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Old 01-18-2013, 08:39 PM   #2716
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Okay, powerful marathon people, I'm taking a poll! I am running the Princess for the third time and have 2 other halfs under my belt. Am considering making the jump to the full next year, but wanted to hear thoughts on if you think Disney is a good "first" marathon. My only hesitation is the time. I have no idea how long it would take me. (I run a half in about 2:20). I am all about the pictures, so throw that in and the thought of how long I'll be out there on the course kinda scares the bejeebers out of me! I would appreciate opinions.
Amy, DO IT!!!! Last year's princess was my first half and I have done 3 others since then. The marathon this year was my first ever and it was AWESOME!!! Such a great race. Disney is by far the best place to do your first marathon, IMHO. My best half time is 2:29. As long as you can committ to the long training runs. I finished the full in 7:03. A bit slower than I had planned but I definitely slowed down with the heat, and did stop to ride Everest! Where else can you hop on a roller coaster in the middle of a marthon. Princess half is awesome and the full is just as awesome! I'm already thinking about Goofy next year. My biggest problem is my bank account. I really need to win the lottery!

And I'm going to sign up for the New Jersey Marathon this May! I figure I'm already trained, just need to maintain.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #2717
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That's sort of where we're headed. Keeping a solid base all through this year by running halfs - up to 8 more this year alone if all goes to plan. We are very comfortable at the 13.1 mileage - slow, but comfortable. Took a long time to get there, but I enjoy the base long runs of 8-10 miles. What I don't like is the yo-yo training, building back up to the 13.1 capacity. So right or wrong, we thought that by running halfs periodicaly, we keep our base strong and start building to the full in the fall. Someone, speak up if I'm doing this wrong!

I guess I'm seriously intimidated by mileage that starts with the number 2!
I think you are right on track. I did my first half at the Princess last year and then did 3 more through the spring and fall to keep a good base too. I tried to keep up that distance through the summer and then in the fall really started adding on miles to build up to 20. I felt like it worked well for the full. It was my first. My long runs weren't really fast. A pretty steady 13 mm. I felt pretty strong through the full. I do take the occassional walk break as needed and took plenty with the heat this Sunday. I am hoping to do the same thing this year and shoot for Goofy next year if the money tree suddenly springs up in the back yard!
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:10 AM   #2718
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I cannot put into words how I feel about the marathon. I never realized how emotional it would be! I got teary several times on the course- from fear,happiness,disbelief,pain, you name it! It was really long and slow for me, but just wanted to finish and that's what I did!

I was also a little disappointed in the surprise too, is it just me or was anyone else expecting a full on rock concert or major celebrity??

All in all, an experience I would not trade for the world.....but not gonna do a full again.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:44 AM   #2719
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I cannot put into words how I feel about the marathon. I never realized how emotional it would be! I got teary several times on the course- from fear,happiness,disbelief,pain, you name it! It was really long and slow for me, but just wanted to finish and that's what I did!

I was also a little disappointed in the surprise too, is it just me or was anyone else expecting a full on rock concert or major celebrity??

All in all, an experience I would not trade for the world.....but not gonna do a full again.
The utter disappointment in the mile 20 spectacular is pretty universal. Having not read or heard anything, I guessing there was probably some type of snafu or maybe even a budgetary problem that prevented something else from going down.

Lets face it, the center of DHS was more spectacular and rocking then mile 20. Something went wrong and we may never know what.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:32 AM   #2720
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Amy, DO IT!!!! Last year's princess was my first half and I have done 3 others since then. The marathon this year was my first ever and it was AWESOME!!! Such a great race. Disney is by far the best place to do your first marathon, IMHO. My best half time is 2:29. As long as you can committ to the long training runs. I finished the full in 7:03. A bit slower than I had planned but I definitely slowed down with the heat, and did stop to ride Everest! Where else can you hop on a roller coaster in the middle of a marthon. Princess half is awesome and the full is just as awesome! I'm already thinking about Goofy next year. My biggest problem is my bank account. I really need to win the lottery!

