Tuesday, May 6, 2008

For Better or for Worse!!

Minnie Marathon 15K - 9.3 miles - 1 hour and 38 minutes!

What a great weekend! Scott was such a trooper, and at the last minute (well, the last minute as far as I know!) he decided to run with me! Can you believe it! I was not believing it until Minnie fired the gun, and we took off!!! He stayed right with me, every step of the way!

I had some knee pain (serious pain!) in mile ONE! What a discouraging start, and he kept telling me I could do it, and encouraging me to keep up, and I could not quit that early!!! Ugh! I really was discouraged at mile one, and then we were off, out of the Animal Kingdom parking lot, and off towards Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

So, the first few miles were pretty much all on Disney Roads, nothing major, just lots of sight seeing, Powerade / Water Breaks, people wearing Minnie Ears and the likes! Great fun!

So, about mile 4, the knees seemed to be a blur, and we were just about into Hollywood Studio’s. We passed the Tower of Terror sign, and man, I was pumped!

In we go, behind Tower of Terror, then on around near the Backlot Tour area, through costuming, (the ladies were already hard at work in there working on costumes!!), near some of the props (Scott happily pointed out a prop from Pirates!) then, down the streets, near Pizza Planet, and then towards the Sorceror’s Hat. We saw Mulan and her friend (Mushoo??!!). Gave them a good high five, and then down Hollywood Blvd!!

Out of Hollywood Studio’s and down towards the main gates, then up towards the bridge to the Boardwalk Villas. Around the backside of the pool and the BoardWalk, then over the bridge to the Yacht and Beach Club. That was super cool, and lots of people still cheering us on!

Then, in we go……….around the back side of the World Showcase, lots of cast members waving us on…….we were almost at mile 8!! Man…….I looked across the water, and saw the big Ball………………..seeming soooooooooooo far away!!!! Thinking by this point, I am never gonna make it!

Scott just kept checking on me, “how’s your knee” “are you doing ok” “hang in there, mom” “you can do it” (good grief, I was thanking God and loving Scott every step!)

So, with every little bit, that finish line was getting closer and closer!!! We passed America, China, the UK, Paris (not all in that order!) and then headed to Mexico. Man………I have never been so happy to see Mexico! I was thinking………I love Mexico, I love Mexicans, I love Quesadillas, I love tacos, I love burritos, I love churros, I love Mexico!!!

I know that the turn at Mexico meant that it was a walk in the park (pardon the pun) from here!!!

Then, down the main stretch, there was a great dj, playing the Disney Version of “hey, hey baby” (which we love from the cruise!!!) and so I flipped my ipod out of my ears, and Scott and I ran in, listening to all of the hoopla that the park had to offer!

Just outside the gates, there were TONS of people cheering………you are almost there, just around the corner, you are about to see the finish!!!

It was great!! So, we did it! We crossed the finish line!! Man, what a rush! One hour and 38 minutes! I love my husband. My biggest cheerleader! He’s the best!

Then, we were “medal’d” and then off to get water, banana, powerade, muffin, etc………………and some much needed Ice for the Knee!!!

Walked back to the resort and proceeded to be a waste at the pool for a while! Then, playing in the parks!!! Good times, kids, Good times!!

What a great day! What a major accomplishment!! Just the completion of it reminds me that I can do it!!!

January………………….here we come!!!! I can’t wait!

Here's a few links to the photos!!




Anonymous said...

So, so proud!!!! Proud of you for doing such a great job despite the pain. Proud of Scott for staying with you and encouraging you.

Love the pics....all the hand-holding, the excitement, the true joy, the pink medals!!!!

So glad it was such a great time!!

Adrienne said...

I'm so proud of you!!!!!!! Glad you had a great time!!!!

Katie said...

you are the woman, running thru the pain and all. Go Brit!!!

Lisa said...

you totally blow my mind!!!

Virginia said...

You are my hero! Way to go, I am SO impressed! :)

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled across your blog - Love the 33 Things I love about being 33! I am going to start my list. It is so nice to see someone with such an "attitude of gratitude", in this cynical age!

LUCY said...

Way to go, Brittney! You look so cute in the photos. I want a medal! I need you to encourage me to run.........a lot of encouragement! We are still eating ice cream! I think my kids have eaten 5 Sundae cones...today!

Morgan said...

Congratulations!!! What a huge feat, it sounds like you had a great time... and that was a great time, 98 minutes! Rock on!!!

Peggy Houston, TX said...

Way to go, Brittney! What determination... you are AMAZING!

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