Approaching the finish. (It is hard to take a picture while running.)
After crossing the finish line. All spectators had to be outside of the fence.
After cleaning up and getting ready we headed back to Disney's Wide World of Sports for the kids races.Elizabeth and AJ participated in the 200m dash and Jacob was in the 100m dash. All kiddos were completely lethargic when we got there and it took a good deal of encouragement to get them going but each one of them crossed the finish line and earned their medals. (Jacob crossed in Daddy's arms - does that count?)
There was pre-race entertainment that Mike apparently found very funny!
The advantage of dressing the boys in bright orange is that you can spot them easily. AJ is in the far left of the picture.
After the race the kids finally found their energy as they showed off their Mickey Medals.
Off to the expo to find Daddy some warm pants for tomorrow's race.
Waiting outside of the expo.
After we went back to the hotel for a little down time, we decided to have an early dinner in Downtown Disney at the Rainforest Cafe. The kids had a blast there with all of the things to look at and keep them entertained. After a good meal, we got some chocolate at the Godiva store (YUM!), did some shopping and then decided it was time to head back to get rest for the 1/2 marathon the next day.
Saturday was an even earlier wake up call (3:30AM for Mike) as he headed off with friends of ours to race in his first 1/2 marathon. Another woman and I met in the lobby of our hotel at 6:30 with the debate of going to cheer on our loved ones or not as it was 32 degrees and sleeting with some snow flurries. In the end we braved the elements and walked down the hotel driveway to cheer on the four that we knew in the race. It was cold but we were there to support them. After they all ran by (at the 8 mile mark) we went over to catch the monorail and take it to the finish line. This ended up being more of a challenge than we anticipated with dodging cops and running with some of the runners for a bit.
We made it to the finish line just as all of our friends and family ran to the finish. I missed the picture of Mike and am so upset about that but you can check out the pictures of him that were taken at the race here.
Our good friends Devin & Lynette as they were about to cross the finish line.
All of the above pictures were from the monorail as Mike and I headed back to the hotel. There were over 26,000 people that ran the 1/2 marathon.
Once we got back to the hotel after the race, we got cleaned up and decided that we would brave the elements and head over to the Magic Kingdom. It was freezing cold but the kids held strong the whole day! It started to clear up later that evening. We rode all sorts of rides and saw a parade or two. The best part was seeing the castle all lit up in the icicle lights. We stayed for the fireworks and then headed back from some well needed pillow time!
The castle decorated with icicles.
Our new way of transporting three sets of tired feet.
The rest of our trip coming soon....