Monday, January 11, 2010
Susan here. Next up was a search for some ibuprofen, as I didn't have any in my purse. One of the items to remember next time! After the visit to Walgreens, we decided to go to Downtown Disney. There is a large movie theatre there, so we decided to take in a movie. We chose "The Blind Side." We really enjoyed it and would highly recommend seeing it if you haven't already.
We're getting ready now for our celebration dinner at Victoria & Alberts, Disney's premiere restaurant. More tomorrow on our dinner.
Posted by Jlspence at 4:05 PM
Everyone in Race Retreat waited until the last possible minute to head to the starting corrals. We made it to Corral D just in time. We had bought some zip up hooded sweatshirts at Sam's, so we had those on at the start. One of the really nice things that Disney does is to collect all of the clothing discarded not only at the start, but over the entire course, launder it and donate it to charity. We both had on two pairs of pants, two pairs of gloves (with hot-hands inside), and multiple shirts.
Jeff here. I don't know if it was the cold overall, the fact that we made so many stops in the Magic Kingdom for photos and I got cold there, that I had almost no sleep the night before the race, that I didn't eat enough, or a combination of everything, but I got REALLY cold coming out of the Magic Kingdom and my whole body started hurting. During the run to the Animal Kingdom I grabbed a Tylenol at one of the aid stations to try to dull the pain. I also ate a raw banana, and I don't even like bananas, to try to get my strength back up. I also picked up a CLIF gel shot to try to get some energy.
After a half hour or so I started feeling better and was able to run into and through the Animal Kingdom feeling pretty well. I shot this nice picture of Expedition Everest (roller coaster) there. Things continued to go pretty well for me through about mile 21. We were running slower than our normal pace but at least I didn't feel like I was in any distress. Things started going south again for me as we turned north into the cold wind and did a couple of runs up hill over an overpass and up an exit ramp on our way to Hollywood Studios. There were volunteers handing out snack sized candy bars in the park and that again seemed to give me a little energy boost and I was able to make it to the 24 mile marker near the Boardwalk resort. Just over 2 miles to go but it seemed like 10 for me at that point. I'm not sure what happened but I felt like I had run completely out of energy.
Susan here again. We went back to Race Retreat (it was still cold even with a lot more bodies in there) for brunch. First we checked our time at the computers, then got food. Jeff thought that the eggs were the only thing that tasted good to him. I got some eggs and potatoes, as well as some of the soup, which wasn't that good, but it was warm. I ate my soup standing up, while stretching my legs at the table.
After that , we went out to the truck and headed back to Fort Wilderness. I took a looonnnng hot shower and Jeff took a looonnnng nap. (I took a nap, too) After we were all cleaned up and rested (and I washed all the dirty running gear), we went to Animal Kingdom Lodge for dinner at Boma, an African buffet. Jeff was still feeling bad, so he didn't enjoy dinner as much as he normally would. After a good, long sleep, we are both feeling pretty good this morning.
A side note: We have seen a lot of wildlife on this visit. We have regularly seen 4-5 deer grazing. I saw 7 turkeys at a nearby campsite, and I've seen a *live* armadillo. I also saw something unusual last night - a cat walking on a leash! Our neighbors are full-time RV'ers and this is the only way that Scout, the cat, gets outside. He likes it, too!
Posted by Jlspence at 8:40 AM
Saturday, January 9, 2010
After riding everything we wanted several times, Susan had the idea to go over to the Beach Club to a cozy little restaurant called Beaches and Cream. They have an excellent chicken noodle soup that was calling to our chilled to the bone bodies. Afterwards, we played a few games in the nearby game room. We then walked over to Epcot where we listened to the Voices of Liberty singing group and watched (snoozed during) the American Adventure show. We finished up the evening back at Hollywood Studios with a hearty dinner at 50's Prime Time of pot roast (me) and meat loaf (Susan).
We're now getting our stuff ready for our frigid marathon tomorrow and our early alarm at 2:15 am. Yikes!
Posted by Jlspence at 6:53 PM
Speaking of the safari ride, Susan was the photographer and she managed to capture the rear end of most of the animals on the savannah. We got a good laugh out of it. :-)
Posted by Jlspence at 6:27 PM
Friday, January 8, 2010
We both bought us some new running gloves that were a bit thicker and better at moisture wicking than the ones we already had. I also got a free pair of running sunglasses. We happened upon the booth where Susan had purchased running glasses at the Expo last year and mentioned to the person there that one of the ear pieces had fallen off so she couldn't use them. The lady told her that her glasses were warranted for life so she or I could pick any glasses we liked except for the very best and could have them for free. Can't beat free! She also gave us both free straps and free storage pouches for our glasses.
We also taste tested various samples of gel, gelatin squares and power bars and grabbed some samples to take with us to eat early in the race.
After a few hours, we headed over to Epcot where we attended the "Pasta in the Park" event. We got there a bit early so we decided to walk through Innoventions to kill some time and to warm up (getting chilly after sunset). As it turned out, they were doing Segway introductions so Susan and I signed up. We'd done one of the Disney Segway tours 3-4 years ago and really enjoyed it and were looking forward to trying out the newer generation models. They did seem easier to maneuver than the older units.
The Pasta Party turned out to be a nice activity. Things started out with a nice buffet featuring various green, potato and pasta salads, pasta, broiled chicken and brownies. Also included were bananas, water, fruit punch and lemonade. There was a cash bar with beer and wine. There were also character photo opportunities, which we took advantage of. We met two couples from Canada that had come down to run. One couple was doing the Goofy Challenge (both half marathon and full marathon) and the other was doing the half marathon. The third couple at our table was from Birmingham, AL and they were proudly wearing their Alabama Crimson Tide gear. It was nice visiting with them all.
Posted by Jlspence at 3:53 PM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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Monday, January 4, 2010
Hello all! Our upcoming trip to Disney World is for the 2010 Disney marathon. Susan and I have been training for 8 months for this race and we're really psyched to be running it. We will be blogging during the trip so be on the lookout! Below is our daily itinerary:
Thursday, January 7th
Check-in @ Fort Wilderness Resort
Go to Wide World of Sports for Health & Fitness Expo and pick up race packets
Attend "Pasta in the Park" pre-race dining event at Epcot
Friday, January 8th
Theme park day
Dinner at Bistro de Paris in Epcot @ 7pm
Saturday, January 9th
Theme park day
Dinner at 50's Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios @ 5:35 pm
Sunday, January 10th
Disney's Marathon Race Retreat @ 3-5:30 am
Marathon start @ 5:50 am
Disney's Marathon Race Retreat open to 2:30 pm
Dinner at Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge @ 5:30 pm
Monday, January 11th
Theme park day
Celebration dinner at Victoria & Albert's @ 5:30 pm
Tuesday, January 12th
Depart Fort Wilderness Resort for home
Posted by Jlspence at 9:37 AM