Runner describes competing in Disney Marathon

Updated: January 15, 2011, 7:50 AM ET
By Brett Longdin

Brett Longdin is an ESPN.com blog editor based in Wisconsin who on Jan. 9 completed the Walt Disney World Marathon, his first attempt at the 26.2-mile distance. Longdin turned to running in June 2009 to assist in his weight loss. Sixty pounds lighter, Longdin entered races of a variety of distances -- 5K, 10K, half marathon -- before spending 17 weeks training for his marathon debut. Below is a glimpse at what he went through on Sunday.

Where do I start? Seventeen weeks of dedicated ...

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