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WDW Marathon Weekend, Part I

It’s that time of the year.

It’s time for the Super Bowl of runDisney: WDW Marathon Week!

(Or Goofy or Dopey or even just the 5K… whatever race or challenge you’re partaking in!)

It took me 30+ hours of travel time, but I made it to Disney World on Thursday…a whole day earlier than expected. The theme of the trip was, “Are we there yet?” and had visions of road trips from The Simpsons with Bart and Lisa nagging Homer and Marge about when they were arriving.

 

I was fortunate to check in to my hotel a day early, and trust me, I was so happy to be in a legit bed that wasn’t a makeshift nest in the back of my car.

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Friday was expo day, and the weather was on and off between sprinkles and a monsoon. This was the first non-PHM expo I had ever been to, and to be honest, it was insanely confusing. Yes, there were maps, but I felt like I was being given the run-around trying to find where I was supposed to be to pick up certain things. Packet pick-up was fine, but trying to find where my marathon race shirt/race bag pick up was drove me up the wall. I’m not sure why it has to be in a completely seperate building, so I’m just going to chalk it up to runDisney for oddball planning.

(IMO, all merchandise should be in one building, and all bibs/race shirt/check-in stuff should be in another. Period. None of this half and half crap.)

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I didn’t get much at the expo (not a fan of the runDisney merchandise), but I did splurge…on a Garmin! I’ve been searching for a fitness watch for awhile, and the peeps at the Fit2Run booth helped me out tremendously. I wasn’t looking for something with a lot of bells and whistles; I’m surprisingly simple. I got to try a couple of them on, and found that the more advanced models with the larger watchfaces were too overwhelming on my tiny wrist. I settled on the Forerunner 25, and I’m excited to put it to use!

Plus it’s pink. Couldn’t resist the pink.

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I found myself at EPCOT in the afternoon to meet Team Shenanigans over at Mexico for margaritas. I was feeling rather melancholy after the expo and was debating about even leaving my room for the rest of the day. I changed my mind when I saw their meetup post on Twitter, and they had been encouraging me over the tweet-machine the last few weeks. I had to go see what the excitement was all about, and I’m glad I went. What a seriously fun group of runners! (Especially when all 30-some of us decided to ride La Fiesta. So many shenanigans!)

I also had a surprise encounter with my Princess Half friend, Jess! (Photo #2) We met in 2014 and have been runner buddies ever since.

Group shot courtesy of Brittany (photo #4).

 

Later on, Living With the Land with new friends! (Photo courtesy of Jess.)

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We all parted ways after this and I spent the rest of the day making friends with the natives (aka squirrels and duckies) and taking pictures of World Showcase.

Of course, it’s not a trip to EPCOT without Illuminations!

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And, of course, Spaceship Earth:

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Marathon is tomorrow! For those that have been racing the past few days, you’ve battled rain and humidity and everything in between. Props for your grit and tenacity! I can’t wait to race with you!

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