While a marathon recap will be forthcoming, sharing some of the fun from the weekend seemed like a good place to start. After receiving an email from American Airlines with upgrades for my flights to Charlotte and Orlando, my trip was off to a great beginning. Everything went like clockwork and I arrived in Orlando ahead of schedule! The Magical Express ride to the recently renovated Polynesian Hotel was quick and my room was ready for my bags and me.
|The updated Grand Ceremonial House and my room location for the weekend|
I ate a quick lunch and then found Megan and Brent who would join me at the expo. We hurried over so we could catch the talk by Tara Gidus Collingwood, the runDisney nutritionist and Olympian, Paula Radcliffe, who also happens to have won 7 major marathon races, with 3 at NYC, 3 at London, and 1 in Chicago. As such an accomplished runner, it would be great to hear her speak at the expo. Both she and Tara gave some good nutrition and race day strategy advice as well as some fun little things about being mothers who run. Tara gave us a laugh talking about her pre children PR's and post kid PR's and Paula was so proud of her daughter Isla who ran her first 5k on Thursday.
After this inspirational start to the weekend, it was time to get our packets, check out a few vendors and get off our feet. In two days we would be running a marathon!
|Bibs in hand, ready for Sunday! (photo courtesy of Megan)|
|Little did I realize this would be a hard fought medal|
|First female on the left achieved an Olympic Qualifying time- very impressive|
Saturday night included a wonderful dinner in Epcot at Via Napoli with a group of seven. Large pizzas and pasta were quickly devoured at our table with a lively conversation about what else but running and the race. We left in a downpour, but not until we had gotten a photo of the girls under an umbrella next to the restaurant.
|Courtesy of Megan|