June 12, 2013

Why I've decided not to run Glass Slipper Challenge

Ever since runDisney announced the Glass Slipper Challenge earlier this spring, I've been agonizing over whether to register or not.  I've already committed to run Dumbo Challenge in Disneyland over labor Day weekend, Wine and Dine Half Marathon (and Jingle Jungle 5K) at WDW in November and Dopey Challenge at WDW in January.  It's a lot.  And I told myself I wouldn't register for a single race following Dopey, knowing that both my body and mind might need a break from running.  Who knows, I may end up trying to fulfill my goal of 12 half marathons (one each month) in 2014.  But for now, I'm focusing on the upcoming races at hand and notably, my first marathon - Marine Corps Marathon in October.

When Mom registered on early registration day, my willpower was in question.  The Princess Half will always hold a special place in my heart.  It was my first half marathon after all and the one that brought me back to life.  I love that race.  It's simply magic, running with all those women (and men) down Main Street, through Magic Kingdom and then to finish in EPCOT.  The race means a lot to me.

However, I've been doing some thinking.  2013 (and Jan 2014) is essentially dedicated to racing and primarily, runDisney.  This means both my money and my time are dedicated to my running/runDisney habit and that's not a bad thing!  While I cannot wait to go to Disneyland for the first time in August or cross the finish line of Dopey in January, I want to do other things.  I want to go see the wine country in California.  I want to go to Costa Rica.  I want to try pizza and Chianti in Italy.  I want to go wander Paris...again.  In summation, I want to take a vacation outside of Disney and running.  I love traveling and I want to get back to that place that helps me feel happy and free.  Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Disney and always will, but I want to go someplace new (okay, I know Paris isn't new, but it will always be on my travel list).
In Wonderland At the starting line at the 2013 Princess Half
I wonder if Mom will be disappointed.  Princess is our thing.  But I think she gets it.  Even after she launched a full-blown Facebook and Twitter peer pressure campaign to get me to sign up, she eventually relented, citing my reasons above.  I appreciate that.  I felt a little guilty knowing she would head to Disney solo (at least in the moment).

I keep reminding myself that 2014 is the year for some new things - vacation, races and just variety in my life.  There is no doubt in my mind that I'll be back for the Glass Slipper Challenge another year and when I come back, I'll be more wordly and thirsty for the challenge.

Did you make it to register before the clock struck midnight and the race sold out?
{Christine}

30 comments:

  1. I'll be running the Princess Half only...I'm excited that my mom, cousins and friends with be running with me this year. A different experience than last year. It will be SO nice to have running buddies.

    I completely understand your reasoning...it's a big beautiful world and we have to make time to see everything!
    My fiancee is saying the same thing to me...I promised him that after January we would take a Disney break for a year. We will be going on our Honeymoon so that's our BIG trip for next summer.

    I love Paris and went there when I was 16. I can't wait to go back as an adult :)

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    1. Have a BLAST! You will simply love it Karen! :)

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  2. Well put Christine. After running Princess 3 years in a row I too am taking a break. I would be there in a heartbeat if I could work it out, but for now I am focused on Wine & Dine and the Dopey Challenge. There seem to be quite a few runDisney lovers who are not looking beyond Dopey for the time being. I love seeing all of the new folks who are taking on Princess weekend as their first foray into runDisney racing. It will be fantastic for those who are there and I know I will miss being one of them.

    Erin
    LoveDisneyRun
    for the love of Disney running

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    1. Yes, while I love Princess, it is time for a break...and who knows what my body will say after Dopey! :)

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  3. Good for you that you didn't get caught up in the hoopla and are following your heart. I am signing up (through GKTW) but after this one I do believe it is time for a Disney diet!

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    1. A Disney diet is hard (like all diets), but sometimes is a necessity

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  4. I think it's great that you've decided to explore other travel opportunities! You've got a lot of runDisney coming up and by taking a little break you'll come back even more excited. When I first heard about Glass Slipper I immediately wanted to sign up but upon further reflection decided to hold back. It would have been fun to be part of an inaugural rundisney race, but Princess will be my first half marathon and I want to make sure it is a really awesome experience. I don't want to worry about being fatigued at all from running the day before.

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    1. Thanks, Kristina! You will LOVE Princess - it is fabulous!

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  5. As much as I wanted to, I did not sign up for this race in 2014. I will be doing Tinkerbell and Wine & Dine next year, plus my husband and I are planning a trip to Europe!

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    1. A European vacation sounds amazing - enjoy!

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  6. I wasn't going to register, but got roped in. That said, I think this will be my last Princess for a while for the reasons you listed. I love runDisney, but I want to branch out a bit!

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    1. Yes, runDisney is so great and all these new race challenges are so tempting, but I need a little break.

