Obviously with all I had going on last week I didn’t have a ton of time for prepping blog posts. Good thing I have wonderful blog friends ready to share their inspirational selves with you all. I have a super inspiring guest post from my blog pal, Megan, this morning. She just ran her FIRST marathon. Reading through her thoughts and emotions reminded me of my first and gave me a good chuckle because I know I would have been thinking so many of the same things. Such a whirlwind of emotions and thoughts. I’m sure they will captivate you as well. Have a great day and happy reading!
Mile 1 – My legs are ready. Let’s do this thing!
Mile 2 – I kind of like running in the dark. Ahh – look out for the bumps in the road!
Mile 3 – I may have drank too much water earlier. Hold it until we get to the real bathrooms!
Mile 4 – Just got a text from my husband that they are waiting for us around mile 6. I hope he figured out the settings for photos in the dark.
Mile 5 – Okay, it’s humid. What are the odds it will get cooler as the morning goes on?
Mile 6 – Probably should start fueling with my sports beans. Good news – they will not be frozen like they were during training!
Mile 7 – Would people think I was weird if I started singing along to the song I’m listening to? It would be fun to break out into a running flash mob!
Mile 8 – Disney races are so fun. Look at all the characters on the course! And the costumes – people are so creative.
Mile 9 – Okay, melted sport beans are just as difficult to chew as frozen ones. Good to know.
Mile 10 – Oh the sun is bright. Good thing I have my sunglasses and my visor. Perhaps I should have brought extra sunscreen too. I will have some awesome tan lines.
Mile 11 – Whose idea was it to have us run by a sewage treatment plant? I guess it makes us pick up the pace a bit!
Mile 12 – Is that a banana? Yes, that is what my stomach needs!
Mile 13 – Halfway there!!!
Mile 14 – You trained for this. You are physically and mentally ready for the challenge. Race and run smart, just like Bart Yasso told you to.
Mile 15 – Okay, it is just plain hot. Not ideal for the girl who trained in 30* weather. But in other news, my legs feel good!
Mile 16 – Another runner just gave me some of her sea salt! Thank you – it was just what I needed! I love the running community.
Mile 17 – Sponges soaked in water? BEST IDEA EVER!
Mile 18 – Okay, time goal is out the window, but that is okay. Focus on finishing in one piece and not suffer heat exhaustion.
Mile 19 – Smile for the camera!
Mile 20 – Only a 10K left! You aren’t going to hit a wall – you are going to bust right through it!
Mile 21 – My legs feel surprisingly strong! You actually paced yourself well in this race!
Mile 22 – Remember why you are doing this. Remember why you are doing this. Chocolate? How did they know I needed a sugar rush?!
Mile 23 – The 2:30 AM wake up call is definitely starting to make its presence known. Push through it, push through it.
Mile 24 – I seriously have 2 miles left? Can someone please run beside me with an umbrella to shade me from the heat?
Mile 25 – What should my next marathon be? Did my husband remember to get me something salty to eat when I’m done? Why are all the photographers at the end of the race when we look awful? Did my brother seriously just text me that if I die he wants my car? I hope these aren’t hallucinations.
Mile 26 – The finish line is in view – kick it into high gear!
Mile 26.2 – This was completely worth it!
And…I just got tears in my eyes remembering that feeling. I also now REALLY want to run a Disney race at some point in my life. Thanks Megan for sharing!
Megan ran her first marathon a few weeks ago in Walt Disney World! She is currently planning her next marathon, with a few other races in between. She blogs at Running Toward the Prize, and also is the co-author of Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World.
Have you ever run a Disney race? Want to if you haven’t? Relate to any of Megan’s thoughts?