Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

 

So I’m thinking the recaps from this past weekend are going to be a bit all over the place and not in any chronological order, bet hey, nothing new I guess, right?

 

I’m not going to lie, when I wrote my last post I was a little worried how the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon (running a late night half marathon followed by an after party) would pan out as I was pretty much already tired of being on my feet after two very full Disney World days with the family. I may or may not have already been struggling to keep my eyes open. Ha.

Well, it turned out to be a blast.  Obviously though. I mean, it’s Disney for goodness sake.

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The race started at 10:00 pm at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Run Disney provided free transportation to and from all the host hotels, so we just had to be sure to be in our shuttle line around 7:45 pm.

I thought I could shower and put on my normal race gear or just throw my Tinker Bell costume on and try to cover up the fact that I didn’t really clean up after our long day.

I went with second option.

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I still had all my normal racing gear on (Pro Compression socks, Mizuno Elixirs, Handful sports bra and my Halo hairband), just a Tinker Bell costume I bought from someone’s garage back home to throw over it. Ha.

Meghann and Megan were staying at the same hotel so we decided to all ride over together.

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Oh, and you should know that Meghann there on the left just completed an Ironman last weekend and was out running a half marathon. She’s crazy.

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We got to starting festivities with plenty of time to hang out.

Man was there a lot of energy there. Not only were there some really great costumes, but everyone was dancing, hanging out and just having fun.

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As usual there were long port a potty lines though.

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I was referred to as the “bag lady” a couple of times as I had my hands full with goodies.

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And yes, I did indeed take a ginormous no grain plantain cupcake with coconut oil and chia with me just in case.

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Yep.

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Classy.

 

After waiting for pretty much forever for the port a potty we made our way to the starting corrals. I was in A so I pushed my green booty up to the front.

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Even Chef Mickey and Minnie were there to send us on our way.

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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect race wise. I had no time goals really, but was just going to see how I felt. I know some friends were taking it really slow and going to stop and take pictures with all the characters, but once I got running I kind of just kept going. Not really fast, not totally intentional, but I just went.

I didn’t realize that so much of the course was outside the parks on the street. It was pretty dark and quiet for the first few miles.

They did have a lot of characters and little sets along the way though. They also had a lot of water stations and a lot of people on the course letting you know when speed bumps or turns were coming. That is always greatly appreciated.

We eventually got to run through all four of the Disney World Parks though. Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center. I mean, how cool is that?

One of my favorite parts was this Christmas set up. Meghann let me steal her picture.

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Some of the characters on the course that I really should have stopped to take picture with for the boys, but didn’t were- Buzz and Woody, Wreck it Ralph, Star Wars, The Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pluto, oh goodness… and so many more.

I actually regret not stopping to take pictures along the way. Beavis. Next time I’ll know what to do.

 

Oh, and yeah, I took a chance running in Tinker Bell. Not the most comfortable thing to run in, but surprisingly I didn’t chafe or anything. And I didn’t have the wings because they were a little big for my suitcase to take cross country and they would have gotten in the way. Next time I’ll have to make sure to have some wings. He he.

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(from Run Disney Facebook Page)

It was really fun having people say “go Tinker Bell” as I ran by.

I had a bit of a rough patch around mile 8 where my stomach starting hurting a bit, but by mile 10 it felt better and all was good.

 

And then before I knew it my first Disney race was over.

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Oops. Almost forgot to get my medal.

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Oh my goodness, Disney doesn’t mess around with their medals either. These things are pretty fabulous.

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I finished in 1:38:21. No PR or anything, but just glad I made it through a night race after some long days.

I got 6th place out of 1343 in my age division.

 

After the finish I bumped into Monica and met Kelly for the first time. Funny how I keep meeting people that are also from California on the east coast for events.

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We got a little box of goodies at the finish and either a plastic glass of wine or beer. “Jesse” and I went for the wine.

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The really cool thing about this race was that they had the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, that happens to be going on right now, open for racers and guests afterwards.

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As we walked through the park after hours everyone was cheering and saying congratulations.

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And there were even more characters.

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Pictured- Not sure what dwarf that is (who is it?), me, Gia, Snow White, Sarah and Jess.

I tagged with these ladies for a bit until they made their way to the special New Balance after party.

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I met up with Meghann shortly and we walked around the International Food and Wine Festival a bit. It was tough because it was like 1:30 am. Maybe things are just later on the east coast?

There were so many fun food options to choose from, but Meghann was on a mission to find a lobster roll. I decided to just copy her.

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Hey, they even had mini Tabasco bottles.

