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!