Does this Glass Slipper come in a men's 13?
Day 3: Saturday's Enchanted 10K and mmm...S'mores
The Enchanted10K was an inaugural event and also the first leg of the runDisney Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge. After our 'homelessness' drama of the previous day, it was such a relief to be back in a hotel room near Walt Disney World. It made getting to the race so much easier that morning.
I ran the Enchanted 10K with DisneyBride. Of the many runDisney races we had both done, we had only run un-timed events (5Ks) side-by-side. Running a timed Disney race together opened my eyes to a few things I have not experienced before. More on this below.
RunDisney must have listened to the criticism from runners that the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend's Inaugural 10K lacked entertainment. This 10K was on the same course, but they added a group of kite fliers, another character, and more music to the first three miles - plus several more characters through EPCOT.
I would occasionally run ahead of DisneyBride to get in line for photos. The one photo I was really looking forward to was Sports Goofy at the Boardwalk. I didn't stop for him during Marathon Weekend and I really wish I had. This time I got my photo.
I would like to take a second and pat myself on the back. DisneyBride and I got across the finish line in front of the balloon ladies and we are still married. I have a tendency to push her a little too hard on runs, much to her annoyance. But apparently, I was on my "A Game" that morning.
To the Back of the Pack Runners, I have an even deeper respect for all of you and how tough it can be. Let me explain:
1) I was constantly looking over my shoulders for the balloon ladies. It is amazing how obsessed and concerned I was. I am by no means fast, however, I have never had to worry about seeing them. So, to those of you who do have that worry, I don't know how you do it.
2) I know I am guilty of the things I am about to talk about. I definitely won't be doing this any more. I understand people are trying to be supportive and encouraging, but the constant "You look good" or "You're going to make it" come across quite patronizing. It made me wonder how bad we looked that we constantly got these comments. I know these spectators and fellow runners meant to be encouraging, but it just didn't come across that way. I will have to try to come up with new things to use to cheer runners on.
It really was a fun morning. It seems like we bumped into half the blogosphere either pre-race or on the course that morning, and that was awesome. We even managed to run the last portion and cross the finish line with fellow bloggers, Patty of Margarita Miles and the Mouse and Julie of Run Walk Fastpass Repeat.
Saturday evening we headed to The Wilderness Lodge to meet up with the Racing the Dream Facebook group. They had organized a gathering featuring the most delicious of all campfire desserts: s'mores! I had a few.
Many more than any adult should. This was a lot of fun and I'm going to add the Chip and Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long to our Must Do List.
Day 4: Sunday's Princess Half Marathon and I think I love everything on Sanaa's menu
The Princess Half Marathon is the final leg of the Glass Slipper Challenge. This race I ran solo, with DisneyBride as my support crew.
It is quite a scene being so outnumbered race morning.
Why are all these Princesses chasing me???
It was VERY humid. As you can see from almost all my pics I am drenched and my glasses are constantly fogged up. Just before my now infamous Buzz Lightyear character stop, I paused on Main Street for a photo. The random stranger who took this pic may just have taken the best Main Street photo of me yet. Thank You!
I ALWAYS ALWAYS stop for Buzz.
Everyone on the course this year was extremely upbeat, from what I saw. Given the temperature and humidity that was pretty amazing. I was even more impressed by the sportsmanship I witnessed. Twice I was near a runner who tripped. Within split seconds, dozens of people stopped to help.
I was sad running through Tomorrow Land in Magic Kingdom knowing that Push, the Talking Trash Can would never be seen again. But I soldiered on, and ran through the coolest part of the half marathon course- Cinderella's Castle. To the random stranger who took my castle photo: Thanks... I guess the top half of the castle isn't that important... ha ha
During my 2013 Princess Half Marathon race, I didn't stop at the Wedding Pavilion. So I was glad to see the 'wanna-be' Disney Grooms were out again this year. Let me dispel all the myths here and now: I am the real @Disney_Groom, all others are just posers.
It was fun watching them interact with all the female runners.
Just after the faux grooms, I ran into DisneyBride for the second time, right in front of the Polynesian Resort near Mile 8. She completely surprised me by getting me some fresh bacon from Captain Cooks. She also took my favorite race photo ever.
The look on my face is priceless. I will note that the bacon was excellent - salty and still crispy. I highly recommend bacon as a mid-race pick-me-up.
During the last half of the race I took the opportunity to stop for a couple of characters I have skipped in the past: Captain Jack Sparrow and Fairy Godmother.
They always seem to have such long waits, but this race when I went through, the line was non-existent and I had a zero wait. I think the humidity left runners just wanting to get across the finish line. A win for me.
I collected my bling and got a photo with Ariel.
If you've been reading our blog awhile, you may recall the 2013 Princess Half Marathon was our first 1/2 marathon. DisneyBride and I had gone from Couch to 1/2 Marathon in less than five months. That was a rough event for us both.
Wow. What a difference a year makes! I crossed the finish line with a better time, many more photo stops, and I felt great. I know I look tired in this photo, but really I was just STARVING! And we had a great celebratory meal planned!
Following the race, after we showered, changed, and checked out of our room, we headed to Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Kidani Village for lunch. Dining here was a first for us. The food offering were African and Indian influenced - and everything was delicious, especially the butter chicken. Yep. BUTTER. I earned it. I will definitely try to find the butter chicken on property again.
This is DisneyBride's vegetarian entree. I tried some of each dish and it was really good too. But not as good as the butter chicken. There are no pictures of it because I ate it ALL!
With our bellies full, we got on the road headed north and back to reality. But reality isn't as awesome as a runDisney weekend. I keep hoping that one day I will pull into my office parking lot and find a DJ playing dance tunes to get me amped up.
So here is the fruit of months of training. Ten runDisney medals
Six from the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge (recaps here) and four from Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
Not sure what our next Disney race will be, but I know I'll be back for Dopey Challenge. In the meantime, we've got big plans for this year and also planning for next.
Stay tuned for DisneyBride's recap from Princess weekend.