Monday, January 18, 2016

Walt Disney World Half Marathon Day

Today I was doing the first part of the Goofy Challenge.  I did this challenge last year with my sister and didn't really expect to be doing it again. I knew I was going to do the marathon again but then I also wanted to run with a friend who would be doing his first Disney race, so that meant tacking on the half marathon as well. Turns out  that a few months after registration, my friend decided not run. It looked like I would be doing the half by myself (with 21,000 other runners).  But as luck would have it, I found out a few weeks before that my very good racing Buddy Doug would be at Disney and we would be running the half together.  Wow, this is working out already!

I ran with Doug during Rock n Roll VA Beach previously (or at least tried too).   It was hot and I was struggling, so I fell behind and told him to keep going.  This time I was determined to keep up!
Half marathon 2016

I ran as Jasmine and if we had a little more time we probably could have created an Aladdin outfit for him too! I think he would have been a good sport and wore it! Maybe next time?

The weather this year was just the opposite of last year's half marathon. Last year we wore long sleeves and still kept our throw away jackets the entire race. This year it was so hot and humid.  The race itself was pretty uneventful and it went by pretty quickly. 

I didn't carry my own water for the half because this race does a good job with having enough water stops. We did stop for one bathroom break but seemed to be able to pick of the pace immediately after.
We are "borrowing" this image from Marathonfoto.

Running through the castle is always the highlight of any Run Disney race that goes through Magic Kingdom!

Another photo we are "borrowing" from Marathonfoto.

Before we knew it we were both headed for the finish line! 

We must have done fairly well because my friend Doug won an award for placing in the Run Disney RD Challenge!

Here is a close up of the trophy. It is Donald Duck because of course the race is called "Donald's Half Marathon".
Have you ever seen a Donald Duck Trophy like this? Pretty cool huh?

Please note that post race massages are available at the end of the race in the family reunion area but they just happened to be offered in the post race tent that we were invited to so we got them there.

After grabbing a bite to eat and getting a post race massage for me and a pre-race massage for my sister, we had fun watching the other runners come in. We had a few friends we were hoping to see cross the finish line!


I think we stayed till close to the end cheering on runners!



We did meet up with our friend Heather after her third race this weekend. That's right, she was doing the Dopey Challenge.



We than met up with this "Goofy" bunch, Todd and Jennifer! They were of course doing the Goofy Challenge.  Jenn blogs at The Final Forty.  We were excited to finally meet her and Todd as we have been to several of the same race weekend (at Disney and non Disney races), and have always seemed to miss each other.


                                       We are linking up with Tuesdays on The Run.



72 comments:

  1. I really need to sign up for a Disney race this year, don't I?! It just looks like so much fun!

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  2. Looks like so much fun! Love the costumes:)

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  3. Love your Jasmine costume! Great that you ran a good race and finished quickly when it was hot and humid. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks. I didn't mind the weather at all. Because I like running when it's a bit warmer.

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  4. Sounds like you had tons of fun at the race and congrats to your friend on his Donald award. That is a really cool prize for a race!

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    1. We had a blast! And that award was so cool. I wish I could have gotten one.

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  5. Looks like you had a great race! I loved your Jasmine costume!

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    1. Thanks. I wish I could have had an Aladdin to run with.

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  6. Sounds like a lot of fun! I love the pictures. Your costume is great, too. I'm looking forward to your marathon recap!

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    1. It was fun. I liked wearing the costume bc it was easy to run in.

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  7. What a fun race! Your outfit is perfect. You did need an Aladdin :-) Staying after and cheering for other runners is so much fun-- such a great thing to do.

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    1. Thanks. Yea it was fun to have a great spot to see other runners finishing.

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  8. Fun! A half marathon in Disney is definitely on my bucket list!

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    1. Lots of fun. It should be on everyone's list.

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  9. Awesome recap! I loved the Jasmine costume, and the picture of you running through the castle is perfect! I have GOT to take advantage of the post-race massage one of these days, haha.

    Anyways, It was SOOOOO great to FINALLY meet you guys! I hope you don't mind if I swipe the picture of us for my half marathon recap -- love it! ;)

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    1. Oh no problem! It was nice to finally meet you two as well. Definitely take advantage of the massage next time.

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  10. That's an awesome award! Disney definitely does it right.

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    1. Yeah how about it? He did a great job. Glad he won in his age group.

