|Notice the walmart bag...she actually thought she could pull the dang thing with that! ha|
|I got a shirt for each race I would be running.|
By the time we got back to our room it was nearly 4pm! I felt like I had been on my feet for 24 hours. We quickly put our stuff up and headed to Disney Springs to find supper. I knew we had to get in the bed early and I needed to get off my feet asap. I was amazed how they have changed what use to be Downtown Disney to what is now Disney Springs. Boy it's nice! We were starving and stopped and the first place we saw that looked nice. We ate at the Boathouse. We had the perfect seats!
Race Day 1 - 5K ... this was the only race of the week that started at 6am. However, we had to be on the resort bus no later than 4:30am to go to the start corrals at Epcot. I was so thrilled that I was going to be able to walk with mom. Earlier in the week I thought I wasn't going to be able to because the Dopey runners had to maintain a certain pace for all their races to be considered a Dopey. I found out right before we left that the 5K had no limit. So I could walk with her. One of my runner friends even called Disney to ask. Her mom was going with her and we both were worried about our Dopey status if we walked with our moms.
It was a good morning. Mom was excited to walk at Disney in a 5K. We had a blast and we crossed the finish line together. Never in a million years would I have dreamt that I would be doing a 5K with my mom at Disney! LOVE!!!
We ended up spending the rest of the day at Epcot.
|It's amazing... You are just like the pic..feet dangling and riding over so many different things. At times it looks like you are going to crash right into a mountain and then you'll soar over. It's a must at Epcot!|
We ended the night eating at Teppan (hibachi) at Epcot. The food was very good. Then of course we stayed for the water show with fireworks. Mom almost had to take out a few people trying to get her seat that we had been saving for over an hour so we would be right up at the water for a front row seat. You don't mess with that woman when she's determined. ha The show is AMAZING.
Race Day 2 - 10K .. another early morning. The rest of the races started at 5:30am. I had to be on the resort bus no later than 4am to travel to the start corral at Epcot. Today I was meeting my running friends. We were all going to run together. We all dressed as Minnnie.
|Not sure why my eyes are closed.. ha|
Everyone had their own plans with their family so we said we'd see each other the next day for the half.
Mom and I spent the day at Magic Kingdom after the 10K.
|The "Grey" stuff... soon good!|
Oh and of course Tinker Bell flies down from the tower of the Castle. LOVE!~
So we are sitting there waiting and Penny texts me. I had been watching the weather because it was calling for 100% rain on Saturday..the half day! We had all discussed how we were going to stay dry while running the half marathon. Well, when Penny text me she sent me a picture of a Disney email saying the half marathon was canceled due to weather. I could hardly believe it. I just sat there in shock. You'd thought someone had died by the look on my face. I told her I had not even checked my email. The weather was calling for bad lightening early in the morning on Saturday. The exact time when we would all be loading the bus and going to our corrals. Disney had decided for the safety of the volunteers and runners to cancel the half. I wondered why they just didn't postpone the start time. But I feel that one of the reasons they start the races so early is so they can get them over fairly early. The races run through the parks. You can only imagine how crowded the parks are already without runners so just imagine a ton of runners trying to run through while all the vacationers are trying to enjoy the parks. ha
|We had this in our room when we checked in... they were expecting a crowd.. no wonder everything was so very crowded!|
I was so sad. I kept thinking, I've paid all this money, trained for months and now I will not be a true Dopey because they canceled the half. I started looking at the Facebook Dopey page to see what people were saying and saw that several were making plans to still run 13.1 on Saturday after the weather cleared. I told mom that I had to do that also. I think she thought I was crazy especially after I had just read her an email where Disney said they would still give us our medals. Now you know me.... I didn't want that medal unless I earn it. So our group made a plan to meet some of the other Dopey runners and do our 13.1 on Saturday also! The only problem was we were at different resorts so we didn't know how we could get together. I would have to take the bus to a park and then take another bus back to their resort to get to them. So we all just decided to run at our own resorts with the runners that were running there and maybe cross paths. My resort runners were meeting up at 7am to check weather and if no lightening we would run then.
