Friday, January 16, 2015

Walt Disney World Marathon Pt.1 - It All Started With A Wish

On January 11, 2015 one of my dreams came true.  I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon!  After Colt's relapse in 2004 he wished to go meet Buzz Lightyear.  Our family, along with my Mother and niece, traveled to Disney World with the Make a Wish Foundation that August, and fell in love with Disney World and everything Disney!  Colt had always loved everything Disney.  I can't even tell you how many times we watched Toy Story.  I used to lay on the couch with him for hours rubbing his legs, arms, or wherever he was hurting on his sweet little body and we would watch Toy Story and all his other favorite Disney movies over and over.  One of his favorites was a sing a long which showed kids running from ride to ride all over Disneyland.  They would ride and sing with the characters.  He loved Disney, as did we!

Colt and his Daddy meeting Buzz Lightyear

At that time, running a marathon was far from my mind.  I never thought I'd be a runner.  I couldn't imagine running a 5k, much less a FULL MARATHON!  When I first began running I started following runners on social media who were running the Disney races in Disneyland and Disney World.  It was then I decided that one day I would run my dream race.  I followed these runners for years watching them run race after race dreaming of the day that I would one day be running in Disney World with them.   

When registration came around in April 2014, I finally felt confident enough to register!  I was up early and got my registration done!  I didn't want it to sell out before I was in the race!  That's when the countdown and the trip planning began!

Stay tuned for more from the Walt Disney World Marathon!

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