Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Buzz & Woody’s Best Friends 5K

The alarm clock went off bright and early at 5 am on Friday morning.  It felt pretty chilly outside (even for this Albertan), so I dressed in capri tights, a long sleeve top and a midweight base layer.  My plan was to leave my top at the bag check, but the bag check was right after you got out of your car.  I wasn’t quite ready to give it up yet so I decided to race with it.  I hit the porta potties, started taking a couple of pictures, and then the announcer told us to start making our way into the corrals.DSCN4606DSCN4608

The corrals were crazy busy!  At first there was no getting in a corral as they were just too full.  Finally a barricade near the front was removed, a few people moved up and I was able to make my way in.  Yes, I was still cold…DSCN4611As the race drew closer Buzz and Woody came over to the start to cheer us on.  Then at 7 am we were off!  DSCN0844The course was so crowded to begin with.  This was a non-timed fun run, but you were asked to line up by pace.  A bunch of walkers set themselves up near the front of the race causing quite a bit of congestion for the runners around us that wanted to get by them.

We started through the parking lot and back lots of Epcot, then made our way into the park right by the Mexican pavilion.  There were several characters out along the way.  I saw Mulan in China and Minnie was waving to us from the Japanese pavilion.  My dad spotted Chip & Dale there when he went by.  DSCN0845When I saw Remy in France I had to stop for a quick picture.  I absolutely love running around World Showcase in Epcot so this was a pretty fun 5K for me.  Finally it was back towards Spaceship Earth, then out of the park, into the parking lot and on to the finish line.  DSCN0846I crossed the line in 35:47.  I got my first medal of the weekend and then waited for my mom and dad to cross the finish line.DSCN4615DSCN0848Once the race was done we figured we’d get an early jump start on the parks and head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  We wanted to ride Toy Story Midway Mania before it got too busy.  Yes, I was that cold that I was wearing the many clothes while standing in line!  DSCN0850After two rides on the midway and a turn on Aerosmith’s Rock n Roller Coaster we had done everything at the park we were keen on.  We left for a quick lunch of fish and chips at Raglan Road, then back to the hotel where I wound up conking out for a 2 or 3 hour nap on the couch.  Half marathon tomorrow!!

5 comments:

Lily on the Road said...

Too cute, I love the fact that your Mom and Dad are so active. Sorry I didn't get to meet your Mom at Melissa's.

lilmeg said...

You make me want to do this next year!!!

tri like mary said...

This sounds like so much fun! Welcome back by the way. I've followed you for a long time and have missed your posts! Looking forward to the half-marathon update!

RoadBunner said...

Oh my god. I feel so gypped. Last year I ran the 5K and there were ZERO characters on the course. And the UP crew was no where to be found at the finish for photos. I was so upset I had paid Disney $$ for an untimed 5K with no characters.

You got a photo with REMY!!!! My DREAM!!!!! I am uber jealous. And Chip and Dale look mighty dapper with their hats and ties.

I was sad the only Remy thing available in France was a stuffed animal. I was hoping they'd have more Ratatouille paraphernalia.

Great job!!

Alisa said...

Yay, two of my sis-in-laws did the 5k looked like lots of fun.

So fun that your parents ran too.