Princess Weekend was FINALLY here! The whole clan (12 of us) got in Thursday morning and took the Magic Bus over to Port Orleans French Quarter to start our magical vacation 🙂
After a trip to the Expo, we spent the afternoon and evening at Disney Springs, where we shopped and then dined at The Boathouse (highly recommend). My annual pass saved us $65 on the meal! #wortheverypenny
We made it an early night – we had lots of runners who needed fresh legs and eyes in the morning!
Runners: myself, Justin, my brother, his girlfriend, my dad, and my Uncle Peter.
Although most of us had early corrals (A or C), we opted to all start in corral E where my dad was placed. This was his first real race after his full knee replacement last year (he did run the 1.5M Turkey Trot this past Thanksgiving) and he wasn’t sure how fast he’d be able to run so I entered him in for a 16 minute mile.
He’d been training somewhere between an 18 and 20 minute pace so I imagined that we’d be fine there in the second to last corral. Turns out, not so much. Right away it became really clear that my dad was too fast for this corral. We were dodging walkers left and right and when I looked down at my watch, I saw that dad was running around a 13:30. I turned to Justin, “I’m not going to tell him how fast he’s running.”
So much of running is mental and I knew that if I told my father how fast he was running, he’d freak out and slow down, thinking that he wasn’t capable of sustaining that pace.
At mile 2, John got nervous that the course was marked in kilometers and we were only at the 2k mark. This from the guy who demanded we change his pace to 8 minute miles (even though he never runs and this was his first 5k). A potato can dream, can’t he?
Dad wanted to know when we had 1/2 a mile left so I made sure to give him a heads up. He promptly picked up his pace even more. Negative split for the win!
We crossed the finish line in 41 minutes flat (a 13:11 pace!) much to my father’s surprise. The whole time he had thought that he was running the same pace as he did at home (18-20 minute miles).
It’s always easier to run in a race environment. The adrenaline and excitement of running alongside others, fans, and in Disney’s case, a beautiful 5k course in Epcot, all help to make the running feel easier. But a lot of what happened for my father was him not knowing how fast he was running. Because he couldn’t see the numbers, he ran based on feel, and it was so much faster than his brain was telling him he could do throughout training.
A big congrats to my whole family for finishing!
After some quick showers and breakfast at the hotel, it was off to Hollywood Studios for the day!
We enjoyed the following rides/attractions:
- Toy Story Midway Mania (One of my favorites!)
- The Great Movie Ride
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (I sat here in awe the entire time. Also, it’s the only place in the park where you can still see Walt Disney’s personal plane.)
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
- Star Tours
- Fantasmic (The tickets were included with our lunch at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge. I loved every second of this show.)
- Tower of Terror
- Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks (Probably the best we saw all weekend!)
There is never a dull moment with my family and the day was filled with lots of laughs and goofiness. We walked around the movie sets, took lots of photos (included with my annual pass!), and enjoyed our first full day in the sunshine.
Next up: the official start of the Glass Slipper Challenge – the Enchanted 10k 🙂