Happy new year everyone! I apologize for disappearing for almost 2 weeks. It’s been a bit hectic. If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I have been off traveling and running my little legs off. If you’re just tuning in now, well, I did the impossible. I completed the Dopey Challenge! That’s right! I started 2018 off with a bang! Hooray Let’s recap, shall we?
Flight: My biggest fear when traveling is having my flight delayed or cancelled. And can you guess what happened the day of my flight?
Yep. My flight got cancelled. It was first delayed an hour, then two hours, then two and a half, and then straight up cancelled with no explanation. Thanks Frontier Airlines. Thanks a lot.
They offered to rebook me on their next available flight, but that meant I would have missed picking up my packet at the Walt Disney World Expo and I wouldn’t have been able to complete the Dopey Challenge. So I just took the refund they offered me. I frantically looked for another flight that night and was fortunately able to book with United, but it cost me $400 more than my original flight. Grrr. Frontier did send me a $200 voucher on top of the refund, but I was more peeved than anything because they gave me no explanation as to why the flight was cancelled nor did they apologize for the huge inconvenience they caused me.
Packet Pick-Up: Anyway, I arrived in Orlando Wednesday morning and got checked into my hotel with little delay.
Since I stayed at one of their resorts, they had shuttles taking people to the expo. Hooray for convenience! Then came the crazy crowds. I’m used to lines at expos, but this was a whole other beast.
I had forgotten to bring my printed waiver to the expo and so I had to wait in an extremely long line (maybe 30 minutes) to just print out my waiver. Once it was printed, I went to the actual bib-pick up, which consisted of another super long line that snaked outside the building. Holy moly. I think the whole ordeal took me 2 hours. Whew. I swung by the Disney merchandise area afterwards and scored myself a nice Dopey Challenge pullover. 🙂 By that time, I was done spending money and skipped the expo altogether. I probably missed out on some sweet stuff, but I was just done with overpaying for things. LOL.
I spent the rest of Wednesday resting up for the 5k distance. I set up my flatrunner and went to bed at 8 pm ET. That’s 5 pm PT, where I’m from. That’s when I usually get off work. LOL. Talk about being totally unprepared.
If you’ve every run a Disney race, you’ll know that the start times are extremely early. For a race that started at 5:30 am, we all had to leave our Disney resorts by 3:30 am. That meant standing in the cold for about 1.5 to 2 hours before starting. Oh and it was soooo very cold! The day of the 5k, it was 32F. I was super unprepared for the weather and I’m pretty sure the day of the 5k, I almost got frost bite from the lack of layers I should have been wearing. LOL. Luckily, they had Disney characters near the start line so everyone lined up to to get their photos taken. There was also a tent that everyone escaped too and huddled together to stay warm. LOL
Walt Disney World 5k: Enough with the complaining, let’s get to the race! Like all Disney races, they started each wave by sending fireworks into the air.
The first mile and a half, we were running through the streets surrounding Epcot. There were three character stops from what I remember – Chip and Dale, Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars, and the Genie from Aladdin. Chip and Dale came within the first mile, but because I was still very cold, I bypassed them and hoped that they’d be at another race. Spoiler: They weren’t. 😦 I did get a photo with the genie though so I was a happy camper. Even before entering Epcot, I took a nasty fall. I was adjusting my brownie sash for my Russell costume and missed a step and fell forward and ripped up my gloves and scraped my elbow. Luckily, I was wearing tights or my legs would have been scraped up too. Yikes!
Once I got into the park, it was magical. Disney knows how to do their races right. Since the race was so early, it felt like we were experiencing the park at night. Everything was wonderfully lit and there were so many photo worthy opportunities. The only downside is that the lighting may not be super great for taking photos with characters. After finishing the race, I grabbed a Mylar blanket and headed back to the shuttle to get ready for a day at the park. 🙂
Too long, didn’t read? Here’s the short version. I had a rocky start, but it panned out in the end. 🙂 I’ll continue with my 10k and half marathon in the next post! 🙂
Question for you: Have you ever had a flight cancelled? What did you do?