THE RACE: OR, Kill or Be Killed at Disney

The most brutal, abusive event. The half-marathon, usually in 30-40 degree weather (ideal), took place in 80 degree weather with humidity that was out of this world. My moisture wicking clothing did not work. I did great until mile 8, maintained a 13.5 minute pace throughout, but my body just could not cope with the loss of fluids and I began to fall apart around mile 10 (ending with an all time worst finish time of 2:59:53). I was so relieved just to finish that I almost started crying. And it wasn't just me...one woman began to pass out on the course, fell, and broke her nose when it hit the edge of the curb. Others were being treated along the course. Seasoned runners were sleeping on the pavement of the Epcot parking lot. After the race, I could barely walk...it was strange because that has never happened to me before. Little did I know, I was fighting off bad dehydration.

On the positive side, I got to see all of the characters (before I started to fade), slapped Stich's hand as I crossed the finish line, etc. Disney really did do a great job. They had lots of water/Powerade stops (more than most races), but even those were not enough this year. (I have been in so much pain from dehydration for two days!) There was also lots of entertainment, fireworks, music, video screens, etc. Also, even though I did not know anyone running, I was never alone. Thousands of people were there (it was kill or be killed as you ran) and I will post pictures as soon as I get some from the company taking them. The whole time, I just knew I was at the back of the line; however, when I went over an overpass around mile 9.5, I looked down and there were people as far back along the road below as I could see.

Additionally, I saw some runners that were totally nuts. Some were dressed as Tinkerbell (very cute, but it had to be hot with those light-up wings). However, what took the cake was a woman who looked just like Loretta Lynn (full hair and make-up...same age). Plus, her shorts were, um, a little too short. I would have loved to have seen her after the humidity set in. Bless her heart.

Other than that, the trip was fairly uneventful. We stayed at Port Orleans (Riverside). The staff wasn't as friendly as most, but the resort is fabulous because it is quiet with lots of paths to walk on and lots of pools (always one that you can find that is empty). Also, there is water everywhere and boat/bus access to many places.

Anyway, that is about it. After my disappointing but life-affirming finish, I ate lots of junk food to console myself (after I woke up from a very long nap). In fact, I have eaten way too much since. Oh well...time for New Year's resolutions to kick in!!!

Comments

katie g. said…
Way to go! You finished and that's what counts!
Anonymous said…
I am proud of you SUSE!!!
Anne

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