Bring on the Pixie Dust: WDW Marathon Weekend 2019

So, I was going to write and post this entry earlier this week because, well, I had my dates mixed up and thought early (DVC and AP) marathon registration was opening on the 12th. But, sure enough, I was incorrect. I suppose though, being too early is better than being too late because this registration is a pretty important one: I am ready to take on the Walt Disney World Marathon in January, and I have a pretty big goal, too!

Before I get to that, let’s back up for just a quick second. 2013 – my first WDW marathon (recap here) – I loved it so much. The trip almost didn’t happen, thanks to crazy travel/airline woes, but thankfully, I was able to make it to the start line. The race was sizzling hot, but I just soaked it all up and loved every single minute.  Two years later, I returned to the race weekend to take on the 2015 Goofy Challenge (recap here) with my good friends Megan and Carlee and we had SO MUCH FUN! It was like a 26.2 mile party.

Both of these years were incredible experiences, with finish times that reflected the many, many character stops and interactions – and like most other runDisney experiences, I couldn’t help but notice that if I were to bypass those (magical) distractions, those courses were pretty darn fast. So, with my return to running, why not up the ante and train not only for my fastest Disney Marathon time (4:59), but, (GASP!) my fastest Marathon time, period (3:40).

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My third full WDW Marathon Weekend…it’s gonna be magical!

Yes. I have alluded to these plans recently, but this is the first time I am saying it out loud: I WILL RUN A PERSONAL BEST AT WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND. And, as a bonus, since I’m “aging up” (to the 35+ age group, standard: 3:40) next year, that also means I am training for a BQ (Boston Qualifier) in the process!

This road will not be an easy one. Between getting my act together with consistent training, working to get enough rest while still staying as much on top of my mom game as physically possible, plus working on my fundraising goals for my second 2019 marathon, that ‘lil ol London Marathon (which, I am completely overdue in writing a post about!!), it’ll be a juggling act, but I feel that it is time.

I’ll be posting more about my training plan, and updating on progress starting this fall, but right now, in the heat of the summer – my dreams are fueled with hot, sweaty base building miles. I’m working on consistency, and establishing an easy pace, so all my miles have been based on effort (no speed or structure).

So…there you have it! I am excited, terrified, and totally pumped – so bring on that registration. This week. I’m ready!

Will I see you at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend? Running? Spectating? I wanna hear it all!


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