Walt Disney World Marathon 2013

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12/11/2012 at 09:34

Well done, C33. Especially so soon after Munich!

MM - How did the 16M go? Hope it was ok.

Well, the Wine and Dine is done - so judging by previous years (and more so this year for the 20th celebrations) I am expecting a flurry of Run Disney posts about the marathon weekend from now until the races!

12/11/2012 at 20:05

Hi GG.  It went surprisingly well thanks.  I didnt feel like death which was a destinct improvement from this time last year.  Another long run in the bank which is the main thing. 

Hope you're doing ok too.

Having seen the pictures of the Wine and Dine weekent I'm really getting excited for the Marathon Weekend now.  


Edited: 13/11/2012 at 09:18
14/11/2012 at 09:04

Hi all - just wondering if the Disney Marathon is on a 'first come first served' basis, or if it is through a ballot like the VLM? I would really like to go in for the 2014 race but getting a response from their help team is proving difficult! Thanks

14/11/2012 at 09:06

HappyCamper - first come first served and not open yet for 2014

14/11/2012 at 09:21

Hi I'm back ....intermittent internet and a move of house from 1 end of the country to the other!!   - relocation doesn't half play havoc with your training.... been very hit n miss (mostly miss, due to packing, unpacking, cleaning, organising, new job etc etc)

On a positive note though, I did get out for a good long run on Sunday, worked out an 8.5mile loop, which I did twice, then a small out n back loop to total 20miles, so I haven't lost too much in all the turmoil....

59 days to Goofy

14/11/2012 at 13:23

Hi HC - has to be done !! They will start discussing the date for 2014 shortly after the event in January 2013.  Doesnt sell ouf for a few months so plenty of time to get your entry in.


JPAtko - NIce to have you back  Glad you're all moved and back training again - you're still ahead of the game against my training, even with the break

18/11/2012 at 14:52

Well fair to say my stepping up of training so soon after munich was a bit of a flawed plan.  Never had shin splints before but I think I may do now.  Mustered a fantastic 5 miles this week on the back of last weeks good effort.  Feeling a bit better in the last couple of days so hopefully I will get a wee test drive in the next couple of days to see if all is well.  Its been a bit of a mess of a hard anyway for a whole variety of reasons so its not time to panic yet as my milage would have been well down anyway this week.  I've had a good long injury free run which I suppose was bound to come to an end some time just a bit of a sod when it happens.

19/11/2012 at 21:44
I ran a mile and a half tonight. Wouldn't say my leg feels 100% but don't think it feels any worse. Onwards and upwards hopefully :-/
19/11/2012 at 21:53
I ran 5 miles tonight and I'm now dead. Practically.
19/11/2012 at 22:47
Are you joining us in january nykie?
20/11/2012 at 07:43

Had a bit of a nightmare at Luton Marathon Sunday - It is a 3 lap race and is hilly but that is no excuse. was fine through 18 miles and on 3:55 pace then legs just went into a 'vegetative state' and decided that they would not work the way they should - it was not cramp it was just massive aching pain. Anyway that was end of decent time and finished in 4:18 (worst for 4 years). Weird thing is that 1/2 hour after race legs were feeling great no aches and even today I have no aches - it is almost as though I imagined the race and didn't run.

20/11/2012 at 11:46

BP - don't believe this 'plodder' bit if you can do 4:18 on a hilly marathon! Well done!

Well, my training isn't going to plan due to family reasons - had a run and work scheduled for Sunday - then a tearful 11 year old came back from football saying that the team had attacked him for letting a goal in (he only volunteered to be goalie because no-one else would do it!). So spent all of Sunday talking it through with him and various people and have since been trying to catch up with the work I should have done on Sunday! Don't know when the next run will be!

What I love about Disney (and most running races) is that, no matter what your ability or how things go on the day, everyone is 100% supportive. 

20/11/2012 at 11:56

Goofy - awful to hear about your son's treatment - I coached my son's team for 8 years and I have never seen that happen before. Maybe its a different team he needs sounds to me that the wrong ethos is being coached into that team - at that age it has got to be enjoy first and results later. Hope he is OK now and it does not put him off from playing and enjoying football.

Totally agree about running and the supportive bit - there was a young lady out following the race on Sunday on her bike (she was obviously a runner) and she could see I was starting to suffer and from 6 miles from finish she kept with me and kept me going to finish (along with other runners who were struggling a bit too). At end of race I had to hug her just to say thankyou and all she could say was well I know you and other runners would do same for me.

