- Have fun
- Finish the race with my wife Cathy by my side
- Possibly finish under 6 hours
We walked through the rest of Downtown Disney/Pleasure Island and did some shopping before calling it a night. As we walked through the area, we had a chance to reminisce about our many fun times at Pleasure Island. When we lived in Florida, we had Florida resident off season passes along with an annual pass to Pleasure Island. After a morning in the parks, we would crash in the afternoon so we could party all night at Pleasure Island and stumble back to the bus to get back to the hotel. Sadly they closed all the clubs in 2008 in favor of more dining and shopping. Our favorite club was Mannequins which played dance and techno music and featured a spinning floor. While they removed all the signage, the old buildings were still there and as we walked by each one, we remembered all the great times we had there.
Saturday morning we decided to sleep in. We had debated a short run to loosen up, but sleep won out. It was probably the best idea since we knew sleep would be tough Saturday night given nerves and a scheduled 2 AM wake-up call. After having breakfast, we hopped on the bus to the expo at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Of the many big size runs I have done, including a couple of Rock n Roll races as well as several other triathlons and half marathons, I have to say this was one of the best run expos I have ever seen (with the exception of the narrow aisles). My only complaint would be that by Saturday morning, the marathon memorabilia was pretty sparse. Luckily, we found what we came for, which was mostly a WdW Marathon car magnet. I also found one other item to take home.
Mickey now sits on my desk at work as a reminder of what I was able to accomplish.
At the expo, we also picked up several other goodies. One of my favorite things I picked up was a bondi band sweat band. Cathy has used them for several years, but I always thought they were a girly thing. Because I had picked up some mickey ears for the run which would not work well with my headsweats visor, I decided to give it a try. I found the perfect message for mine, which elicited many comments as we ran through the parks with lots of spectators. I was very much impressed with its ability to keep the sweat out of my face.
After a couple hours making our way through the expo, we returned to the hotel, had some lunch, and settled into the hotel for the night. 2 AM would come very quickly
After a crappy nights sleep, the alarm went off at 2AM. After a quick shower and breakfast, we headed to the bus stop just after 3AM. We were at the starting area by 3:30. We did the usual pre-race hydration and potty breaks and were able to walk towards the corrals by about 4:30. For those who haven't done disney, there are essentially 3 areas from where you are dropped off to where you actually start. After leaving the bus stop, you enter an area with concessions and entertainment and you drop your bags. Once you drop your bags, you enter a second staging area with more porta potties and water is available From there, you walk about half a mile to a mile until you reach your starting corral. Once we reached the corral, we still had over an hour until our heat would start
Then, it was time for us to go off. Mickey Mouse gave the countdown and then we were off
We headed off on what would be a really long day. More to come later