I can’t believe it’s been one month since I ran runDisney’s Disney Princess Enchanted 10K. Looking at pictures still brings a smile to my face. A little thing called the Norovirus hit my home, and sadly put me behind on my Princess Half Marathon recaps. Norovirus is the epitome of hell, so please try your best to avoid it. Since all of my friends have already shared their recaps, I’ll share my favorite and not-so-favorite things about the inaugural Disney Enchanted 10K!
Costumes-I’m not sure what I was thinking when the DisBroads announced our group theme would be Mary Poppins, and I volunteered to be a Sister Suffragette. I’m pretty sure I was feeling extra Girl Power-ish and did not think of the heat. We turned ourselves into the Poppins Posse, and boy, was it worth it. The Chimney Sweeps were the big hit, but let me tell you how amazing it felt to hear people yell, “Votes for Women!” Mrs. Banks and I appreciated it! Crowd support is always amazing at runDisney races, but when you dress up and your whole group dresses up, it makes it 1,000,000 times more amazing! No, I don’t recommend wearing 5 layers of clothing for your future race, but I’d do it again. In fact DisBroad Patty tried to ditch her broom before the race started and unfortunately got a tongue lashing by an overzealous prop user (me), sorry, P! She thanked me later though.
Half of the Course-Running through Epcot and on the BoardWalk was beautiful! Even though you could see the clouds of humidity, running through the World Showcase was peaceful and serene. Running past the different country pavilions made me feel like I’m part of a bigger picture. The BoardWalk is one of my favorite places in all of the Walt Disney World Resort.The BoardWalk Bakery, Jelly Rolls, and the Atlantic Dance Hall are my places of indulgence and fun.
Elsa-That was a nice touch runDisney! I loved seeing Elsa above us as snow fell. She was a symbol of empowerment for me.
The Bling– I’ll admit, I wasn’t too thrilled when I saw pictures of the medal at first. But once I got my hands on that lovely, it was worth it. How quickly the mind changes.
The First Half of the Course- The first few miles were pretty boring and uneventful. There may have been a character or two or three, but none so interesting we had to stop. Considering that was half the course, it was a little disappointing.
Random Characters-For some reason I thought the characters would fit the theme more. Even though it was fun to get a picture with the Toy Soldiers from Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade…umm, random. Baseball Goofy? OK, Spring Training was going on. Marie? She’s always cute. I need to remember that just because I’ve seen some characters before, it doesn’t mean everyone else has. It would have been nice to have seen a little more entertainment the first half of the 10K though.
The Heat- Yes, completely my fault for being overdressed. It was hot and humid. My friend Kristin (@BamaGirlRuns) kept tweeting #EnchantedHotMess. I was laughing, because man, were we a hot mess by the end of it!
Overall, I had a fantastic time! I went into it with a go-with-the-flow attitude since I wasn’t sure how my ITB was going to cooperate. I felt pretty good though, and was glad to really run the stretches where we did not stop for pictures. The course didn’t feel too crowded, and the 10K is a great race distance. Although I chose to make it a race for fun, I know friends who PR’d this race. That’s why I continue to runDisney; YOU have options and make the race what you want to make of it. I just have one thing left to say.. “Well Done, Sister Suffragettes!” All of you.