Vital stats: 5:30 am start (alarm off at 1:45) 43 degrees at race start. Finish time 6:31:57
Due to the half-marathon debacle and looking for my friends, I was able to work with the powers that be and get into my proper place in Corral D. However the plan for this race was for me to run much of it solo anyway. I would stop for a few characters and ride Expedition Everest. This presented an interesting problem, though. I had to balance race start at 5:30 (my wave went off at 5:49) with the 9:00 opening time for Everest, but also not go so slowly that I would get too far behind. I felt this allowed for quite a bit of time for the first half (Everest is at the half marathon mark).
So at the start I ran with Gerald and my new friend Karen. They were ready to rock and roll, and I knew I needed to keep the burn at a simmer so as not to shred my legs by the second half. This time I was also tracking my husband, Dave, who was attempting his first marathon. His start was only 12 minutes behind me. The Corral start system they used worked very well, and each wave seemed to move through fairly quickly to start.
Somewhere around mile 1.5, I let Gerald and Karen go ahead, and found a groove at about 12:30 pace. This was nice and easy, and I knew I could maintain it for a while. I got in line for the Ducktales characters just after the 5k mark, and the Castle shot in Magic Kingdom. At this point, I realized I was ahead of schedule for the 9:00 mark. So I kept stopping for the cool and rare stuff. At one point on the first half of the marathon, the course gets somewhat boring, so I just tucked in, hit cruise control, and relaxed into a pace. Every mile or so or whenever there was a character stop, I did the math on how much time until 9:00. I skipped a couple of the longer lines, but made it to Animal Kingdom just before 9:00. Two character stops put me in line for Expedition Everest right on time! [Read more…] about Walt Disney World Marathon’s 25th Anniversary Race Recap