Whew – that’s over!
The past 3 days I’ve been saying that that hardest part about the Disney Dopey challenge (day 1 – 5K, day 2 – 10K, day 3 – half marathon, day 4 – marathon) was waking up at 3:45am every day.
Well, today the hardest part was the marathon. Holy !@#$, that’s hard!
I knew it would be. It’s my 4th Disney marathon. I was horribly prepared this year, so I can only blame myself.
Once again, mile 20 is where I start falling off the wagon. I managed to keep up my pace of power walking for 5 minutes and running for 30 seconds all the way up until mile 20. Then I managed to run a couple more times, but the walking really slowed down.
Mile 21-24 I just wished for death and kept plowing forward.
As always, mile 24 (around the Boardwalk and Beach Club) I start to cry. It’s half crying because it hurts and it’s half crying because I’m so glad it’s over.
Mile 25 I put on that song, “all I do is win, win, win no matter what!” on replay and attempted to go as fast as I could. It wasn’t fast at all, but no use to holding anything back at that point.
I always manage to sprint to the finish line and BOOM – done! Then it’s gasping for breath and mild crying as well.
I finished with a blazing time of 6 hours and 33 minutes.
And now I know what it feels like to have horrible arthritis. At least, I assume that’s what it feels like. I can barely walk, and forget about squatting down on the toilet! 🙂