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I think I’m finally ready to start recapping my AMAZING experience at the Walt Disney World Marathon! I’m going to break it down into two parts, the expo, and the race itself. We took a ton of photos, so I’ll be sharing my most favorite ones from the weekend with you!
Walt Disney World Marathon Expo 2015: ESPN Wide World of Sports
I already told you all that we arrived in Orlando on Friday, went to the expo Friday night to pick up our race bibs and shirts, then headed to dinner and spent the evening hanging out at Downtown Disney. If you need to get caught up, you can read that post here.
So Saturday morning, we slept in a bit, then woke up around 9. We actually both woke up not feeling that great, and I was honestly a little worried. I started sneezing my head off, and my nose was stuffy, and I had a sinus headache I just couldn’t kick. These symptoms literally appeared out of nowhere, so I was determined to keep the day slow and steady, and prevent us both from over-doing it right before the big race. Ashleigh was right on board since she didn’t feel great either, so we both agreed to a low key day of going to the expo, then relaxing back at the hotel.
Before we left, we ate a delicious and huge breakfast in the food court area of our hotel, and commenced the carb loading full force! How cute was my Mickey waffle?? Let’s just not talk about the fact that I’m going to have to sell my right kidney to pay for all of my meals while at Disney. Holy expensive. I think that Banana was at least $10. I mean not really, but close.
After we ate, we caught the shuttle from our hotel (All Star Movies Resort) and headed straight to ESPN’s Wide World of Sports. The grounds of this sports complex are beautiful, and it was fun seeing a little snippet of the race course. We walked right in, after taking several photos, and spent probably two hours perusing all of the vendors, getting our shins taped with KT Tape, purchasing a few swag items, foam rolling, and getting excited for the race.
There were palm trees everywhere and I. Loved. It. Oh, and it was like 68 degrees and sunny. Ah, move me to FL now please.
Everything was very well organized and signed, and we had no trouble navigating where to go. Except that we couldn’t remember which door to go in and which side was which. But we figured it out. So I’d just call that user error. Either way, the packets/bibs are on one side, then the shirts are on another, then actual vendors are on another. At least I think that’s how I remember it being laid out.
The expo was pretty huge, and I was very impressed with how many vendors there were! I knew since it’s HELLO, DISNEY, that it would be fantastic, and of course it was. There was so much to look at, and everyone was so nice!
After we’d seen everything and scooped up as many free samples as possible, we headed outside to soak up some sun. And then we collapsed onto what was quite possibly the softest grass lawn I’ve ever sat on. And then we napped. And it was glorious.
The sun felt amazing on my sinus headache, but we eventually decided to head back to the hotel and take a real nap in bed. After our naps, we walked over to the food court area once again, grabbed pizza and pasta, and brought it back to the room to start unwinding. Our plan was to go back to Downtown Disney to eat pizza at Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, but since we both were just feeling blah, we decided to stay in the room and chill. I think we made the right call.
We laid out our outfits, loaded up our wristband/waistbands with our nutrition, charged our watches, finalized our playlists (which we didn’t even use!) and were in bed with the lights out by 7:30. Technically we were in bed by 7, but we were too absorbed into a Lifetime movie to turn it off.
We set our alarms, multiple just in case, and we were OUT!
At 3:05 AM, I turned my alarm off and we both said, “I can’t believe we are running another marathon today.”
To be continued…