Walt Disney World Marathon Presented by Cigna (Goofy Challenge, Day 2) (January 13, 2013) – Part 5 (Awesome Signs)

January 21, 2013

Picking up from yesterday

After my regal entrance into mile 20, I got another burst of energy.

I mainly walked the second half, but I had bits of running sprinkled in here and there, and this was a place where I did a little jog. Hello, world! I’m doing a marathon!

There was one point in the race when I was warning people that I was coming, when I said, “On your…wherever this is that you hear sound,” ’cause I couldn’t really remember for sure (so quickly-ish) what was right or left anymore.

We had a little laugh about it, and then I didn’t feel alone when someone did the same thing to me later.

From where I was in the marathon crowd, everyone seemed so very polite. When I did want to run, people were happy to give me space (and even encouragement) when I needed to squeeze through a group or around people.

And when it was my turn to walk and have runners pass me, they also seemed very polite and encouraging. The attitude on the course was awesome.

And speaking of awesome runners, there was a retired Navy serviceman was wearing a shirt saying he was retired and running for military families.

When I said, “Thank you for your service, sir;” he said, “It was my pleasure and honor.”

I saw him somewhere around me at a couple of different points. It seemed like many people were talking to him and inspired by him, which I thought was lovely. And every time someone thanked him, he was so gracious, humble, and awesome about it. I’m sure he inspired a bunch of people on that course.

Speaking of inspiring, we all ran on a road during the race that had all these great quotes from runners and innovators (of course including Disney himself), basically telling us we can do anything and never give up in various interesting or poignant ways.

And then as I was reading them, I saw one was labeled “- Hercules” after the quote.

Really? Running/walking along, looking at quotes – Olympian. Innovator. Famous person. Aaaaaand, cartoon character. I laughed a little at the silliness, but allowed it, ’cause it is Disney, after all.

There was also a stretch of road with silly thoughts (and a few facts thrown in) that I found enjoyable as we made our way toward Hollywood Studios.

Some of those signs included –
“What’s another word for thesaurus?”
“If corn oil comes from corn, where does baby oil come from?”
“Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?”
“Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical situations?”

Tehehe. Cute, right?

While we’re on great signs, quite possibly my favorite of the day was one this awesome spectator held that said, “Imagine Morgan Freeman narrating your marathon.”

Yes. I will imagine that, ’cause it sounds amazing. Thank you very much.

And this is where I’ll pick up tomorrow.

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