Walt Disney World Marathon 2013

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29/03/2013 at 11:27

I have every intention of spending time at the parks and touristing while I'm there.  After all, it's a long trip just to run.

The question is "Will I be too pooped to play?"

I read Disney Mom Loris Blogs about Runcationing, and just don't know if it would be worth the extra money to turn it into a full-on holiday.

Walking around the parks the week before the race weekend shouldn't be a problem as long as I don't overdo the weekend itself.  But having a week there after the races may be a bit wasted if the weekend takes a lot out of me.  It will take a while to get over the aching legs for sure.

I suppose I could slow the pace to make it easier for myself, but I've never been good at starting slow, even though I'm not fast (by a long shot).  And I am going for the Dopey primarilly, I don't want to come home feeling like I didn't even try to do well.

29/03/2013 at 12:31

Dont worry about having to slow the pace down. The stopping for pictures with the characters every mile or so will help with that!! I stayed for a week after this year and felt fine. It was nice to see everyone round the parks wearing their well earned medals. Not the sort of thing we tend to do in this country...

29/03/2013 at 20:46

Bullit don't worry about the tiredness.  I thought I was going to be dead and heading for my bed after the marathon but was on such a high I was back in Holywood studios doing a bit of spectating and having a ball by lunchtime!!!!!

My usual plan is to head out for races two or three days before they start to get enough time to go to expo etc.  Last year I got to Disney on the Thursday tea-time and just got up early in the mornings to avoid jetlag being a problem especially seeing the races start at ungodly o'clock.  At disney the day before I picked number up early and went to Animal Kingdom and did sit downy thing Lion King, Safari etc till about 3 o'clock before I gave up for my own good.  Sat I went to the half and then did the ride-along nascar thing in the afternoon as I thought it was a waste to spend it in my hotel all day.  Sunday was marathon and holywood studios which again had sitty downy things to do (although I was kind of past it by the time the park closed).  Monday was epcot, Tuesday was the magic kingdom where I searched out all the characters to get them pictured with their respective bling, Wednesday I did the rest of the animal kingdom and more bling associated photos with Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Chip, Dale, Googy, Pluto (I was a proper big kid lol) and I flew home on the wed night.

I could probably have done with an extra couple of days extra to be at disney.  It would have been nice to go to Universal as I've never been before and maybe just vegged a bit more the day before or between the races.  If I did dopey I'd probably put a bit more veg time especially between the marathon and half than I did this time (but not too much I'm at disney after all and you don't want to spend any more time in your hotel than you want to.

I always favour 2 days before races and a full 3-4 days to sightsee/have fun and a couple of days at home to chill before you go back to work.  I've tried running at the end of a holiday a couple of times and the race plus travel leaves you more knackered when you go back to work when you come off.  Although the running is important to me a holiday is a holiday and needs to be a chance to recharge a bit.  Although I don't drink anymore I do like to do a lot of the unhealthy things in life big puddings etc as a reward after a race.  No fun in watching what you eat and drink on holiday.

Go, run, have fun, sightsee till you drop and live the dream.  It is a once in a lifetime experience unless you are going to be stupid and go back and do it again in 2015!!!!!

06/04/2013 at 16:04


New thread started for the Dopey.

I shall be lurking there now 

08/04/2013 at 00:07

Bye bye then bullit and I assume bye bye everybody that will be heading to the new fangled dopey thread.  Its always a shame to see folk go and these threads die a death after months of chatting away and getting to know you all.


Maybe I should follow you over even though I have no intention of running next year or just have a really sad existance like I do on the Edinburgh marathoners past and present thread and speak to myself for the next two year lol.  Feel free to join me in there if any of you are at an equally loose end.  It gets a bit lonely in wor hoose these days.

Happy running.

08/04/2013 at 08:32

I'm quite happy to stay here and reminisce with those who have experienced the magic - I'm not sure if we will do the Dopey this year for various reasons, but if we don't we will probably be there in 2015. Whilst it is great to read others' enthusiasm about their upcoming Disney races, I fear the envy may upset the calm state of resignation that I have managed to find re possibly not being able to go Dopey in 2014.

