Friday, September 6, 2013

In Which Jenn & Moon Run Around the Lake at Pop Century

I mentioned on Tuesday that I don't generally run outside unless I'm racing or at Disney. Here is the story of one out of two!

For our Princess Half Marathon trip, Moon and I were forced by tragic circumstance (*cough* grad school *cough*) to head down to WDW and leave the evening after the race. Naturally it's better to do your park touring after your running, but what can you do. This did mean, though, that we had time for a little tune-up run before the race, so on Wednesday, after we'd gotten back from our first day in the World, we decided to head out for a few laps around Hourglass Lake.

In case you're not aware, Hourglass Lake is the body of water between Pop Century and Art of Animation resorts, and YOU'LL NEVER GUESS WHAT IT'S SHAPED LIKE. Oh, and there's a bridge in the middle, so theoretically you could do figure-eights. We chose the more staid route, just a steady circle around the lake.

It was around 9PM and dark, but of course there were bright lights along the path and shining from the resort paths. There were a few people out on the benches, but it was quiet, and I was really... happy. Because it was the wonderful Zen feeling of a gentle run combined with the wonderful Zen feeling of being at WDW, where things are right, and it makes me wish I could always run there. My quality of life would improve tenfold if only I had a private plane...

I sent Moon an email telling her I was doing this post in case she had time and wanted to provide input. We had the following email conversation:

MOON: I like the big toys... I forgot for the name. It is round and has string and you toss it around. Star Trek is also good.
JENN: The giant yo-yo?


I can't find my picture of the yo-yo. Please accept this
giant vat of Play-Doh instead.

(Hey, look! Part of a yo-yo in the background!)

So yeah! Great scenery, Star Trek, WDW, happiness. After which we took showers and then got dinner at the food court and went to bed. IT WAS AWESOME.

Have you gone for practice runs at WDW? What are your favorite routes?

Don't forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn's dailymile here and Moon's dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at See ya real soon!


  1. I was actually thinking of doing 10 miles in the morning before Tower of Terror because I'm supposed to do a 20 mile run that day and then my commonsense called and said, "wait, no, you're in Disney World go to Magic Kingdom." Grad school is always getting in the way of more important, exciting things!

    1. Haha, I think if it's a question of running or park touring, park touring should always win. ;)

  2. In my own defense of not knowing the term "yo-yo," I would like to point out I was under the influence of post-surgery drugs at the time!

    1. No, no, I understand - when you think "Yo Yo" you're generally picturing a Chinese dude with a cello.