That’s right, the Walt Disney World Marathon is 207 days away and I am counting down because I WILL BE RUNNING IT! I can’t believe it. I made the decision to go for it. It’ll be my first marathon and this year is the 20th anniversary. I can’t not do it. Especially for my first. I got married in Disney World so it is only appropriate that I run my first marathon there.
Just prior to registering and ever since I have registered I have had several dreams about the event. Most dreams were good. One dream had a hint of panic in it where I was thinking “what in the world did I sign myself up for???”. When I dream and also daydream about the event the things that come to mind is the actual route of the race and all of the entertainment along the way which will help me get through the long long miles.
As of now I am not sure if my whole family is coming. There are still things we need to have line up first. But after running a race this weekend and having my sister and brother-in-law there with their kids as I was approaching the finish line for just a 5 mile race, I just have to have someone there for me after completing my first marathon!
More training and fun marathon info to come!
So I have been in a funk lately. My runs were also not very good. I have had some events in life going on that were also challenging my emotions. My daughter finished her first year in preschoool, my son turned 5 and then on Friday my son graduated from preschool. With all of the emotions, there were also events that had to be attended for these milestones along with working a full time job. So finding time and the energy to run was challenging for me this week.
I was talking to a friend about my struggles and this morning she reminded me that I need goals to keep my focus. She is exactly right. I think part of my feelings of unorganization is because I wasn’t running towards a goal anymore. I know I am in the process of making a decision to do the WDW full marathon, but I was even having a hard time to make a decision about a 5 mile race in the next town over. If I am going to commit to a full marathon in another state 6 months away, deciding to run a 5 mile race should be a piece of cake. Speaking of cake. My whole diet needs to be fixed. Since I wasn’t running towards a goal, I was completely eating like crap. Which I also think affected my recent runs. So now that I decided to run the Branford Road Race next Sunday I will work on setting a goal to complete that race in less than an hour (50 minutes would be a great goal). Next goal will be to work towards a 2:15 time for the Gulf Beach Half Marathon in September and my third goal is to work on doing weights again to give me some strength. So far so good. I did weights this morning, I will sign up for the Branford race this week, and I’ll continue to think over the decision about the WDW marathon. I have until June 19 to pull the trigger to take advantage of the DVC discount and lower price bracket before they raise the price.
So for the past few weeks I have been struggling with the decision to do the WDW 20th annivesary full marathon. I feel the pull to do it; however it is going to take a commitment to train. Sarah from runningatdisney.com created an excel calendar from Jeff Galloway’s marathon training plan and training for the full would begin around June 18th. In the plan the miles are low in the beginning and build up. I have done the training for a half marathon during the beginning of this year so I have a base already built up. The longest mile runs take place in the fall so I don’t have to worry about running very long runs in the summer heat. So the decision is hinging on the fact that 26.2 miles is really far! When I ran today (just 4 miles) I felt concerned. How in the world did I just do 2 half marathons? I haven’t had the energy lately for my runs. Maybe it is the stress of life that I am tackling now that is taking away from my running energy. But I do want to come to a decision soon. Once I am committed that might change my overall look at the whole thing. I don’t know if anyone will be travelling with me because someone needs to watch the kids and the event is on a Sunday. I don’t mind going alone but it would be great to have someone to hug once I cross the finish line. Especially for such a huge milestone! I had a dream last night that I was running the full marathon. And last night I did tell Sarah that I needed to sleep on the decision. Does that mean the decision has been made for me??! Stay tuned.