I am currently registered for the Walt Disney World Marathon in Orlando, Florida on January 9th. My training has been pretty consistent to the training plan – until this week. But that will be the subject of tomorrow’s post.
There are several reasons why I am headed to Florida for my first marathon of 2011. First of all, the Walt Disney World Marathon is the first marathon I ever wanted to do. About 12 years ago I more or less accidentally heard about this marathon. I was intrigued. I like Disney. I’ve been to both Land and World and had a great time. I admit to enjoying the movies and taking gentle entertainment at face value while being absolutely stunned at the continually advancing level of animated graphics. For some reason, running 26.2 miles through the Magic Kingdom sounded like a fine thing to do. Why not? As mentioned, a pile of injuries ensued and “why not?” became “why?” and then became “never mind…” But I seem to have myself together these days and heading to Florida for a quick break right now sounds very nice.
Weather: As I type this morning, my Weather Channel desktop is telling me it is 64 degrees and a tad rainy at Walt Disney World. That is 62.3 degrees warmer than where I am currently observing the thermometer.
Hoped for weather: Please, no rain?
Additionally, in my plan to run marathons in all 50 states and DC (and join the 50 States Marathon Club), I’ll need a Florida marathon at some point. Winter makes more sense than summer. I know people in Florida and, since I have been to Walt Disney World, at least I have some idea about the turf. At some point I’ll be running marathons in states I have never been to. This is a fine place to start.
So… given that the WDW Marathon starts around 5:30 AM and the race directions say to be there well ahead of that, I’m thinking very carefully about the time zone changes. 5:30 for them will be 3:30 for me. Hmmm… That’s… a bit… early. There are certain times of year when I have to be up and on the road at 3:30 every day for several weeks. But I’m not usually heading out to run for a few hours. This will be a first.
I have read about traveling to marathons and crossing time zones and giving oneself time to adapt. Generally, the advice is to be rested and well hydrated in the week leading up to boarding the plane. Setting the alarm for the new time zone and getting up at that time. So, OK. I can hydrate (it’s amazing how a dry Colorado winter will suck the moisture right out of you) and get my sleep. Last night I contemplated setting my alarm early. The thing is, the sun isn’t coming up until after 7 AM here. What am I going to do for nearly 4 hours in the dark? I’m not a morning person in any case. BEING up is all right. GETTING up is not much fun. So I left it at 6 AM and decided I might do 5 AM for the rest of the week. I do live HERE after all. I woke up at 3:02 this morning. And I laughed, pulled up the covers, and went back to sleep. Ha ha.