08/04/2013 at 09:53

Oh, I'm still here too.  I have a bookmark in IE

But it's a new year, a new race.  I've never been one to reminisce.  The past just makes me sad I can't go back to it.  Although I haven't got a RunDisney race in my head yet to reminisce about, maybe I'll be different this time next year.

10/04/2013 at 13:34
If you want to go I'd be quick in entering folks. The 'Minnie' mini marathon was full last night and the dopey was already 76% full. It took months to fill last year. Wouldn't want anyone to miss out that wants to go.
10/04/2013 at 13:43
Cheers c33 x
10/04/2013 at 15:29

Definitely decided it is York Marathon 2013, Rome Marathon 2014 then 10th anniversary Goofy 2015 for us.


MM - let us know what the Dopey is like! 

10/04/2013 at 22:52
Dopey remember to get your passport updated before noo yoik noo yoik or you might not get in. If dopey turns up at JFK but goofy turns up they might not let you in.

Minnie hope you get in fine for all the races you want to run.

Nice choices of race goofy aka dopey I've done both of them. Rome is good if you run it in a caniggia shirt I think its tokyo for me next year in feb unless some miracle happens next week and I fluke a boston qualifying time (not very likely!!!). I also quite fancy istanbul for some reason. The concept of starting a race in one continent and finishing in another appeals to me. Disney 2015 and the 10th goofy as part of the dopey holds a lot of appeal. How could I miss the 10th year 10 mile extravaganza lol
11/04/2013 at 12:37

Alas, it is not the NEW York marathon - it is the York (as in Yorkshire) marathon. First one - so maybe in future I could be PERFECTLY YORKY!


Rome - having done Athens and Venice, this is the last of the 'historic' themed marathons I want to do and, as I am not getting any younger, I am going to go for faster times sooner rather than later in York and Rome then take my time in the Goofy/Dopey 2015 - or that's the theory anyway!


Good luck for next week - I'm sure you'll do well - you were great in the Goofy!

11/04/2013 at 12:40

P.S. Need a new name now!!!

11/04/2013 at 22:11
This is like leaving school. Everyone off doing other things. Good luck and hopefully see you in the 2015 dopey/goofy thread x.
12/04/2013 at 19:41

ha ha dopey thats what I get for reading things quickly.  I didn't know there was even a race there.  They are popping up everywhere now.  Years ago everybody had a marathon then the pretty much vanished and are starting to come back again.  I did Manchester last year which was the 1st time it had been run for ages and quite fancy sunderland some time as it feels like a home from home.  You really should run your home town marathon at least once but the dundee marathon is rank compared to the old 1980s marathon so the home from home looks like a good option.

Thanks for the good luck message. The caniggia shirt is staying at home next week I'm going to try to sneak under the radar for this one.  I am considering a possible name change for the frankfurt marathon in October.  I know I am usually Caniggia 33 on here and in big races but Dundee signed Dariusz Adamczuk from Eintracht Frankfurt so I may have to swap my shirt to 4 Adamczuk for another spot of hero worship with more local relevance lol

I've done Athens (in the pissing rain thankfully I'm hopeless when its hot) and ran past all those barbecue and fireplace salesrooms on the way up that 10 mile hill.  If anybody likes a stone fireplace Athens is the race for you.  Other than fireplaces there is nothing to look at for the 1st 23 miles. Venice isn't on my list of races to run.  I think Disney stretches the limit of where you can go as a single bloke on your hols but Venice is a step too far.  I think it is compulsory you go to venice as a couple rather than optional!!!!!   Now I'm thinking and rambling I wonder if any hotels there actually have single rooms.  If they do they will be in pretty good nick I doubt they are occupied all that often!!!!

I do like the sound of being perfectly yorkie although I'm believe the use of that status is "not for girls" lol

13/04/2013 at 13:51

Hmmm....having just watched my youngest son play footie all morning (man of the match I may add ), I think that is about all I can raise my enthusiasm for.


