Well this is very different than I was expecting because it was SO COLD!
We headed out at 430 and got there by 5 and stood around in a tent forever. Eventually we got kicked out and headed towards the corral and it took awhile to get in mainly because most people's bibs weren't visible.
We got into the corral with about 10 min until the start and did a few warmup strides and stretches.
Elites and Corral A went off and we moved right up and I took off my throw away jacket (this saved me as much as it could but it was still freezing. Wind chill in the 20s!!) and waited for the fireworks. It was so cold and all I wanted to do was be done.
OFF WE GO!
We went out into the parking lot. My goal for the races is to keep a pace of around 12 min miles so that our heart rate doesn't go too high. It was so tough to do that because once we started and warmed up, it felt great and I wanted to go fast but restrained myself
Since it was my first Disney 5k, I kinda knew what to expect but we went through the parking lot and down the path you walk to get to the half corrals.
We were in the park fast! World showcase is gorgeous in the dark.
Flik down the path right after the parking lot
daisy dressed in Norwegian clothes in Norway
Chip and dale in Japan
Marie in France
Donald in Canada
Most of the lines were long but I'm assuming not as long as they could have been as it was so cold, I think lots of people didn't stop! We stopped for Marie in France and Donald in Canada. At Donald, there was a horrible party that took multiple iterations of pictures AND also came back twice to retake it. The first time the camera timed out and the second they wanted to pose again. It was insanely rude. 1 picture with a camera and phone per group is fine but more than that, is pushing it.
Before we knew it, we had made it around world showcase and we're heading to future world for the end of the race!
Since the race wasn't timed, I didn't know our finish time until I looked it up. We finished in 49:16 and probably spent about 10 min in line for pics.
Afterwards we went back for breakfast and bundled up like I never have before for a Disney park-2 shirts, leggings under my jeans, scarf, winter coat and gloves!
When I do the 5k for princess, I will definitely sleep in a bit more and roll up closer to the start. The waiting around for an hour was pointless and any extra sleep would be great. I would probably head out closer to 5 to have time to check my bag and get to my corral because I do like to be in the corral at least 15 min before the start.
I did like the 5k-it was just around Epcot and went by quick and the characters were out in fun costumes.
3.1 miles down and 45.3 to go!
What did you think of 5k?