I’m not a runner. I should be a runner. Why? Because I’m lithe. And I used to be fast. How fast?
Faster than a diamondback rattler strikes its prey. Faster than a Thompson’s gazelle in full flight from a hungry cheetah. Faster than Expedition Everest and Space Mountain — combined.
OK, not that fast. Pretty fast, though.
Not any more. A combination of factors — middle age, etc. — conspired to slow me down. Like, a lot.
Yet, I can’t entirely blame the ravages of time for my lamentable lack of speed and endurance. Did I mention the lack of endurance? No? OK. Well, this video from an attempt last summer to run around Epcot during a runDisney Fun Run pretty much sums up my lack of endurance. And speed.
Not much has changed in a year.
I’m back at Walt Disney World for a media familiarity event at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the folks from Disney Sports and runDisney again set us up with an outstanding Fun Run. This time, they sent us around a customized cross country track at Wide World of Sports, a course of about 1.2 miles that encompassed the complex’s world-class track and a path cut through some back woods adjacent to the Wide World of Sports complex.
Back woods I didn’t even know existed, even though I’ve been coming to this sports complex since it opened and have covered dozens of events here over the years.
So, off we went this morning. Very early, again. We gathered in the lobby of the headquarters hotel, Animal Kingdom Lodge, at 6:30 a.m. and took a bus over to the Wide World of Sports complex. They had bananas and other snacks, along with cold water and sports drinks, waiting for us at the start-finish line.
After a few words of encouragement and knowledge from Disney Sports director of marketing Faron Kelley and sports media director Darrell Fry, we were off. What follows is a companion video to last year’s Fun Run classic (ahem). Later in the week, I’ll post a full recap of our visit to ESPN Wide World of Sports, including an homage to Argentina and a slew of extremely helpful youth sports tips given by a roster of experts during our tour today.
Meanwhile, enjoy this video proof of my utter lack of speed and endurance. You know? You just might be witnessing my own, personal fitness renaissance. Possibly. Probably not. I don’t know. Maybe?