Three years ago I completed my first runDisney Half Marathon during Marathon weekend. This was my 3rd time running this specific race and 5th time running this course (since Princess has the same route). It will always hold a special place in my heart and I could probably run it blindfold and know where every mile marker is.
Vintage Minnie and Modern Minnie Mouse Best Friends, with a twist on the popular "she's my Minnie, he's my Mickey" shirts you see all over Walt Disney World. My Mom made my Vintage Minnie flower which I put on the same hat used for last years Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum costume.
Vintage Minnie Running Costume:
ASICS MetaRun, ASICS Racerback Tank with a She's my Best Friend iron on, Sparkle Skirts, SparkleLight Fancy in Vintage Blue. ASICS Calf Sleeves, Red Pill Box Minnie Headband
Modern Minnie Running Costume:ASICS Gel Nimbus 17, ASICS Racerback Tank with a She's my Best Friend iron on, Sparkle Skirts, SparkleLight in Royalty Red, CEP Calf Sleeves, Minnie Mouse Ears
Our alarm clocks were set for 3am and this is where the stress started. I have driven plenty of times to Epcot, leaving Bonnet Creek at 4:15 and never had an issue with getting to our corral on time. We packed our bags the night before since we had to leave directly from the race so we could get ready for our 7 night cruise on Carnival Valor. We both woke up very excited - we're running a half marathon and going on a cruise on the same day! There was way more traffic than normal getting into Epcot. Next time, I will leave at 4:00. However, traffic wasn't the problem.
Once we parked our car, I saw a line that extended all the way to the middle median of Epcot (where you drive up and see the ball). There were thousands of people in line to go through security. Disney heightened their security a month ago and this obviously went into effect for the race. I am all for the added security, this is for our protection - but they needed to have more people checking bags and scanning people. Once we went through that, we literally had to run the 20 minutes to get to our corral. I was in G, Keri was in F. By the time we got to the coral's, G was called. There was no downtime, we nearly missed our Corral.
After the anxiety of almost missing our corral, my stomach was in shambles. Not to give TMI but I rarely have to use the restroom while running. Not the case in this race. It was making me angry actually because for every time we stopped, that was a photo opp we missed. Both Keri and I agreed not to stop for character photos in this race.
Overall, we had a great time and didn't fight, which is a big plus for us (we've been best friends for 30 years, we are more like sisters).