Night races are kind of a weird Disney phenomena in many respects. It’s not typical for you to start a race around 10 pm and as someone with a 9 pm bedtime, this race has a strange effect on me. If this is your first time running the Wine & Dine half marathon, be warned that friendships and familial bonds will be tested by how cranky you’ll be on Sunday as a result of exhaustion. I may have started screaming at my sister in Epcot because I was in so much pain and so tired the first time we went that I couldn’t function like a normal human being. It was bad.
The moral of the story is you can’t do this kind of thing on 8 hours of sleep spread out over 4 days, it just doesn’t work.
As always, when traveling to Disney World with non-runners who only participate in the after party, be really upfront with them about how you’ll be feeling and set expectations accordingly. Maybe you’re not walking too well the next day and something hurts, or you can’t eat certain places on Saturday because you’ll either throw it up or crap it out, whatever it is just tell them honestly.
No one likes to be that attraction at Disney World, you know, the one where vacationers turn on each other and dramatically and loudly tell their travel party how much they hate them.