In this video by John Donahue of WDWParkhoppers.com, the Disney Royal Family 5K is showcased. At around the two minute mark, inner mouse gets a shout out because our very own bloggers, Shalon (NDI 167) and Betsy (NDI 152), wore their inner mouse shirts for the race! We love when NDPs show their dedication with inner mouse shirts, especially at Disney events. Awesome!
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Previously I have written about my first race experiences here. Since then, I have gotten another three Disney 5Ks under my belt. I would like to talk about the most recent of these experiences, the Champion® 5K at Dick’s Sporting Goods Presents ESPN The Weekend (ESPN 5K for short). The race was held the first Saturday in March, only a week after my previous race, during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Read about our own NDH #19 Todd Perlmutter’s recap of that race on the Touring Plans blog here.
The morning of the race came, and I was beyond nervous. Race start time is 7am, but Disney wants you there (at the Transportation and Ticket Center in this case) between 5:45 and 6:15am. To me this is a little excessive, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Did I mention, I’m really not a morning person? So I go to the valet stand at 5:30 after having called down for my car, and it isn’t there. There really isn’t a whole lot of other traffic at this hour, no other cars, so I’m a bit perplexed and start to get nervous. I see someone walking back from the valet parking lot with my keys and know this can’t be good. Unfortunately, I’ve had issues with the valet before and should have thought about this before giving my car up to them again. My bad. The battery on my car was dead and there were no buses running to TTC at that hour since we were not staying at a host resort. A kind and generous soul who was also going to the race offered to let us split a cab with her. Had she not done that, I can pretty much guarantee there would have been blood on the saddle and blood on the ground where the valet was standing.
Have you ever wanted to participate in Walt Disney World Marathon weekend but thought that there is no way you could run the 26.2 or 13.1 distances? Welcome to your own personal Philoctetes(Phil). With every good hero and tales of mythological proportions, we have to start at the beginning. Which in this case, would be the Mickey 5K (3.1 Miles). Hercules had to start somewhere, and so do you. With running, you have to start slowly and build up your base. If you just took off out the door today and ran 3 miles, you would definitely feel some pain in places you did not know you had. I only ask that you dedicate 10 weeks to the Disney Driven Life Zero to Hero Plan, and you can go from Zero miles to running a 5K.