I went into race weekend ready to have the Best. Time. Ever! My hubby and I were both running the race (it was his first half marathon), so we were looking forward to our little race vacay. We had a good time at the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo and then hit up the parks for a little bit. Then Friday night I started to see some buzz on social media about how the weather might affect the race. Say what?
I quickly checked out the forecast and about died right then and there. I don't do rain. At all. The forecast was calling for 80% chance of rain and not an ending of rain in sight. Nobody seemed to be freaking out about it, so I just went with it. After it all, it was Florida and the weather changes all the time.
Saturday morning Maggie and I ran the runDisney Jingle Jungle 5K. We had the best time ever. The weather was good: it was slightly chilly with no rain sight. Things were looking up. The hubs and I spent the day hanging out between Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We also stopped by and supported our friend Krissy with her cupcake meet-up fundraiser. It was awesome to see and catch up with everyone. Still no rain. I mentioned to Krissy how I was starting to freak out about the weather. I didn't pack for wet weather and certainly not running 13.1 miles in raining weather. Luckily, Krissy promised to bring Joe and I a poncho. That helped calmed my nerves a little.
Fast forward to race evening. Think 6:00ish. We decided to lay low at the hotel in the afternoon. The weather was now holding at 90% chance of rain and the radar made it look like a hurricane was coming. I was calling it Hurricane #WineDineHalf on social media.
Think full blown freak out now. The cat in me who can't stand the rain was losing it. I was going to change my outfit but then decided to still rock my costume for the race. Wonder Woman. How cute, right?We arrived at Epcot and boarded the buses to Wide World of Sports. Transportation was a breeze. runDisney does a great job getting everyone over to the race area. We decided to leave our phones in the car because of the rain and this would mean no pictures. It was a smart decision in the end.
When we arrived at WWOS, we spotted Krissy right away and got our ponchos. Thank goodness! We hung around the waiting area for little bit and then eventually made our way to the corrals. The moment we got into our corral it started raining and we busted the ponchos out. The rain didn't seem bad (at first). And then by the time the first corral went off it was full on sheets of cold rain. The rain was steady for a very long time. As we approached Animal Kingdom it was coming right at us and hitting our faces. I looked toward the other side of Osceola Parkway and thought "once we're over there the rain won't be coming right at us." Well I was wrong. Because when we left Animal Kingdom it seemed like the rain was smack on us again.
Long story short is this: we came, it rained, we conquered. And yes, I ran all 13.1 miles in a poncho. Never took it off. Just couldn't do it. I could go on and on about how cold it was, how wet it was, and how so not fun it was. But I won't bore you with the details. It took me a couple of weeks to write this post because this race seemed to suck the love of running right out of me. It was nothing runDisney did. It was the weather. I don't like the rain on a good day. So for me, the rain absolutely ruined it and there was no way around it. But with every storm, comes a rainbow and that was the shiny bling at the end.
I was so glad to have the hubs at my side because I can honestly say I'm not sure I would have a) started this race or b) finished this race because of the rain. But thanks to him we got through it together and we'll always have the memory of the Wine and Dine Splash and Dash weekend!
Did you run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon? If so, how was your experience? Share it with us!