So we reach the Hollywood Studios and not a second too soon. When you enter one of the first stops is for candy! Chocolate! Which I was unwrapping when I looked to my right and saw a young fellow on all fours losing everything that had been in his stomach. I decided I just lost my appetite. It is really tough for me to eat or drink this late in the race. I am usually so tired I don’t want to. I have to force it down. I just want to be left alone and finish!
For some reason I seemed to get a second wind while leaving the Studios and felt pretty good heading to the Boardwalk. However as I got closer my calves started talking to me again. They let me know if I wanted to finish running and not walking I would best slow down. We have had this talk before and my calves don’t negotiate. I slowed down again.
The next two miles seem like the longest two miles I ever run. We finally get to the Beach Club and Yacht Club and my leg are just going through the motions at this point. One in front of the other. There is one last water stop as you enter Epcot. When I made this stop I felt the legs ready to cramp. They were pretty much in full cramp mode, front calves, quads and hamstrings. The best thing I could do was keep moving. Again I seemed to catch a little bit of a second wind again (Hate to say it was Billy Idol music doing that) but I tried to play it smart.
For some reason and maybe it is because it was a challenge today I begin to get emotional. In October at Greenville I broke fours hours with ease and just did not have much in the way of emotions. Today I would squeeze in just under four again but because it was a battle the whole way I was feeling the emotions. I ran through Epcot thinking about everyone and everything. My wife, my boys and my family are all in my thoughts. I remember why I do this, it makes everything else seem possible. I always remember this down the stretch.
It is not about a goal or a time, it is about life. I run to grow spiritually, mentally and physically. This is why I keep coming back. I see my parents down the final stretch, I am almost there. There is always the last .2….