And I'm going to sign up for the New Jersey Marathon this May! I figure I'm already trained, just need to maintain.
I rode EE too! I hope to go Goofy in 2015. And I agree Disney is the best place to complete your firsts.

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:34 AM   #2721
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That's sort of where we're headed. Keeping a solid base all through this year by running halfs - up to 8 more this year alone if all goes to plan. We are very comfortable at the 13.1 mileage - slow, but comfortable. Took a long time to get there, but I enjoy the base long runs of 8-10 miles. What I don't like is the yo-yo training, building back up to the 13.1 capacity. So right or wrong, we thought that by running halfs periodicaly, we keep our base strong and start building to the full in the fall. Someone, speak up if I'm doing this wrong!

I guess I'm seriously intimidated by mileage that starts with the number 2!
I think that is a great plan... in fact, that's kind of what I am doing.

My two running goals for this year are:

1. Run a total of 1131.5 miles (average 5K a day) and
2. Run 13 half marathons in 2013. (Last saturday was #2 for the year already)

I started running in January 2012 and built pretty quickly to the half level - my first half was in September. I do want to run a marathon, but am intimidated by the training schedule.

So, I've decided that 2013 will be all about the half and continuing to build a good base to prepare me to train for a full.

Basically, I want to be in shape to go out and run 13.1 miles every saturday if I choose... if I had the schedule available, I think I could have run 13.1 today - making it three weekends in a row. (I'm heading out in a few minutes to go run 7 or 8)

I actually felt like I could have run 13.1 last sunday (back to back halves).

So the plan now is that 2013 is the year of the half, I'll train in winter/spring 2014 for my first full sometime in late spring and then aim for Goofy 2015.

It feels a little nuts, but I believe I can do it. I am enjoying running so much, that I also just don't want to rush it. The full will still be there when I'm ready.

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Old 01-19-2013, 08:57 AM   #2722
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I think that is a great plan... in fact, that's kind of what I am doing.

My two running goals for this year are:

1. Run a total of 1131.5 miles (average 5K a day) and
2. Run 13 half marathons in 2013. (Last saturday was #2 for the year already)

I started running in January 2012 and built pretty quickly to the half level - my first half was in September. I do want to run a marathon, but am intimidated by the training schedule.

So, I've decided that 2013 will be all about the half and continuing to build a good base to prepare me to train for a full.

Basically, I want to be in shape to go out and run 13.1 miles every saturday if I choose... if I had the schedule available, I think I could have run 13.1 today - making it three weekends in a row. (I'm heading out in a few minutes to go run 7 or 8)

I actually felt like I could have run 13.1 last sunday (back to back halves).

So the plan now is that 2013 is the year of the half, I'll train in winter/spring 2014 for my first full sometime in late spring and then aim for Goofy 2015.

It feels a little nuts, but I believe I can do it. I am enjoying running so much, that I also just don't want to rush it. The full will still be there when I'm ready.

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That is awesome, and I know the feeling.

Goals for 2013 for me: 1250 miles.

And Goofy (I count 2014 Marathon weekend as part of 2013 due to training). I want at least 4 other halves in there as well.

Funny, I never called myself a runner. But I am quick to adopt the moniker "marathoner".
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:14 PM   #2723
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According to the results from the Goofy, Here are the average net finish times by age group for the combined half + full.

