Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Day 4 Part 2 – Celebrating My First Half Marathon

Our medal collection for the weekend after finish the Disney World half marathon

Our medal collection for the weekend after finishing the Disney World half marathon

After completing my first half marathon, Preston wanted to ensure that my first half was properly celebrated and not overshadowed by his pending completion of the Dopey Challenge the next day. We had initially planned to celebrate with Mom and Dad at Epcot and with dinner at Le Cellier, but shortly after we got back to our hotel after the race Mom and Dad made a last minute decision to not purchase park tickets, thus, our dinner plan had to be changed.

We lucked out, as Preston was able to score a last minute reservation to California Grill at the Contemporary Resort.  We’ve always wanted to eat there, and when we tried to make a reservation for this trip when we made our other dining reservations, the only times available at California Grill were for late seatings, which wasn’t ideal given the early morning wake up calls we had for the races.  We were very excited to get a 5:15pm reservation time only hours before dinner!

While my parents spent time at the pool Preston and I spent the afternoon at Epcot.  We spent the majority of our time in World Showcase so that we could walk around and keep our legs loose.  Although my legs did tighten up throughout the day, I can only imagine how much worse they would have been had we not kept moving.

Yes, I did sport my compression sleeves during our afternoon at Epcot

Yes, I did sport my compression sleeves during our afternoon at Epcot

My first priority when we got to Epcot was to visit with Donald in Mexico.  I just had to show off my medal to him and share my accomplishment!  He appeared to be very proud of me when I told him that it had been my first marathon.

Celebrating the half marathon with the host of that morning's race

Celebrating the half marathon with the host of that morning’s race

After lunch at La Cantina de San Angel (we were still hungry despite having had brunch in the Race Retreat tent), we slowly made our way around World Showcase.  We kept the afternoon pretty low key, and definitely appreciated the gorgeous weather we had that afternoon.  I moved pretty slowly due to my sore legs and chaffed thigh, but we eventually made one full loop around World Showcase, rode Soarin’, and then headed back to our hotel to change for dinner.

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We couldn’t have picked a better evening to enjoy dinner at California Grill!  The weather was gorgeous, which allowed us to enjoy the view of the beautiful sun as it set over the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Our views of the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom during dinner

Our views of the Grand Floridian and Magic Kingdom during dinner

Enjoying the amazing views of Magic Kingdom from the California Grill Observation Deck

Enjoying the amazing views of Magic Kingdom from the California Grill Observation Deck

All four of us absolutely enjoyed our meals at California Grill.  The food was spectacular, our server was incredible, and when she heard that we were celebrating my first half marathon she ensured that we received a complimentary dessert to celebrate the occasion.

Some of the delicious food we enjoyed at California Grill

Some of the delicious food we enjoyed at California Grill

Our fourth full day at Disney World was absolutely amazing.  From running my first half marathon to celebrating my milestone race with Preston, Mom, and Dad, I couldn’t have planned the day better.  Although I was initially disappointed that we wouldn’t be able to eat at Le Cellier, which is one of my and Preston’s favorite restaurants at Disney World, I’m so glad that we topped off what was already an incredible day by trying a new restaurant and enjoying it as much as we did.  Preston and I both found a new favorite Disney restaurant that day, but won’t be visiting California Grill on every future trip to Disney World, as we want to only go there for special occasions.

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11 Responses to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Day 4 Part 2 – Celebrating My First Half Marathon

  1. Chaitali says:

    That sounds like a wonderful celebration! I loved California Grill the couple times I went there, though it was years ago. My post race tradition so far has been a decadent brunch.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful day and a perfect way to celebrate!

  3. AWESOME pictures! What a great way to celebrate your first half! Congrats again, BTW. Isn’t California Grill amazing? Definitely one of those “only for special occasions” type of restaurants, but you earned it! 😀

  4. Katrina Elle says:

    What a HUGE Accomplishment to be celebrating – so glad you were able to do it at the HAPPIEST place on Earth!

  5. Hildy says:

    Great way to Celebrate a huge accomplishment!!! Sounds like a great day indeed!!

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