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  7. Christine - I can COMPLETELY relate! It's hard to go against all the fun runDisney races, however it's nice to take a break too. Am I a little bummed I'm not going to Dumbo? Yes. However I know that timing is not right for that race - and that's okay! I also want to race in different locations and even take a vacation where (gasp!) a race isn't involved. Good for you for standing strong! (And no worries about your mom - she can hang out with Krista and me!)

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    1. Thanks, Megan! Can't wait to hear about your GSC experience :) And thanks for looking after mama! ;) <3

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  8. I think its so neat that your Mom Christine is running and having such a magical time with these Disney races....

    Pam has inspired me so much.... watching her run Goofy last year...touched my heart...and really inspired me....

    The two of you will be embarking on a Huge exciting undertaking in January....I'm looking forward to watching you do Dopey together! Memories made forever with that! Take lots of lots of photos.....Embrace each race in those 4 days of racing...

    Tink and Princess are so close behind that... (dedicatiton for sure)

    Your Mom will miss her Side-Kick....but...at the same time Christine......Us Mom's love and understand our kiddos....and your Mom thinks your absolutely Wonderful!!! She will go on and do what she does so well....inspire others.... (Big Hugs)

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Appreciate your support.

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  9. I am just starting in this running addiction. The GSC will be my first half so what you're saying sounds like where I could be in a year or two. With that said, life is too short and this world is too grand not to step out of your comfort zone and do something different.

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    1. You will simply have a blast, Amy! Princess weekend is really magical! :)

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  10. I had the same struggle with this new challenge! I debated over and over whether or not to sign up, and finally, like you, decided that the next few months ending in the Dopey Challenge is enough for now. I also have my fingers crossed that the rumors are true about the Disneyland Paris half marathon in the fall.
    And by the way, definitely go to Napa/Wine Country in California! My husband and I just got back and it was one of the most beautiful, fun vacations we have ever taken. For your runner bug, running alongside vineyards in the morning watching the hot air balloons is simply amazing!

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    1. Re: DL Paris Half...I am going out of my mind with anticipation!! I really hope that comes to fruition!

      Oooh you just kicked my vacation bug into high gear!

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  11. HI Christine,

    I was shocked when I saw your post, but I completely understand your reasons. It IS a big WORLD outside Disney World and you deserve to see it all!!!! I am signed up for GSC but after running the princess half in 2014 I too will probably move on to something I haven't experienced before. Keep focusing on your training for Marine corp and Dopey Challenge. I know you'll do great!!! Who knows, maybe I will see your mom at PHM next year!

    Take care,
    Meranda

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    1. Thanks for your support, Meranda. Yes, definitely not what anyone expected but I'm looking forward to a break to do new things. :)

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  12. Christine I totally understand where you are coming from! Dumbo and dopey are going to be amazing! :0)

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    1. HECK YEA! I cannot wait for Dumbo - will be so fun! And we MUST meet in person this time! :)

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  13. Christine, I totally feel you and have this same debate in my head ALL the time. I'm glad you stuck to your guns. I LOVE running Disney, but I love running other races and vacationing in other places too. I've found a happy medium of doing one or two Disney races a year so that I can still do other trips as well. But it's so hard when it seems like EVERYONE is registering and is asking you if you're running too. My husband and I take lots of little weekend trips and then one big vacation a year--this year it's Hawaii for the Kauai Half Marathon. It's the same weekend as Dumbo and the Disneyland Half. That was a TOUGH decision, but we're both really excited to race in Hawaii--something we've never done, whereas we ran the Tinker Bell Half together in 2012. And it will be his first trip to Hawaii at all! So I'm happy with the decision.

    BTW, we went to the Chianti region of Tuscany in 2010 and toured lots of vineyards. Highly recommend!!

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    1. Awesome feedback, Karla. Glad to know I'm not the only one who is really struggling with this.

      And Tuscany....I'm going to check out flights now hehe :)

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  14. I did Princess this year. My first runDisney experience. I simply loved it and didn't know how addicting the Disney running world can become. Luckily I committed to other travel runs this year. I was roped in by my running buddy to do it again but at least I've been able to experience so many other places and will continue to do so. You must follow your heart!! The world is a big place :)

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  15. The Glass Slipper Challenge will be my first Disney run (not my first half) and the challenge of it sounded great to have the 10K the day before. I have always wanted to do a Disney race, specifically the Princess Half, so I'm thrilled. But the expense of it and the fact that it's a destination race mean that it's not going to be a regular thing for me!

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  16. I totally understand. All my vacations are races so I can never afford to go anywhere else. I really want to go to Costa Rica and Italy.

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  17. Mmm, pizza and chianti in Italy!! My favorite meal ever! It is such a hard decision - and I completely understand. I wanted to do W&D this year, but instead, I'm going to Barcelona. It wasn't necessarily an easy decision and maybe next time I choose the other way around. But you have to do what is right for you. There are so many places to see in the world! I'm still holding out hope for a Paris Disneyland race - I need to go back to Paris! :)

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