2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Saturday, June 22, 2013

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Trip - Part 3

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2012 Disneyland Half Tech Race Shirt
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2012 Disneyland Half Race Bib
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2012 Disneyland Half Key Chain
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2012 Disneyland Half Charm Necklace
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2012 Disneyland Half Commemorative Pin
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2012 Disneyland Half Commemorative Pin

As I mentioned, this half marathon was not an easy one for me.  This race tested me mentally and physically and it really took everything I had to finish.  As I was going along the course volunteers were telling us how far ahead of pace we were and each time I was steadily losing ground.  To be honest, this is the first race I had been back far enough that I was being told how far ahead of  pace I was - it was not a nice feeling.

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2012 Disneyland Half Medal
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2012 Disneyland Half Lanyard

While I didn't train well for this race, I was reasonably sure that I would be able to finish the race having done it several times.  It really took all my effort to complete the race and by the time I was done I knew I needed to get back to my room as quickly as I could.  The weird thing was, instead of being able to go back to the Disneyland Hotel in an efficient manner, I was told I'd need to go all the way around, about an extra mile to mile and a half. 

At this point, I was pretty close to collapse and knew that was not going to be an option that I could do.  All I needed to do was cross the street and I'd basically be at the hotel.  Unfortunately, I ran in to some not so friendly Cast Members (front line cast and security) on my journey to get back to my room and was told there was no way that I could cross the road to get to the hotel.  Now, I'm not a kid and I'm certainly capable of crossing the steet on my own, but they refused to allow me to pass.  I was told I could just sit down and wait for someone to come - this was not done in a tactful or respectful manner.  I was almost in tears at this point.  I knew if I sat down I wouldn't be getting back up - was starting to shake very badly and it was getting difficult to even stand there.  I did not play the "I'm a Cast Member and it's not okay to treat a Cast Member this way, let alone if I was a Guest" card although I came close.  Finally,a cast member that I did not speak with directly flagged someone down and that's when I met Steve, and he was wonderful and helped me take the shortest route back to my hotel.  I could not thank him enough for his assistance.

I made it back to my room and literally collapsed - I was supposed to meet the gang for lunch and I knew there was no way that was going to happen.  In fact, I didn't leave my room for the rest of the day/night. 

Even though I can't say I have fond feelings about this race, I was still glad I did the race and was able to complete it.  Sometimes, the toughest races are the ones you learn the most about yourself.  It reminded me that the mind is incredibly strong and can help me get through some tough conditions.


-J.Darling said...

This also looks like a great lesson in training. Just because they won't sweep you, doesn't mean you'll be able to finish happy if you don't do the prep work.
Congrats on not getting swept though!

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