Today marks the start of Disney World Marathon Weekend. With the first day of the expo being today, followed by four consecutive days of races, its going to be quite an exciting five days at Disney World as thousands of runners and their families take part in the Marathon Weekend activities.
Last year during Marathon Weekend I found it extremely difficult to focus at work. With several friends down at Disney running in the various races, and of course sharing lots of pictures on social media, it was hard for me to not be a bit jealous about them being there and me not being there. While I often have similar feelings during other runDisney race weekends, it was during last year’s Marathon Weekend that I wished the most that I had also been there participating.
Preston and I participated in Marathon Weekend in 2013 and 2014. It was in 2013 that Preston ran his first marathon, and that I was inspired to start running. Then in 2014 I ran my first half marathon, and Preston completed the inaugural Dopey Challenge.
While I’ve run five other half marathons since I ran the Disney World Half Marathon two years ago, no other half marathon has given the sense of accomplishment that running my first half marathon did. I am so grateful to have not only been able to run my first half with Preston and cross the finish line holding his hand, but I’m also grateful that my parents were there to celebrate with us after I accomplished a goal that I’d been after for almost ten months.
Its incredible to look back over the past two years and see just how far I’ve come with my running. Not only have I become a faster and stronger runner since I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon, but I’ve also shown myself that I could continue to run while pregnant. Its incredible to think back to more than three years ago when I had yet to start running, and to think about how much dreaming about running a half marathon, and putting my mind to it, has drastically changed my life.
To those who are running any or all of this weekend’s races, I sincerely hope that you have a blast and that you thoroughly enjoy your Disney World running experience. Whether this is your first time running Disney, or you’re a veteran runDisney participant, I hope your race weekend is all that you’re hoping that it will be. Its very likely that I’ll have some feelings of jealousy as I follow along on social media and will wish that I were there with you.
QOTD: What is one race that you’ve run that you wish you could participate in each year?