Three days to go...

Taking the time difference into account I have a little over 3 days to go before I drag myself out of bed at 1am Seattle time to ride a bus to probably the craziest thing I have ever done.

At 6am EST on Saturday I will be running the Disney World half marathon - 13.1 miles through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. This will be my 5th half marathon and I regularly run more than 13 miles in training so even though many of you think this is crazy you probably are not that impressed.

The really crazy part is that at 6am on Sunday (yes the day after!) I will also run the Disney World FULL marathon - 26.2 miles though all 4 Disney parks. This is called the goofy challenge - the name I think is pretty obvious. This will also be my 5th full marathon. That's a 2 day total of 39.3 miles but when you add in the 10 minute warm up jog I will do on Friday that should give me the extra 0.7 miles that I need to run 40 miles in 3 days. I figure that's as good a way or celebrating turning 40 as anything and jsut maybe it will undo some of the eating and drinking I did over the last few weeks.

From my running group we also have one other Goofy person as well as J running her first half marathon and S running her first full marathon so it will be a weekend of firsts for everyone.

I'm sure most of you reading this wonder what on earth would motivate someone to do this. I wish I could explain it - I've never been a sporty guy but even though I'm not going to ever be in contention for the medals there is something very motivating about challenging yourself to improve your times and distances. Its also very funny to tell people what you are doing and watch them spit their drink out in shock - especially people who I have not seen for a couple of years. I will admit to watching crazy long races like Iron Man/Eco Challenge on TV and thinking that it would be cool to do it but never did I ever imagine I would be fit enough to run a half marathon let alone 2 races back to back. And let me tell you the feeling as you see the finish line is something else!


Published 08 January 2008 10:13 PM by zman


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