Have you ever had a totally crazy idea? Did you decide to do it? Well I did. It started when a friend casually mentioned cheap airfare and ended with me agreeing to fly to Florida for 36 hours to run a half marathon. Sounds like fun, right? Sure, I hadn’t run a half marathon in two years and hadn’t been training for one. But that just adds to the adventure. (What did I get myself into?)
If you haven’t guessed, I will be running the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon on Sunday, April 23rd. It will be my first runDisney event at Walt Disney World, and running it means that I will finally earn a Coast to Coast medal. I’ll earn that medal two weeks later at the Disneyland Resort when I complete the Pixie Dust Challenge.
Once I committed to this crazy scheme I started training right away. I am a huge fan of Jeff Galloway’s run/walk program and of the the training plans he makes available through runDisney. Fortunately, when I started it was only week five of his training schedule and the mileage wasn’t very high, yet. I picked it up from there and last week I completed my 14 mile training run, so I am good to go.
Of course, there was a much bigger challenge to face. What was I going to wear? I’ve run the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon in the past as Princess Leia, and the 10k as R2D2, but for this event I really wanted to embrace my dark side. My solution? Darth Minnie. She is the character I was looking for.
The more I have learned about this event, the better it sounds. Unlike half marathons at the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World runDisney events take place 100% on Disney property. The course will take me through three parks: Disney Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studio and Epcot. I can’t wait to run around World Showcase.
So here is how this is all going to go down. This Friday, after work, I’m flying from San Diego, CA to Orlando, FL on a red eye flight. I’m travelling with a friend who kindly offered to share her hotel room with me. (Yep, she’s the one who got me into this in the first place. I should probably thank her!) We hightail it to the Expo to pick up our gear. We’ll have a little time to relax and check out the new Planet Hollywood Observatory for dinner. Sunday morning, long before the crack of dawn, the race begins. After crossing the finish line, I have a few more hours to enjoy Walt Disney World and then I fly home. I’m not even missing a day of work. I should probably be really stressed out about this trip, but overall, I’m excited. Sometimes you just have to say yes when adventure comes calling.