Yup, I can give you 26.2 reasons why I’m crazy – they’re called miles, and I’m going to be running them. In Disney World. On January 8th, 2017.
I registered to run the Disney World Marathon. I’m pretty sure I’m insane, actually. Registering was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Just click a couple of buttons, give them your credit card info, and you’re good to go! Simple, right?
I’m not even sure the reality of what 26.2 miles is has truly hit me yet. I have some awesome friends and family who are super supportive. And I have other awesome friends who have done a marathon before and are not only inspiring, but extremely encouraging of me and my ability to do this.
Because I won’t lie, I definitely have some doubts. I’ve run 4 half marathons at this point, and I have at least 2 more that I plan to run this year before the full marathon. But a half marathon is just that – literally half of a marathon. And there have been times when I’ve run 13.1 miles and felt like death by the end. So is there any possible way I can keep pushing myself to do the whole thing again? The only time I had a brief hope that I could go past 13 miles was when I did the Hershey half last October. I felt okay after that one.
I had thought about putting off the full marathon for a couple of years, get more half marathons under my belt, but the timing just seemed very right for this. In terms of my theater schedule, I’m going to be in a show that has performances in August. Then I can take a break until the spring shows start auditioning in January. That will give me the whole fall to dedicate to marathon training. And there is going to be a lot of training. I know I’ll need to train not just to physically get my body ready for this, but also mentally too.
After I registered the first thought that went through my head was “I’m crazy. What am I doing to myself?” Then my second thought was, “what costume should I do for this?”
My word for 2016 has been confidence, and I think registering for the marathon exemplifies that. So I’d love for my costume to be a strong, confident, inspiring Disney character (strong and confident female probably, though I’m open to other characters too). I’m not feeling a super strong pull towards any one costume right now, but a couple of ideas that I had:
- Merida from Brave (though I’m not a huge fan of the movie)
- Joy from Inside Out (however, I’m not sure running a marathon will exactly be filled with joy)
- Mulan (though I’m thinking I’d like to save the princesses for all the times I do the Princess half – same goes for Merida)
- Megara (from Hercules)
- Judy Hops (I loved Zootopia but not sure I could make a good running costume for her)
What do you think? Any other suggestions for which character I should dress as for the Disney World Marathon?