|This was the group I meet in my resort lobby on Saturday morning.|
Race day 3 - Half Marathon. I woke up at 3am thinking it was time to get ready only to hear the loud thunder, rain and lightening. Boy I was glad Disney had canceled the half. I tossed and turned in the bed and finally got up at 5:30am. The rain had stopped. I got dressed and headed to the lobby of the resort to see what runners were actually going to be there. I did not know any of them. I had only seen them posting on the fb page so I was a tad concerned on what pace they might all be running. I had planned to really take the half easy since we had a full marathon to run the next day. The group I meet was a lovely group of people. Some newbie runners and a couple that had done Dopey several times. They all made me feel right at home. We headed out and after about mile 1 we kind of all settled in with the runners who were the same pace. I ended up running with 3 women and 1 guy. Two of the women (Michelle and Heidi) grew up coming to Disney every year with their families on vacation. If you wanted to know anything about Disney, they could tell you. They had also done Dopey several times. I really enjoyed listening to them talk. The other lady was a few years older than me. She had done several marathons. Her and her 2nd husband had recently gotten married at Disney. She said they were still honeymooning... ha The guy was in his 40s and a new runner. He was doing intervals. I talked to him about my interval running and how it had helped me. A really big rain cloud blew up along with a massive downpour. We quickly ran to find cover at Coronado Springs.
|These were on the sidewalks in several places so I had to grab a picture!|
|Notice the sign that says the half is canceled.|
Mom and I went to Animal Kingdom. It as 71 degrees that morning when running the 13.1 miles, but the temp quickly kept dropping. By the time we got to Animal Kingdom it was 50 and still drizzly rain off and on. It was cold and wet. I really didn't know if we would enjoy the day or not.
|You've got to see the show on the tree! AMAZING!|
Race Day 4 - MARATHON and final challenge of the Dopey Challenge. The weather had continued to drop during the night. It was 30 degrees with wind at 15-20 mph! If there had been no wind it would have been ok at 30 degrees. But the wind was just AWFUL! People were shivering when we got off the bus at the corrals at 4am. It was going to be a long wait till 5:30am start time and due to the corral we were in, we knew it would be around 6:30 am before we started probably. I was in corral F and I believe Penny was also. Most of the others were in J. The corral police would not let them move up in corrals so we all ended up in J. I'm not sure how many corrals they were but I do know one of the girls at my resort as in corral MM. There was tons of people in each corral so Disney started each one a couple minutes apart. We ended up standing in a merchandise tent for awhile staying warm until several of us had to go to the bathroom.
|Notice the hat...this is the first marathon that I started with a hat and finished with it! It was a cold day!|
|One of the few times we were not crowded by tons of walkers/joggers. Most of the time we had to run single file.|
I was so glad we had all dressed in layers! We saw so many that were not dressed in layers and they were shivering so badly. One girl even had on nothing but a sports bra type thing and shorts. She was so cold. I kept thinking these people must be new runners cause most runners know to dress in layers so you can take off once you warm up. I will say that even though I was in layers, I was still very cold. I was actually worried about the energy my body was using to keep warm before the race. I wondered if I'd have enough energy to finish 26.2 miles. By this day I was tired. I could tell that I had only slept 3-4 hours for several nights and been on my feet for hours every day. I was ready to get the 26.2 miles over with however, I still had excitement inside me. I couldn't wait to get that Dopey medal.
Finally our corral started. It was still dark. We saw the beautiful sunrise with a couple miles. All seven us of stayed together. It was so very crowded especially when we started out. They had most streets with just one lane for the runners to run down. Just imagine several thousand runners going down a one lane road! We gave each other a number and did roll call several times during the race. I was #4. A couple times other runners would join in with us and continue counting. It was funny. The miles seemed to just fly by. It's so much fun running with a group for something like a marathon. Right before we entered Animal Kingdom, Penny and Michelle started talking about stopping to ride the roll-a-coaster. At first I couldn't believe we were going to do that. It was a thrill darting off the running path and into the line to ride. We quickly got on and rode.
|Somehow I even got a picture from the ride! I guess those magic bands really work good.|
We were half way into the marathon by now. Andres, who was from Mexico and running with us was stopping at every mile marker to take pictures. It was her 2nd marathon. Come to find out, she ran NY the same year I did and was in a corral time very close to mine. We both talked about how we loved NY marathon.
|At the Castle as we ran through Magic Kingdom.|
We didn't rush. Anytime someone wanted to stop and take pictures, go to bathroom, or ride a ride, we stopped. The feeling when we entered back into Epcot at mile 25 was AMAZING!