Although I am not happy with time it is another marathon completed and I am really happy with that and we know that we are in a good minority of people who finish marathons.

20/11/2012 at 12:11

BP - thank you - your words are re-assuring as that is exactly how I feel - but I was starting to think we, as a family, were being too 'soft' and that my son needed to 'toughen up' a bit. Most of the team are fine but a few were incrediby cruel. Thankfully he understands that he is not the one at fault.

Lovely story re the lady who supported you on the marathon - restores faith in human nature - and running.

20/11/2012 at 13:17

Nope, C33, I'm just a wannabe Goofy

20/11/2012 at 13:58

Hey GG - my best friends little lad has just given up playing becuase of bad treatment from his team mates.  He's 11 and played in goal.  He was pretty good and was scouted by our local town side as an up and coming goalie for the future but the team he played for (including the coach who should be shot) totally crucified him if he let a goal in.  I can only imagine how hard it was for your son if he was just filling in.!

20/11/2012 at 14:10

Thank you MM. So re-assuring that we are not the only ones who expect fair and supportive treatment. I'm glad I voiced my opinion to the coach now. I usually avoid 'confrontation' at all costs but I felt quite strongly that the FA's rules on bullying, etc. should be followed for the sake of all the children.

Such a shame that the talent of your friend's son has been wasted by bullies. 

20/11/2012 at 14:28

I suppose my son was lucky as he was keeper as well but had me as coach and nothing like that would have happened in my team. it would be interesting to know if the team your lad plays for has the FA standard charter because if it has it has just broken one of the major points of the charter regarding all levels but especially junior level - that of bullying!!

Marathon Minnie - that is so sad to be so interested in a sport and to have that interest taken away by mindless idiots who should not be involved in the game at any level but especially junior level. Some coaches are in it for all the wrong reasons - at under 9's we had a team who when they had a corner used to stand on our lads toes to stop them jumping and moving, when our lads told me of this I asked their coach about it and he said 'oh yes we teach them to do that, the ref never picks that up' - what sort of life skills is that teaching young lads!!

20/11/2012 at 21:27

Some of the people running these kids teams need to seriously reassess why they are doing it  


20/11/2012 at 23:44

Well done Bearsted on getting round.  It might feel rubbish now but that last 8 mile struggle will make that finishers medal one of the hardest earned and fondest thought of in years to come.  Rather bizarrely its the really good ones and a few of the really bad medals on the curtain pole I'm most proud of I really earned them.  its the so what ones inbetween I don't really care about. On the upside you had all that lovely scenery in Luton to look at to take your mind off the pain.  You can't beat a bit of concrete and a load of circles (aka roundaboots to anyone not fae Dundee) to look at.  I'm sure after that visual delight Disney will be a bit of a come down. 

Goofy don't get me started on kids football.  I failed a trial at under 10s because I wasn't good enough compared to the other kids.......yip thats because I'm 9 and have never played footie.  My dad was a lot older than most of the other dads and was never really one for a kick-about in the park.  I made the team for under 11s and under 12s but got "released" from under 13s because I was "too small" to play in defence.  I'm 6'1" now!!!!!!  The best thing is when I do play now I am actually at an advantage over most of the folk that were supposed to be better than me at school.  I'm taller, I'm not fat and I can motor about the pitch for the full 90 mins and look a lot quicker than anybody thought I was at school.  Just don't play very often these days as niggley wee injuries were ruining my running.  Problem with most kids football coaches is they think they are playing football manager on the play station or managing a real premiership team.  There is nothing that boils my piss more than driving home for work and seeing grown men working on the fitness of kids by making them run round and round the playing fields.  Correct me if I'm wrong but have you ever met an 11 year old that couldn't run about outside like a lunatic for hours without ever seeming to run out of steam.  They don't need bloody fitness training.  Get the ball out, teach them some skills and make football fun you fecking morons. 

Having said all that there is a valuable lesson that should be instilled in all footballers at a young age that is so easily forgotten when they reach the professional game.  At times what seems harsh and like bullying is actually this sort of Darwinesque natural selection taking place..............If he's sh!te don't give him it,  How many times do you watch professional football and wonder how the ball seems to find its way to the worst player on the pitch so often for him to miss control, pass to the opposition, kick it out for a throw-in or hit the corner flag with the goal beckoning.  The more ingrained this is in a footballers DNA the better just incase they sign for Dundee or play for Scotland in the future.

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