- It helped to have a race strategy.
- It really helped to have a race strategy that emphasized having as much fun as humanly possible.
- It really, REALLY helped that Becka is the funnest race partner ever.
- I'm glad that I'd done a marathon (or three) before, so I kind of know what to expect from the distance. I wouldn't have wanted this to be my first marathon.
- I think I've been spoiled by the smaller fields at Disneyland and Tinker Bell, because this felt out of control crowded.
- On Saturday, the Clif station was packed up and GONE when we got there. Yes, we were incredibly slow, but I just kind of expect better from runDisney events.
- On Sunday, the first Clif station was again out when we got there. And we were well ahead of the minimum pacing requirements.
- The aid stations both days were excellent. The volunteers are the best.
- We definitely got our money's worth out of those courses.
- I was still not feeling 100% when I got to Florida, and I was doubting that I would finish the Challenge at all by mile 3 on Satuday.
- I don't know if it's the banked roads at Disney, or what, but my right leg is pretty cranky, from the top down.
- I used 1 GU the entire weekend. And boatloads of delicious, delicious candy. This might be my new fuel of choice.
- There did not seem to be much going on from miles 7-10 of the Half course. I thought I remembered this stretch being funner during Princess, but a quick glance at my 2011 Princess recap says it wasn't, really. Huh.
- I am not a giant fan of the full course, and I'll explain why in my recap.
- I'm a little bummed that I feel sort of conflicted about how much I really liked the races - of course I had an excellent time, and the company was great - and to be fair, I don't know how much of it was related to my general malaise and unwellness, and the brutal heat/humidity.
- 2015 is the 10 year Goofy anniversary, so that is currently on my radar. I can't resist the magic.
And, the medals are fantastic, of course.
Recaps to come!