All I can say is WOW...it was WAY more cool than I could ever have imagined and we ROCKED. I have read so many marathon RR's that have people bonking for one reason or another but most looked like the main reason was not sticking to the original plan...Well our plan was called "Upright and Ambulitory" and we stuck to that and it was perfect.
I can not say enough about the way Disney puts on a show and has things organized...(sometimes almost to a level of being a little creepy...but I'm OK with that in this case) I can only say that this, to me, is the ultimate marathon for a first timer. Great destination, great weather, flat course and plenty of extra stuff to do (except for finding breakfast on Race Day...it's in the RR)
Thanks for all of the Inspires and PM's they made a huge difference...In fact Dr. GoodHands did something that was really cool for keeping her in the right brain mentality. She had friends/co-workers etc. sign up for individual miles to think about her and send some positive energy from mile 6 through mile 26. Those miles that were not picked she "assigned" folks from BT, The Manatee Mentor Group and our families to complete the list. At each mile marker she would pull out the list and check who had that mile and she would feed off of their energy. Even if they didn't know they had a particular mile she would think about them and knowing that the person was wishing her well would help get her through that mile and on to the next. She never wanted to let that person down by quiting in "their" mile. It really worked.
Just trying to get the jitters out and enjoy the scenery.
My wife used to work for ASI (the photo folks for the race and the ones that shot most every NAS-Ironman event) So I found one of her friends at the booth and she was able to hook me up with some 1 day passes to one of the parks....SCORE. We scoped out the MK but were unsuccessful with our goal to have Dr. GoodHands picture taken with Cinderella (sp?)
Went to a New York style local Itallian eatery....decent pasta...and a VERY interesting server and hostess story that can only be told in person and with hand jestures ;) ;) Let's just say it is something I will never forget.
Stretched this morning before we left on the drive to Disney.
3 Days Until 26.2 Miles
Just putting some miles on a fairly new pair of shoes. Same brand/style/size etc. Not thinking they are race day shoes yet but you have to have a Plan "B".
I am so stoked. We are leaving at the crack of stupid Fri morning and I don't know what world-inter-webby-net-thingy access I will have until Monday night so please be thinking of us (me and Dr. GoodHands ((sahooper on BT and fellow Manatee)) at around 10:30 am on Sunday. We will be at around the 20 mile mark and will be needing some good thoughts and vides from our BT community.
Thanks again for all of the good thoughts and prayers.
We shall SEE.
4 Days Until 26.2 Miles
Almost forgot to log my Peachy swimming. Just getting some time in the water and helping to stay loose. Raining like a SomeBeyotch outside so getting out there is not an option.
Checked the weather forcast (for the 312th time) for Sunday in Orlando and right now it looke like 500 to start and 720 for a high for the day and no rain until Monday...could be cooler by I will take warm and no rain over the alternative.
5 Days Until 26.2 Miles
Got about 1 hr. of walking. Just enough to blow the dust off. Peachy Keen.
Stretching 10 minutes
2 x 10 Pushup
2 x 30 Crunch
2 x 30" Plank
I hate that I am doing so little just to get the Peach Challenge accomplished but I can't take a chance of overdoing something this last week before Disney. At least I got it done.
Saw this quote on my friend AbbieR's blog. I hadn't seen it in years but I think it is wonderful and it got me to thinking about some things in my life right now. If something can get me to thinking it must be pretty powerful.
A musician must make music, a painter must paint, a poet must write if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.--Abraham Maslow
We shall see.