A little over four weeks ago, I was running through Epcot in the runDisney Inaugural Wine and Dine 10K. This was my first 10K in Disney and my 2nd ever 10K.
My husband came along with me to Disney this time. We arrived on Thursday afternoon so that I could go ahead a pick up my packet from the Expo and do a little shopping. I bought a runDisney tank top, light up laces for my shoes and a new running pouch from roosport. I love the running pouches from roosport, they latch to your pants with a magnet so you don’t have to worry about the waist belt rising while you’re running.
After the expo, we got in an Uber and went to Disney Springs for our dinner reservations at Wolfgang Puck. This dinner was to celebrate our 10th Anniversary. Our dinner was great and the waitress even brought us a free Anniversary desert.
On Friday, we headed to Animal Kingdom.
I enjoyed this park as I always do but my husband not too much. He is not one that likes to stand in long lines just for a 10 – 20 min. ride. His back started to hurt him bad so we only got in about 4 ride and then headed back to our room at Pop Century. That night we ate in the Pop Century food court. I always like the variety that the food court offers but the food never looks like the pictures on the signs and of course you’re at Disney so the price is a little high. After eating we headed back to the room, I wanted to get to bed early because I had to get up at 4:00 AM the next morning for the 10K. Before heading to bed, I laid my race costume out to make sure I had everything in the morning. I wanted to be able to wear my pink run shoes so I went with Rapunzel for my race costume. I made the design on the shirt and made the run skirt. I even had my sidekick Pascal.
4:30 AM – Saturday, November 5th – Race Day
I met up with my sister and niece who was staying right beside us at Pop Century. We jumped on the bus that took us to the Epcot parking lot. While waiting for the call to go to our corral we took some pictures with Mickey and Minnie.
There is not a lot to tell you about prior to the race starting just a whole lot of waiting and people watching. We were in corral D, so we did have to wait a little while before our group could start the race. Once the race started for us we went along Epcot Center Drive and made our way towards the Epcot toll booths. I always love taking photos in front of the entrance of the parks. The first couple of mile of the race was nothing but highway and overpasses. I really hate Florida hills, they are no good on my calf muscles. Some of the first character along the course were the Penguins from Mary Poppins and Fineas and Ferb. I learned from my first runDisney race not to stop for character pictures unless you’re a strong runner. The lines are always long and it could take a good 15 minutes off your time. The next part of the course was entering the Cast Members entrance, some of the cast members even had to stand and wait until a group of us went by. That is one thing I love about doing these runDisney races, you get to see back-lots at the parks. I even saw some of the boats from the old Norway ride. Right before we entered into World Showcase you could already smell the food cooking for the Wine and Dine. We entered Epcot World Showcase between Norway and China Pavilions. Running World Showcase at night is a sight to behold. The Pavillions are all lit up and the Illuminations torches burning brightly. We turned left and made our way over the bridge towards the Outpost. There were some characters in World Showcase: Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Travel Genie. We exited Epcot from the International Gateway entrance and made our way towards the Epcot Area Resorts and turned left over the bridge heading towards the Boardwalk. This part of the race was really exciting for me because I had never been to the Boardwalk. I did not realize it was so close to Epcot. After the Boardwalk, we ran past the Yacht and Beach Club and made our way past a Sebastian Puppet before entering the backstage area of Epcot behind the UK Pavilion.
We re-entered into World Showcase next to the UK Pavilion. We ran through Canada and into Future World, where we could start to see the awesome view of Spaceship Earth in the early morning light.
We passed Spaceship Earth on the left, and then ran around the entrance fountain, and again passed Spaceship Earth so we could exit into a backstage area that led to the finish line. Now it was 2 more mile before getting to the finish line.
Fast forward to after the nice hot showing for my sore legs and knees and a little down time before going to Epcot for the Wine and Dine. I was disappointed at the Wine and Dine. This was my first year ever going to this event and there was so many people waiting in line that we didn’t even bother. I did get my Dole Whip with rum and we ate dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the World Showcase, Rose and Crown. The Scotch Egg and the Fish and Chips were awesome!
We only rode 4 rides and most of those were because of the fast passes. Going to the Wine and Dine during a race weekend is not the best time. After our weekend at Disney we boarded a Carnival Cruise ship to the Bahamas. That adventure will have to be for another blog.
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