While I guarantee I will be referring to my weekend again in future posts I think this will be the last in the Dopey series (1, 2, 3, 4). I’m sure you want to thank me for moving onto a different subject matter.
I’m really happy I took on this challenge. It was a huge confidence boost and brought back many of those “I love running” feelings that can sometimes get lost in a majorly long training cycle. Yes, I started rebuilding my foundation back in May or June and then started training around July. Those are some long months!
Here are some of the highlights:
1. Met Amanda from Too Tall Fritz! Well, ambushed her actually but those are just semantics
2. Went over to Animal Kingdom lodge where I had my tasty mouse head waffle and checked out the animals. It’s great – you can see some of the animals you would see on the safari tour without having to go to the Animal Kingdom park.
3. Discovered the Mickey head ice cream sandwich. Also very good and cute to boot.
4. Disney kind of slacked on the Dopey merchandise and early expo attendees wiped them out of the stock they did have (I mean in about 4 hours). They had tech shirts left but I wasn’t interested since I already had one. I finally found a light sweatshirt from Raw Threads, which I love. Also in Downtown Disney Hanes has a design your own shirt so I created a long sleeve Dopey one. It was super speedy and they have a ton of different characters. Disney did come through afterward though and I found a (cotton) shirt online and yes, I already ordered it.
5. I took advantage of the fun atmosphere. Disney races are geared toward all-level athletes and it is a good time with no pressure – well, aside from the pressure you place on yourself!
6. The race snacks weren’t anything extravagant but they did have these rice chips and little things of cheese. This became the absolute yummiest thing in the entire world.
7. Running in costume is so fun! People are so freakin’ creative and I loved seeing what everyone came up with. Mine was fairly simple but thanks to Sparkle Athletic, Running Skirts, Pro Compression, Aspaeris and some RockTape, I was running in style.
8. It was warm.
9. I’m obsessed with all things Dopey. Luckily, I didn’t let this overtake my pocket-book but it was close!
10. Iced mochas are tough to come by outside of the parks. There aren’t coffee shops in the resorts, which really surprised me. So future race attendees not visiting parks, you can score a good (naturally expensive) espresso drink right outside of the ticket areas of Epcot. You do have to go through bag check but then it’s fairly close. For me, it was totally worth the cash!
11. I’m not quite sure on how much money I spent but doing a Disney race certainly isn’t the cheapest option when it comes to racing. As I was walking to Epcot after the marathon, a security guard asked me if I would be returning next year. I told him, to ask me after my body had recovered! Honestly, I won’t be back next year. There are a lot of other races I want to do and Disney kind of saps my race budget. Nevertheless, I am so happy I could take advantage of this opportunity and was actually able to save for it!
10. Simon has decided I can’t go anywhere for a good long while.
I am so grateful for this experience! I’m grateful for all of the support, encouragement and confidence from all of you and my other friends and family. There were times when those “you got this” were what kept me going! Thank you!