Sunday, January 10, 2010

2010 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend - Overview

What a weekend! I can hardly believe the results and the ADVENTURE! So many things - this will be a multipart blog post. I will start with the overall results, then take you back in time over how things went.

What made this weekend unique?

1 - 42.4 miles - the Disney "Dopey". A new goal to get ALL the weekend bling.
2 - The coldest weather that central Florida has experienced in over 30 years which included record low temps and sleet!
3 - An incredible training period leading up to the race.....everything seemed in place for a marathon PR, in spite of running the half marathon the day before.

It was sure to be a real adventure, and it was a mystery right up to the very end. I had NO idea how I would run in such weather - because not only had I not trained in the cold, I have NEVER run in such weather conditions. As I shared with Maddy the morning of the marathon, running is like the saying from Forrest Gump - its like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get. You may feel crappy and have your best run ever - or feel great and have one of your worst runs. Which is really cool, because basically you just show up and go and let the chips fall where they may.

By the numbers:

Disney's UP and Away 5K - 38:58 (untimed...this is Garmin time)
2010 Disney World Half Marathon - 2:35:02, a course PR
2010 Disney Marathon - 4:57:14, course and overall PR. I broke 5 hours!!! : -)

More to come in posts this week :-)


Judebert said...

Nicely done, Chris!

What's a PR?

Eric said...

This was our first time to run the Disney half, is it normally filled with that many "walkers"? Also, did they give any unique awards for the "Dopey"?

Great job, by the way!

Kimberly said...

Great Job Chris. You are an inspiration to me. I gotta get back out there and start running again. Keep up the great running

Kimberly (berly6412)

MarathonChris said...


Eric - Lots of walkers - also in the full. I saw them "sweeping" them off the course when we came out of Magic Kingdom. There were no unique awards for Dopey - just the knowledge that you did it. The 5K medal is a little tough to see in the pic - it is right in my left hand.

Albert said...

Enjoy your blog. I'm planning to do Goofy next year in 2011. Thanks for the motivation. Keep it up.

Albert (albertruns.blogspot)

Susan said...

This is just astonishing. You ROCK!!!!!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Bling, Bling, Bling!!!

Awesome job out there in that record cold, Chris. I've never run in sleet before and hope never to do so.