November 18, 2013

Wine and Dine 2013 Race Recap

This was our second year running the Wine and Dine half marathon and we planned our weekend in similar fashion to last year - a girl's trip filled with Disney and running!  We went into this race with relatively low expectations - it was simply a training run and more specifically, a time to run on tired legs, as we ran on Friday morning and also ran the Jingle Jungle 5k on Saturday morning.  Let's just say this was a mini test-run for Dopey Challenge in January.
Chef Minnie!
We were ready early and headed to the buses at 7:00 to head over to ESPN Wide World of Sports.  We got on a bus easily and made our way through the initial security area where they were checking all bags and into the starting line area.  Since we were early, we decided to hop in a character line photo and we picked Minnie!  We waited in line for a bit and met up with Megan.  After getting our Minnie photo, we decided to rest our legs and sat and chatted for a bit.  We managed to run into lots of friends (more on this in another post!) and had a great time just relaxing before the race.  At about 9:00, we dropped off our bags, hit the porta potties one last time and made our way to the starting line.
Hanging out in the corral

A little bit of the fireworks that sent off corral A
We started in Corral D and it felt pretty crowded.  While hanging out before the start, we ran into more buddies, which was a nice way to pass the time and relax.  Before we knew it, we were jogging across the starting mats and were on our way!  We planned to run at a comfortable, even pace using 4:1 run:walk intervals.

The first few miles were very crowded and we all commented on how we didn't remember this from last year.  Three miles in, we headed into Animal Kingdom which was fantastic!  Given that this park isn't open at night, it's pretty cool to be able to run through the various areas under the cover of darkness.  The pavement is a bit uneven so it requires a bit of extra caution.  We also noticed that the Cast Members seemed more enthusiastic than normal which was great!  Lots of high fives, friendly smiles and great cheers were given out as we made our way through the park.
A little blurry, but the tree at the entrance was beautiful all lit up!
Leaving Animal Kingdom trailing these speed demons!
After Animal Kingdom, it was time to head down Osceola Parkway to Hollywood Studios.  Surprisingly, this part passed pretty quickly and before I knew it, we were heading into DHS by Rock 'n Roller Coaster.  The route through the park felt different this year, but that's probably mostly due to the fact that most of my DHS experience was overshadowed by reuniting with Mom after being separated earlier in the race.  It felt like we were in the park for a very long time and of course, we simply LOVED running through the Osbourne Family Lights.
Approaching DHS and Tower of Terror in the distance
Yes, it is simply magnificent!

Once we exited the park, it was a quick turn to head onto the Boardwalk area and then we were in Epcot headed toward the finish.  Mom noticed our friends cheering for us in Epcot - they were troopers to hang in so late!  Running to the finish felt a little less exciting for me in this race, maybe because I didn't feel that great and it was simply a training run.
We did it!
In standard fashion, we received our medals, picked up some Powerade and water and grabbed our snack boxes before we retrieved our bags from bag check.  After hearing others say that they used the bathrooms in Epcot for changing rather than the changing tents, we decided to try this.  We had to wait in a bit of a line but it was nice to have a bathroom and some additional privacy.  I wasn't feeling great and tried to muster the stamina to hang out (and enjoy) the after party, but sadly, I didn't have it in me.  After getting back to our room at the Beach Club, I happily crawled into bed to rest.

Final thoughts:
- I'm not sure a late night race is for me.  Despite feeling crummy, I just didn't have it in me to enjoy the after party like I had hoped.
- Running a race on tired legs is hard…I always want to be fast!
- Being able to run through the parks at night is a totally different experience.

Did you run Wine and Dine this year?  What did you think?
{Christine}

35 comments:

  1. I adore your matching outfits, and you've inspired me to consider a late night run although I'm just not sure how I would run after 10pm when I'm typically asleep by 9:30!

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    1. We also go to bed at a normal hour so an afternoon nap is a must before this race. I think running the 5k that morning was overkill. We will probably skip that if we are running the half at night.

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  2. Ran it and loved it (as you know!). I just have to figure out a way to have more stamina for afterwards next year. I literally ate and drank NOTHING except water and one bite of a donut:(. So the after party was completely wasted on me. But I'm with you, running through the parks at night was definitely worth it!!

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    1. Some people seem to handle the party and all the food with no problem. We have run this twice and it seemed harder to cope after the race, and that probably was the early wakeup for the 5k.

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  3. Sounds like a great race, but I agree that the night race is tough! When I ran Tower of Terror in October, I did not have it in me to stay for the after party and enjoy myself. I felt a little bad because my husband did, but all I wanted to do was go back to the hotel and crawl into bed.

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    1. I really want to try Tower of Terror and since that has three less miles, we might have some energy at the end for the party!

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  4. I didn't run W&D this year, but I did run it several years ago. I was sick and felt awful but still had a good time. I know what you mean about night races. They are fun but exhausting. Great recap, Christine!

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    1. Thanks Karen, we did have fun, but possibly our 5k and running the day before contributed to not feeling fabulous after the race.