Yes, you ran Athens the same year we did - and yes, I totally agree it has to be the most boring marathon there is - but the history and the finish inside the stadium more than makes up for that. I didn't really appreciate having to go up and come down the stairs on the Acropolis and Parthenon sideways the next day though - my legs were really not prepared for the hills. Disney was my next after Athens - that's why I rave so much about it - the entertainment on the course was in stark contrast to Athens!


Venice - I really would recommend Venice marathon to anyone - single or otherwise. I think the 'romantic' notion is long gone - it is just another historic tourist destination now - go for it - you really wouldn't feel out of place. But maybe leave it until after Tokyo and Boston as they are probably more exciting.


And I have always found that eating chocolate the night before a long run makes the running easier the next day - so there is now a wonderful excuse to down some Yorkies - but only the pink ones - if they still make them?!?

13/04/2013 at 13:55

P.S. Deffo doing Rome next year so I will be grilling you for 'dos and don'ts' before I go.

(I have already checked it is not hilly - a rookie mistake I made when booking Athens - I didn't know it was uphill until a few weeks before - I was under the naiive impression that a marathon was the most difficult thing in the world and no-one in their right mind would make the course uphill!!!)

18/04/2013 at 13:58
Ha ha yes athens is a bit hilly. Not steep it just climbs for 10 full miles!!!! I was so pleased to see that monsoon I don't do hot and sunny. I thought I might die on the saturday on the hill and sun but was bouncing through puddles like a 5 year old in new wellies on race day. It was just like being at the glasgow half and I always run great there.

Pick away at my small mind about rome. It isn't hilly and was one of those real opportunity lost runs as I had a migraine 12 hours before the race started and just felt rank even before the race started. There were lots of folk talking about the cobbles but I didn't think they were too bad. They were pretty flat as cars wear them down. Not sure about the 5k race's age limit but the wee fun run at the same time as the marathon has about 5 times as many runners. Might be worth looking at for a bit of family fun that weekend.

Brace yourself for the stampede at the start. I found that italians tend to run like they drive lol
18/04/2013 at 14:04

What are your thoughts re Boston now? I thought of your plans when it all went off. You still thinking of doing it next year WHEN you get the time this weekend?


Will be thinking of you this weekend anyway. Are you wearing anything distinctive so we can look for you on tele?

18/04/2013 at 23:34

My Boston obsession is still there.  That has to be one of the most scary things I have seen on the tele.  Most of the time you see things on the tele like the huge explosion in texas today and you think oh my god thats terrible then you get on with your day.  They seem so distant to you that you don't really get caught up in the emotion of it all.  The events in Boston were just so real it was hard to believe it actually happened.  Pictures of the bombers have just been released so hopefully its only a matter of time until they are caught.  My heart goes out to all those hurt in the explosion as it could so easily have been me or my friends and family but for a lot of strange pieces of fate.

Its hard to comprehend that I had been in the sportshop and the starbucks beside where each blast went off.  If Boston hadn't reduced their qualifying time by 5 minutes to 3:05 last year from 3:10 I would have qualified.  If I had been 2 weeks older my 3:09 in Manchester would have been good enough.  If the Icelandic volcano hadn't grounded every flight in europe in 2010 the qualifying times would never have changed on the back of 1000s of deferrments.  I would have gone with my parents and left them in the crowd.  I also taked about going with a friend who would have set off in wave 2 20 mins behind me, ran 20 mins slower than me and crossed the finishing line in 4:09ish when the bomb went off.  I would have probably done what I've done at other races in the past which was get my medal, phote etc, grab my bag and head back to the finish line to meet my parents and been proud to see her follow me down Boylston St.  The fact I could have taken not only myself but the people that mean most to me in the world into that kind of area really shook me up to be honest.

Boston is still the greatest show on earth though.  Its still the race that keeps me awake at nights, makes me go out when the weather is rank, keeps me pushing when the legs and lungs are heaving, stops me walking or hitting the stop button on the dreadmill.  Its been an unhealthy obsession for too long to give up on the dream.  Whether I'm brave or stupid enough to take friends or family with me to relive the dream is in doubt.  Maybe the dream has changed into a lone trip but its not going to stop me going at crash and burn pace to get an elusive Boston Qualification time!!!!

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