“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Sound familiar? Well the first line from one of my favorite books pretty much sums up my weekend….. OK, not worst of times like you know the guillotine or anything – just sometimes life is not perfect.
By and large truly a fabulous weekend. I met several of my DisBroad Friends in person for the first time – that was the highlight. Also stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time, ran my first night time race – a half marathon no less and completed my first Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Oh I also enjoyed Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time.
My race costume was a huge hit and a thing: #WineDineHalfStein. I was thrilled to see my DisBroad friends and our Pre-Race Chef Mickey photo in the Facebook runDisney Wine and Dine Half Official Photo Album.
|Back row standing: Bonnie, Amy, April, Chef Mickey, Patty, Tania, Kristen; Front Row kneeling: Me, Wendy, Suzanne Photo from runDisney Facebook Page|
The worst of times? Well the last 3 miles, my calves cramped up pretty bad at times. I was so wiped out when done, I couldn’t fully enjoy the Epcot After party…though I tried. While many had no issues with My Magic Experience and the new Disney MagicBand+ system in testing, my experience less than magical. Granted, I did NOT have park tickets so could not test out Fastpass Plus system and it did work as my door key but that was about all I could successfully add to my band. It was one of those weekends where many little things came up: late flights, misplaced luggage, tickets not registering, things not showing up in my Disney Experience account I had added. This new Disney system is currently in testing – so its not perfect YET. All my problems were met by friendly, courteous and even sympathetic Cast Members helping me out.
TRULY though in the end I had a blast and would do it all over again and wouldn’t need to change a thing. The bad stuff – really no biggie in the grand scheme. I thought, meh, night race not my thing, one and done….today after looking at the photos, Yeah, I would gladly give this race another shot, it was fun and I LOVED the race course.
The good far outweighed the bad and life is not perfect, its all about your attitude. The best thing about the weekend was being with my DisBroads friends; they kept me laughing, singing and dancing…..oh yes, we danced and I had a blast.
I got 9 hours sleep last night – ahhhhhh, and am pouring through the Marathon Photo Pictures for my official recap and I do need to make a video.
Until then folks, its coming, just needed to get caught up on my sleep and get all the photos in.
Thanks runDisney and Walt Disney World Resorts for an amazing weekend.
Have you ever run a night race?
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