Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend in Review
Here we are at another Monday, and I just got back from an amazing weekend running my third 10K at Disney and my eighth runDisney race! Talk about fun! This weekend was beyond great and I want to give you guys a quick review of the race and my experience.
First off, the expo was fantastic! I've gone to so many runDisney expos and the merchandise has run out on the first day, or it' so crowded that the Cast Members who are working the event tend to lose control. But this expo was the complete opposite. We arrived when the expo opened Friday, and ALL of the merchandise was still available and it was really east to get through the expo without any problems at all. We were in and out in less than an hour! Which is a record for me.
Friday we headed to Epcot to hang out at the Food and Wine Festival and ate A LOT of food! But here's the thing, calories don't count at Disney, and they really don't count when you're running the next morning. We got to bed early Friday night, and by early I mean 7:00 pm, because we had to be up at 2:30 to eat something lite for breakfast and be down at the bus by 3:15 am!
That right friend, 3:15 AM at the bus to go to the race. If you aren't a morning person, runDisney races will make you a morning person! Once you actually get to the race though the energy is so high that you are instantly awake. There is a DJ playing some major jams, and there are really cool characters meeting runners. Kaitlyn and I waited in line to meet Lumiere, and it was so worth it!
Seriously, how cute is this?! The other characters that were out meeting were Goofy and Donald, Remy (since the 10K was Ratatouille themed), and Chef Mickey and Minnie!
Once we finally got in our coral, it was still a bit of a wait until the race start. runDisney requires that you be at the race between 3:30 and 4:00 AM, but the race doesn't actually start until 5:30 AM, so there's a lot of waiting around. This is when I try to actually meet new people because the Disney community and especially the runDisney community is so amazing and so friendly!
The race starts and you're off! The 10K for Wine and Dine was the same course as the Princess 10K, so it went through Epcot, and around Boardwalk and Yacht and Beach Club! Seeing Epcot lit up and the torches flaming is an emotional experience and one of my favorite moments of running at Disney!
Before you know it, your 6.2 miles are done because the course is that awesome, Cast Members are out cheering you on, and there's so much to look at! There's honestly nothing like crossing the finish line. Every time I cross another finish line I know I've completed something I've worked so hard for, and I cannot wait to do it again! (Que "When Can We Do This Again")
Friends, if you've never run a runDisney race and you're on the fence about it, I would highly suggest just going for it! The hardest part is actually registration. So once you get past that, it's all downhill, and so worth the money!
Now that I'm back at home, calories count again, and I'm now plowing my way through the 100+ emails I got over the weekend. Because just like calories, emails are not important at Disney either.
Currently Listening Too: "Han and Leia" from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens Soundtrack"