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Thanks for that post, Jeff! Yep - that's the latest, and they've added a marathon relay for 2012 marathon weekend...although I don't fully understand why you would do the marathon relay instead of just doing the half marathon?

Two reasons... From from what I understand the 1/2 marathon is basically the first half of the marathon course. Now that the 1/2 marathon relay is run the same day/time as the full marathon the the person running the back half of the marathon will run a different course than someone running the just the 1/2 marathon. Also the medals are different... I can think of a few other reasons to do the half relay over just a half.

I'm getting close to signing up for F&W again... I really want to do it again, just don't know if I will have the time with everything going on in the world around me... yet at the same that is the exact reason I should Wink I need to get off the fence.

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Those are great points, Mitch. I don't think I've shared, but I am officially signed up - NO turning back now. I'm in week 5 of C25K and it continues to go well. I'm not cross training yet, other than some core strengthening, but I will start swimming on my off days in the next week or so (I've been swimming laps for ages; such effective exercise for gaining strength and protecting joints.) Also, I got my spiffy new running shoes today! Brooks. Up to now, I've been limping along with a pair of cheap Adidas that I inserted some Dr. Sholl's orthotics into. But turns out today, after visiting the little local running shop, I officially pronate. Who knew? These shoes should help me keep from hurting myself - and these are the ones that *should* take me across the finish line!

Mitch - hope you decide to run, too! I think they're making a lot of changes to make the after party much better, from what I've read.

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I've officially registered. Good grief what have I done! Now I have to start training for it! Then again I can eat what ever I want at Food & Wine after race night Smile

Time to book my flight.

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Now that it's getting close, I thought I'd bump this thread! Oooh...getting nervous...just over 2 weeks away! I know that Mitch and I are in. Will anyone else be there perchance? Just to cheer us on at least?

Is anyone registered for the 5k?

Can't wait...oooh, I hope I don't get swept. 12 mile run this Saturday morning, which will be my last long run before the race. Butterflies Smile

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Good luck Lizzy! awesome We'll be cheering you on from PA! yay clapping yay clapping

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And we will be cheering you on from NH!!

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I'd offer to cheer from the UK, but you'll never hear me awesome

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Mike ran the original Disney marathon, the one in Jan., when it only had a few thousand runners and the whole and half were at the same time, half just broke off at mile 13 to finish. He ran in the late 90's, early 00's, for 5 yrs in a row, then we moved and he had back surgery and cannot run anymore. Last year we went up early and watched the finish, a great experience even though we didn't know anyone running! We will definitely be at the finish line cheering and watching for you. You need to post what you are wearing and an approximate time so we know when to watch for you!

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I'll be cheering for you from Connecticut.

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Now that it's getting close, I thought I'd bump this thread! Oooh...getting nervous...just over 2 weeks away! I know that Mitch and I are in. Will anyone else be there perchance? Just to cheer us on at least?

Is anyone registered for the 5k?

Right now, I plan on being there in the morning to Cheer on my friends in the 5K! I'm registered to run, but my health has not been good this past week, so I think I'm going to just go and give my support! OOOoooo... that reminds me, I guess I need to make a sign or something! I wounder if I could find some Halloween colored pom pons!

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Lizzy I am SO proud of you!! I can't even imagine running 12 miles..you are kind of my hero!! I'll be your biggest cheerleader from South Carolina! Woot!

I had a friend who used to run races and she would give us a link where we could follow her progress online--can you do that still?? I don't remember if they were for Disney marathons or not.

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I have a friend flying down with me doing the 5K... I don't know if I have it in me to wake up that early and cheer on the 5K-ers then run the 1/2 that night.

Lizzy based off last year my advise would be to attend the expo early and avoid the crowds... also on race night you will experience cramped running quarters don't let that bother you to much... find a lane and stick with it... what pace are you looking to complete the race in? Are you doing MNSSHP too?

I'm looking forward to the post race party... hopefully I will have a bit more energy to move about with the smaller crowds and I LOVE the fact we are getting gift cards instead of vouchers for the party Wink

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Awh, thanks everyone! This warmed my heart to see! I just know with your warm wishes - and a little adrenaline and pixie dust - I'll get it done!

Bella - I'll check. I just saw the final race instructions last night, and it was a lot of stuff to process, so I have to read through and try to understand it all.

As the plan goes, I will be in all black, and bringing up the rear, no doubt! I'll have to figure out something to distinguish myself I guess.

Mitchejj - I'm a race novice, but I think we put me in the last qualifying time, so I totally expect to be in the last corral. Hopefully I'll be faster than the other slow folks Smile

I will have ibuprofen at the finish line, because I WILL enjoy that party!!

Thanks everyone - I'll keep you posted! I have a feeling this won't be my last Disney race, although I'll probably sit the next couple out while I get the rest of my life (and my fitness level) caught up. mickey

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Do you have an expatiation on what you finish time might be? What is your goal? Last year the 1/2 first my first race ever so I know all about those jitters Wink ibuprofen now thats something I know I forgot to pack... one more item to add to the list.

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Honestly, if I could finish in under 3 hours, I'd be thrilled, and that would be a little better than 14 minutes per mile, if my math is right (clearly, I know next to nothing about running.) I know that might now sound like much, but I figure it's a good place to start.

Just a note about iburprofen, though. I was just reading through the race lit, and apparently, acetaminophen is the better choice in the 24 hours leading up to the race - it has something to do with your kidneys. You might want to research. I guess I might try Tylenol instead.

