This weekend Troy and I headed down to Disney World for the marathon. Here are my thoughts on the race (even though I only ran about 7 miles of it).
1. Having to be at a marathon at 4am is beyond ridiculous.
2. The ability to get text messages at various splits for all my friends that were running it, plus Troy, was beyond awesome.
3. Watching people slug through bottlenecks of people walking or running at various paces was beyond aggravating. I felt so bad for the people who spent their day weaving in and out of other people because Disney would only open up 2 of the 4 lanes on a road.
4. Having to hitch a ride with a Disney employee to get around the park was rather convenient. Having to lie to him to get him to do it because Disney's run isn't "spectator friendly" was ingenious.
All in all, even though I didn't run the "official" race, I probably never will. I just didn't get a warm fuzzy for it especially when Troy never could find any salt at the med stations, and when I ran to get BioFreeze for Tim they were having people scoop it out of a tub with their hands...out of the same tub...with the same hands that had snot and sweat and dirt on them. I on the other hand, requested that they put it on a tongue depressor because I was not going to run back to my friend and hand him a bunch of BioFreeze out of the palm of my hand. Gross.
Now, I'm sure that everyone that I knew there probably had a great time. Heck, they just finished a marathon! Of course they had a good time! Since I had just come out of injury status I decided to just run with my running partner Tim for the last 6 miles or so. So, I ended up crossing the finish line which was sortof funny...I felt like a bandit, and I guess I was. But I did pay $135 for the stupid race (I should have added that to my reasons for not ever running it) so I didn't feel bad for crossing the finish or grabbing a cup of Gatorade along the way (I had already run out of water that I had been carrying for the day) but of course, I didn't grab a medal even though they all looked at my strangely as I tried to make my way out of the chute.
Troy PRed and busted that sub-4 mark coming in at 3:56. Three others out there that I knew finished their first marathon (Stef, Melissa, and Ryan), Andrew finished the whole challenge (the 5k, the half, and the marathon) because he's crazy like that, and Tim finished strong even though he's probably still mad that he didn't PR. I should mention that it was 80 degrees by the time he and I got to the finish. In January. 80 degrees.
Now I'm off to get my FitCamp on and get back into the swing of the week.
I also (insert drum roll here) have acquired myself a running coach. A real live one that really wants to help me be a smarter (and faster) runner. And I couldn't be more excited! I know it's going to be alot of hard work, but I'm ready for the challenge. I've got 2 goal races in mind: the Country Music Half in April and the City of Oaks Half in November (in Raleigh). So, keep your fingers crossed that my posting here will start to be more about how I'm getting faster and less about how I'm preserving my status quo.
Have a great week!