Monday, March 9, 2009

Weekend Spent: O-Town Style

Friday Afternoon - After a short, 14 hour overnight visit in Atlanta on the way, we arrived in Orlando, got the rental car and found the hotel. After our quick power naps we headed out to Disney's Wide World of Sports to pick up our race packets for the next morning's 5K.

Friday Evening - after taking care of our registering and picking up our packets at the Disney's 'Fit for a Princess' Expo, we headed over to the ball fields at the DWWS and bought lawn side tickets to watch the Braves play in spring training against the Houston Astros (naturally, the Braves won :)

Saturday Morning - up and to Epcot by 6:15am (the race started at 7am and they wanted everyone there EARLY so the race would be done and over by the time the park opened to the public). The course took runners through Epcot's 11 countries World Showcase, the Fountain of Nations, Spaceship Earth, and the Leave a Legacy sculpture.

I'd like to say that this was an intense race; but really- how hard core can it be when your running behind two grown women dressed as fairies in wings and tutus??

And when there are characters along the course to cheer you on (good thing Brant didn't mind running with his camera).

By the end of the second mile, we knew we wouldn't be able to finish in 30 minutes like we first thought (could you blame us with all the dristractions? We literally had to stop running to stand in line behind other runners to take these photos...but its ok- it was worth it :)

As we passed Spaceship Earth (aka the big golf ball)

This one's for Sugi. As we passed by Japan, this cute girl was cheering us on :)

At the finish line... our final time was 38:08- with a slow start stuck in the middle of the pack at the starting line and stopping to take photos througout Epcot, we figure we can shave about 5-8 minutes off our time when we run in the BYU Rex Lee Memorial 5K next Sat. (This one we won't be traveling almost 4,000 miles round trip to run. ha!)

Saturday Afternoon - Since we were done with everything by 8am and our flight back to Salt Lake wasn't until 5:30 that afternoon, we went back to the hotel for naps, got ready, checked out, then cruised down International Drive before heading to Orlando's Premium Outlets. Too bad our adrenaline had run out by that time because we were exhausted (I didn't even care that we were missing out on all the FANTASTIC outlet sales- after a few stores we both just wanted to sit on a bench and rest!)

Saturday Early evening - flight back to Salt Lake with nothing out of the ordinary.

Sunday - church, nap, dinner, then to bed for the night to catch up on sleep.

All it all, it was a pretty magical weekend.


Leighanna, Reid and William said...

I want to do this next year! What a great excuse to go to WDW!!!

Val said...

I love the picture of you two at the Braves game. You both look so very happy. I think it is so romantic/exciting that you can travel all over the country like this! Talk about job perks.

Thanks for sharing this!

Mom said...
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Mom said...

Before you know it, you two will be chasing Philip and Julie around (you might already have known this, but I just found out they're doing a race in Paris the first week of April)

The Caldwell's said...

Yeah! Good Job! You saw my sister there! I asked her to fly out there just to cheer for you! Good thing she's a reliable one.

Julie and Stephen Barnes said...

looks like a ton of fun!! I cant wait to run again.