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  11. I love watching the people come in, that's my favorite! I got one of the massages too and gotta say it wasn't great, glad I didn't pay for it haha. Love your costume!

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    1. You had someone different than I did. Too bad you didn't have my guy. Mine was pretty good. I went back after the full the next day and got the same guy.

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  12. Congratulations - those pictures are fabulous and show what a great time you had! Love it when a race goes so well!!!

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    1. Thanks. Always nice when races go as smooth as you hope for.

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  13. So much fun! I LOVE your Jasmine outfit! And that trophy is awesome!!!

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    1. Thanks. I have to give credit to my sister who put it together for me.

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  14. Sounds like a blast! Love your outfit, and congrats to you and your friend on a speedy finish!

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  15. You look so cute in the Jasmine outfit! It looks like everyone had so much fun down there almost made me want to do it! Almost :)

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    1. Disney raced are always so much fun. But so expensive!

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  16. OK - both of your 'borrowed' pictures are so good!!! Do they charge an arm & leg for those?

    I gotta know - are you all short or is your friend super tall?!?!?!
    That Donald award - THE BEST!!!!

    Love your costume!! You could easily make that work for a Pocahontas costume later!

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  17. Yay for being able to meet up with lots of friends after the race. And Doug's award looks awesome. runDisney definitely knows how to make the bling look great!

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  18. Sounds like a really fun race! When I ran the half 5 years ago, I wasn't blogging and I didn't know anyone else running it! Now it looks like one big party!

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    1. Yes it is. Everyone is doing it, better get back on board:)

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  19. everything about this post is awesome! The Jasmine outfit is great, as is the age group award and meeting Jen and Todd (who i have also been trying to meet up with as well!) cant wait to read the marathon recap

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    1. It is always fun to meet fellow bloggers you communicate with.

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  20. I loved reading your recap! So very glad yall had a great race! I think I'm gonna stick to half's for now but I so want to do another Disney run, it was an experience of a lifetime for sure!

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    1. Yes it is. I would love to do the Wine and Dine which is only a half:)

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  21. congrats on your finish! Runners that complete the Goofy just amaze me! Awesome! and I always love your costumes! :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes the Goofy was enough for me. No Dopey in my future.

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  22. Sounds like a great race for you guys! I love that Donald trophy.

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  23. Looks like you had so much fun! And that Donald trophy is the best! I really want to run a Disney race at some point - they just look like such a good time!

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    1. Thy are a great time. But the wake up time for them is no joke.

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  24. Love that picture of you high fiving Mickey! And the Donald trophy! So much fun!

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    1. That was a good one. Usually I am never paying attention when they take may pic.

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  25. Nice wrap up. It was fun to run together. Next time we are going for your PR! :-)

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    1. It was so much fun to be able to run with you. If you didn't need a pit stop I think we could have done so. No biggy. There will be other races:)

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  26. Your pictures are adorable! Glad you had a great time with Doug!

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    1. Thank you! It was really nice meeting you that wkend.

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  27. Looks like so much fun minus the heat and humidity. Your Jasmine costume was adorable!

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    1. I'd take heat and humidity over cold and wind anyday:)

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  28. Looks like you had a ton of fun & that Donald trophy is too cute!

    And you rocked that outfit, too. :)

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    1. Thanks. It was easy to run in so I didn't mind wearing it.

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  29. Love! Great costume. Did you make it yourself?

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  30. I've never run a Disney race, but all your posts (and everyone else's) really makes me wish I had! Maybe I'll sign up one of these days. They look really fun. :)

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    1. They are really fun but really expensive. But it is worth it:)

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  31. Sounds like another fun race! So sorry about the humidity! Love your jasmine costume!! :)

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  32. So fun! I absolutely love the Jasmine costume, super cute!
    You guys do have a way of making Disney races sound so fun! Congratulations on your race and finish!!!

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    1. Thank you! My sister is so creative w the Costumes.

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  33. Great job! Super cute Jasmine costume! Congrats to your friend Doug (and he looks super tall)!

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  34. Love that you guys stayed on to cheer! I always try to do that when I can!

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  35. It was so much fun cheering on fellow runners.

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  36. Disney never disappointments, even when the weather is too warm. Congratulations!

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  37. Congratulations! What fabulous race pics :)

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  38. So fun, you look like you were having a blast! A disney race is definitely on my bucket list!

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