runDisney asked why do you run? You know my answer "for the love of Disney running!" It does not get any simpler than that. Of course I also love how it makes me feel, in addition to it being an escape, a way to improve my health, just plain fun and a way to enjoy being outside. I love meeting and inspiring others to be more active. Oh my goodness the list could go on and on. Anyway...right before the WDW Marathon runDisneyTV caught me before I set off to run my dream race. Watch this and see how I feel about the WDW Marathon in a nutshell (back off Chip and Dale...this is my nut)! [hint: I am at 2:13]
So what so you think? Why do you run?
You can see the whole piece up on their blog http://www.rundisney.com/blog/ under Feb 8th!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Here we go!
The Donald Half!
The first leg of the Goofy Challenge!
Let's get this show on the road!
I made my Alice in Wonderland inspired runner friendly costume for this race. I don't think I will ever do an apron again. Functionally it did not impact my running, but it was a pain for pictures. When I remembered I felt the need to fix it since it shifted right and left. I was thrilled Alice recognized my efforts!
|There they are folks! The medals hanging at the ready. They are just waiting for us!|
|We headed over to the finish line first thing in the morning for a little finish line inspiration! |
The added plus of making this your first stop race morning are the clean finish line porta-potties!
(with Jen P.)
|Check out my dry hair! It did not last long.|
|Morning meet up|
|DJ doing his thing! Interestingly enough people were not dancing or warming up.|
|Originally I was up into corral B, but I showed a lower 1/2 time at runner relations at the expo |
and was switched to the A corral for the half and the full!
|Crowd moving toward the start area|
|National Anthem time|
|Goofy, Mickey and Donald getting their groove on in their track suits.|
|With Donald's count down were are off!|
|Fireworks and all!|
|Those darn Pirates!|
|Caution! Speed Bumps Ahead!|
|Huge banners out on the road|
|Chip and Dale near the speedway|
|Oh my...the flood lights!|
|At the Transportation Center right before the real bathrooms!|
|I love running under this arch! This is my "we are almost there" moment!|
|Turning left after the Contemporary and about to head into MK!|
|Let's do this...MAIN STREET!|
|Don't be afraid to make up your own photo spots! Just grab a WDW staff member or spectator in the area and ask them if they can take your picture. (They always say yes, but you must have your own camera/phone.)|
|The New Fantasyland|
(These two did not bring their own camera!)
|WDW staff is so good about taking your picture anywhere you want!|
|At the Castle before running through!|
|I could not resist stopping in the castle to take a picture!|
|Get someone, anyone, in the ChEAR Zone to take your picture. |
The distance and perspective are so much better than the official photos.
|Marcia in the ChEAR Zone|
(I had 2 different people take my picture to make sure I got a good one. They were about 20 feet apart, left/right)
|WDW staff shot this one I got over the bridge to the left of the castle. There is a reason it is a Kodak spot.|
|Across from Sleepy Hollow Refreshments|
|backstage about to leave MK|
|Lovely day for a photo! near Grand Floridian|
|Tweet and run with runDisney!|
|Golf course surfing!|
|banners in the daylight|
|Are you ready for the interstate ramp?|
|run that ramp soldiers|
|EPCOT is calling! Follow that monorail...wait it is going from Epcot to Transportation Center...follow that track!|
|Yes please...fan me...it is hot!|
|almost there! Last bit of park fun!|
|I should have raised my arm!|
|Final stretch...and I forgot to take any more pictures!|
|But don't worry I did cross the finish line! The volunteers are all so great!|
|First leg of Goofy done!|
|Look Mommy! I've got bling!|
|Very official in the blue jacket!|
|You ladies did a fantastic job! Thanks for all the post race goodies!|
|More bling shots with run buddies!|
|With my brother-in-law! Great job Andrew!|
|My post race photo with Chip and Dale near the DJ.|
|Mickey Ears welcome/goodbye arch.|