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WDW Half Marathon Cancellation

Well, as you probably heard the WDW 1/2 Marathon was cancelled in January.  I was supposed to run the half on my 21st birthday but the night before the race, we were carb loading at Il Mulino and received the email that the race had been cancelled due to possible lightning the next morning.  I completely understand why they decided not to risk having thousands of runners stand in a parking lot when there was a 90% chance of lightning forecasted for hours.   RunDisney did a great job of offering other options to compensate for the cancellation from a full Disney gift card reimbursement to transferring to another runDisney race.  I didn’t expect them to do this, but it was fantastic and truly Disney guest service that they did.

On the bright side though, I was then able to go to the bar at our resort and right after midnight (and right before closing) I was able to get a drink with one of my cousins (shout out).  My aunt and uncle ran the half on the 7th, as many other motivated runners did and were cheered on by other resort guests.

My friend, sister, and I went to Hollywood Studios for opening and I rode Rock’n’Roller Coaster as the first ride on my 21st birthday which was awesome.  It ended up being a very cold day so we left Studios, had lunch back at the resort and then went to Disney Springs for my birthday dinner with all my family members.

I will definitely run another runDisney race, but since I don’t know what I am doing after graduation in May yet, I didn’t want to register for any others!

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WDW 5K Part 2: 6am-8:30am

I last left off with my friend and I standing in the corrals at 5:38am.

6:00am: Corral A goes off with fireworks!  This year they started doing mini corrals and since I couldn’t hear the announcer too well all the way back in Corral E, I did not know when we would go.  A boy in the family next to us kept asking his parents when it would be time to run.  I felt the same way and the standing around was getting a little tiresome.  I also was getting hungry as I had only had a small breakfast but really should have eaten a whole bagel since we had so long to wait.

6:00am-6:42am: Corrals A through D and all of their many mini corrals start running.  We finally begin to move towards the starting line step by step.  The fireworks did not continue for each corral which I thought was odd.

6:45am: We are off!  After a few times where we thought we would be able to cross the start line and were stopped very close, we finally began the 5K.  img_3078

6:45am-7:25am: It took us just around 38 minutes to run the race.  I forgot to stop my watch so I don’t have a very accurate time.  We ran through Epcot, stopped at Norway for a bathroom break (much nicer than porta potties and empty!), took a few photos and videos, ran out of Epcot, ran backstage, then came back in Epcot and finished the race in the parking lot.

The race was SO much fun!  We didn’t have too much of a problem with the crowds but were zig zagging a bit.  Even though my friend was worried about running, she did a great job and I was the one who was getting a little sore by the end!  As we ran, we said how we were disappointed it was such a fast race and that we should’ve signed up for the 10K.  We did not stop for any characters because the lines were so long and we already had gotten our photo with Pluto earlier in the day.  I loved seeing the park wake up though and the support of the other runners is fantastic-from the Tooth Fairies (men sprinkling pixie dust on everyone) to a 90 year old woman running the race.  I highly recommend signing up for runDisney 5K’s but beware they are very short once you actually start running!  img_3080

7:25-8:30am: We received our medals, snack boxes, and water and then started walking to the buses.  I really struggled to carry all of my stuff as I always do and had taken off my jacket at this point as well.  The bus came fairly quickly and we did not have too long of a line.  We boarded the bus with all of the other sweaty runners and then were back at the resort in no time to relay our race tales to the rest of the family who were just waking up!

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WDW 5K Part 1: 3am-6am

About two weeks ago, my friend and I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5K.  I was also supposed to run the half marathon for my 21st birthday but that’ll be discussed later, as well as the expo.  The 5K was my first 5K (why not run 6 half marathons and then run a 5k?!) and it was so much fun!  I decided to split the morning in half so I can describe the race in more detail.

3:00am: My alarm goes off.  I had been debating whether to shower or not shower before the race and as I woke up exhausted that morning, I decided not to.  So I snooze the alarm.

3:05am: My friend’s alarm goes off and unlike me she gets up and starts getting ready.

3:10am: My friend asks me if I am going to get up and shower because I need to start getting ready.  We laid out our clothes the night before with our bibs pinned so we didn’t have to spend time doing that in the wee hours of the morning.

3:10am-3:45am: I thought I had plenty of time to get ready so I move slow as a slug at first but then start to speed up my pace.  We eat a quick breakfast in the room tip toeing and trying not to wake anyone else up (that didn’t work).