You run the last mile around the world showcase to finish. People in the park were lined around the streets cheering you on. It was such a good feeling. I had thought I'd probably cry when I finished, but instead I was smiling ear to ear. We really had a blast doing the marathon. It was by far the longest marathon I've ever done. I think our finish time was 6:24. Two years earlier I had ran the marathon there in 5 hours. LOL But I wouldn't trade all the fun we had for nothing!
When we crossed the finish line they ushered the Dopey runners to the right. It was so cool. They had a person holding our marathon medal, then our half medal, then our goofy medal, and then a person holding our Dopey medal! You just walked right through and they put each medal around your neck. and Boy the medals were heavy. LOL
I had texted mom right before we came back into Epcot to tell her we were about finished. I had told her to go to whatever park she wanted to and enjoy the day because I know we would be a long time finishing the marathon. She texted me back and told me she was waiting at the finish line. :>) I soon found her and guess what?? She brought me the cutest stuffed dopey! THANK YOU MOM!
He's so dang cute!!
We grabbed a picture and then we were all ready for a hot shower and FOOD! Notice I had put back on my sweatshirt that I originally planned to thrash after I got hot. So glad I saved it because it was cold standing there at the finish line. Of course we got our little run Disney box of food, but we all wanted some GOOD FOOD... and lots of it. I was starving.
|Inside our Disney Run Box|
Mom and I ended up back at Magic Kingdom.
We got some cool pictures and then decided we wanted to see the fireworks one more time. Because it was still very cold outside people were not quite yet sitting waiting on fireworks. I had brought my backpack with 2 blankets in it so me and mom found another great seat and wrapped up. It was so sweet being wrapped up with my mom. We talked about what a wonderful time we had each day. Yes, we were both dog tired, but there is no other way to do Disney. My apple watch that I wear when not running said we had walked 29.65 miles while at the parks. That's not counting my 48.6 race miles.. her here I told her since our flight was not till Monday night she could pick what park she wanted to go back to on Monday or we could go back to Disney Springs and see it in the daylight. She decided we would go to Disney Springs and do a little shopping and have lunch before catching our magical express back airport at 3:45pm. It was a beautiful day. Much warmer than Saturday.
|Yes, they still had Christmas decorations all over. I was surprised because 2 years ago the same weekend I didn't remember that much of the Christmas stuff still being up.|
The airport was so crowded. We saw so many runners. Several were still wearing a medal or two around their necks and a few limping. As for me, mine were carefully packed inside socks in my bag so they wouldn't get scratched. When we started flying, my ears felt like they were going to explode. I so wished I had grabbed me a pair of earphanes! Mom even said her ears were hurting. I was oh so happy to finally be on the ground in New Orleans, but wasn't looking forward to driving home! I finally made it home around 11pm and sure wasn't looking forward to work the next day.
All week, I was extremely tired. I could barely wake myself up at 6am each morning to get ready for work. I did not run a single day. I did nothing. After work I came straight home and crashed. Today (Saturday) is the first day that I'm finally starting to feel normal. My sinuses are better and I did a light 3 mile run this am with Troy. He was so excited when he saw me put on my shoes.
So that's a wrap for Dopey and Disney! Would I do it again? YES Anytime soon? NO ha I need a few years to rest up for that again. It was really fun and easier than I thought. Maybe if I had run hard it wouldn't have been or maybe if I didn't have those 6 friends who I ran with on the marathon it would have been harder... Who knows... All I know is I'm officially Dopey! :<>) Oh yes, there was much debate on fb about whether or not you were dopey since the half was canceled. I think each person has to think for themselves on that one. I did run the 13.1 on the day the half was supposed to be so for me... I am DOPEY! :>)
Looking forward to another adventure with mom in the future. BUT ONLY IF SHE GETS NEW LUGGAGE>> hee hee
Don't be afraid to go after your dreams! I'm now a marathon maniac! 3 marathons within 90 days!