We were up at 3:30am on Friday for the Princess 5K as we had to be on a bus by 4:45am! Those early wake-up calls are never easy, and they were only going to get worse as the week went on. We quickly got dressed in our race outfits. These were our “backup plan” outfits, as we had originally hoped our custom Ariel Sparkle Skirts would be done in time, but no luck! (As a matter of fact, we’re still waiting on them!) Instead we wore our Jeff Galloway sparkle skirts and a shirt I made to match.
Before we even arrived for the Princess weekend we had decided that we would take the 5K easy. Stop for lots of pictures. Enjoy every minute. We knew we had to save our legs a bit so we would mostly be walking the 5K.
The morning was cold and we were rocking the trash bags to stay warm as we waited for the race to start. (I always pack a few in my suitcase for race weekends just in case!) Thanks to our Sparkle Skirts when we arived at the starting area we went through the no bag check line quickly and made our way back towards the pre-race party. We ended up getting in line for a photo with Sebastian. (We missed that Ariel and Eric were a photo op too unfortunately, but Sebastian was fun!) Some friends met up with us when they arrived and joined us in line. We went straight to our corrals after our picture with Sebastian.
We were set to start in C and decided we would do a few intervals to get out of the way of people and the crowds of the corral and then we would take our time. The first mile backstage went by pretty quicly. We stopped for a shot or two of Epcot, pictures with Chip and Dale, Daisy and Donald and Genie in his vacation outfit all during mile 2/World Showcase. We felt like we were moseying. It was nice and relaxed!
The monorail was stopped on the tracks which made for a fun photo op for Jan and I and then we stopped for a photo with the Festival of Fantasy characters from the Mermaid section of the parade by Finding Nemo.
Next thing you know we were heading to mile 3 and the finish! We got our ADORABLE medals, and some handy mylar blankets to warm up, which would be very useful the next morning too! (Tip: always save the blanket you get at the end of one race for the next days race.) The Princess 5K was so fun! It was nice to stop for tons of pictures with the characters and not be worried about our time. I’d say I’m glad we took it easy, but with a day in the parks following the 5K I’m not sure it really helped! The most important thing though is that the race was fun and we were ready for the next one!