WDW Marathon Weekend 2016 – Part IV Post Race Celebrations

After months of training I had finally made it – I crossed that finish line as a marathoner! And now it was time to celebrate…

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After a teary reunion with the Boyfriend and a few teary calls to family back home (I didn’t think it was possible to cry so many happy tears in one day) we were on the bus heading back to the resort…

**Disclaimer: Marathon training will make you exceptionally emotional in the weeks leading up to race day. You can expect symptoms of crying happy tears to spontaneously continue as you cross the finish line and for at least 24 hours post race.**

Back at the hotel all I wanted to do was sit or lie down. I didn’t have any pain during the race but as soon as I sat down my feet and legs began to throb like you wouldn’t believe – I’ve never felt anything like it before. I was so uncomfortable in just about every position so the Boyfriend drew me a hot bath. I know that post-race ice baths are recommend to reduce inflammation (and hot baths do the exact opposite) but all I wanted was to feel warm, cozy and comfortable and not in anymore pain. Being in the water felt A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It took all the pressure off my legs and when I finally got out of the bath (about 45 min later) I felt a million times better. I was still walking like a baby deer taking its first steps but at least I wasn’t in pain anymore.

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Next on the agenda was our fancy dinner. We were headed to the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort – another favorite restaurant of mine. California Grill is located on the 15th floor of the resort and offers stunning panoramic views of Bay Lake and the Magic Kingdom. They even pipe in the Wishes soundtrack so you can watch the fireworks from your own table (wine in hand of course) or from one of the two outdoor balconies. Cali Grill is also known for its extensive wine selection – over 300 bottles to choose from! Now that’s exactly what I needed after running 26.2 miles – steak, wine and Wishes! If you haven’t eaten here before you should try to experience it at least once. It is a little on the pricey side but, for a special occasion, it really is worth the expense. We had a fantastic meal and even enjoyed some champagne compliments of our incredible server.

After dinner, we hung out on one of the couches in the resort lobby. The early morning wakeup call and running for 6.5 hours with no afternoon nap really did me in. It’s a miracle I didn’t fall asleep face first on my plate during dinner.After taking a quick 10 min snooze on the Boyfriend’s shoulder I had my second wind and was ready to head to the Magic Kingdom for Wishes.

We had Fastpasses for the fireworks which worked out great. Instead of standing elbow to elbow in a large crowd we got to sit on the sweet new hub grass and relax before the show started – my feet were pretty happy about that too.

Now for the ultra cheesy part of my post….

Wishes has always been a favorite of mine and I usually get teary eyed during the show on a normal day. But this was no normal day. I had just finished a marathon – something I had been day-dreaming about for months on end. My wonderfully supportive (and devilishly handsome) boyfriend was by my side. The most beautiful fireworks show was playing before my eyes and and my heart was overflowing with joy.

“You see, it’s just like I told ya. Wishes can come true, if you believe in them with all your heart…” They sure do Jiminy, they sure do.

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I have to say as much as I love this show the best moment of the night happened right after. As the Wishes exit music was playing and everyone was clearing out of the viewing area the Boyfriend took my hand and danced with me in the plaza garden area with Cinderella Castle lit up in the background. I cried. Again. A perfectly romantic end to the best day ever. I truly felt like a princess. A kick-ass marathon running princess.

Ok, cheesy part over.

To finish off the night we managed to squeeze in some rides (even got on the seven dwarfs mine train!) and watched the Main Street Electrical Parade before calling it a night.

On Monday, the celebrations continued as we headed back to the Magic Kingdom for breakfast at Be Our Guest before the park opened…And the best part of this morning? No pain! I could totally walk and go up/down the stairs like a normal person. I couldn’t believe it – I half expected the Boyfriend to have to push me around in a wheelchair all day. I guess that training paid off after all…

Most rides were a walk on all morning which was great since the Boyfriend had to leave to catch his flight home that afternoon. All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and probably one of my favorite Disney trips and RunDisney events. It’s going to be pretty darn hard to beat this one.

Now for the big question everyone has been asking me…

Will I still continue to RunDisney? – Of Course!

Will I ever run a Marathon again?  – Yes, but only at Disney. The thought of running that long anywhere else without the visual stimulation of the parks & characters along the course kinda scares me.

Believe it or not I am actually contemplating running Dopey in 2017 if the budget allows. I already ran the 10k and Full this year – why not add on the 5km and Half? Plus, my 30th birthday is just days after the marathon weekend and I think this would be a great way to end my 20’s and start a new chapter in my life.

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Are you thinking about running the WDW Marathon? The next post has some great tips for your first (or next) marathon…

 

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