Hello friends! 👋🏻 If you’ve followed me over here from my Disney blog, I’m sure you’re fully aware that I am a huge fan of runDisney. 2017 marked my sixth year running the Princess Half Marathon and fourth year competing in the Glass Slipper Challenge (10K + half marathon).
Perks of being a local. Walt Disney World races are my local races.
Many of these princess race weekends have been completed with my friend Sarah by my side. Heck most of my runDisney career has been shared with Sarah. This year marked a monumental point in our current and future racecations…the addition of a plus one ☝️ Sarah is a now a mom and finally brought her little along with!
Kids races! Here we come!
I’ve been running at Disney since 2010 and this year marked the first time I had ever attended any of the kids races. So thank you Sarah for giving me a reason to. What a blast!
Just. Stahp! Can’t. Handle. The. Cuteness!!!!
runDisney offers races for kids of all ages. There’s a diaper dash for crawlers, kids dashes for toddlers and even a 1 mile run. Race entry is super affordable and all participants get a finishers medallion.
When the kids races had wrapped up we made our way into the expo to pick up our bibs and race shirts and then I was off to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort to check in to my home for the next few days.
I could go on and on and on about how much I love this resort and the attached sister hotel Bonnet Creek Hilton. Yep that’s Spaceship Earth off there in the distance. The location is perfect, nestled in between Disney Springs and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, the Waldorf Astoria treats runners like rock stars every race weekend with discounted room rates, complementary transportation to and from race start and finish lines, a free runner’s breakfast spread and other amenities.
Oh, and let’s not forget about the champagne check in on Fridays! 🍾 Holla’!
The hubby and I headed to Disney Springs to meet up with friends at The Boathouse for supper. Please take a good look at my girl Karen’s T-shirt. It’s hilarious! She was registered for the 2017 runDisney Half Marathon which ended up being canceled due to lightning, so this is a “0.0” finisher shirt that some wisecrack Disney runner made up. 😂 Gotta love eet.
Bedtime came early. Predawn wake up call was just around the riverbend for day one of our runDisney Glass Slipper Challenge.
runDisney Enchanted 10K
Day two began with a 3 AM wake up call. I made my way down to the lobby and into Sarah’s vehicle for the quick drive to the Enchanted 10K start line in the Epcot parking lot.
This was the only picture that I snapped during the race (around mile three-ish) because honestly we were just having too much damn fun to mess around with our phones.
…and honestly, how good does it look with the epic Waldorf Astoria Peacock Alley Lounge carpet as a backdrop?
Also, I lurve the photo opp down at the Hilton Bonnet Creek.
The hubby and I ended up just being lazy and lounging by the pool that day. Later on in the evening we took the quick walk down to the Hilton Bonnet Creek for dinner, wine and cannolis at La Luce.
A girls gotta carb load for the half marathon the next day!
Princess Half Marathon
Another Day, another 3 AM wake up call. Is this Groundhog Day? I can’t say that I was completely mentally prepared for the challenge that lay ahead of me that day. I haden’t trained a lick. I have run so many of these half marathons that I was sure my body would just get out there on the course and know what to do.
Struggle bus 🚌 Party of one please.
Sarah and I were just passing mile five before I felt inspired to even pull my phone out and take a photo. All I could think of up until this point was how miserable I was. Under trained, under hydrated and not enough sleep. But hey, we were running right down the middle of Main Street USA!
My spirits picked up a bit as we raced around the Magic Kingdom. This leg from mile five to mile six is definitely the pinnacle of the runDisney Princess Half Marathon.
The worst and most congested part of the race was coming up. Once you leave the backstage portion of the Magic Kingdom you are spit out onto the road that runs past The Grand Floridian and Shades of Green. This area provides runners only one side of the road to pass through. There was no running at this point. All you could do was walk behind the person in front of you. And being on the struggle bus, I did not mind.
By the time I had passed the Magic Kingdom parking lot and settled in to the long stretch of World Drive between miles seven and nine I was not only a passenger on the struggle bus, I was driving the damn struggle bus.
Mile ten…I was pushing the struggle bus from behind and rubbernecking to make sure the infamous “balloon ladies” weren’t on my tail.
I was grinning from ear to ear and thanking all kinds of heavenly hosts by the time we made it into Epcot and neared the finish line.
I didn’t even snap a finishers photo. Get me to my bed! My hubby drove me to get some lunch and then I face planted here.
I had only been running on about six hours sleep over the three day weekend and I was only allowed a one hour nap because….
Waldorf Astoria Golf
It was time for 18 holes of golf!
Holy Moses the Bonnet Creek course is pristine! I have had the privilege of playing at Bay Hill and dare I say the Waldorf course is better.
I had friends taking bets that I wouldn’t make it to the 18th hole. But boom 💥 this girl did!
I even went out for wine and sushi after golf at Kimonos in the Walt Disney World Swan Resort.
This runDisney race weekend was another epic roller coaster ride of struggle and fun. I have been running half marathons for seven years now. I think I might change my race weekend strategy though. I would prefer to just run the 10K and be able to enjoy myself the rest of the weekend. The 10K distance (6.2 miles) is enough of a challenge and still fun at the same time. Plus that’s only one early 3 AM wake up call. #amiright
Registration is already open for the 2018 runDisney Princess Half Marathon weekend. And you know what, I only signed up for the 10K. See you next year runners!
I was a guest of the Waldorf Astoria during the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Want to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort or Hilton Bonnet Creek for your next runDisney race weekend? You can book directly here or here.