|Ready to race!|
I can't believe that two weeks ago, I was hanging out in the Magic Kindgom, spinning around in a teacup/meeting Ariel/eating Dole Whip/celebrating my 28th birthday! Today, I'm spending 7 hours in the tutorial room for ME 200. Boo :(
Going into the marathon, Nichole made the comment that she thought I was in sub-3:15 shape. Crushing some major workouts IS a really good sign :) Unfortunately, I am not a very good racer in heat and/or humidity. Orlando's forecast was calling for a decent amount of both (for a marathon, anyway). Thankfully the forecast kept getting cooler and since the race started at 5:30am, I was going to be running a decent chunk of it in the dark.
Race game plan: UCAN 30 minutes out, 5:00 super easy jogging with 10-15 minutes to go, UCAN goo at 1 hour, Roctane Gus every 45 minutes after that (total of 3, with a backup 4th). Start out 5-10 seconds/mile slower than goal MP (so 7:35-:40), go for the 3:15 and see what happens!
Race execution: UCAN consumed, jog done, UCAN goo leak all over my hands, 3 Roctane Gus consumed, 1 Roctane gu dropped while fishing out #3, lots of Gatorade with the Gu/water with the UCAN, and no GI episodes!
Honestly, this was such a cool race experience. Disney definitely has the gear check process down exactly as it should be done. I wasn't the biggest fan of the really long walk to the start corrals (no worse than Boston) or the lack of porta-pots once you were in the corral, but nothing that was terrible/a deal breaker. My favorite part of the race was seeing Cinderella's Castle all lit up with lights. All my race pictures here feature a huge smile :) [Please don't sue me, MarathonFoto...]
|Isn't this COOL!?!?|
Also, this was M's very first marathon! As his coach, I was super nervous about his race once I finished mine. He ran a 4:00 marathon with two picture stops (very well-deserved), so a huge shout-out to him :)
|Birthday/good luck flowers|
from my parents :)
To celebrate my birthday and M's graduation, we spent the entire week getting the whole Central Florida experience: Monday at Epcot, Tuesday at (both) Universal parks, Wednesday at Magic Kingdom, Thursday at Kennedy Space Center (!!!!!), and Friday park hopping between Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. M's friends Jason and Erica work at Disney, so that made things a lot more fun :) Being chosen by Olivander for the wand demonstration in Diagon Alley was pretty freaking awesome too :) I'll recap my trip in a later post because there's so much cool stuff!
For those of you playing along at home:
1.) Disney World, or Disney Land?
2.) Best birthday memory?
3.) Favorite race experience?
|Sweet, sweet success...marathon #6, state #6|