The cardboard snack box of post race treats was the only thing keeping me moving. After running 13.god-awful many miles, I could only curse my family for having the audacity to make me walk to them. That last half mile was harder than the previous 13.1 and all I wanted to do was eat a banana.
My first half marathon was the Walt Disney World 2014 Half Marathon and it didn’t end pretty. I came in behind my desired time and with plantar fasciitis flaring up to the point of limping. I swore off running as I hobbled through the crowds in search of a place to collapse and eat.
By the bottom of the snack box, I said I would do it again next year. All 13.1 miles.
Two weeks later my sister, our own Dr.Rachel, was telling me that if I could finish a half I could finish a whole. Somehow I believed her enough to agree and start planning the next trip to Disney. A month later, it was the no longer just my first marathon but the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. Why not run a half and then full having only completed one of the former and none of the later? I was in.
It took 71 days to go from finishing my first half marathon to asking Dr.Rachel one very stupid question – ‘if we are doing the Goofy race, why not just do the Dopey and run all four?’. When running 39.3 miles already, what is another 9.3? It took 71 days from swearing off running to trying to convince Dr.Rachel that a 48.6 mile challenge run was a good idea. Brain worms. It had to be some sort of cerebral parasite.
Since Disney, I have completed five more races including my first sub-30 5K and my second half marathon (20K but who is counting the miles?). I am comparing the official WDW/Jeff Galloway running plan with races in my area. A half marathon through scenic mid-Michigan on a long run weekend in October – sign me up. 40+ mile weeks through December in Michigan – better start trying out wool socks now. A 50 mile week around Christmas – hope Santa brings me new shoes. Brain worms. Something is deeply wrong with me.
Dr.Rachel has asked me to guest write on my experiences training for my first marathon and I have agreed. Occasionally I will pop in and detail the horrors of my first marathon experience. The official Disney Training plan started July 1st but thanks to Dr.Rachel I was already running a half marathon. I dropped 2 min/mile off my time from 6 months previous and then set a 5KPR the next day. Two weeks of mild rest later, I am ready to start serious running again. This weekend – Warrior Dash MI and a 5.5 mile training run. Should be fun.