DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON

 

Boston Marathon Training Week 7

Long Run 13.1

This weekend I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Florida.    I love Disney races and was thrilled to be able to participate in this race.  Plus, I used this race as a Boston Marathon Training run.

A few weeks ago, I was given an opportunity to run this race. The race was sold out; yet I had good fortune and was able to grab a last-minute race slot that came available. With quick discussions and support from my family, I was registered to run Disney!   My plan was to stay in Disney just long enough to run the race and then return home.  It would be a quick weekend get-way.

I flew into Orlando early Saturday Morning, and went straight to my hotel Old Key West.   Once I was settled in, I took a bus to the expo to pick up my bib number and race shirt. The Expo was held at the Wide World of Sports complex. I walked around a bit and enjoy   the upbeat atmosphere of the Princess Weekend. After the Expo, I hung around the hotel enjoying the beautiful nature grounds.

Later in the day, I enjoyed a delicious spaghetti dinner and headed to bed very early.  I had to be on a Disney bus at the crack of dawn 3:00am to get to the start.  UGH! 3:00am!
The next morning, Sunday, I woke up very early 2:30am and headed towards the hotel bus stop to get a ride to the race.

At the start staging area, (Epcot Parking lot) there was a DJ playing music to get runners pumped before the race.  We were rocking to the music, it was like a Disney theme party before the race.  It was a funny sight to see all of us dancing to various club music.

Around 4:30am, runners lined up in the corrals. I was in H the last one, so I had plenty of time to hang out before the race started. Forty-five minutes later, my corral was senT off with an exciting display of fireworks granted by all the Disney Princesses. Disney chooses to set off the fireworks for each corral start, so that we all got the same start experience.

The first 4 miles were very flat, as we left the Epcot Staging area and headed towards Magic Kingdom.  Runners were greeted with Disney Princes and Princesses along the course. We then passed the street entrance to the Magic Kingdom, Disney Transportation Monorail Center, and all the Monorails leading to the Magic Kingdom.

The next stop on our journey was The Magic Kingdom.  At mile 5, we ran down Main Street heading towards Cinderella’s castle. There were so many cast members, volunteers, spectators, Disney characters and families cheering us on.   It was an amazing experience to run down Main Street, and to be able to see the beautiful castle without any tourist in our way.  What a great feeling!

After running down Main Street, we ran through Tomorrow Land, Fantasy Land, Adventure Land. Frontier Land and out a back gate heading back towards Epcot.

As we made our way back to Epcot, there were more characters, and cast members along the way to cheer us on. Soon, I was able to see that golf ball, Epcot’s Icon Space Ship Earth.  That meant I have one mile left.  I ran around Test Track, Sourin , Mission to Mars,  Space Ship Earth and out a  back gate to the Finish line.

I got my medal, drank some water and Gatorade and then headed straight to the hotel to shower and head to the airport to catch a flight back to Massachusetts.  I arrived   in Massachusetts Sunday night around 7:00pm and had a lovely dinner.

 

 

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA PUBLIX A1A HALF MARATHON (WEEK 6 BOSTON MARATHON TRAINING )


Sunday, I ran the Publix Fort Lauderdale, Florida A1A Half Marathon.    Since I was fortunate enough be able to spend a week in Florida, with my spouse Ed, I decided to use the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon as one of my training runs for the Boston Marathon.

Friday afternoon, Ed and I drove to the expo.  The expo was very nice.   It was held at the Broward Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The expo is never crowded, so it’s always a pleasure to walk around sampling free snacks, exploring all of the gadgets and collecting all the freebie running items from various venders.  I got my number, free shirt, swag bag and then we headed back home.

Saturday, I spent the day lounging around the house enjoying the quiet.

That night, I went to bed early, because I had to wake up at 3:30am the next morning.

Race Day:

I got dress, ate my breakfast and I was in the race parking area by 4:00am.  Driving to the race was very easy, no traffic.

The race started at 6am in Fort Lauderdale near the Science Museum.  There was about 5000 runners participating in the Half Marathon.  The race was self-seeded and had various pacing groups to help us succeed. I lined up with the 2: 45 minute pacers.

The National Anthem was played and then we were sent on our way to complete 13.1 miles.    It is one of the prettiest courses I ran.   The most memorable view for me was watching the sun rise along the ocean.  The course was also very flat, except for the draw bridge leading to the ocean.

The first mile was on Las Olas Blvd, a street with lots of cute boutique shops, restaurants, and art galleries.  It was a very touristy neighborhood.

The second mile crosses the intercostal waterway, over a small draw bridge and then heads east towards the ocean.

The rest of the run is mostly an out and back course on Ocean Drive with gorgeous scenery.   There are no cars allowed on the course, so I had awesome views of the ocean. Palm trees surrounded the course and runners can see the waves crashing on the beach.

At mile 8, there is an amazing loop through Birth State Park which offers some shade. Inside the park, there are many bike and walking trails, forest trees, and more gorgeous views of the inner coastal waterway.

After running through the park, runners reach the turnaround point (Mile 9) on Ocean Drive and we all head back to the finish line.

At mile 12.5 I sprinted down the beach towards the finish line.

Overall, I had a good race.    I had plenty of fluids and fuel to survive the heat. The temperature during the race was mid 70’s.

I love my medal.   It is one of the prettiest medals I received; also, it weighs a ton!

.After the race, Ed (spouse) and I went for a celebration lunch by the pool.

Week 5 Boston Marathon training

Long run 16 miles!

Some people may not know, I am running the Boston Marathon on the behalf of the American Liver Foundation.   I want to bring more awareness to liver disease and the effects it causes on the body especially fatty liver disease.

Fatty Liver Disease can develop in people who are overweight or obese or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits also may lead to a fatty liver.   Many people who have this disease are unaware they have a fatty liver.

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Anyways, early this morning, I ran 16 miles on a treadmill.  Watched a musical movie, (I’ll admit …. The Sound of Music) had some grape Gatorade, Swedish fish, and listened to some 80’s music.

I started the first week of February with low motivation to run. The cold winter weather, the dark days, the rain, the ice storms, lack of natural sunlight, and a cough has left me with little desire to run.    I believe, I am dealing with the ebb and flow of marathon training.

I am glad that I still have the inner knowledge nagging feeling to get off the couch and get my long run in.

My 16 miles run…

It went well.

I was well rested.

Long run nutrition good

Besides running, last week was a good week.  I enjoyed watching the Superbowl.   What a very exciting game! Too bad my home team loss …The Patriots.

Next week I will be in Florida…

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