2014 Dopey Challenge – WDW Half Marathon

The 2014 WDW Half Marathon, Day 3 of the Dopey Challenge, was my 5th WDW Half Marathon. I had always run this race coupled with the full marathon as part of the Goofy Challenge. Today, I was running it as part of the Dopey Challenge and 10-days removed from chemo. The plan was to take it easy and save everything for the marathon. I was running with one of my best friends, Nicole, and we were preparing ourselves for a 3-hour marathon with all the character stops.

With Ali Vincent

With Ali Vincent

We were up and out the door at 3am to get to the start line for 4:15am. runDisney was profiling me for their new irunDisney website and wanted me bright and early. I don’t know what was going on with the buses at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, but we waited 30 minutes in line for a bus. By the time we got to the Epcot’s Explore parking lot, we had to high-tail it the mile walk to the start! We arrived close to 5:15am an hour late!! I did get to see Linda Ambard, Tara Gidus, Ali Vincent and get a last minute pep-talk from my coach, Jeff Galloway!

With Linda and Tara

With Linda and Tara

Nicole and I were soon on our way. We passed Bart Yasso soon after the start! We were having fun, but I was unprepared for my lack of energy. My body didn’t want to run. I just didn’t have any energy. The chemo had taken it away and I was having a very difficult time so we decided just to power walk the race. And walk we did!

Nicole & I in back of Cinderella Castle

Nicole & I in back of Cinderella Castle

We managed to keep our spirits up and just chatted away the miles! We refused to be negative and Nicole was a great sport sticking with me walking.

Running through the castle!

Running through the castle!

It is very difficult to walk a half marathon in 3:44 minutes when you are used to run/walking a half marathon in 2:15. Different muscles hurt and your feet are tired. But again, the hardest part is staying positive.

Back towards Epcot

Back towards Epcot

So we made a vow to stay positive and did so by smiling and enjoying the sights around us. We made friends with other runners and just kept moving forward, never looking back! I did look to the left somewhere around Mile 10 when we were on the overpass. I didn’t see the balloon ladies and so I knew we were in the clear to finish the race!

Almost to the finish!

Almost to the finish!

It took us 3:44:26 to finish the 2014 WDW Half Marathon. By far my worst half marathon by to date (my worst was the 2013 Princess Half Marathon – 3:05 and I stopped for every single character stop). But I enjoyed every minute of it because I had my friend with me and we were savoring every mile! I did notice that certain entertainment stops were missing from last year – namely the trumpeters at the Cinderella’s Castle and Mary Poppins at the Grand Floridian. Besides that it was the consistent Walt Disney World Half Marathon that I have grown to love.

Finishers of the 2014 WDW Half Marathon!

Finishers of the 2014 WDW Half Marathon!

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