do you remember seeing those ads that used to run on tv where a hyper, unseen announcer would thrust a microphone in front of an ecstatic, celebrity athlete and bellow, “troy aikman! you just won the super bowl! what are you going to do next??!!” and the practically incoherent mega-superstar would yell, bug-eyed, “I’M GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!!!” before continuing on with his victory arm-pumps and man-hugs with his equally-frenzied team-mates?
well, my current level of excitement is right on par with these guys. cuz…guess who is going to celebrate her birthday next january in disney? me, yes, me!!
here’s the backstory:
the first time i ever heard of goofy’s race and a half challenge was the first winter i worked at the store. janice came in to the wednesday eve run club one cold, winter night with three rockin’ huge medals dangling from her neck – she was freshly returned from completing the goofy. we all ooh-ed and aah-ed over the super-cute hardware, and i was all ears as janice described her weekend of fun down at disney. i made a note to self: add this travel adventure to my life bucket list.
fast-forward to this past november, or so. various friends at the store started discussing disney 2013 and how a group trip was in the making. a facebook page was established, and i joined, just to stay in the loop as i debated whether i could make a visit to disney a reality for january 2013.
[tangent: typing this post, i sometimes feel like i am composing another april fool’s joke -> but, trust me, this plan is for real!]
i debated the pros and cons, my mind veering from YIPPEE thoughts to the YIKES. on the plus side:
- a travel opportunity that is not too expensive nor too long in duration
- a travel opportunity with a group of people i know and like
- a travel opportunity to florida,
my natural habitat, a state i love and adore
- a travel opportunity that involves running
- a travel opportunity on the weekend after my birthday
- a quick get-away escape from january in canada
- a chance to see all of disney’s parks
- a chance to train for a specific event: disney is also about the journey, not just the destination
- MEDALS!! a TSHIRT!!! LAUGHTER-FILLED FUN TIMES!!! (i am not joking when i say these are my three primary goals of completing the goofy)
the potential downsides all included hypothetical what if’s:
- what if training doesn’t go as planned?
- what if the weather is horrible that weekend?
- what if there are flight delays, hotel snafus, race kit pickup blunders??…
as you can see, the negatives are largely things beyond my control. (for training, i plan to be smart and do my best). still, i wasn’t 100% sure about disney…i askedvarious friends and family members for their input (thumbs up!), then decided to wait for karma to work its magic (after all, isn’t magic a major disney theme?!) and wait for *a sign.*
easter sunday eve, i got home from our family celebration and found an email:
“time to sign up there girl. come aboard. you can room with c and me.”
bingo. right then and there i made up my mind to just do it. life is too short to be worried by what if’s.
disney registration opened last week, and last monday eve (monday april 9th -> 9th day of the month = birthday date = good karma), i signed myself up.
i’m going to disney and i’m going to be goofy!!
show me the bliiiiiinnnnggg!!!
have you ever been to disney (in florida)? my one and only visit was our family vacation when i was nine/in grade three. this was pre-epcot, even!
i am appreciative of any tips, websites, must-see disney places that you can recommend! at this point, i most want to see cinderella’s castle, again – haha!!
[sidenote: i have planned a number of running-related blog posts for the remaining days of the blogging from a-z april challenge; however, this blog is not about to turn into a training log book – that’s not my style! for example, you may or may not hear about disney again until i do up the race report next january!].