After the race it was back to POP for a shower and some well needed rest. I usually head right to Magic Kingdom (or Disneyland if i’m on the East coast) after a race to get some photos with my medal but this was a last minute trip and money was tight so I skipped the parks. Instead, I treated myself to afternoon tea at the Garden View Tea Room at the Grand Floridian.
It can be a little pricey but if you’ve never done it, it is quite the treat. I’m English (was born in the UK) so afternoon tea is just SO me. I filled myself with samplings of different cheeses, exotic fruits, finger sandwiches, pastries and desserts. I could barely move when I left but I regretted nothing. Haha I earned it.
After dinner my legs were feeling pretty good so I decided to walk from the Grand to the Polynesian taking photos of the monorail resorts. Have I mentioned how much I love sunsets in Florida?? A short monorail ride later I was at the Contemporary then took a leisurely boat ride over to the Wilderness Lodge. It was the perfect evening.
On Monday, Kristin wanted to hit the parks so we decided on a 4-park challenge. All 4 parks in one day. It probably would have worked out better had we both woken up when we planned too but the last few days of 3:00 am wake up calls caught up to us. We had breakfast booked at the Grand for 9:00 am and I don’t think we made it there until at least 10:00 am. Whoops. You can’t start a 4 park challenge without Mickey waffles and Mimosas…
We officially started our day at noon and hit up Animal Kingdom first so we could ride Everest and watch Festival of the Lion King. Next up was a trip to Magic Kingdom to watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Then we head over to Epcot to ride Spaceship Earth before heading to Hollywood Studios to watch Fantasmic (from the worst seats ever) and the new Star Wars fireworks.
Anyone who knows me knows how much I love fireworks and the new Star Wars ones blew me away. I must have had the dumbest smile on my face the whole time. The music. The fireworks. Just incredible. If your planning a trip soon this should be on the top of your must do list.
Because I love fireworks and we were only a short walk away we managed to make it over to Epcot in time to watch Illuminations and have some Grey Goose slushies in France. As soon as Illuminations were over we only had an hour to make it back to Magic Kingdom before it closed so we walked over to the Beach Club and caught a bus from there. We didn’t have time to ride anything but managed to catch up with some of Kristin’s cast member friends and watch the ‘Kiss Goodnight’.
Overall, I couldn’t of asked for a more perfect weekend. I was surrounded by some of the most inspiring and incredibly supportive people I know. Thank you to all the new fantastic runners I met and the old friends who made a point to meet up with me over the weekend – I felt so loved! This is a large part of why I continue to run Disney – the people. You’re all awesome.
Now that i’ve said that, you’re probably asking which RunDisney event is next…??
I would love to run Star Wars in April or Tinkerbell in May, to get that pink Coast to Coast medal, but I just can’t make it work because….I just bought a condo!! Yay for being a responsible adult haha
Im going to try and cut back my RunDisney events to one a year and spend more time focusing on cheaper local races – with the first one being the Calgary Half Marathon on May 29th. Anyone who runs Disney knows that this particular addication ain’t cheap.
With the brand new Lumiere’s Challenge just announced for Wine and Dine weekend in the fall I think that will be my next Disney race. In 2017 I will probably run Star Wars since I was pretty sad about missing it this year. With 2018 being the big year for me to conquer the Dopey Challenge. I was going to do in 2017 but 2018 is an anniversary year for Dopey, the 10k, and marathon so it means new bling as well as more time to train.
So that’s it! Another great race weekend in the books with lots more racing to look forward too…
Which RunDisney events are on your calendar this year? Will I see you at Wine and Dine in November?