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10 things I learned from running the Walt Disney World Marathon

January 15, 2014
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This past weekend, I participated in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. I completed the full marathon, achieving all three goals I set for myself: 1) Finish the race; 2) Don’t die; and 3) Don’t get injured. Bonus: I also finished 7,551st out of 9,697 women, which means I wasn’t last.

What can I say? I reach for the stars.

Rockin' that 22nd percentile!

Rockin’ that 22nd percentile!

I didn’t think I was fully prepared and, shocker, I was right. HOWEVER, the weather was perfect (no suffocation-worthy humidity), and I ran/walked the entire race, which was what I’d trained to do. I also babied my bum knee, took a grueling refreshing ice bath after, and two days later I feel as good as new.

Steps were hard for my friend Adriana, however. I don’t think she took an ice bath, which she is probably regretting right now as I say, “I told you so” and enjoy my fully functioning legs.

Steps were hard for my friend Adriana, however. I don’t think she took an ice bath, which she is probably regretting right now as I say, “I told you so” and enjoy my fully functioning legs.

If you’re thinking of participating in the WDW marathon next January, hooray! It’s a lot of fun. But here are some things I urge you to consider before registering, as well as some tips to get you through alive.

NEXT PAGE: If you like to have money and hate crowds, sign up for a different race.

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  • http://harveymonster.tumblr.com Nathan Harvey

    The feeling of accomplishment is definitely worth the work and training needed to complete the Dopey Challenge. It’s also a great way to meet people who are just as “crazy”as your are.

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    I’m seriously considering it…not in 2015 because I will be too busy with wedding things this year to train, but maybe 2016!

  • KT Boling

    Awesome! I always love reading your stuff – you have the best articles/blogs!

  • Ethel Haddock Juneau

    You, baby are friggin “AWESOME”, but I might a little bias! ;-)

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    Haha thanks Mom.

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    Aw thank you! <3 <3

  • Amanda H

    Great article loved it!! So much fun and so worth it especially if you love Disney!! The Disney races are so much fun!

  • Joe Rosier

    Thanks for sharing. Ran the 1999 Disney Marathon in 45 degree overcast weather. Signed up for 2000 and limped across the finish line (78 degree sunny). Both years we had less than 10,000 runners. Knees are shot now and and am lucky to walk a 5K. Enjoy it while you can.

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    Hey thanks so much! They really are. They’re a little pricey, but worth it once in a while for all the bells and whistles!

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    Oh wow, two very different weather forecasts! Last year it was in the 80s; friends of mine who ran it had a hard time. I was VERY grateful for the beautiful weather this year! I think it helped me so much. Good for you for finishing the 2000 race!

  • http://hilaritybydefault.blogspot.com/ Demos Euclid

    I have a pet theory that most Disney runners practice each day by running towards Toy Story Mania at park opening to claim those treasured early morning FastPasses…

  • Jamie

    My husband is planning on running next year. What’s a good hotel that’s not too expensive?

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    LOL I’ve definitely done this more than my share of times so maybe that’s why I made it through alive. :p

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    Good luck to him!

    Definitely check out Pop Century, Art of Animation, and the All-Star resorts (Movies, Music, and Sports). Those are all the “value” resorts on Disney property, and offer bus/shuttle service to the race areas.

  • Seth Kubersky

    Not after next week, all legacy paper Fastpasses will be gone soon!

  • http://www.jenislosingit.com/ Jen

    This upsets me greatly.

  • http://hilaritybydefault.blogspot.com/ Demos Euclid

    Very true. Although I have to admit that seeing a park full of guests all wearing those bulky bracelets is quite frightening.