After a full day at the Expo and Disneyland Parks we had an early bedtime and were up at around 4:00am for our 6:15am 10k start time.
I actually woke up around 2am with a KILLER headache. Thank goodness for migraine pills or else I would have had a very rough morning. They kicked in right as we were leaving for the run.
I was still pretty full from dinner the night before, I think Mickey beignet’s expend in your tummy, LOL, so I only had a banana for breakfast, which surprisingly held me over for the whole run!
We started walking towards the corrals and ended up in a large crowd of people. We were kind of corralled before the corrals. I wonder if it was a little backed up because the 5k went out before us, but either way we waited around for a bit before the opened up the corrals.
Rob was nice enough to join me in corral C, even though he was in A. We had already decided to keep this run nice and easy and save our legs for the half marathon the next morning.
Finally, it was our turn to run! And off we went.
The nice thing about this course is it was very minimal time spent outside of the parks. It was about 2 miles before we got into the parks. Once in California Adventure we ran through Cars Land, Paradise Pier and past the World of Color water area.
Around mile 4ish we headed over to Disneyland! My favorite. They had great Alice and Wonderland characters, so we took a couple of picture stops.
And I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a break in front of Mr. Toad’s
We went through the castle and crossed the finish line at around 1:09, about 10 minutes slower than usual for me and about 30 minutes slower than Rob’s 10k time. We had a blast!
Afterward, we decided to just head on over to Storytellers Cafe at the Grand Californian Resort. Food always tastes so amazing after running.
I wanted to try the expo again to see if they would put out any more Dumbo merchandise. We got there at around 9:30am and the expo opened at 10. We waited in line, which wasn’t too bad since we were around some nice chatty people, so that helped pass the time. Once we got in we headed straight for the merchandise area…no Dumbo stuff. So bummed. Oh well, it wasn’t meant to be.
We then headed back to the hotel to clean up and hit the parks, wearing our medals of course!
We had dinner reservations at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria in Downtown Disney. Carbo loaded on some ravioli and hydrated with a glass of wine (I know, it’s not hydrating, but I thought I deserved a glass and it tasted amazing).We decided to call it a night and head back to the hotel after dinner. Needed to get ready to go for our 3:30am wake up call for the half marathon!
If you’d like to read part 1 of my Dumbo Double Dare Race Weekend, please click here:
QOTD: What’s your favorite pre-race dinner food?