3:50am: We catch the first bus leaving Old Key West to the race.  The bus driver was funny asking us why we woke her up so early just to run a race.  She also reflected on her first Marathon Weekend where she saw marathoners board in their heat sheets and had to say “You got this!” as they tried stepping up into the bus.  We were with a lot of Dopey runners on the bus (if you run the 5K, 10k, half, and full).  There was not any traffic so we arrive at Epcot around 4:05am with two hours to go before the race officially starts and just under three before our corral starts.

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4:20am: After walking to the main area, we had our photos taken in front of the WDW Marathon Weekend banner sign and then waited in line to get a photo with Pluto (who was the mascot for the 5K).

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4:45am: The photo line for Pluto moved fairly quickly even with his quick break to get some treats.  Seeing other people’s costumes is one of the best parts of the runDisney races.  We saw a whole family dressed as the cast from Beauty and the Beast, a very convincing Captain Hook, and even two Tooth Fairies who sprinkled some fairy dust on my friend.  We joined the pump up party which is always a blast.  The announcers are very energetic even as the rest of us were still waking up.  We did the YMCA and other people were full out dancing.

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5:05am: My friend and I decided it would be a good time to use the porta potties since the corrals would open at 5:30am and we guessed there might be a long line right before then.  We did not have to wait at all to use them so then we stretched for a bit and talked, anxious to get in the corrals and get going.

5:38am: Finally the corrals opened after what seemed like forever.  Thankfully, the weather was perfect so we were not cold waiting around but it had already been 2 and a half hours since we had woken up!  My friend was in Corral E so I moved back to E so that we could run together.  Part 2 will discuss the corral waiting game, eavesdropping, and the actual race!

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WDW Half Marathon: 4 Things I Can’t Wait For (and 3 I am Dreading)

photo 4My study abroad semester has just about a month left which is crazy!  What is even crazier though is that my 21st birthday and 7th half marathon is just under two months away.

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon falls on January 7th this year, which is my birthday, and I am so excited.  As usual, I have been running a bit but could definitely be running more than I am.  I’m really looking forward to the race weekend as I’ll also be running the 5K and enjoying my time at Disney.

The 4 Things I Can’t Wait for are…

  1. Arriving in Disney and heading to the expo to pick up my race bibs.  The expo always has a bit of excitement in the air as runners walk around picking up their packets and perusing the different merchandise stalls.  I hope to get another medal to put on my Mickey Vinylmation and maybe look for another “I’m Training” shirt since I love the one I have but other than that, probably won’t buy anything.  Maybe a magnet for the car too.
  2. Anything after Mile 1 and even Mile 2 of the races.  I wouldn’t say I love running because that would be a stretch but I definitely like it a lot more than I used to.  However, the first mile or two are challenging.  After standing in the corrals, I am ready to run but then the crowds always make the start a little slow (not that I’m speedy by any means).
  3. Running or more like walking through Cinderella’s Castle.  During my first half marathon, which was at Disney, running through the Castle was SO neat.  Of course, the thoughts in my head were as follows “OMG I’m running through the Castle…Well actually I’m walking because there are so many people…Oh now people are screaming…I want to do that too…(screams)…That was fun…Oh yikes I’m not even halfway done with this and my legs are sore…Oh but this is so neat”
  4.  Wearing my medal around the parks and getting to congratulate other runners.  I won’t wear my medal for more than a day after probably although some people wear theirs the entire time they are in Disney.

3 Things I’m Dreading:

  1. The early wake up calls.  I have to get up early for the 5K and half but my sister and dad are running the 10K and I want to go cheer them on so we will see if I can wake up for that too.  I’m sleeping in on the 8th!
  2. The uncertainty of the weather.  One year it was 30 degrees supposedly and when I ran in 2013, it was perfect weather.  I’m worried the weather might be iffy or really hot or cold and I won’t know what to wear.
  3. Miles 8 and 9 of the half as those are usually the toughest for me.  Once I get to 10 then it’s just a 5K to go!

4 Things I Can’t Wait For plus 3 Things I’m Dreading makes for a total of 7!  And we are running on January 7th!  What is everyone looking forward to or not looking forward to about WDW Marathon Weekend?

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WDW Half Marathon Registration

is TOMORROW at noon Eastern for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members!   And then a week from tomorrow, registration opens for everyone at noon Eastern as well.  I’m crossing my fingers that registration goes well for all tomorrow as well as next week.  If I don’t get in tomorrow, I will be trying again next week!    photo 4

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Liebster Award Nomination

Thank you to LeeAnn at RunAdventurousLee for nominating me for the Liebster Award!  She is a runner and traveler and I have been really enjoying reading her posts.  She has a goal of running in all 50 states which I think is an awesome goal and I am looking forward to reading her race recaps in each location.  Definitely go check out her blog!

collage2-1024x338The Liebster Award Rules: 

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    2. Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
    3. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
    4. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
    5. Answer the 10 questions posed by your nominator, create 10 questions for your nominees to answer. (Or, you can repeat the same questions.)
    6. Copy these rules into your post.