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Lizzy I am SO proud of you!! I can't even imagine running 12 miles..you are kind of my hero!! I'll be your biggest cheerleader from South Carolina! Woot!

I had a friend who used to run races and she would give us a link where we could follow her progress online--can you do that still?? I don't remember if they were for Disney marathons or not.

I did find a place where I can give a link! I'll try and remember to put it here the night of the race!

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Woot! And I'll be your biggest cheerleader from North Carolina! Between Bella and I, you got the Power of the Carolinas!

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My employer is actually one of the sponsors of the Disney Marathon. They have a contest for the employees to write essays and the whole company votes on them. The winning entries get airfare, lodging, and entry fees covered for the marathon. I'm not a runner but I'm always pushing others to write essays so I have another excuse to head to Disney Smile

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Yes you are correct about acetaminophen being "better"... for a few reasons. One of them has to do with your kidneys, as you mentioned, and I think ibuprofen also thins your blood/plays with your blood preasure. Personally when it comes to training I try to stick with acetaminophen just because it seems safer... they sell a children's versions of Tylenol so it can't be that "bad".

I'm starting to become sadden by the fact we will miss the special 9pm showing of Wishes on the 1st Sad I think I will try make it to MK in the early morning before heading back to the resort for some rest and down time... I was going to spend the morning riding tower over and over...

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mitchejj wrote:
Yes you are correct about acetaminophen being "better"... for a few reasons. One of them has to do with your kidneys, as you mentioned, and I think ibuprofen also thins your blood/plays with your blood preasure. Personally when it comes to training I try to stick with acetaminophen just because it seems safer... they sell a children's versions of Tylenol so it can't be that "bad".

I'm starting to become sadden by the fact we will miss the special 9pm showing of Wishes on the 1st Sad I think I will try make it to MK in the early morning before heading back to the resort for some rest and down time... I was going to spend the morning riding tower over and over...

I agree! I just found that out...I do actually get to be at MK for rope drop - woot! - so I'm pretty psyched about that. My grandparents were there just after the park opened in October 1971. I think this will make me think of them a lot.

Yes...acetaminophen and reluctantly giving up my shot of espresso to keep my core temp down...c'mon adrenaline!!

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Honestly, if I could finish in under 3 hours...

eek I think the only thing I can do consecutively for three hours is shop. What happens if you have to pee?

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Bella wrote:
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Honestly, if I could finish in under 3 hours...

eek I think the only thing I can do consecutively for three hours is shop. What happens if you have to pee?

They have potties along the way Smile But my pal Kelly, who did a full marathon said that it wasn't an issue for her, and only one time in all of my training have I had to take a potty break. I'm also not going to have caffeine (a diuretic) so I'm thinking I'll be okay. I hope so! I need every second I can get to cross that finish line!!

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Lizzy_B wrote:
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Lizzy_B wrote:
Honestly, if I could finish in under 3 hours...

eek I think the only thing I can do consecutively for three hours is shop. What happens if you have to pee?

They have potties along the way Smile But my pal Kelly, who did a full marathon said that it wasn't an issue for her, and only one time in all of my training have I had to take a potty break. I'm also not going to have caffeine (a diuretic) so I'm thinking I'll be okay. I hope so! I need every second I can get to cross that finish line!!

Well thank goodness for that. I know that was a random question to ask..my brain is a scary scary place.

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I think it's an excellent question, Bella! I'm a little nervious about wearing my earbuds because they discourage it...but I cannot imagine running without music. Mitchejj - thoughts? Or anyone who's done a runDisney event?

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Bella wrote:
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Lizzy_B wrote:
Honestly, if I could finish in under 3 hours...

eek I think the only thing I can do consecutively for three hours is shop. What happens if you have to pee?

They have potties along the way Smile But my pal Kelly, who did a full marathon said that it wasn't an issue for her, and only one time in all of my training have I had to take a potty break. I'm also not going to have caffeine (a diuretic) so I'm thinking I'll be okay. I hope so! I need every second I can get to cross that finish line!!

Well thank goodness for that. I know that was a random question to ask..my brain is a scary scary place.

I'm glad you asked. I've often wondered about that myself.

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They do have places along the route to go... From what I recall the restrooms just inside the front gate at the studios where fairly busy... as where the restrooms at the finish line.

Caffeine isn't as bad as everyone makes it out to be for running an half marathon. Many many the sports beans/gels/goos have caffeine to help bust your system. As they say don't do anything different on race day you haven't done during your training.

Earbuds. Many many people used them last year. I always run with my ear buds but I didn't last year due to some technical issues. I'm split between using earbuds this year, something seems so pure about running an event without music/podcast/audiobooks. I did however turn the volume to max on my cellphone and I could hear the audio updates my run tracker program would give me every mile. So it is a personal issue if you choose to wear them, remember you will miss the cast members cheering you along.

I would suggest not to wear your ear buds in heavy traffic... the first mile to mile and a half is out. I would also suggest against wearing them in the parks... hearing the Yeti from a distance in an empty dark Animal Kingdom is special and some of the other things you encounter along your journey. To me the stretch between Animal Kingdom and Studio's was the most mentally taxing portion of the run... this is where I would suggest to your wear your earbuds... just as your half way back from the "switch back" between the AK and HS... before the ramp jettison your earbuds for the remainder of the race.

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Good luck tonight Lizzy and Mitch!

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Good luck Lizzy and Mitch, Don't forget we will be cheering you on from NH. awesome clapping

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Same here from PA, good luck Lizzy & Mitch!

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Good luck tonight guys!!!!!!!!!

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