Thursday, September 29, 2011

The BIG weekend!

Excuse me while I become a running blogger for a few days.

My half marathon is in two days! It's on Saturday night at 10:00 PM! I'm running the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon! I've been training for this since July, I've been planning for this since May, and I've been thinking about this as a goal since March. It's a LONG. TIME. COMING.

I am going to devour every second of the entire experience. Tomorrow we're headed over to Orlando to stay at the Disney Port Orleans Resort.
Before we head out for a carb-filled dinner, we'll go to the Wine and Dine expo, where I can assure you I'll be loading up on stuff. I'll pick up my packet, bib, and goody bag, and then I'll shop 'til I drop. So much of my money is going to running gear, and I absolutely don't mind it at all.

Then, we'll get up Saturday and hang out and walk around. To be honest I'm not sure how we're going to fill our time, since I know I'll be super antsy. I'll board a bus to Wide World of Sports from my hotel, and I'll say goodbye to Tim and my mom and head off to the starting corral area!

Then, it'll be 13.1 miles of pure joy. I can't wait. Here's the route:
How awesome does that look?! Running through three of the Disney theme parks! I can't wait.

And when I finish, on my 26th birthday none-the-less, it'll be time for the Wine and Dine finishers' party, where I'll meet back up with Tim and my mom to show off my new bling and take some tastes and sips. They have tons of pavilions and booths setup around Epcot, and the rides will be open too!
I'm planning on running with my camera, my iphone, my garmin, and a few shot blocks as fuel as I go. I'm trying not to be too too hard on myself with a finish time since it's my first one, at night, and at Disney. But, I can't NOT put out a goal. My safe goal is to go under 2:15.00, and my stretch goal is to go under 2:10.00. 

I've spent so much time training, but I generally take a stop break or two on my long runs in training, so I don't know what to expect really. I just can't wait.

Oh, and I've already signed up for my next one. I'm hooked.

So, Disney? I'm coming! See you tomorrow!
I'll be updating along the way!

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13 comments:

Laura said...

Good luck Meghan! I know you'll do amazing. Happy early birthday too!

Kacey said...

Good luck! I can't wait to see how you do & I will be looking for the updates on my phone too!

Allison said...

Good luck! Think how awesome it will feel to cross that finish line after all the training and dedication! Also, it will be your birthday-how cool is that! Only a few more weeks and I'll have that same feeling :)

Leanna Vera said...

This sounds like so much fun! Food and wine festival, Disney World, and feeling accomplished after running a half marathon...what could be better!? Good luck!

megan said...

Good luck! And have a blast!!

Sarah Burton said...

Good luck! Can't wait to see pictures!

Katie said...

That sounds amazing! Good luck-- can't wait to read all about it! :)

Jen said...

YAYY!!! Good luck girlie you will do awesome!!! That sounds like so much fun!! What a great way to celebrate a very special birthday!! Love ya :) XOXO!!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

Oh man, 10pm! I bet you'll do great though, I'm getting excited for you and what better way to finish than on your birthday!?? yay!!

How the heck are you going to be able to carry all that stuff while you run?! I'd wanna chuck it all within the first 100 yards, haha.

Wishing you the best. :)

Emily w/Amazing Grapes

Sarah said...

So jealous!! Have a great trip!!!

Amber said...

Good luck girl, I know you're gonna do awesome! I'm so excited and proud of you my friend!!

Torrie said...

Ahhhhhh, the time has finally come, huh????

Have a wonderful time, and GOOD LUCK!! (although you won't really need it :))

taylor said...

congratulations on your finish! saw via twitter that you come in under your stretch goal time. that is so amazing! you're motivating me to get back to couch to 5k!