Monday, January 18, 2016

#DopeyChallenge Recap Part 1 - #WDW5K

After a LATE night at Disney's Hollywood Studios Wednesday night (lesson to be learned from that), my Dopey partner-in-crime Suzanne and I schlepped from our room at Bay Lake Tower to catch the bus for the Walt Disney World 5K.  Being that this race had the later 6am start compared to the remaining races of the weekend and the fact that there was no race retreat before and we didn't really care to stand around on our feet for an hour before the race, we opted not to attempt to catch the first bus to enjoy a few more minutes of shut eye.  By the time we got to the pre-race area we had time for a quick potty stop before we headed to corral C.  It was a tad chilly that morning but thankfully our roomie for the night Lisa had a spare blanket that I wore up until we crossed the starting line.

We hadn't really discussed a specific game plan for this race other than we wanted to enjoy it but not be on our feet too long.  The first characters we came to outside of Epcot were Chip and Dale, who would have made a great pic except for the fact that they were in the dark :(. So onwards we went into Epcot, entering the World Showcase in between the Mexico and Norway pavilions.  It was pretty crowded and both of us were feeling pretty good with our pace so we ended up not taking any walk breaks, and that worked out just fine.  Timon was up next but his line was pretty long so we passed him up but couldn't skip over Bolt, who was right outside the American Adventure pavilion!

The Festival of Fantasy Lost Boys inspired our 5K outfits!

I absolutely LOVE running through the World Showcase before sunrise!  We also stopped at the Italy pavilion to take a pic.

We found Marie in the France pavilion but opted to skip her since we had seen her before.  We did however stop on the bridge towards the England pavilion for a selfie!

Still all smiles!  And a tad sweaty too - needless to say we had warmed up quite a bit.

As we headed back towards the front of the park to the finish line we did pass by a photo op with Stitch in front of The Land but couldn't resist another pic in front of Spaceship Earth.

We crossed the finish line about 46 minutes after we started.  I was very pleased with how we did!  We collected our Pluto medallions and headed for the bus - we had a date with humongous cinnamon rolls from Gaston's Tavern!!!

3.1 down, 45.5 to go!

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