Walt Disney World Half Marathon
2013 proved to be a very special WDW Marathon weekend. It was the 20th anniversary of the WDW Marathon and I would be sharing the weekend with my good running friends – some of which were running their first ½ marathon EVER and first full marathon EVER and their first GOOFY Challenge EVER!
See below for my video Recap of the 2013 WDW Half Marathon.
Since I was running the Goofy, I planned on going for a PR at the half since I can normally finish the distance using Galloway’s 3:1 (run 3 minutes and then walk for 1 minute) at 2:16. For this weekend, I had trained and planned to run 2 minutes and walk 30 seconds and decided to try and break 2:15 for the half to set a new PR. Since I had run the course 3 consecutive years I knew that I would have to race sunrise if I were going to have a chance of making my goal.
At the 5K split my pace was 10:18 with an ETA of 2:15:07 – AWESOME! I felt good although I was really sweating! At the 10K split my pace had dropped to 10:35 and I knew it was time to pick up the pace and I decided to turn it on…….however, the sun was coming up and this coupled with the high humidity proved to be too much. I finished with a disappointing pace of 2:19:30. This was disappointing since I FELT that I was flying and I was really working – HARD! But unfortunately the weather did not help my cause and a PR was not meant to be.
Janice was right behind me and we celebrated our first race to Goofy together! We then got massages at the Massage Tent and then went up into the stands to watch the rest of our group and Joey Fatone cross the finish of the 2013 Walt Disney World ½ Marathon!