Apparently one of my fave bloggers seems to have set the runDisney world into a state of uproar, (or at least it seems that way). Megan at Running Toward the Prize wrote a great post on her thoughts about runDisney events and her very personal decision to take a break from them. Ironically, (and yes I’m being facetious here), a number of people, myself included, agree with her thoughts. Sadly, as it seems to be with everything else in the world today, the costs associated with runDisney events is skyrocketing, and many runners are beginning to question if they are getting the best value for their running dollar.
As a seasonal passholder, my travel costs for these events are considerably less than those who need to figure in not only registration fees, but flights, rental cars, food, etc. The hubby and I can usually minimize the impact to our wallets by staying at close, but considerably less expensive hotels, bringing a cooler packed with what my stomach can tolerate, (as opposed to taking a chance on restaurant food which may or may not do a number to my system on race day), and not getting caught up in the “have to buy everything in sight madness” at the expo, ( I actually walked out of the last expo without buying a THING!) Would I love one of those cute pink Minnie New Balance shoes? Sure! Was I about to jump through hoops to get a pair? Not a chance in you-know-where.
The hubby was actually going to get a pair for me until I put my foot down, (no pun intended), and said there was no way I could justify spending that much moolah on a pair of shoes I wouldn’t even be using for running. Now, this is not to discount those who love to shop to their heart’s content at these expos. Sometimes I wish I could get all excited about what is sometimes a perfect opportunity to meet people whose posts you read all year or chat back and forth with on social media, but I just can’t handle crowds like I used to and – let’s admit it – I’m a complete socially awkward type. Going up to a blogger whose posts I find entertaining, informative, and just plain fun, makes me feel like a total groupie. And no one likes groupies. Except maybe rock stars. And Paris Hilton. She definitely seems like the groupie-loving type. I’m not one who can easily go up to someone and just start a conversation with them. Give me my stuff, let me see if anything catches my eye, and get me the heck out of Dodge. I know both my wallet (and the hubby) appreciate it.
With all that being said, let me weigh in with my humble thoughts. I plan on running more Disney events in the future. Would I like to be able to check off every race runDisney puts on at least once? Sure. Will it happen? Who knows? Will I be heartbroken if I don’t? Absolutely not. Disney is and will always remain a very special place for me. The memories I associate with it are irreplaceable. Will we continue to go as much as we can? I hope so. Will the hubby and I continue to expand our vacation horizons and try to fill our passports with as many different stamps as possible? Count on it. I guess this is where the fact that my non-Disney-Dork husband comes in handy. He tolerates my Dorkness yet continues to remind me there is so much more out there to see. And I plan on seeing ALOT of it!
Life is too short to not take advantage of everything, and every place, this great, big, beautiful world has to offer. So let’s just all skip the drama and remember to…
Enjoy the ride.
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(All photos courtesy of Pinterest.)