The Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part I – Disney Enchanted 10K
|March 5, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Princess Half Marathon Weekend, Race Recaps|
When your flight gets indefinitely delayed the afternoon before you are about to take on a back to back race challenge, the panic begins to set in. Will I make it? Will I have to forego my registration for the first race? Most importantly…will my vacation be cut short?!?
I found myself in this exact predicament on the Friday before I was about to take on the Glass Slipper Challenge during Princess Half Marathon Weekend. A thick fog had rolled into White Plains, NY and no planes were landing or taking off from our tiny little airport. Our plane was diverted to Syracuse and we were patiently waiting for the fog to clear so it could come pick us up and take us to warmer climates. Sigh… After about 5 hours of waiting at the airport and frantic texts to Amanda who was waiting patiently to pick us up in Orlando, B and I finally got on the plane and headed south.
By the time we landed, grabbed a bite to eat, got to our hotel, unpacked and settled in, it was about 11:30 pm…MUCH later than I would’ve liked given that my alarm was set to go off at 3:30 am the next morning for the Enchanted 10K. Luckily we had thought ahead and I had Amanda pick up my race packet earlier that day…phew!
We wearily rolled out of bed, got dressed in record time and headed over to Epcot for day 1 of the Glass Slipper Challenge. Because we didn’t have time to stop at the store the night before, I didn’t have any food to fuel up with that morning and I was starving. Thankfully there were food trucks! I grabbed a banana and was good to go…I don’t know how that egg and cheese bagel would’ve sat during a 10K!
We arrived very close to the start time so after inhaling the banana and making a quick pit stop, we headed into our corral. I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling great about this race. I had hoped to be better rested, but things don’t always go as planned. So we decided that we were going to tackle the Inaugural Enchanted 10K with smiles on our faces no matter what!
All of a sudden, our corral was moving, fireworks were going off and the race had begun!
The first half of the course was boooooooring. These are always the most difficult miles for me as I get moving and all I kept thinking about was how I couldn’t wait to get into World Showcase. However we did see Elsa from Frozen soon we left the starting line…
And the sight of thousands of runners pouring out of the Epcot toll booths was pretty cool…
But that was about it until…
Yay! World Showcase Lagoon! Can you see the humidity in the air? Yowza
From here on, the race was a blast! There were sights to see and characters everywhere.
I even snuck in a photo with my favorite character Marie without standing in line! Amanda has all the tricks 😉
A quick tour around the Boardwalk and Crescent Lake made for very tempting pit stops…
I said hi to a few friends, including my girl Cindy, in front of the Beach Club before heading back into Epcot and back out into the parking lot for the big finish.
And like that we were done! It started sprinkling very soon after we crossed the finish line, so we grabbed our medals and made a bee line for the car.
This was my first 10K at Walt Disney World and I really do love the distance. I’m so glad that they have added this to many of the race weekends. It’s challenging and can be completed fairly quickly, but there really needs to be some sort of entertainment added to Epcot Center Drive…that long stretch was painfully boring. Plus with the shorter distance, you still have a fair amount of energy left over to get some good park touring in after the race. I headed over to Animal Kingdom for a few hours to say hi to some animals and get in some fun character time.
Later that day we headed to the Osceola County Fair to support Amanda’s daughter at the steer auction. It was actually a really fun experience for this Northeast city girl! The big bonus was that I got to hold her 2 week old goat!! I look like a crazy person…
After the fair we went to Splitsville for dinner where the service was severely lacking, but the food was good. We also stopped in the new Fit2Run store in Downtown Disney for some KT Tape. That place is nice…definitely check it out next time you are in the area.
Day 1 of the Glass Slipper Challenge complete! We headed to bed fairly early to get ready for day 2…my 3rd Princess Half Marathon!
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the entire weekend as media. My hotel expenses were provided by Disney. As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I am 100% obsessed with runDisney events.