase at Epcot. I got up at 2:30am and got my behind on the bus, then met my brother in law, Alex, who was running this too. We decided to run it together, so he fell back from corral B to mine, which was C.
The whole trip has been super cool and low humidity, except for marathon day. Naturally. I was glad I brought my fleece blanket throwaway, but had to change up my outfit plan. I broke the cardinal rule, I bought a shirt at the expo and wore it for the race even though I had never worn it before, or even washed it. I also had to change my plan to wear capris because they were calling for 75, humid, and sunny by 10am, so I wore shorts that I have worn for other races. I had been eyeing the shirt on the Raw Threads website, but wasn’t sure about the sizing so I bagged it. I got to try it on at the expo, so I made an out of character decision to spend the money. WORTH EVERY PENNY.
It was humid right off the bat, even though the temperature was cool. We started off a bit slower than I would have liked, though it was MUCH better than the 10k (recap coming for that one too, and I’m trying to talk MattHowk into a guest post, since it was his first one). I feel so snotty saying it, but I feel super fortunate to have been in a higher corral, which meant that I was placed with people running the same paces as me right out of the gate, and I got to see the Magic Kingdom in the dark, which was still lit up for Christmas.
I felt horrible about it, but I pulled ahead of Alex at Hollywood Studios with about 3 miles to go. I needed to bear down and just get it done, and my poor buddy was hurting and couldn’t do it. I didn’t have to start talking myself into finishing until 1.5 miles left to go, which is a record for me. I felt super strong the entire race, even when I was tired at the end and wishing it was over.
Disney is so freaking efficient. We finished, I grabbed 3 waters and my box of snacks, waited for Alex, then we limped our way to our respective busses. I had a bus available in about 47 seconds, then I limped my way to my room where my mom, Wicket, and MattHowk were waiting for me. I ate my pretzels from my snack box with the delicious horrible fake cheese, showered, then we were off to eat and drink our way around the World’s Showcase.
Because I did it. Somehow, even though 4 months ago I was injured and hadn’t run in two months, I did it. I was in no pain, I was actually more comfortable and felt more strong than I ever have for any previous marathon, and most of my half marathons. My feet are pretty beat up, but otherwise I feel pretty great even afterwards.
She believed she could, so she did. This quote has been in my mind in regards to this race for about a year, but now this saying means so much to me. Except I covered up the “so she did” part with my bib until after the race, because I didn’t want to jinx myself. 4:31. Not a PR, but within 6 minutes of my PR, 3 years and 30 degrees higher. There was no reason at all for me to think I could do this, and probably I actually reasonably probably couldn’t, but I did.
She believed she could, so she did.