Wow what a runDisney filled week and a half it’s been! I’ve had so much fun completing all 71 runDisney miles (Dopey Challenge + Star Wars 5k + Rebel Challenge) and this week my body has been soaking up the full nights of sleep. So now it’s time to share it all with you, I’ve queued up some Disneyland background loops on YouTube so let’s go!
This trip felt much different than my WDW trip:
- It was shorter (4 versus 7 days)
- Went with friends and Wookie (the boyfriend) instead of family
- I was already tired from all the fun in WDW
- Running (logistically) feels 100x’s easier than at WDW
Going into the trip legs were pretty sore still from my solid effort at the WDW Marathon so I knew I was going to have to take it on a day by day basis. I also knew that the 5k and 10k would be at a very comfortable pace since I was helping my friend (5k and 10k) and Wookie (10k) run their first official races. I was confident they both were fit enough to finish, but knew we wouldn’t be running at a fast clip.
I had returned from WDW Tuesday and we had a early Thursday flight to LAX, so I had a day and a half of relaxing, unpacking, and repacking. I had even done my laundry Monday night before leaving WDW to make the turn around a little easier. In hindsight… BEST DECISION EVER!
With bags packed, we drove to the Denver airport to catch our flight! We flew into LAX, grabbed our bag, and then hopped onto the SuperShuttle I arranged. SuperShuttle worked out great for us!
We were staying at the Holiday Inn and Suites on Walnut (this hotel is fast becoming my favorite race weekend hotel). It’s nothing fancy but the room is nice and the room rates are just right. It is also pretty close to the Disneyland Hotel where most of the race weekend events are happening.
Our friends arrived and then we decided to head to Downtown Disney for a late lunch before heading to the expo. A hungry Katherine doesn’t deal with crowds very well. Once we devoured our delicious Earl of Sandwich sandwiches (holiday sandwich of course!) it was time to feel the force!