January 28, 2014

Marathon recap - Pam's version

Waking up for the fourth straight morning to go run 26.2 miles did not seem like fun at all.  In fact, it felt a little bit like that movie Groundhog Day and I had little interest in getting up, much less running a marathon. I was much more interested in staying here:
My comfy bed!
 Luckily, Christine was quite perky, so I got dressed and tried to be cheerful as I worried about this last race.  Having been up early for a total of six straight days, one for my 5:29 AM flight on Tuesday, Wednesday to get in the Expo line and then the race days, the lack of sleep was definitely getting to me.  This was something I had not anticipated and would share as a warning to future Dopey runners. 

The 2:49 am wake up call gave us some extra time at the Race Retreat and that worked out really well.  Once in Race Retreat, I immediately got something to eat and drink and that helped relax me a bit, or at least take my mind off the race.  We also ran into several blogging friends which was really fun; Cyanne, Karen, Megan and if I forgot to name you, just blame my race day amnesia.  We had a photo taken with Mary Poppins and the penguins and then after a porta potty break made our way to our corral.  

The race started promptly and we waited patiently for the start of Corral G. Despite my prior sleepiness, I was ready to race and so was Christine.  Our race started quite slowly due to a very crowded race course.  Our pace was 10:53 for the first 5 miles which was much slower than we had planned. However, the course did start to thin out and we were able to gain speed as the race progressed.  While I thought we were going at a decent tempo, in my mind, I had us on track for a 2:30 half and when I told Christine this at mile 12, she said, "Mom, we are way faster than that.  Do you realize how much you have picked up your pace?" Clearly I did not, and perhaps I need to go back to school to work on my math!

After the halfway point of the race, I knew a PR was well within my reach and possibly for Christine too.  As we passed various mile markers and people along the course, it was truly one of those races that was fun from start to finish.  To think that several hours earlier, I was so nervous about the race and now the miles were flying by and we were having a blast.  

Soon we were approaching the speedway and we both got excited about seeing all the cars and people who cheer as you lap the race course. There were definitely fewer cars and spectators this year, but we still enjoyed this part of the course.  As the miles ticked by, we reached the stretch of road heading to Hollywood studios and this is when I could barely contain my excitement.  The Katy Perry Roar song was playing for that stretch of roadway and I was singing out loud and probably scaring all the runners in my vicinity.  It is amazing how certain songs or distances in a race can pick you up and I knew we were getting close but still needed to stay controlled with our speed. I remember going through HS and loving the crowds of cheering people.  The chEar squads really help runners with their support, signs and encouragement along the way. As we exited Hollywood Studios to go to the Boardwalk and eventually Epcot, Christine was running hard and I was doing my best to keep up.  She definitely held back to stay with me and while I encouraged her to go ahead, she said, "We started together and we finish together."  Once we were in Epcot, my adrenalin kicked in and I gave an extra push to the finish line.  We hugged, received our medals and I had a few tears of joy.  We headed to the Race Retreat for a celebration with our friends and some food.  I was starving and tucked into not one, but two huge plates of food!

Post race bliss!

Many runners feel the only way to have fun at a Disney race is to stop for all the characters and take photos, but honestly, you can have fun racing too.  There are plenty of Disney races that we run for fun, but we both wanted to do our best for this race.  Christine PR'd the race by six minutes and it was a twenty-three minute PR for me.  Christine surely would have broken 4:30 if she had gone on her own, but she was kind enough to stay with me so we could cross the finish line together!

 It was such an amazing race and running a marathon with your daughter cannot be described in words, although I will use a Disney phrase, "It was Magical!"

(Pam)

20 comments:

  1. Nice bling! You both are awesome for running that many miles!!

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    1. Thanks Monica. I am not sure I would ever attempt Dopey again, but Goofy is another story.....

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  2. Glad you both had a great race! Congrats! :-)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It was so fun running into (pun intended) you and Matthew. By the way, I may be in Needham when you are due to the surprise snowstorm in NC today and tomorrow!

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  3. SO proud of you ladies - and a PR to boot?!

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    1. Thanks Kat. It really was exciting to get that PR!

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  4. Way to go Pam and Christine! There can't be many things much better than crossing the finish line with somebody that you love and both of you getting PRs!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn, It was such a fun day and we were so lucky with the weather too.

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  5. You ladies are awesome!

    (Also, I'm pretty convinced my sister and I saw you one evening at the Poly. We were walking from TTC to go get food at Captain Cook's, but you two seemed deep in a slightly heated conversation so I didn't want to interrupt!)

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    1. Thanks Megan....yup, we probably had a disagreement about food but who knows.....I also screwed up our reservations so that could have been it too! Sorry we did not get a chance to chat!

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  6. Great job!! Awesome bling too - all those medals look fantastic on y'all! Did you wear the Dopey one around the parks that day? So glad to hear that you enjoyed all 26.2 miles!

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    1. Lauren we only wore the Dopey medal around the parks. Of course we had the "I Did It" Dopey shirts for our Monday outing at Magic Kingdom!

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  7. You ladies totally rocked this race! Watch out BQ, Pam is coming for you!

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    1. Thanks Danielle, I sure hope to get that BQ this year!

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  8. It is always a joy to read your race recaps! I love when Christine said "we started together and we will finish together". What a wonderful way to make Disney memories together! By the way, how did you like the Poly? We'll be staying there for the first time next month.

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    1. Love love love the Poly Meranda. You will enjoy the extra sleep while you ride the monorail to Epcot and the restt of us are on buses. It is a huge convenience!

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  9. Awesome recap! Way to go! Love that you guys finished the race together, and you both did a fabulous job! :)

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  10. Thanks Jennifer. We are not signed up for any more races together this year, but hopefully I can talk Christine into Tower of Terror

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  11. Wonderful recap, Pam! Congrats on such an amazing PR! Y'all are rockstars!!

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  12. Great recap. You both are so adorable! Congratulations on DOPEY!! WOOT!

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