It’s been three weeks since the Wine & Dine half marathon. In this blog post, I share my race recap along with so many pictures including character photos! Take me back to the RunDisney weekend. What’s a vacation without a race (or 3)?
This is my last race recap from my most recent Disney World vacation. I ran the 5K, 10K, and half marathon during RunDisney’s Wine & Dine weekend. If you missed the last two race recaps, make sure to read them if your interested in my blog.
The half marathon course started at the Magic Kingdom parking lot and ended at the EPCOT parking lot. The park we ran through for the 13.1 race were Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT.
The long sleeve shirt is the race shirt everyone received with registration. I’m glad it matched my outfit because I didn’t bring a long sleeve shirt for this race or any race for that matter. With the rainy forecast, I decided a long sleeve was the best choice! White tank top is from Amazon. Mexico iron-on patch is from Amazon, red visor and green skirt is from Sparkle Athletic.
Not pictured: running shorts from Target, sports bra from Target, knee strap from Amazon, GU from my local running store, FlipBelt, Brooks running shoes, Brooks runner socks, $1 poncho.
Start time was at 5:30am. I arrived early to eat a very giant blueberry muffin before heading to my corral. Food is sold at the start line, so don’t worry if your hotel’s cafeteria is closed!
It rained when I was in my corral. Runners in the front (corral A) started their run in the rain. A runner whom I later met at Pop Century said his socks were socked during the race and he was in corral A.
I packed a poncho in my Flip Belt, but I ended up not using it although it rained at two different times.
The first time it rained was during the time I was still in my corral (I had a towel with me–I later tossed the towel right before crossing the start line). The second time was when I was in Animal Kingdom (around mile 4), but I was in line for the bathroom for most of it, so it wasn’t bad.
There were so many characters on the course and that’s my favorite thing about running Disney races. I took a picture with several (see below) and for those characters that I didn’t want to wait in line for, I just took a quick selfie picture with them in the background. I’m so sad that I waited in line to meet Elvis Stitch and the picture never appeared with my Photopass pictures! He was around mile 7.5 and I love stitch!!
I took 3 GU packets with me (in my Flip Belt). I ate one while exciting Animal Kingdom. I was aiming to eat one every 45-50 minutes, but I’ve been running for a few years now and I just know when my body needs it. The banana and strawberry flavored packet is my absolute favorite!!
Disney gave out free “energy beans” at around mile 8. I took those at that time and I ate more GU before finishing the half marathon.
The first time I ran a half marathon (September 2015), I walked to our hotel right after the race because I needed to catch a flight home that same day. I felt like my legs were going to fall off that day, but I was also 5 months pregnant.
THIS TIME (my second half marathon), I felt amazing! I felt like running another mile or two! My legs did not feel like they were going to fall off. I put in a lot of training miles prior to running 3 days at Disney, and all was worth it! I had an absolute blast!
I did feel it once I got back to resort to rest 😉 Oh, the soreness! I love wearing compression socks after long runs. I took a nap while wearing my compression socks and went off with my Disney day. I just can’t stop during a Disney vacation. I love to go, go, go and see all the things and eat all the food!
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