Thanks! There are a few things I could have done differently leading up to the full (more sleep, less food, less time on feet) and I should have paced myself more during the race, but all things considered and if given a do-over, I doubt I'd do anything differently. The entire trip was great and I'm glad I didn't sacrifice (much) for the running the portion.Congrats on your finish! I'm sorry the train fell off the tracks on you but that's exciting that you still managed to improve your time. That heat threw most of us cold weather peeps for a loop, that's for sure!
Corral D for Drinks!NOW you're talking!
#WillRunForBoozeWasn't there talk of organizing a beer mile? The downside is that it would be more running, but I am confident liquor could have been arranged.
Thanks! I really have to credit @DopeyBadger for the outcome of the race. I stacked the deck against myself in more ways that one and without his training, it could have gotten ugly.Congrats on a great time for the marathon! A 4:08 with struggling the last 6-8 miles is amazing! You got some great shots of you running too!
Thanks, man! Like I said, it was a little awkward for me personally, but it ended up being a nice photo for my mom to slap on the fridge, ha ha.Great photo on Main Street! Those are always a must do on a runDisney weekend.
You got some awesome fireworks photos too.
So, try to get to the "front" of the dessert party area, if you can. I've looked into it (mostly for fireworks photos, I'm not a big dessert fan) and I've read that a lot of the view isn't great unless you're right along the rail. Though, maybe they've changed the layout. Either way, good luck! It's a great show.Awesome medal photo! I've only seen HEA from Ohana. I booked the dessert party in April so I can make sure to get a good view of it. I do like the music in it. And that's a big Disney victory to ride through without having to get out of the ride!
I'm sure it's another idea that I've "borrowed" *cough cough* stolen *cough cough* from Tom Bricker, but I really do love it. It's so relaxing and immersive.Oh, I’ve never thought to watch the fireworks from Fantasy Land. Sounds like a really cool experience! We stayed at POFQ for the marathon and really liked it. It was pretty convenient.
I am with you 100 percent. I thought maybe the theming would be a little too gaudy, but I really like the way it looked. And POR is *so* spread out.POFQ is my favorite non-deluxe hotel there. It's half the size of the other moderates and I like the French Quarter theming. The pool has a fun slide too. Plus it has the beignets at the food court.
I bet your kids come around on Splash. Mine didn't love it their first time (except for my youngest), but they were so gung ho for it this time around. It's such a classic.We like POFQ. I like that it's "smaller" and the boys enjoyed the pool.
Splash is my favorite too. So far, my children do not share that love (too scary).
Those firework pictures are awesome!
Also, I agree with the awkwardness of pics with the medals and I only had one. However, I'd do it again. I think the picture of it for memory keeping purposes is worth the few moments of awkwardness
While I was definitely moving slower, I really enjoyed the park time after the marathon. It was a gorgeous day, too.As crazy as it is, keeping moving and walking around the parks after the marathon is so much better for you than sitting on your behind the rest of the day. And hobbling around the parks with your medal and race shirt is one of those uniquely Disney experiences - basking in the soreness and the joy of the accomplishment!
Awesome medal photo on Main Street! Everyone who has done Dopey needs at least one shot with ALL the bling!
Cool perspective on the fireworks behind the castle!
You've never been to Disneyland, right?Magic Kingdom is my favorite park (and one of my all-time favorite places)
MK was really great. Since it was our third time in the park that trip, we didn’t have to rush around to see anything and it made for a relaxing day.MK after the marathon is a great idea. We did it the day after and I will forever love my medal/castle pictures! I love the medal pic on mainstreet- your mom should be proud!
I am so glad your girls love splash, it was my favorite in MK as a kid, so I'm sure that love will carry for them into adulthood! Such great memories for your family!
I totally understand that "last look" at the castle- it's bittersweet!
Watching fireworks from California Grill is a definite bucket list item for me.Fantastic medal shot and, oh those fireworks shots!! We had watched Wishes a couple of times behind the castle and really enjoyed it as well, but haven't tried it yet for HEA, but we may next time.
And, I initially had the same reaction as you did in regards to missing that emotional reaction to HEA like I had to Wishes. BUT, for some reason this year, seeing it again, I really cued into the music more (I think last time I was busy watching the projections and fireworks in detail rather than just experiencing the full package - if that makes sense) and the music resonated a lot more with me. Then we watched from the roof deck at California grill, so you really can't see the projections that much, just the music and fireworks and then I really got all the feels. So it may just be one of those things that has to grow on you. Happily Ever After, the song, now absolutely gets me.
Aww. Wishes used to choke me up a little bit after Robin Williams died. There’s a line from Aladdin, “Genie, I wish for your freedom” that always gets me know. Watch it on YouTube with your kiddo sometime.You've never been to Disneyland, right?
GREAT photos! I love HEA. I don't think I have seen Wishes. This was the first time I actually watched the Fireworks show at any park all the way through. (I would much rather ride Space Mountain with no line.) But it brought me to tears every. single. time.