After the half marathon I felt good. Left groin felt good, right knee was good, I just felt a painful feeling in my right ankle. What's happening? I have never had an injury there!
After the half yesterday we went to HS to do some FP+ rides. I went to the hotel early to relax. My ritual the night before a race is: be in the hotelroom at 7PM and lay everything out (outfit, shoes, fuel and charge phone and Garmin). I layed down in bed at 8PM, at 8.30 I put away my phone and I fell asleep at 9. So when the alarm went of at 2.30AM, I got about a good 6,5hours of sleep.
When the alarm went off, I was ready! I have dreamed about this for over 4 years, I trained 28 weeks, I watched so many Youtube videos about the marathon, and now it's finally my time to run it! I was excited! Just to be sure, I took some Advil with me for my painful ankle.
At 3AM I was in the bus, and ar 3.30 I was at the Race Retreat tent. I had a nice quite breakfast and took some pictures with the characters there. (Apparenlty Meg was there as well, but I never saw her.)
My plan for the marathon was: runwalkrun straight from the beginning. Run 60sec, walk 30sec. Be at Magic Kingdom before the sun rises, take candy from strangers, ride Everest, finish with a cocktail in my hand and finish within the limit of 7 hours.
The race started at 5.30 (14 degrees Celsius then/57F), and I crossed the starting line at 5.45AM.
I skipped Darkwing Duck & Launchpad... I would love to have a photo with Darkwing, but the line was long and I had a nice 50+min buffer between myself and the balloon ladies, I didn't want to lose so much time in the beginning of the full marathon.
I knew the course by heard, and split it into pieces. 'Eat the Elephant one bite at a time', so for me that was: 8K till Magic Kingdom, then 11KM till Animal Kingdom (which was the longest part between parks), 6KM till ESPN, 5KM inside ESPN, 5KM till Hollywood Studios and finally 3KM till Epcot.
Everest... I was there at 8.45AM, it would open at 9... I didn't want to wait 15min, so I moved on. Right after this decision I got text messages that my family was outside of AK. So now they didn't had to wait so long before they saw me. Next time, I will ride Everest!
Hollywood Studios is really short part of the marathon. I walked a lot here. I knew I would finish within 7 hours, so I changed my goal to finish within 6,5 houts. I changed my interval to run 30sec and walk 60sec.
At the Boardwalk, there were so many spectators! And there was the next medical post. Suddenly I remembered that they had Advil there as well. So after 24,5miles, I had my second Advil. They asked when the last one was (6,5hours ago), how many I needed (just 1) and I got a big X on my hand. I put on sunscreen (which are in spraybottels, SPF 70) and continued.
The final park: Epcot! I ran over 40K at this point. I have dreamed of this moment so often, seen so many videos about this last kilometers. As soon as I ran on World Showcase, the emotions can loose. I got a lump in my throat and had to try my hardest not to start crying. Thurday a 5K, Friday a 10K and yesterday a half marathon. We walked a lot in the parks after those as well. And here I was, on my own, already did 40K, a sun burning down on me and temperatures over 28C/82F, I am completing my dream I have been having for over 4 years. Oh man, I really don't want to cry, I need distraction! There, a character! I don't care who it is!
Above a phot which tells the truth. Yes, I had a hard time the last kilometers. Most of the times I did notice the photographers and I could put on a smile. But this shows the truth, Dopey is tough!
It's true what they say, the characters in Epcot don't have lines. The park has opened, so there is a line with regular visitors, but once a runners shows up, the runner gets priority!I wanted to finish with a cocktail in my hand, but I forgot to check out the days before which drink I wanted, and the lines where long. Before I got to Future World, I saw a tea/coffee stand. Do you have Ice Tea Chai Latte? Awesome, I'll take it!
My Garmin said I ran 43,52km! Finish time was 6:16:23 with 15 characterstops! After the finish I got my challenge medals, food box and beverages. I met my family in front of the RT tent, and once I saw them, the tears I have hold back for so long came through. I did it! I was worth all of it! They were proud of me and gave me a big hug. I had to laugh when they said they had a free banana too and they thought it was hot in the sunshine. Yeah, imagine running in it!
John brought my other medals, so I could take photos with all 6 in the RT tent with the characters. My parents went back to the hotel, and John stayed with when I took all the post race characters photos. I didn't eat anything at the RT after, I wanted to move on.
How I felt the days after? Emotionally on top of the world! Physically, so stiff! Sitting down and stair where a challenge. I didn't run for 2 weeks after, and to have my pace back, it took me over 2 months.
I said 'One and Done', because Dopey is just very expensive. Right after the marathon I said I wanted to do this again! And John said that he regretted not doing the marathon. So, if it's up to me, this wasn't my only Dopey Challenge!