I am back from a whirlwind of activity at the WDW Marathon Weekend.
I have no words, except it was more than I expected and more fun than I thought possible and bizarre in ways I cannot explain – but all great holidays are like that!
It started off with Toronto. My flight was cancelled because of cold. Whatever, the rest of Canada can function in -40 or colder and with WAY MORE SNOW – but somehow, Toronto needs to shut the airport down and cancel all flights, stack everyone’s luggage like cord wood and close its doors. Suffice it to say, I obviously have no idea how things are run – but I DO know taking 24 hours to Orlando sucked. It meant that I had to miss the 5k, that meant ChatterBox had to miss her ONLY RACE.
That was very disappointing but my pal Mitch was volunteering and was able to score us our 5k medallions, he also went to expo for me and picked up our bibs and shirts because he is awesome like that.
We arrived Wednesday and goofed around most of the evening when I should have been sleeping – why? Hello? I WAS IN WALT DISNEY WORLD! We met up with Joe from DAWS and hit the parks. This was where the laughter began and it lasted for 6 days.
By 11:00PM Florida time I was tucked into bed with a 2:00 AM wake up call. Did I sleep?
Not really, but I was on the first bus to the 10k! That was where I met up with more team mates. We hugged, laughed and chatted about stuff. I met Canadians from Calgary and Toronto and a Canadian who was born in Calgary and lives in Toronto so pretty much made friends with all my nemesis’. But Canadians are all friends once we cross the border. I hugged every maple leaf I saw and they hugged backed like they were family. (Hi random Canucks from Nova Scotia!!! You were great huggers!)
Several waves later and it was my turn and some of the first wave runners were back.
Off I ran into the dark with a temperature of 21C and 92% humidity. Hot was a weird feeling in the dark.
The first 5km of the 10k race was out on the Hwy. Boooooorinnnnng. But I saw Peter Pan and Wendy and that was fun. But the best part for me was running through Epcot. The sun was just coming up. It had been raining earlier in the night and the surfaces were slick. As I ran past SpaceShip Earth, I slipped and twisted my knee. I walked if off for a bit but then began running later…little did I know this would be my downfall.
As I ran towards the finish line, I looked for teammates who said they would be there…liars. But Rudy Novotny saw me and looked me in the eye and welcomed me to the finish line…THAT was AWESOME!.
The long walk to the medals and longer walk through the photo area and back to the buses was a surprise, but this was my very first large race. Bigger than Calgary which was 15,000. Little did I know this was only a precursor for the half.
Again I headed out to play in the parks, but had an early night with dinner on my balcony watching fireworks to end my day because my wake up call was for 2:00 AM again. Only this time it would be for the half marathon, running with 29, 000 other runners.
But more about that story tomorrow…