On more upbeat news, the social sphere I'm a part of is swirling like CRAZY with talk about the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend coming up this weekend. I have wanted to be a part of this race weekend for the past two years and both years I've been sitting at home reading the posts, looking at the pictures and reading the blog updates on how much fun everyone is having. It literally is "the runner's night out", it looks like SO MUCH fun is had the whole weekend.
It's a bit precarious how the races are lined up, there are two races a 5K and a half marathon that are held on the same day, Saturday. The 5K is in the morning and the half marathon is at night.
Like literally at night, the start time is 10pm! WHOA!! Talk about a night run!
I absolutely LOVE this race route!
The finish line is at Epcot where the finishers are treated to an after-party at the Food and Wine Festival in the International Showcase! The runners and ticket purchasing guests, are treated to the food and alcohol booths that are open during the festival until 4am! I've heard there are even a few rides open that people can go on during the after-party. It always sounds like such a fun time. You get cleaned up after a great run with friends and meet up with those same friends and some of their family and eat/drink/gab the night away into the early morning. Then it's time to hit the hay for some sleep before you hit the parks together the next day. Er...or later that day.
Sounds like a PERFECT night out to me. I know, I must be crazy, but hey, I've been called worse things than that. :)
The only thing is that I had made tentative plans with my Disney running friends that I would do this race next year (2014) for the anniversary year with them. Now with the baby on the way and coming at the beginning of the year, I just don't know if I can swing it financially, or if I could afford it, if my hubby would want to kill me for leaving on a long weekend trip to go running with my friends at Disney when the baby is 10 months old. Either way, I'm thinking my hopes are pretty bleak at this point for attending this race next year. Which is a bummer, I know...first world problems, right?
Regardless, I wish all my friends that are participating in this years Wine and Dine race weekend good weather, steadfast feet, lots of laughs, memorable moments and many much earned celebration drinks! (have a few of those for me since I can't partake and now dream about alcohol!) I will be there in spirit to cheer you all on and be watching your tweets, IG photos and updates from afar. So keep them coming so I can live vicariously through you all!