I know there will come a day when I can no longer run marathons. That day probably should have been Disney Sunday, but I had "Bible dipped" the night before, where you open the Bible and the first verse you read is what God wants to tell you. Silly, I know, but I found a verse I hadn't read before - Psalm 55:11: "Cast your burdens upon the Lord and he will sustain you." I didn't need anything else.
My left leg and hip were in a ton of pain Sunday morning. I had a big knot in my quad that I was able to roll smaller, but not eliminate altogether, my hip was tight, and I was limping pretty badly. Walking from bed to the bathroom was bad enough - how was I going to get to the start line, much less the finish line?
I had to try though.
The start was the same set-up it had been on Saturday. The archway was different though. The course started the same, Jack Sparrow was there again, etc.
After leaving the Magic Kingdom, we headed to the speedway, where we took a lap around the track. I was definitely hugging the innermost lane - didn't want to add a single step by taking a wide circle! Something funny was how many people had brought out their classic cars and watched the race. Who needs a car show when the "parade" will come to you??? :)
blog from a girl who was swept in 2013 and I cried and promised myself that wouldn't happen to me. The first 12 miles I kept asserting to myself "I'm not getting swept!"
I stopped for a photo with this guy because NO ONE was waiting to see him and I felt bad for him haha I'm not even sure of his name - someone from The Jungle Book. There was a ride open in the Animal Kingdom and an employee kept trying to entice us and said we'd go first in line. Had it been anything other than a roller coaster I would have stopped, but last time I rode a roller coaster, I got off feeling awful - sore knees, achy neck and back. I didn't want to add that to marathon pain!
Outside of the Animal Kingdom I saw a pace team that was walking. Huh? My kind of pace team! Erika said they were the 6-hour group and their pattern was run 2 minutes, walk 2 minutes. I could handle that, at least for a little bit, so I fell in with them and stayed with them for 12 miles. Erika was so wonderful at providing distraction! She knew the course and kept telling us what to expect, which side the medical tent would be on, etc.
It was hot and sunny, but I was NOT complaining!!! Not with the miserable weather we've had in Michigan. I made sure to hydrate and use more GUs than I might normally, but I stayed with Erika.
After the Wide World of Sports, I saw the sweeper buses and I talked to them. "You're not getting me today!" I told every bus! They were a solid five miles behind me at that point.
I hobbled away from the finish line and a volunteer at the medical station opened her arms and gave me a huge hug. "I couldn't walk this morning," I said, yet I managed to get across the finish line!!! I picked up my Goofy medal and a box of food and got in line for the bus. I didn't sit down because I know it's so difficult to get up!
|At the airport|
The characters I saw on Sunday were:
Pirates of the Caribbean
Peter Pan and Wendy
Sleeping Beauty and the prince
2 cartoon guys that I didn't recognize
Nightmare before Christmas guy and girl
3 Villains (Maleficent, evil queen from Snow White and some man)
Mickey and Minney
2 dogs and Pluto
Wreck it Ralph
the White Rabbit (he was running away as runners chased him)
Green Army guy
the orangutan from the Jungle Book
the Alligator from Peter Pan