All F 08:33:46

F 18-24 08:35:00
F 25-29 08:28:38
F 30-34 08:32:43
F 35-39 08:23:16
F 40-44 08:28:34
F 45-49 08:36:09
F 50-54 08:43:32
F 55-59 09:01:49
F 60-64 09:14:11
F 65-69 08:57:58
F 70-74 09:25:16


All M 07:46:52

M 18-24 07:39:06
M 25-29 07:43:43
M 30-34 07:41:29
M 35-39 07:43:00
M 40-44 07:41:38
M 45-49 07:42:26
M 50-54 07:57:58
M 55-59 08:01:33
M 60-64 08:19:14
M 65-69 08:25:33
M 70-74 09:23:03
M 75-79 09:30:36
Where did you find these averages? I can only find my individual times for each race in the Goofy Challenge results. I am in the 55-59 age category and my total time was 7:19.01 It was super hot for the marathon and the humidity did not help either day.
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Old 01-19-2013, 03:59 PM   #2724
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How is it over already? So I have to say I've been in a funk since I returned home last Sunday after having a fabulous weekend at Disney. You train and anticipate for so long and then it's over before you know it. I think the cloud finally lifted today and I can start planning my next race!

We had an amazing "mini-vacation"--no parks or anything but it was great to get away and experience the Disney magic. My race was harder than I anticipated (what was up with all the hills after mile 10???) but I really enjoyed my return to Disney racing.

I finished in about 3 hours which is what I expected--hoping to train for time next year and get down to 2:45 (or lower?).

I started writing my race report on my blog so feel free to stop by for a more detailed/picture-friendly recap!

Great job everyone!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:27 PM   #2725
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How is it over already? So I have to say I've been in a funk since I returned home last Sunday after having a fabulous weekend at Disney. You train and anticipate for so long and then it's over before you know it. I think the cloud finally lifted today and I can start planning my next race!

We had an amazing "mini-vacation"--no parks or anything but it was great to get away and experience the Disney magic. My race was harder than I anticipated (what was up with all the hills after mile 10???) but I really enjoyed my return to Disney racing.

I finished in about 3 hours which is what I expected--hoping to train for time next year and get down to 2:45 (or lower?).

I started writing my race report on my blog so feel free to stop by for a more detailed/picture-friendly recap!

Great job everyone!!
YUP, it came and went in a blink of the eye. Not really, but that is why I made reservations for our 2014 WDW Marathon Weekend stay at FW this morning. Spending the $$$$$ for reservations makes it as real as can be until it's time to register for the races.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:29 PM   #2726
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How is it over already? So I have to say I've been in a funk since I returned home last Sunday after having a fabulous weekend at Disney. You train and anticipate for so long and then it's over before you know it. I think the cloud finally lifted today and I can start planning my next race!

We had an amazing "mini-vacation"--no parks or anything but it was great to get away and experience the Disney magic. My race was harder than I anticipated (what was up with all the hills after mile 10???) but I really enjoyed my return to Disney racing.

I finished in about 3 hours which is what I expected--hoping to train for time next year and get down to 2:45 (or lower?).

I started writing my race report on my blog so feel free to stop by for a more detailed/picture-friendly recap!

Great job everyone!!
Was a great time and I still on cloud nine. Sign up for another race. I have a 15k in about six weeks. While it is not Disney Marathon weekend, it is something to keep me moving forward.

Congrats on your run!
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That is awesome, and I know the feeling.

Goals for 2013 for me: 1250 miles.

And Goofy (I count 2014 Marathon weekend as part of 2013 due to training). I want at least 4 other halves in there as well.

Funny, I never called myself a runner. But I am quick to adopt the moniker "marathoner".
Maintaining a performance level once the level is achieved is excellent for your overall health. Keeps everything well lubed so you can do a half at a drop of a hat.

Just don't overdo it or injuries might follow.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:57 PM   #2728
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Was a great time and I still on cloud nine. Sign up for another race. I have a 15k in about six weeks. While it is not Disney Marathon weekend, it is something to keep me moving forward.

Congrats on your run!
I actually just registered for the Gasparilla 15K in Tampa! Is that the one you are running?
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #2729
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I actually just registered for the Gasparilla 15K in Tampa! Is that the one you are running?
I am running Gate River run in Jax.
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I am running Gate River run in Jax.
Me too! Just registered today!

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