Hold on to your hats, friends! Part one of my Dopey Challenge recap is coming your way right now!!
I’ve struggled with how to recap my week in Florida, and I’m going with the chronological approach. Part one will cover Tuesday, Wednesday and the 5k; part two will be the 10k and the half; part three will be the marathon and my final day.
In case you missed it on Friday, I shared a ton of fun pictures from the races.
All-in-all, Tuesday was a relatively uneventful day. I finally booked myself an afternoon flight, so I was able to sleep in a bit before heading to the airport. I upgraded myself to United Plus since I had 50 minutes to make my connection in Chicago and I wanted to be one of the first off the plane. While I don’t think I’ll be paying $40 to upgrade my seat on a regular basis, the extra leg room was pretty amazing.
I made my connection and had time to pick up a Chicago mug and a salad for myself. The salad had no dressing and was a total waste of $9, but I tried to be healthy. I even had time to eat my salad since right after I boarded the plane I had to get off the plane due to some kind of mechanical issue. Thankfully it only took about 20 minutes to resolve and I was back on the plane and on my way to Jacksonville!
Lexie and Kelly picked me up and off we were to Kelly’s to hang out with her kitties and drink beers before crawling into bed.
I was up early on Wednesday, especially considering the 2 hour time difference from Calgary to Florida. We packed up the car and hopped on the road to Orlando to meet up with the other 3 gals who were flying in.
Per usual, Wednesday was a pretty exhausting day. After gathering everyone from the airport, we hopped in our bitchin’ mini van (such a great idea for 6 girls!), ate lunch, and hit up the expo. By this time I was pretty tired and wanted to get my stuff and get out. I grabbed some Gu for the marathon and some nuun since the expo deals are great even with the crappy exchange rate.
Finally, at 6pm (I think?) we were back and the hotel and went to check into our room. Except…….they gave us the wrong room. I’m happy to say it didn’t take long to sort out and soon we were snacking on cheese and crackers for dinner (this seems to be our dinner of choice as we did this 2 years ago as well) and went to bed a little later than planned, ready to run the 5k in the morning.
We were all super happy the 5k started a half hour later at 6am instead of 5:30 like the other races we’d be running. We slept in until 4:15 with a goal of being out the door by 5am to give us plenty of time to find our corrals for the race.
Ann, Kelly, Kelly and I all hopped into the same corral. We didn’t have much of a plan for the 5k, other than to run easy and finish the race. Well, we ended up running with/chasing Kelly since she’s suuuuuper speedy.
I was very pleased with how well my legs held up since my last run was 2 miles on December 21. Definitely not recommended for running any race.
After we grabbed a tasty breakfast, showered and got ready to head to Universal Studios to check out Harry Potter World.
Harry Potter World
This was really the only must-do on our list for weekend. We knew we wanted to do both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and thankfully we had until 8pm to do it.
For anyone who hasn’t been, I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say the attention to detail was absolutely amazing. We were all grinning ear-to-ear and would go back in a heartbeat! Lucky for Lexie, Katie and I, Universal California is opening Harry Potter World in April, so we’ll be hitting it up when we go to Disneyland in November to secure our coast-to-coast medals.
Stay tuned for part 2 on Wednesday!
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