Nominees:

  1. Katie at Katie’s Keys to the Kingdom.  She writes about Disney (which I love) but is very creative in her posts.  She wrote about Wildlife at Disney a few weeks ago and although I see the animals all of the time at Disney, I would’ve never thought to post about them!
  2. The Disney Diva has a great blog about Disney as well.  Her site design is amazing and I aspire to post as regularly and as often as she does!
  3.  Stretching it to Travel posts about travel deals that are out there which is very helpful as well as places they visit.

I apologize for not coming up with the full 5.  Papers and projects are taking priority right now.

Questions: 

  1. How did you get into blogging or photography?     Well, I love planning Disney trips for friends and family and giving Disney advice so I thought writing a Disney blog with tips would be fun.  I had been thinking about the idea for probably two years before I actually sat down and created the blog and it has definitely taken me a while to get used to blogging (or trying to blog, haha) consistently.
  2. Where would you most like to travel to and why? This is a tough question.  I think I would love to travel to Spain.  I have never been there before and would love to be able to use my Spanish outside of the classroom.
  3. What is your favorite book? My all time favorite book is a children’s book titled The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop.  The book is about a boy, William, who is able to travel to the ages of knights through a castle his caretaker gives him when she leaves.  I always thought it was a neat story and I reread the book every few years.  The book is also the perfect size and has a great cover which you can no longer buy.
  4. When you travel to a place you have never been before, what is the first thing you like to do? Before I get there, I research the country or city like crazy and create a travel journal.  I look at the basic facts of where I am visiting, the history, what there is to do near where I am staying, and anything else interesting.  The first thing I like to do when I arrive in a new place though is to walk around the surrounding area from where I am staying.
  5. How do you get ideas for your blogs or photo shoots? Sometimes past photos or things I read inspire me to write posts.  Other times someone will suggest something or say something which makes a lightbulb go off in my head saying I should write about this!
  6. How many countries have to been to? I have been to England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, and France so five countries besides the US where I live.  I am hoping to add many more to that list though.
  7. What aspect of blogging do you love the most? I really enjoy connecting with other bloggers and sharing my experiences and Disney tips while also getting to read about their travel or running or daily experiences as well.
  8. Where is your next travel destination to? Well I am heading to Florida in January for a few days. In terms of new travel destinations I will hopefully make it to a few countries if I am accepted in my study abroad program for the fall.
  9. What is your favorite downtime activity? My favorite downtime activity would either be running or reading (depending on the weather and where I am).  I also really like playing ping pong.
  10. What is/are your goal(s) in life? I hope to have a job that I love in hopefully management in the hospitality or travel industry (preferably working for Disney).  I would like to do volunteer work or somehow work with education in some shape or form as well since I really like school.  I think I will probably develop more concrete life goals as I become earlier and decide what I would like to do with my life!

 

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Wine and Dine Half of a Half

Well if you follow runDisney on social media or anyone who was running the Wine and Dine half marathon on Saturday night, you know what I am talking about.  Unfortunately I was not there but I hope to run the Wine and Dine in the future.  Saturday night, thousands of runners were expecting to complete a half marathon in Walt Disney World and then end having food and wine around the food booths.  Well…the last part of the plan is true.

From what I have read and heard, the busses were a bit delayed getting to ESPN Wide World of Sports, where the race starts.  Lightning started and the forecast looked terrible with large thunderstorms so before race start, all runners and volunteers were evacuated from the starting corrals into the ESPN building and the stadium.  The race was delayed, but no word was given for a bit on what would happen.  After around 30-45 minutes I believe, they announced that it was safe (although still very hot and humid) and the race would begin at a delayed time with a shortened course (about 7.1 miles).  Then all the runners and volunteers moved back outside, the race started, and the runners were off.  Some runners expressed complaints about the shortened route but safety is Disney’s number one priority.  From what I have read, it seems Disney did a great job with ushering everyone inside and then outside and communicating for the most part about what was going on.

Last year, it rained during the Wine and Dine half and many of the medals fell apart.  Now all the runners have an awesome story to tell and hey they still had a much better night than most of us who were not at Walt Disney World!

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