Getting ready for Wine and Dine Weekend

Guess what?!? I am running at Walt Disney World this weekend (again!). I’m sure you guys are really shocked. 😉 It seems like I was just there for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler race. Not only will I be running at Disney, I will also be celebrating the anniversary of a huge accomplishment in my running journey.


Just over a year ago, I was headed to Disney for my first ever runDisney race and my first ever half marathon, the 2011 Wine and Dine Half Marathon. When I crossed the finish line of the race, I was an emotional mess. Seeing the finish line and hearing my name called literally brought tears to my eyes. Up until that moment, I honestly had no idea that I was capable of such a thing. My training really hadn’t gone as planned and I wasn’t sure if I would cross the finish line in less than 3 hours. I finished that race in 2:41:27! I stumbled through the finisher’s area and made my way to the spot I was meeting my boyfriend. Even though I was definitely doing some sort of crazy waddle/hobble thing, I was on Cloud 9. I still love every minute of that race to this day.

The moment when I crossed that finish line I decided that I was going to to be back every single year to celebrate that accomplishment. So when registration opened up a few months ago, I signed up that very day. For me, this year’s race is going to be a little different. It won’t be my first half marathon or even my second one. I know what to expect this time around. The course is basically the same as last year’s and I am comfortable with running/racing at night. The one tiny thing different about this year is that I have also signed up for the 5k Fun Run on Saturday morning.


My weekend is going to be an epic fun-filled, crazy running weekend and I can’t wait for it to start! I am a little nervous about running two races in the same day but I know I can do it. My plan is to run the 5k at a slow pace and to save my legs for the half marathon. I want to enjoy both races and to have a great time this weekend.

What are your plans for the weekend?

I seriously can’t wait to earn these two medals!


  1. says

    I’m excited for you and also a little jealous. Last year’s Wine and Dine was my first half too. I don’t know why I didn’t sign up this year!! I think I had my sights set with such a tunnel vision on the marathon weekend that I forgot to watch the capacity of the other races I would have done. Oh well. I’m excited to live vicariously through you! I hope your legs hold up and you’re able to enjoy this experience as well! Are you trying to better your time from last year?

  2. says

    Just happened to come across your blog on I live in Tampa also. Good luck in the wine and dine half! I’m running the Disney marathon in January, can’t wait!