I still can’t believe the Walt Disney World Marathon was 2 weeks ago, guys. It was life changing. Simply amazing, and I’m going to talk about it to everyone who will listen whether they like it or not. It was that fun.
Ok so, where was I?
I spent the next couple hours laying out by the pool at our hotel, soaking up the sun, and honestly trying to take a nap. I love nothing more than a good nap in the sun, and this one hit the spot. And before I forget, here’s exactly how I treated myself before I fell asleep…two scoops of ice cream, and a pizza. And it was amazing!
I eventually went back to our room to wake Ashleigh up so we could get ready to head to the Magic Kingdom. We both were so exhausted and our legs were not too excited about the idea of walking around all night, and looking back at these pictures I’m cracking up at how TIRED we both look!
We wore our medals since we knew there would be tons of other runners out at the park and when you’ve just run a marathon you feel the need to tell everyone.
Our first order of business was meeting Tinkerbell. I promised my niece I’d track her down, and after all weekend of Tinkerbell being MIA, and finding hardly any Tinkerbell souvenirs, we finally found her at the Magic Kingdom. We both got pictures with her, and I had her autograph a paper for my niece, and film a short video wishing her a Happy 3rd Birthday. It’s too cute!
After we’d been sprinkled in pixie dust, we strolled down Main Street and headed to our first stop: Space Mountain!
We were both so tired, but wanted to make sure we hit at least a couple rides to get our money’s worth. Space Mountain was an obvious choice. We waited in line for about 30 minutes or so, then hopped on! Not really hopped, more like slowly climbed down into the ride. It was definitely painful getting in and out, and it was funny watching other runners struggle in and out as well! The ride was so much fun, and just like I’d remembered it!! Except, I’d forgotten how rickety it is, or maybe it just felt more whiplash-y because of the race! Either way, we laughed the whole way through and it was hilarious. Such a great memory now!
Our next mission was grabbing dinner and a COKE! Holy moly, we were about to kill someone for some carbonation! We stayed in Tomorrow Land, and ate at one of the quick service restaurants around there. After we ate, it was almost time for the parade at 8:00. I had my heart set on it being just like the Spectro Magic parade back in the day, except they’ve now renamed it the Electric Parade and completely re-done it. I was a little bit disappointed, but I guess things can’t always stay the same 🙂
We watched the parade, and had a great spot right down in front of the castle. After the parade, we stayed put and watched a new show that’s right before the big fireworks at 9. It was so cool, and they projected the show ONTO the castle, along with fireworks mixed in. I hadn’t heard about this nightly show yet, and it certainly didn’t exist 10+ years ago! It was so magical, and I loved the music that played with all the scenes shown on the castle. It made me cry, of course. I figure if Disney fireworks don’t make you cry, you don’t have a heart! Or maybe my heart is just too big.
“And the best part is, you’ll never run out of wishes. They’re shining deep down inside of you. Because that my friends, is where the magic lives.” – Jiminy Cricket
It was finally time for the main fireworks show, so we again stayed put. And just as expected, it was amazing and just like I remembered. Tinkerbell flew out of the castle, and we both laid back and enjoyed the ending to our weekend.
After it was over, we headed back over to the new Fantasy Land to ride one more thing before heading out. This night specifically they were having extended park hours for Disney Resort guests, score!, so only people staying on property could stay in the park. We got in line for the new 7 Dwarfs Mine Train ride, and even though we both thought we might fall asleep waiting in line, we were determined to ride it! We probably waited 35 minutes, and then it was our turn. It was fun, but, it was super short. It’s basically like a mini-Thunder Mountain. Which we REALLY wanted to ride, but it’s on the other side of the MK, and we were not about to walk that far. So, we called it a night and headed back to the front of the park to leave! As we were leaving, it started raining, and we walked out to the shuttle station in the pouring rain.
Even though we were only able to hit the park for a few short hours, it was still enough to make my heart swell. I absolutely believe there is no place on Earth like Disney, and I can’t help but dream about one day taking my own children to experience the magic. I am thankful now more than ever for the times my parents took my brother and me growing up, and wouldn’t trade those memories for the world! Now, I’m even more thankful for getting to experience the fusion of two of my favorite things – running and Disney!
That night we both slept like rocks, and woke up as you would expect: SORE! We caught the Magical Express shuttle to the airport, and said our goodbyes.
On my flight from Orlando to Atlanta, there were a few runners up ahead of me on the plane, and they kept talking to this guy who looked really familiar. Come to find out, it was Jeff Galloway! How about that!
If you don’t know, Jeff Galloway is an Olympian, and very well known in the running community. He’s also in charge of the official Run Disney training plans! He was super nice, and congratulated me on the race. I felt like absolute doo doo at this point, and looked like a hot mess, but I sucked it up and asked for a picture anyways!
After one more flight, I was finally home, and I was so tired all I wanted to do was cry and lay on the couch. Truth! Anyone else ever been that tired? It’s the worst, but so worth it!!
Now, here I am two weeks out and I still can’t believe that weekend came and went. I looked forward to it for 9 months, and just like that, it was over.
If you made it this far, thanks for sticking through all my recaps! I would highly recommend this race, and hope that you too can one day experience the Walt Disney World Marathon!
Have you done a Run Disney race? What is your favorite part about the Magic Kingdom? Are you a softy when it comes to all things Disney?