I Gotta Crow
Here’s a link to the ‘joint’ meet up post.
We faced each race, day by day, (hopefully) forgetting yesterday, and not hurting our chances for tomorrow.
In between races, while Klys and family toured the parks, I took it easy at the resort, walking, resting, laying by the pool. For me it’s all about racing and running and until we got most way through, I still wasn’t sure i could ‘do it’.
Our plan was Klys would run the first three races with family and then run an ‘easy’ paced marathon with me. So I figured I could force the first three and relax for the 26.2. Then, at the last minute I see I’m gonna run the 26 alone and faced with what to do, I figured, what have I got to lose?
So since we didn’t run any races together, this post is about me, me, me:
- 5k, personal record by 8 seconds
- 10k, personal record by 49 seconds, though I still haven't broken the magical 50 minutes
- Half marathon, I was a little 'tentative' (didn’t yet know what Sunday would bring) and turned in a respectable 1 minute 41 seconds over my best. And I've already broken 1:50...
- Marathon, personal record by 26 minutes! (Just missed breaking my first 4 hour marathon by 2:32.)
Here’s my logbook:
They only time the Dopey runners in the 5k so the first row totals are skewed. There were 7,000 ‘other’ runners. The other three races have two rows each; everybody, and Dopey runners only. The last row is adding up the times on all the races; The Full Dopey.
Here’s what it says:
- 5k: top 7% overall, 8th place seniors
- 10K: 4% overall, 10th place seniors
- Half: 5% overall, 16th place seniors (the biggest race)
- Marathon: 10% overall, 12th place seniors
- Marathon, Dopey runners only, 8% overall, 4th place seniors
- Over all the Dopey races, 6% overall (311th place) and 5th among seniors
I boxed a couple of numbers because they are effing outstanding.
I was in surprisingly (or not) little pain the next day and even went out for a 30 minute jog.
And I learned a few things. To quit or not try is to fail. To not succeed is something else entirely.
Perspective is everything. For me, awareness comes when I focus on the small things and see. How a wrist sweat band cured conjunctivitis, or a mis-cut toenail can nearly sideline you. Still, I’ll spare you all that runners minutiae I find so fascinating.
Here’s a few more pix:Arriving Half Mary Finish Under the Epcot ball After the full Me and the bling
Stay tuned. Lots more to come.