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As we headed out about 2:00 am we bumped into Larisa and Heather.

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Heather is pretty much the queen of Disney races and goes to every single one and knows all the ropes.

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It seemed like a pretty long walk back to the shuttles (even though it really wasn’t).

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It also seemed like a really long walk back to my hotel room.

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I finally crawled into bed around 3:00 am or so.

About 4 1/2 hours later I was being “pewed”.

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I know, so lucky right?

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All in all the race was just awesome. As my first ever Disney race it definitely set the bar pretty high. I totally get why people get hooked. In fact, I think now that the STUFT family has gotten a little taste of the whole Run Disney business, we’re pretty much hooked too.

Okay, still so much more to share from our weekend, but this mama is finally home and a bit “Tinkered” out. Get it?

 

Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

 

*This race and weekend was made possibly by Run Disney, Mizuno and FitFluential. You know, just keeping the #STUFTmezamashii going strong. Ha ha.

 

What did you do this past weekend?

Who is you favorite Disney character?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Tess says:

    Looks like one FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC time!!!!!!

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    Laura says:

    Amazing! Looks like so much fun! I will definitely have to do a Disney race one day. Great pic of you running as tinker bell….but it’s disappointing how many people weren’t in costume! You were the only one in that group. Hah. Oh, and I think that dwarf is Dopey. My favorite disney character is Belle and/or snow white. Safe travels home!

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    Kathy says:

    “PEWED”…BEST EVER LINE!! And PHOTO was a PERFECT MATCH ~ for your excitement over the whole “Pewed” thing after 4.5 hours of sleep!!

    FUN! Lucky……and Blessed!

  4. 4
    Diana says:

    So glad you had an awesome time at the race. I did too! It was my first one, and it was a great race to start out with!

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    AmyC says:

    What a crazy event! I can’t imagine being up until 3AM anymore 😉

  6. 6

    runDisney races are my absolute favorite. They are so much fun and the energy from the runners is like no other. Glad you and your family had so much fun!!!

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    Laura says:

    Sounds like a great weekend. Hope I can run one of those races sometime.

  8. 8

    You had a speedy finish even without your wings! Looks like fun!

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    Bonnie says:

    What an awesome experience! So fun that your entire family could go too…what a great event! Looked like a blast. 🙂

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    Tara says:

    You did such a great job! I saw you in the corral, but you were too far for me to properly stalk (I mean, meet) you. I’m glad you had fun!

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    Nicole says:

    You are so awesome, Tink! Looks like a trip you won’t soon forget! Safe travels home!

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    Bridget says:

    ugh, no pictures of the boys. kidding!!!! great job!!!!!!!!!!

  13. 13

    I have got to try that dang plantain! I need to just buy a bunch of stuff and make like 102342 of your recipes this weekend! Clean eating. =)

    That looks like a fun time. I had no clue this event was in the evening. I may look into this a little closer. I brushed it off last year when someone asked me about doing it, but the night component makes it a little different and unique! Pretty cool.

  14. 14

    Sounds like such a fun experience! Congrats!

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    Heather says:

    Ssshhh xoxo so glad we got to hang out a bit. You are such a little firecracker friend! Hope I got you hooked 😉

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    Hello!!! It was so great meeting you in real life this week. I love that you got to experience your first runDisney race. I hope to see you at an event soon. Now, if I could only click my heels three times and go back for more Lobster Rolls 🙂 🙂
    Your Polynesian Neighbor and new friend,
    Megan

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    Kim says:

    So sweet of your little guys to greet you in such spectacular fashion bright and early!!! Maybe they should have done a night-time race, too!!

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    Liz A says:

    Looks like such a fun race! I love that you got into the spirit with your adorable tinkerbell costume! 🙂

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    Michelle Kim says:

    So INCREDIBLY lucky!
    That Christmas set up really is quite fantastical. Also, I love that you wore the Tinkerbell costume 😀

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    Jennifer mykytiuk says:

    Awesome! You look great! Sounds like a blast! Thanks for sharing! I love reading about your race adventures!

  21. 21

    Looks like a fabulous time! I’m hoping to do this race next year. Your pictures made me even more excited about it!

  22. 22

    Love reading about you and your family adventures! See you in December!

  23. 23

    LOVE LOVE LOVE all the pics & fun!!! I love your “class” by the way – makes me feel right at home! 🙂

    6th out of all those people – holy crap – you are amazing! Enjoyed IG posts too!

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    Missy says:

    That’s DOPEY in the picture!!! Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs is my all time favorite Disney movie 🙂

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