Although I didn’t sleep well, I did wake up feeling much much better. My cold has moved up into my head rather than my chest. So the alarm had us up at 2:30am, Cindy poked her head outside and realized it was freezing outside so we put our long black tights on under our red short tights.
For today’s race, we would both be Mickey Mouse 🙂
We were at the bus stop a little after 3am and we were cold! Thankfully a bus came after about 10 minutes but he got a call and was told he needed to go back to the previous stop and shouldn’t have come to our stop yet. Thankfully we didn’t get kicked off but went for a drive around the resort back to the ‘start’ and jumped off to get on the first bus.
At 3:30am we were off again to pick people up from the bus stops around the resort.
The start line and finish line was at Disney’s Epcot park. The bus drops you about 1km from the main area.. so we walked from the bus and then through security, we didnt have any bags, so we were able to walk through quickly.
They had 4 Disney Characters out for photos, Mickey, Minnie, Dopey and Oswald. We lined up to get a picture with Mickey, we huddled together and tried to hide behind others without being creepy close.
We were bopping to the music to and try keep warm, it wasn’t helping a great deal. We had our picture taken and hung out in front of the main stage. There were lots of people dressed up, I think we were one of the best mickey’s. They opened the corrals at 4:30 with the race starting at 5:30am.
For this race, we were in corral B. They had A-D, but within that, they separated it further and let people go off in mini waves. It took us about 35 minutes after the first ‘gun’ went off to get started.
We had planned to take this race easy, but, it was sooo cold, we started off quick. They didn’t have much order to who was in which corral, so alot of walkers were on the course already, so you had to weave a lot, which made it hard to go at a slowish pace.
The course pretty much went around the Epcot park, it was pretty dark the whole time, so you don’t see much but all the buildings look pretty alongside the water.
They had a number of Characters along the route which you could stop for photos with, but the thing is the line was huge, people were lining up ages back not even knowing who the character was. We kept running as I was barely warm enough to stop and cool down again and then to get warm again.
They had lots of photographers on the course, so we got photos along the route.
I wanted to go to the toilet, but didnt want to wait to the finish line and use a portaloo, so I went to a nice one in the park. It was about 800m from the finish line. I forgot that I was wearing two pairs of tights, so it took me more time to take them down and then try pull them back up.
We finished in 39 minutes on our watches, including toilet break. We got our cool Oswald medal, snack box and a warm Disney foil blanket each. We got an after race photo and then headed to find our bus back to the resort. We had to wait awhile for the bus as they had already filled up too.
But the bus was toasty warm when it came.
When we got back to our room, we had a warm shower/bath each and then had some cereal before jumping into bed for a lie down and ended up napping for awhile.
After a decent nap, we got up and dressed and got the bus to Disney Springs for lunch. We went to a place called Chicken Guy. Cindy and I got some chicken tenders with a side of chips and mac & cheese. Tenders and chips were good and the mac & cheese was average.
We grabbed an uber and headed to the Disney outlet store, turns out this is part of a much bigger outdoor outlet area like harbourtown. We didnt really feel like shopping but did check out the Nike store but nothing caught our eye. We found the disney store and we found some good bargains.
My favourite, was a litle running shoe Christmas ornament they had from $28 down to $3. We had seen one at the expo (full priced and 2019) and was tempted to get it but didnt. The 2018 is quite small, but hey, a $25 saving is awesome.
After the Disney store we got an uber back to the resort, we walked past the resort pool area to have a look. It’s nice and has a cool pool slide, spa. There’s a nice bar area and cafe and a beach volleyball court if you felt so inclined.
We decided to put Harry Potter on and have a HP marathon and chilled out. We got out our huge Mickey cake and had a yummy slice of cake. We have alot of cake to get through.
For dinner, we ubered in some Chinese food.
After a good feed, we got our outfits ready for the 10km.