Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend Countdown-37 Days
Yes, RnR is but a training run for the big show. I only have the Princess Half Marathon under my belt, and the Wine and Dine half marathon is a different ballgame. In a lot of ways, it's bigger than PHM weekend for me, and that's saying a lot, because PHM weekend was EPIC for me this year. Unfortunately, in order to convince the boss man, aka my husband, that I NEEDED to run this race, I needed to cut down on costs(especially because I'm still looking forward to the Tinkerbell Half in California in January and the Glass Slipper Challenge in Florida in February). I had to make this a quick trip. I'm flying down on Friday morning and flying home on Sunday afternoon. But that doesn't mean that I am not going to pack every waking minute with magic, oh no, every second will be sprinkled with pixie dust.
Patty. Patty is pretty much entirely responsible for my love of runDisney. At PHM this year, she introduced me to two of her BRFs, Amy and Julie. Us, along with a few other girls I will talk more about later, call ourselves the Disbroads, and we know how to rock Disney. Patty is staying at the resort, as are all of the other ladies. Amy, Julie and me(along with one other girl) are rooming together. Sleep over!! Friday evening we have dinner reservations at Liberty Tree Tavern. To me, this is the best place for a pre-race meal. It's just like a good Thanksgiving dinner, so you get your lean protein(turkey) and plenty of carbs. It's delicious to boot. While this did have to be a trim weekend for me, we did score tickets to the opening night of Mickey's Very Magical Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom. I think this is what I'm most excited about. I. Love. Christmas. Like really, really love Christmas. I keep this up year round for the countdown.
Fairytale Hall . While many people love the rides at Disney parks, I love the characters. I love being able to book a fastpass to check out the attractions I want to check out in advance. All of that excitement(including the Expo, which I didn't even mention!) is reserved just for Friday. Saturday will be just as jam packed. Beignets for breakfast, more time with the 'broads, more time at the Expo(I do have to score an I Did It Shirt and a medal for my Vinylmation runDisney Mickey after all), lunch at Kona, all before the pre-race festivities and the race, that starts at 10pm. I know a lot of people are concerned with the night race, but not me. As I mentioned above, mornings and I aren't exactly besties. I seem to do my best when running at night, so I think I will do much better with a 10pm start, opposed to the 5:35 am start I faced at PHM. This race takes a different route than PHM did, including different parks. PHM went through Magic Kingdom and Epcot, while Wine and Dine goes through all park except for Magic Kingdom. This includes Hollywood Studios, and if you aren't familiar with Hollywood Studios at Christmas, then you don't know about the Osborne Lights. I have looked at pictures and watched Disney specials featuring these lights, lights that would put Clark Griswold's house to shame. I'm in love.