I spent the weekend in Florida soaking up sun, cheering on friends and family, running, and enjoying some Disney magic! Unfortunately, the 2016 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is already over and it’s back to reality (and a cold & rainy New York City…), but I look forward to reliving all of the fun through my weekend recap posts the next couple of days:
I woke up
bright dark and early to cheer on my mom, sister, and grandmother as they participated in the Princess 5K at Epcot. How cute are their Sleeping Beauty fairy costumes? (My sister-in-law made them!)
Unfortunately, I didn’t check the 5K course map (#CheerSquadNewbie), so I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t be able to cheer on the 5K participants from Disney’s Boardwalk. Mind you I’ve only run this course for the past two years. You’d think I would know it by now…
While I was a good distance away from the actual course thanks to a gate, I was still able to enjoy the creative costumes and see my family as they made their way to the finish line.
After the race, we hit up the Expo at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, so I could pick up my race bib. I also bought a shoe charm at Bee Cause Charms since it’s a tradition we’ve had since our very first Princess Half Marathon Weekend back in 2010!
After the Expo, we headed to Hollywood Studios. I haven’t been there in a while (except running through it during the 2013 Disney Marathon), and I have to say that I was quite impressed with this park. The rides are a lot of fun (The Great Movie Ride is my long time favorite, but Toy Story Midway Mania is a new love of mine!) and there is so much to look at. If we weren’t on a time crunch, I could’ve walked around looking at all the “movie sets” and eating Mickey Mouse-shaped foods for hours.
We finished the day with a pasta dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy with family friends.
My grandmother and I got to sleep in a bit (5:00am alarm!) before making our way over to Disney’s Boardwalk to cheer on the Enchanted 10K participants. Sidenote: If you ever plan to cheer during the Enchanted 10K, go to the Boardwalk instead of the bleachers at the finish line. Not only will you be feet from the participants, but Boardwalk Bakery also has delicious baked goodies and coffee starting at 6:30am. Mickey has never looked yummier!
We got to cheer on the winners of the race, but I must admit that it was a lot more fun cheering on the people who were in later corrals. The energy was amazing!
Though I got slight FOMO (I broke my Glass Slipper Challenge streak after only two years!), it was so much fun to cheer on friends, family, and random strangers during this race such as my friend, Angela @ Runner in Denial…
And my mom and sister. How awesome are these costumes!? (My sister-in-law made these too!)
After the race, we rested up for Sunday’s half marathon by walking miles and miles around Magic Kingdom.
In the evening, we hopped over to Epcot to grab dinner at the restaurant in France. The three course meal of lobster bisque, salmon, and sorbet was amazing, but probably not the best pre-race meal. After chowing down, I went back to the hotel and fell into a food coma before waking up at 3:30am for my seventh Disney Princess Half Marathon! Come back to the blog tomorrow for a recap of that race!
Stay fit and fabulous,
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