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  5. I am so looking forward to trying this race out next year, purely for the fact that you get to run through the Christmas lights (the medal is gorgeous too)! However, I am nervous that I won't have the energy to stay after for the party. For TOT this year, we stayed until about 3:30 AM but I felt like the walking dead by well before then lol!

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    1. Lauren, It is worth the effort to do this night race for the Osbourne Lights in HS. We love that part of the course and think it is the perfect reason to repeat Wine and Dine half!

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  6. A not-so-awesome race at Disney still sounds like a pretty good race to me. : )

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    1. Thanks Frank. It isn't much fun though when you feel ill after you finish. However, I enjoyed the run through all the parks!

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  7. I had to laugh when you said the cast members were more enthusiastic than usual. That's probably because they didn't have to get up at 3:30 am for this race,,,,haha ( unless of course they were there earlier cheering folks on at the 5K that morning).

    After reading mixed reviews, I am staring to worry about doing a night race. We plan to do RnR Vegas in 2014 which is a night run, but it starts at 4:30 pm. So come to think of it, maybe it's not considered a night run.
    Anyways, congrats on successfully finishing another Disney race! ~M

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    1. Meranda, I am sure the Vegas race would be easier to handle since it is a late afternoon start. You will be finished by dinnertime (unless you run the full marathon) and then time for some LV fun!

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  8. Oh wow - I also started in Corral D. Wish I had run into you. Next time, I hope!

    I loved running through the parks at night, too. Glad you had a good race and love your costumes!

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    1. We moved back to run with a friend in Corral D. It really seemed crowded to us, but we were at the back of the corral too!

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  9. It really does feel like you're in Hollywood Studios forever doesn't it?!? I can never figure out where the heck we're headed in there!

    P.S. - love your skirts! Where are they from? I really want to find a running skirt that looks decent on me...

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    1. Danielle, those skirts are from Lululemon. The only problem with them is lack of pockets. The Sparkle skirts have fantastic pockets that could hold a picnic!

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  10. I ran (and was in corral D!) too and didn't have a great race. My belly was unhappy with me from mile 6 on. I was running with a friend that kept trying to push me and it just wasn't happening. I loved the course but it was hard to enjoy it with my tummy fussing at me.

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    1. We made the mistake of starting at the back of corral D and the course seemed crowded for such a long time. Sorry you had trouble with your stomach...that seems to happen to alot of runners at the night races.

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  11. It sounds like a great race! ;)

    Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog! <3

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com
    New Blog Post: Tips To Find Inspiration When Picking an Outfit

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    1. Thanks Diana, we did have fun and we try to keep our style going while racing!

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  12. I too was very tired after the race, even after napping in the afternoon. I did not eat enough before the race. So I was dragging. We did make it around the countries but didn't eat nothing and drank only water. I hoped to have tons of Fun at the after party, instead we took our time walking and looking at everything. Was still lots of Fun. But will need to make changes for next year, because I Loved going through all the parks in the dark.

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    1. Hopefully we see you during Marathon weekend Dink!

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  13. Yay! Since I didn't take pictures throughout the race, I love seeing yours. Seeing everything all lit up was such a thrill, I was oohing and aahhing all over the place. :) The lines for the characters were too crazy by the time that we got to the starting area so we skipped those - love you ladies with Minnie!

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    1. Thanks Meridith. we always love having photos with Minnie....she is Pam's favorite character!

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  14. I had SO much fun running with you two! You'd think after all the races we've done we would have moved toward the front of the corral ;) I say we do it again 4 more times in January. What do you think?

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    1. I love your plan Megan! We definitely want to race (haha, why did I say race), walk, crawl, finish with you in January.

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  15. You guys are the cutest! Night races are exhausting. I like them, but it's really hard to enjoy all there is to offer when it's way past your bedtime and you've just run a significant distance. Great recap! I am so looking forward to this in 2014.

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    1. Jennifer, it was really fun, but skipping the 5k and running the day prior was a bit of an overkill! Next year, I will skip the 5k if we return for Wine and Dine!

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  16. I think my race experience would have been totally different had I not gone to Hollywood Studios Saturday morning....lesson learned!! I hope I can go back next year and try again :)

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    1. Same Kristen. Not only did we run the 5k, we went to a Mickey breakfast in HS and spent way too much time on our feet!

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  17. I'm disappointed I didn't get the chance to meet you during the Wine Dine Half weekend! As you know, this was not my race, it seems nighttime races are tricky. I did love running through Animal Kingdom at night (wouldn't it be cool if the park were open later?) and the Christmas lights in Hollywood Studios were amazing..it's been awhile since I've seen those :)

    Karen@karenlovestorun

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  18. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one as much! I am an early bird so I struggling staying up too, but I also slept late AND napped that day so I was a little better off than you 5k-ers! Your costumes look great!

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  19. I ran it this year too! But it was definitely a very different experience for me than it was at last years...won't stop me from doing it again next year though! I love running through 3 parks and at night.

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