mickey’s jingle jungle 5k

by @according2kelly on November 19, 2012

it’s not secret that 5k’s aren’t exactly my favorite distance. i’ve said it before, & i’ll say it again… the 5k distance is probably the hardest race, i’ve ever run.

i know, i know – it sounds totally silly. how could a 5k (3.1 miles) be harder than a half marathon or even a full marathon?!

the reason is simple – because running a 5k is usually damn hard, extremely painful, & a full-on-out-sprint for 3.1 miles.

not to mention, that the race is usually over in just a matter of minutes, which often leaves me wondering – was it really worth the race fee?!jingle-jungle-5k

well, i’m hear to tell you that the runDisney 5K’s are the exception to the rule – they are all about putting the fun back in your run!

the mickey’s jingle jungle 5k (an un-chipped, un-timed run) was the perfect warm up for the wine dine half marathon, i ran later that night, not to mention a good excuse to let my inner minnie mouse come out to play.

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& i have to admit, running in sparkly-holiday themed minnie mouse ears, & a red polka dot team sparkle skirt and sleeves pretty much rocked.

runDisney’s mickey’s jingle jungle 5k

the first mile of the run wound around the parking lot, which i have to admit wasn’t that exciting.

but after just a few minutes, we were soon entering disney’s animal kingdom park & running past the always-beautiful-always-awe-inspiring tree of life.

from there we “raced” towards africa & on into asia, passing flights of wonder, expedition everest , nemo & into dinoland usa, before crossing the finish line.

decorations, characters, photo opps galore, holiday music & even animals lined the course!

which definitely helped the miles literally fly by.

& i loved be able to run in a race that actually encouraged the whole family to participate! they even have a “stroller division!”

i was having so much fun running, i didn’t realize until after i crossed the finish line, that i never started my garmin… although the finish line clock said 23ish minutes.

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so if you’re contemplating signing up for a 5K, or thinking you’d like to “run Disney” – i’d definitely suggest any of the runDisney 5K races. they are an absolute blast! they are the perfect race, whether it’s your first or fiftieth – runDisney always makes sure there is magic in every mile.

want to read more about my runDisney wine & dine half marathon adventures? be sure to check out my #winedinehalfmeetup recap.

disclosure: i was invited by runDisney to attend the entire event weekend as media – meaning they were kind enough to cover my hotel expenses at the fabulous boardwalk  inn (betcha started singing “under the boardwalk,” because i know i did), meals, and all of my race fees.

of course – all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own, because as you already know… i absolutely, totally & completely LOVE runDisney events.

 

9 comments
Sara-Jayne
Sara-Jayne

We're running the Jingle Jungle 5k this year, our first Disney race!

Jenny
Jenny

What a blast! You look awesome too. :) Great job, Kelly!

Emily
Emily

I love your outfit!! Sounds like it was a great time!!

Matt
Matt

Great recap, and love the outfit! Looks like you had an awesome run!

Dara
Dara

looks like you had lots of fun! great job!

Pam
Pam

Love your recap and photos. You were/are an adorable holiday Minnie!

Monica
Monica

I can't believe you ran a 5K then a 1/2 in one day-you are my inspiration!! They should have a special name for doing that like they have Goofy's Challenge. Like Dumbo's Double :)

Marie
Marie

SOOO AWESOME!!! Looks like you had a great time. And how cool that they set you up at the Boardwalk too. (That's our home resort for the DVC!) Mark my words: I WILL run Disney one day.

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