Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cinderella Royal Family 5K Recap

Welcome to the first of what I'm sure will be MANY recaps from this past weekend's runDisney Princess Half Marathon festivities!

The Smith family arrived in Orlando on Thursday afternoon and got settled in at our resort, the Boardwalk Villas.  We spent a lot of time between the Boardwalk and the other Epcot area resorts during this trip so I will talk about all the non-running activities in a different post!  

First order of business on Thursday was the DisBroads meet-up at the Wave and it was a BLAST!!!  It was so good to see so many people there that we have talked to online.  My dear friend DisBroad Suzanne picked up my 5K packet for me at the expo that day so after the meet-up I met the fam at the Contempo Cafe for a quick bite to eat before heading back to the Boardwalk for the night.

#FlatKristen for the 5K

My alarm went off at 2:30am Friday  morning and I dressed and grabbed my gear for the Cinderella Royal Family 5K.  The event guide had stated that buses would start running for the 5K at 3:30am but at 3:40am there were no buses at the Boardwalk - come to find out, they were not running until 4:15am.  That part was a little frustrating but what do you do?  When the bus finally arrived the small crowd of us that had assembled already boarded and were taken around the corner to Epcot to the 5K starting line.  I was planning to hit the expo immediately after the 5K was over so I had a small bag to drop at gear check and then I met DisBroads Suzanne and Patty and our friend Wendy for our 3.1 mile run through Epcot!

Pre-race entertainment by the starting line - as always, the DJ did not disappoint!

Feeling good before the race!


This was my first runDisney 5K and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it - I didn't feel anxious or nervous like I do before big races, the atmosphere was very relaxed and I really liked that.

Good morning Spaceship Earth!

The course started us outside Epcot and we entered by the Mexico pavilion and we were then greeted by multiple character stops, including Mulan and Mushu, Dopey, and the Beast.  There were a few others but I will say that the lines for characters during the 5K were EXTREMELY long so we did not stop for all of them.  

Mushu and Mulan

Dopey

The Beast (him, not me - LOL)

The 5K race was not timed - which was a good thing because between standing in long character lines and multiple potty stops it took us over an hour to finish - LOL!  It was still a great time though, even though my foot did not appreciate all the starting and stopping.  The course took us around the World Showcase and back up to the front of Epcot by Spaceship Earth before we exited to the finish line in the parking lot.  

Race #1:  completed!!!

Even though I had to wake up super early 3 days in a row, I have to say that I am really glad I signed up for this event and I would definitely do another one!

Up next:  my Enchanted 10K recap!