Dust off that tiara and get ready for a magical 13.1 throughout Walt Disney World… come with me!
As you know by now, expo started Thursday before the race. I had the first flight out and somehow made it to expo by 10:30am.
Tip: always just leave your luggage with bell services – this way you can just hop the bus to expo!
I was prepared for a HUGE line – complete with building wrapping (it happens) however I was able to just walk through the doors and into the building to pick up my bib.
Once at Disney Springs, I used my bib to take advantage of runner promos and freebies. Score!
I also picked up lunch, dinner and a super tasty cupcake from Sprinkles to enjoy on my birthday (which was the next day).
I then headed back to expo. I had a vendor shift with Endure Jewelry until close and wanted to make sure I was done expo before I had to work.
This time there wasn’t a line to get into Josten’s Center. I was just able to walk in.
After receiving my shirt, I did a quick walk through of the official merch. Even though it was after 12 on the first day, I was pleasantly surprised with how much was still available AND cast members were restocking!
Coming out of the merchandise area, I noticed a fancy food booth where you could get champagne and accompaniments. I also saw:
Fast forward to 9pm or so…
Finally back in the room! After checking out day 1’s haul, it was time for bed!
Saturday morning was a little better. I was a screaming fan for the 10k. Though I didn’t so much screaming, I did do a lot of cowbell…and waving! I must say volunteering is kinda awesome. I think my two favorite costumes of the 10k were: Taco Belle (hahahaha get it?!?!) and Moana’s chicken!
Sunday morning — race day! Well kinda…
So fun story – I set 3 alarms. Guess which alarm woke me up? Oh you know the one that goes off everyday at 5:30!
Tip: always schedule a wake up call!!!
After a brief panic attack and lots of unDisney language, I was dressed and out the door.
Four modes of transportation, lots of tears, and embarrassment later, I was FINALLY at the staging area. As I was getting closer, I heard the fireworks for the last corral go off…….
I went directly to the runDisney info table and confirmed I heard the last corral start. I then explained what happened. After a round of it can happen to anyone (which you don’t want to hear at that moment), I asked if I could please have my medal. The runDisney staffer said he needed to check. He came back a few minutes later and I burst into sobs (again)! I thanked him over and over and then headed back for my bus.
Once on the bus, I noticed there were 2 others with me. They had medical issues. I told them they had been faster than I was and congratulated them.
At this point, there was nothing else to do but learn from a horrible morning and try to make the best of it.