Sunday, January 11, 2009

Race Report : 2009 Walt Disney World Marathon

We will keep this short.  I had a good run and felt fantastic the entire way.  I ran with Peter from start to finish, trying to push and push him to a sub-4 hour finish (he's already finished sub-4 in NYC, but never at Disney).  We did the first half in well under 2 hours (a good 5+ minutes faster then we did the half marathon yesterday). We lost a little bit of time here and there, and, despite a last gasp sprint to the finish line, we came in at 4:00:17.  18 #%$#ing seconds short of the goal.  I am actually somewhat dissapointed that I didn't get us in under 4 hours, but we had fun and worked hard.

Good news....no shaking running videos to share !!  
Go GIANTS !!!

13 comments:

  1. Great race despite not quite making your goal! I think the last half of Disney actually makes it challenging to do a negative split, or at least at exact split -- running through Hollywood Studios, Epcot, etc is a lot of small twists and turns and small hills. It's strangely tricky to keep pace through there. Especially with the crowd.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sorry that we did not meet up for the races. My Mom who came down with us ended up busting her wrist at the kids race and ended up having to sit in the hospital for hours.

    Fantastic finish times and if I could lend you those 18 seconds I would.

    Enjoy DW. We are off to MK tomorrow.

    ReplyDelete
  3. congrats !!! next time make it in under 4 hours:)))

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hi! Thanks :)
    So you've done RR100 before? What's it like? I get these stitches out in a week so I'm still planning on it as long as no funky infections set me back! I see you're running Umstead....I tried but it was closed! You've got quite a year coming up yourself.......I'll see you at Rocky!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Dude, the 18 seconds sucks, but it's all relative, right. Still great job on the marathon. I've still never finished a marathon (never started one either). Hope you have fun with mickey mouse!!! You'll have to let me know if the park is uber crazy on marathon week...family members are talking Disney, and if I could roll that into a marathon, that's alright with me.

    Wow, that was long!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Amy / PJ - I left you a comment on your blogs, but for everyone else...

    I did RR50 last year. It is a nice run, on very non-technical trails. You just need to watch out for the roots (they jump up at you at times). There aren't many "rocks" at all. It is relatively flat (for a 100/50 miler). Umstead is a tough one to get into. If you don't sign up within a day of registration opening (if not sooner), you are simply out of luck. I have a few friends on the waiting list.

    Disney this time of year....virtually empty compared to normal, especially starting today (Monday). I really think that is one of the reasons Disney puts the 1/2 and full marathons on these dates, right after the holidays. They have a big reduction in guests, and plenty of room for the runners. I think it is a perfect time to take the kids, which is why we have done so for the past 5 years.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Is it too late to interject an "E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles?"

    ReplyDelete
  8. Tony,
    Great job on your runs! See ya in a few weeks!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I really want to run that race some day. It always sounds like so much fun. Also, so sorry about New England. I'm glad that the Steelers didn't fall under the home team curse that seemed to rule this year's play-offs so far.

    ReplyDelete
  10. p.s. anthony, are you entering goofy again--for 2010 (wow -2010-yikes)--my kids want to go back and the flights hotel and everything except the entry fee is reasonably priced so i am tempted...

    ReplyDelete
  11. Can't believe the Giants bombed out. Depressing...

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a wonderful pacer you are! I'd still give you a bonus for coming in so close to goal.

    ReplyDelete