Different Day. Similar Outfit. Only this time my leggings came past my knees because sometimes I get a little knock-kneed and I didn’t want to chafe. Yep, life of a marathoner.
Lining up in Corral C again, I sat down in an empty spot. Well I sat next to a girl named Nikki wearing a polka dot skirt and arm sleeves ala Minnie Mouse. We actually got to talking and ended up running the marathon together. It was really nice to have someone to run with. That doesn’t happen very often for me.
And we’re off!
The first part of the course took us along the same route as the half marathon through Magic Kingdom.
Then instead of only passing the Richard Petty Driving Experience, we ran around the race track! Super cool!
Some classic car owners even had a car show. So many pretty cars. Mater and Lightning McQueen were even there but sadly I did not get a picture.
Next up, the lesser known “5th” Disney Park. The Solid Waste Transfer Station.
Next up….Animal Kingdom! As we were running behind the scenes to enter the park all sorts of animals and their keepers were there to cheer us on. There were many birds of prey, goats, sheep and a pony. I did not stop to pet them because I did not want to finish the race smelling like them (although I probably didn’t smell much better at that point).
Mickey and Pluto were waiting just outside!
The ESPN Wide World of Sports followed the Animal Kingdom!
Then it was the Mile 20 Spectacular in honor of the 20th Anniversary! Mike Wazowski!
Goofy! Mickey! Donald!
From there I only had 6.2 miles to go. Hello soldier!
By this point, I was getting pretty loopy. Beer…I need beer. Beer tastes good. Why aren’t there any beer aid stations?
I did it!!! AGAIN!!!!
This is Nikki and I after I collected my Goofy Medal! Man, was I sure happy to be finished! I wanted something to eat that wasn’t gooey!
Despite having run 39.3 miles the only noticeable blister I had was on my right foot. It never bothered me during the race. I did have some chafing under my biceps from my tank. Once it started to get irritated I just ran with my arms a little farther away from my body. Problem. Solved!
I realize there aren’t pictures of all the parks because the fun part for me wasn’t running through the parks. It was great but I really liked seeing some of the ‘behind the scenes’ places that normal people don’t see.
And there you have it! My Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge experience. At least the race parts anyway. I’ll share some pictures of the other parts of my vacation soon. Running wasn’t the only thing I did while at Disney World! That would have been a crime.
It’s a sickness that can’t be cured. I already want to go back to run again. See you next year?