enjoying the accomplishment

The really nice thing about running a big race (or distance) like Tower of Terror is basking in the accomplishment the next day.

After a well-deserved shower, I finally fell into bed at around 3:30AM. I knew that Little Man would be up with the sun, so I didn’t have my heart set on getting much sleep. Besides, we were spending Sunday in Magic Kingdom to celebrate all that running!

Now that little man is in school, it’s getting harder to take impromptu trips to Disney, so I was especially grateful that we were able to see the Halloween decorations on Main Street. This is really such a wonderful time of the year.

It’s a little bizarre to see all the pumpkins and fall leaves when the temperatures are in the 90s, but it’s just a fact of life down here.

We met up with K and B at the Dumbo ride, and then took the boys over to the Buzz Lightyear ride in Tomorrowland. We had made lunch reservation at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant to celebrate, and needed to work our way back up Main Street to get there and meet up with A, who was bringing the babysitter (his cousin) back home.

There were mixed reviews about this particular establishment, but I figured it’s kind of hard to mess up Italian food, and there really weren’t a lot of other options. The food was actually pretty decent. I wasn’t really hungry so I picked on some zucchini fries that we ordered for the table and then enjoyed a fresh caprese salad. Mr PugRunner and A each got different flatbreads, and K ordered a delicious looking eggplant and pasta dish. The service, unfortunately, was lacking. Our server was very distracted and slow, which made for a super long lunch. For whatever reason, the boys managed to stay occupied their meals, coloring and iPhones, so it was ok. Not sure if I would return, but the company couldn’t be beat.

After lunch, we parted ways. The AMOTR family wanted to go shopping for something for their little daughter, who had stayed home with her grandparents, and little man wanted to ride the Barnstormer. We did that, watched the clowns perform outside the Big Top and then decided to call it a day. We were exhausted and had a long drive ahead of us.

There was only one last thing to do. I really wanted a photo of us in front of Cinderella’s castle, wearing our medals. Strike that. I REALLY wanted to be at Hollywood Studios at rope drop to get a picture of us in front of Tower of Terror, wearing our medals, but … Mr PugRunner was not the biggest fan of that idea, seeing as how he wanted to sleep as long as possible.

Hey. I know how to compromise.

And this worked out just as well.

I cannot wait for our next family-and-friends running weekend. It was the most incredible experience with the most wonderful people and I am just so grateful for that time.

How do you celebrate your running accomplishments?

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13 Responses to enjoying the accomplishment

  1. Matilda says:

    It depends on the type of run, and the type of accomplishment. After I did my half marathon back in April I got myself a pedicure. Was great.
    I haven’t rewarded myself other than some new workout gear in a while.
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  2. There is no better way to celebrat a running accomplishment like a day at the Magic Kingdom! If I’m not at Disney I usually treat myself to a massage or a fun new piece of running gear.
    I love the fall decorations! I’m already planning on going to Disney in October of next year ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve been there for most holidays but never Halloween!
    Karen @karenlovestorun
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  3. Karen says:

    SO much fun! I love that you celebrated at the MK! Cute photo in front of the castle, too! We ate at Tony’s for our Honeymoon several years ago but haven’t been back. The food was good, and we enjoyed the atmosphere, so I don’t really know why we haven’t been back…I’ll have to put it on the list for an upcoming trip! :0) Sorry the service was slow…that does stink!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      It was such a great weekend. I pay so little attention to food and ADRs in Magic Kingdom. There is so much to do and I hate wasting time at a long meal. Normally, we just hit Columbia Harbor House for counter service and call it a day, but I thought it would be nice to have a “real” celebratory lunch.

  4. I celebrate my long races with a huge meal at my fav mexican restaurant!
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  5. That’s so fun that y’all can go to Disney whenever you get the chance — the last time I was there was in high school for AAU Nationals… I’d love to go back soon!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      We are really lucky. We’re at an age with little man where I think we will start hitting Universal a little more, but for now, we are enjoying all the pixie dust. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. We went to Magic Kingdom on Monday (did Animal Kingdom/Epcot on Sunday after the race) and it was a ZOO!! So glad you had a nice day! We went to Be Our Guest on Monday for lunch and it was well worth the 25 minute wait to get inside for counter service. Sorry that your lunch stunk!!
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Be Our Guest for lunch is amazing. I love the quiche.

      MK was a low crowd day on Sunday, so it just made sense for us. Little man has been asking to go to Animal Kingdom, so that will be our next stop. ๐Ÿ™‚

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