Victoria, Tony and I at the Fit for a Princess Expo
As soon as runDisney announced they were adding the Glass Slipper Challenge to the Princess Half Marathon Weekend in 2014 Victoria and I started planning our trip. Before registration even opened plane tickets were purchased and rooms were booked, as expected the Glass Slipper Challenge option sold out quickly and we were lucky enough to get in along with Tony, who decided he would run it too. The trip was scheduled for the week before Rob’s birthday so we decided to make it a birthday trip as well, and so a week-long trip was planned. Here are some of my favorite pictures and highlights from the week.
Tony, me, Victoria and Rob at the California Grill
We kicked off the week with dinner at the California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort. We made our reservations for 7:05 which was perfect for being able to watch the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom from our table. This was my first time dining at the California Grill, the food was amazing, I highly recommend it!
Victoria and I dressed as Rapunzel with our trusty sidekick Pasqual
For the Enchanted 10k Vic and I decided to dress as Rapunzel, my über talented friend Nickole was kind enough to crochet our sidekick Pasqual for us. I couldn’t have been happier with how our outfits came out…..what I couldn’t be less excited about was the 0245 wake up call that is just part of a runDisney race at Walt Disney World.
Tony and I in our corral before the start
Since Vic is super speedy and started in corral A, Tony and I decided we would just take our time, have fun and stop for pictures along the course that took us through Epcot and the Boardwalk areas. I’m really glad we decided on this strategy days before the run as it was super humid on Saturday morning.
My favorite from the race, Tony and I in Paris; Epcot World Showcase
We stopped quite a few times for photos in Epcot along the World Showcase area just for the scenery the various countries provided. I’m not a fan of waiting in lines of more than five groups for a character stop unless it’s a character I’m absolutely in love with. During the 10k we only stopped for Jiminy Cricket, Donald Duck and Princess Tiana (a photo for my niece) I can’t remember what other characters were out for photo stops but I was very happy with the ones we got.
Part one of the Glass Slipper Challenge complete!
After we caught the race day transportation back to the hotel we decided to take it easy, take a nap and rest up by the pool so we could have fresh legs for the half on Sunday morning. Before we knew it we were back up at 0245 Sunday morning so we could catch the busses out to the half marathon staging area and finish up the challenge.
Vic and I dressed as Ariel’s sisters Aquata and Attina for the half marathon
Once again super speedy Vic went up to corral A and Tony and I settled in corral G, there was plenty of pre-race entertainment but before we knew it the fireworks went off and the Princess Half Marathon was underway.
A nice touch, fireworks went off as each corral started
Tony and I had the same plan for the half as we did for the 10k the day before, just take our time, enjoy ourselves and stop for the photos we wanted. The humidity was much worse on Sunday morning, I’d say close to 100% but it was cooler so I ran much easier than I had Saturday morning.
One of my favorite parts of the course, heading into the Magic Kingdom
Admittedly, running Princess injured back in 2012 is not full of fond memories. One thing I did love running through was the way the payment turnstiles going into the Magic Kingdom parking area looked in the early morning, I had to make sure we got a picture of it this year.
We had to stop for a picture with Lilo & Stitch
I felt pretty strong the whole race, there were quite a few times where the course got super tight but all in all it was a much better experience than we had in 2012 (pretty sure due to me not being injured and having a sour disposition). You can see how the humidity affected the camera on our phone, all of our pictures we took from about the 6 mile mark are foggy. Lilo & Stitch were our last stop before just running it in to the finish and completing four runDisney races in a 37 day period, now we had three more days to enjoy our vacation.
Enchanted 10k, Princess Half, Glass Slipper Challenge and Coast to Coast Medals
Rob, me and Tony closing down the Magic Kingdom
We went back to our hotel, had a fantastic pancake breakfast (courtesy of Tony) cleaned up and headed right into the parks. We spent the better part of the afternoon in Epcot before heading back to the room for a nap, the Magic Kingdom was having magic hours from 10 pm until 1 am and we planned on taking full advantage of it. we headed to the Magic Kingdom about 8 pm and shut the place down, riding every ride on our must do list multiple times.
The whole gang celebrating Rob’s birthday at Ohana
We spent the last few days of our trip exploring the parks as well as Downtown Disney. We had Rob’s birthday breakfast at Ohana and Tony and I had dinner our last evening there at Be Our Guest followed by watching the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom with Rob.
Tony and I meeting our dinner host, Beast, at Be Our Guest
Magic Kingdom fireworks the last night of our trip
We had an amazing vacation and it was extra special getting to share it with Victoria. As usual Walt Disney World delivers magic on so many levels, if you’re considering a runDisney race at Disney World you won’t be disappointed!