In 2016 the plan was to run the race with Don. His doctor advised against it. I ran it alone and LOVED the course. It went through the countryside of Marne-le-Vallee and was beautiful. I felt the surrounding towns embraced the runners and gave us lots of much needed crowd support.
I returned in 2017 with Don. Surprisingly he ran with me the whole time. It was a new course, but still a lot of fun.
I see I didn't note my finish time either year. This year it was around the three hour mark.
|One of the best costumes |
I have seen at a Disney race.
|I wore my Disney race shirt skirt.|
|Cruella de Vil entertaining us.|
I missed the Retro Euro Pop entertainers
from the past two years.
I wasn't into it from before I left for Paris. This year's runs have been marred by head games. I looked up last year's time. It was 2:43.06 and that was with stopping for lots of pictures. Of course, there is a chance my app shut down while I was standing in lines, but that is still a minute faster per mile than this year. I was smiling more and enjoying every minute of it last year. Running is very mental.
The course was the same as the year before, a lot of time spent on Disney property both on stage and back stage. I took pictures, but did not pose for any with characters. It helped this year's theme was villains, and I'm not interested in standing in a long line for a picture with a villain. I know a lot of people love the villains, they can have my place in line.
|Being eaten by a giant dinosaur |
in the Toy Story section.
Starting in Studios:
|Running through the entrance way to Studios.|
|I didn't feel there were as many amazing |
costumes this year, but I dd like this group.
I think the rain kept the costumes away.
Then the most magical section, the Magic Kingdom:
|Halloween decorations were starting to appear.|
|A rare selfie|
|No matter which Disney I am visiting, always magical running along Main Street.|
|The cast members really make it fun.|
|A castle shot!|
|More cast members.|
|This is uniquely Disneyland Paris. I love Alice in Wonderland.|
|Leaving the castle.|
|Can never have enough castle shots.|
|It's a Small World -- so true.|
|Running through Tomorrowland.|
|Bye bye Disney. See you soon.|
|I thought about posing under this and |
having someone take my picture. I don't
know what is from. Often there are parts
from the parade back stage, but this looked
more permanent. Don't remember seeing it last year.
|Go local high school musicians! More power to them being |
out in the drizzle. I hope their instruments are fine.
|One of many costumes that did not seem running-friendly.|
|Told you I love Alice.|
|A message we all need to hear often.|
(You are the best.)
|I love this off-road section. They have used it all three years.|
|My FAVORITE part is seeing the cheerleaders. |
Allez-allez GO GO GO!
This year I told one of their adults (in two languages)
how much I appreciate their support.
|Another not running-friendly costume.|
|Cruella, so we meet again.|
|I don't get it, but he seemed happy.|
The dreaded Balloon Ladies! Also known as the official last place participants. They start after everyone else and mark the end of the race. Others were behind them, I guess they hadn't reached a sweeping point yet. They were at least two miles behind me, but they still put a fear into me. Unlike last year, I didn't have the burst I needed to kick it into high gear.
I realized later one of the differences was I did not eat or drink anything before the race. A banana and a cup of tea would have gone a long way towards fueling me for the race.
Back to Disney property:
|Love this -- and love her mouse costume.|
|This is where we stayed last year. |
This year I stayed at an AirBnB 20 minutes away (seven minute RER ride, plus 12 minute walk).
If I were to do it again, I'd stay a stop or two away. The train station is near the start line.
|Ahh...I finished. No time to linger at the finish line.|
It is Disney, so the swag was awesome. The short-sleeved women's cut tech shirt fits just right, unlike last year when they were cut super small (and since turned into a running skirt).
|Love the medals -- from left to right: 2016, 2017, and 2018.|
They get better each year.
One final note, I received many compliments on my awesome running skirt. I know I linked to it already in this post, but thought it deserved a second link. Thank you, Rebekah for making it for me. It is fun to wear.