This vacation I basically took a complete rest from it all, including running. I have been having some issues with my knee, not at all while running, but enough for me to take pause and take off from running while away. I knew that between all the Disney parks we were visiting that I would get plenty of exercise just walking!
I averaged between 15,000 and 25,000 steps a day according to my fitbit, although there was a day and a half in the the middle of the trip that I was without my fitbit because I thought it was lost. Basically, I looked down at my wrist only to find my fitbit missing and I believe because I was wearing my Magic Band on the same wrist, I never felt it fall off like I usually do. I frantically searched all around, in the room and even checked lost and found to no avail, but the next day after the maid cleaned the room, it miraculously appeared!
My biggest pet peeve when it come to the fitbit is that the latch for the wrist band is not very sturdy, and it frequently comes apart when I take off my jacket or any long sleeved short. Normally I feel it, but this time I didn't, and I would have been pissed if it had been truly lost.
I wore sneakers one day the whole time I was in Florida, the day we raced to the princesses!
These pretty babies, my Altra Zero Drop sneakers that I got thanks the Altra themselves when I attended the Runner's World Half in October, made their way to my feet for the one run I actually did while in Disney.
This was no ordinary run and it is actually quite a funny story, which ends with my 5 year old meeting Elsa and Anna from Frozen and her favorite princess Sleeping Beauty, which actually made it all worthwhile.
Getting a fast pass to see the princesses from Frozen during our visit was impossible, they were booked for the next two months. Since our first day at Magic Kingdom there was a four hour to see these princesses, our plan was to go the following morning during the “magic hour” and head to them first, we figured maybe we'd have a half an hour wait at the most, we were wrong.
On the bus back to the hotel that afternoon I was talking to another woman and she told me that she had taken her daughters to see the frozen princesses that morning and only had a twenty minute wait, but there was a catch, they had to run. She told me that they got to Magic. Kingdom at 7:30 am, waited at the gate and when it opened her husband grabbed one kid and ran to the princesses, along with all the other parents holding their kids, just to get to this line. Now, I kind of thought she was nuts, because I really couldn't picture this actually happening, but I told my husband we better get to Magic Kingdome early and get our running sneakers on just in case.
Sure enough, when this gates opened people took off running. It was pure craziness, my husband carried my five year old half the way and then I took her, literally carrying her under my arm like a football, pure insanity. Then you get past the castle and the Disney people stop you with these ropes, we were all the way to the left and they were like only the ropes to the right would be opened and you cannot walk straight to the princesses you have to walk around the carousel to get to them, I mean it was like they did everything in their power to make it more difficult and chaotic. One guy was like, I am just going to step over the ropes, if we all do it what can they do to us, and that is exactly what we did.
We barely survived the run and we still had an hour to wait. It was just pure madness. If it wasn't for my five year old really wanting to see them I would have just told they were sick and we will come next time. This picture made it all worthwhile:
When we left it was a four hour wait, so the run, although hard, was definitely worth it.
Disney was fun, crazy and exhausting! I definitely recommend going, but just do your research and be prepared to wait!
Have you been to Disney? What's your best memory?