Sorry this update is arriving late I’ve been having way too much fun to sit down and write a post.
On Sunday I did the Wine & Dine half Marathon at Walt Disney World. The route began in a Magic Kingdom Parking Lot, ran through to Animal Kingdom where we got to run through the world of Pandora, on to Hollywood studios, around the boardwalk and into Epcot, where we finished just outside the park.
I met my good friend Leah (@leahcurrie on instagram) bright and early before the race. She flew in the night before, so as you can imagine getting up for a race at 3am was tiring for her. I however was a little more accustomed to the time having been up early the past two mornings! As she flew in she didn’t have time to head to the expo to pick up her pack so she headed to the information tent to collect her things! The organisation was great for this event and she managed to get everything quite stress free.
At the 10k I was in corral B and for the half I was supposed to be in C, but I moved back so I could run with Leah. We headed over to the start corrals where we joined the sing-a-longs and warm up fun and then just like that two hours had passed and we were off!
There were many sections of road that were quite boring, long stretches of nothing, and it was dark and foggy. The best parts were running through the parks and seeing Leah’s face because this was her first time visiting the parks on this trip and first time seeing pandora.
We managed to stop for a lot of characters and photopass stops, however this lead to us being taken over by a lot of run-walkers. Don’t get me wrong we weren’t super speedy, Leah had a bad knee and I have a bad foot but our running and walking pace is average. Run-walkers are great in the aspect they have their own pacer and it gets people finishing the race however they take part in LARGE packs, often doing 30:30 intervals and taking up a large portion of the road, there were narrowing points we couldn’t get past them. It was frustrating.
Before we headed into Epcot we ran around the boardwalk, this is where most of peoples family and friends were. Everyone’s cheering was great. A lovely lady was handing out pretzels and jelly beans and someone else brought their dog that me and Leah just had to stop for a cuddle with!
We finished the race, collected all of our wonderful medals including Castle to Chateu and then grabbed our snacks bags. I was so hungry I ate my snacks straight away! We queued for Mickey & Minnie and Goofy for photos and then made our way back to our resorts!
After a nap and some time around the pool I got myself ready for the post race party. I’d brought my medals all the way from London to have a picture with Mickey (and his pals) with all my beautiful runDisney medals!
The half marathon was hard, the heat, the humidity, and not being as fast as I usually would be were annoying but I had a lot of fun and enjoyed running with Leah! Disney races are all about fun so it was good to relax a bit and take it easy.