Whew! I am home from Disney World, only to leave again tomorrow for Disneyland to run my first ever Tinkerbell half marathon! Right now I am wondering who came up with this idea, I am still tired from the 48.6 I ran this past weekend for Dopey!
I had a great time at the runDisney expo last weekend, we actually spent over three hours just hanging out, chatting with friends, and soaking up the marathon atmosphere. It was great to see so many of my friends and meet some new ones that I have only spoken to online. I also met some super sweet folks that read my blog, I loved talking to everyone! One of the first people I ran into was Carissa, who was looking fabulous as always.
I headed over to the KT Tape booth to get taped up for the races. You will be happy to hear I got taped Wednesday and it lasted until Sunday morning. The edges had JUST started rolling up so I went ahead and reapplied for the marathon.
I was able to get us all the official merchandise that I wanted that was available. If I am being honest, I felt like there was a lack in Inaugural Dopey merchandise. I was hoping for a Dopey specific mug or glass, and a Dopey hoodie/sweatshirt, none of which I saw available. (Also when will they make dishwasher safe mugs like the rest of Disney World sells? I was hoping this was the year).
I will say I LOVE my pink “I did it” Dopey shirt, they hit the mark with that one. I also was able to get a Dopey sweaty band that is really cute.
I am also glad they changed the way you stand in line for shoes. I felt it went very smoothly and was an easy process. I hope they continue this at other races.
There were also marathon weekend specific inserts and shoe charms on sale. I thought $40 was a little steep for a pair of inserts and charms. I was considering getting them if they were just the inserts and around $20, but I wasn’t going to spring for inserts 1/3 the price of the actual shoes (which I think are priced very reasonably).
We picked up our race bibs in the next building, where they also had some of the official merchandise.
We didn’t stay for any of the speaker series because we still had not checked into our hotel (and we were very hungry!) But I heard they went well.
As we headed out there was information about the cool down party, as well as the official hashtags for the race weekend.
I was also very happy with the new women’s cut race shirts, and was pleasantly surprised to see they are the awesome silky material, not the usual rough heavy ones. Now if only they would let us choose between long sleeve and short sleeve I would be one happy girl. I do however love this years design and colors, it’s my favorite year of the four marathon weekends I have participated in. Great job runDisney!
I went to the expo Wednesday and it was not nearly as crowded as I expected it to be which was a nice surprise. I had room to walk down the aisles and didn’t feel rushed to get in and out of a booth that was crowded. The signage was great, the volunteers were friendly and knowledgeable, and I would say it was a great success!
QOTD: What are your thoughts on the new women’s cut shirts? What day did you go to the expo?