I participated in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in 2009 & 2010. In 2009, I ran the 13.1 "magical miles" in 3:20:19. In 2010, the combination of inadequate training, freezing temperatures, and a nasty chest cold meant I could not finish the race. I made it to mile 9.6 and had to flag down a medic on a bike, get on a bus, and be transported to the medical tent behind the finish line. I didn't finish, I didn't get that oh-so-coveted Donald Duck medal, and I didn't get to experience that incredible high that comes with being able to say "I did it!" Instead, the emotions swung in the other direction and I cried because I was so upset over not finishing. I vowed then and there that there was absolutely no way that was ever going to happen again!
So, 8 months later, here I am, with 18 short weeks until WDW Marathon Weekend 2011, and I'm once again feeling unprepared.
So what do I do about it? I go into full-on planning mode, of course! I've got my training schedule and my gear ready to go. Our neighborhood has a great paved multi-purpose trail that connects with many other trails throughout the city and county for good-weather days. On bad weather days, we have the treadmill, but that only works for about a max 5 mile run before I am ready to die of boredom - no matter what's on the TV in front of it.