Well it’s official, I’m not running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon this year. B and I made the decision a few days ago that we were not going to travel down to Orlando next week and therefore I had to forgo running the race. I’ve been lucky enough to participate in most of the runDisney races this year, but with that comes a price.
First is the obvious financial price. Since I live over 1,000 miles from Walt Disney World and on the other side of the country from Disneyland, it costs a lot to travel to these races. It’s not just airfare, but it’s rental cars, airport parking, pet sitters, hotels, food, etc… Each event comes with a hefty price tag and that’s not even taking the race entry into account. Last week we had to buy B a new car because his fabulous 2006 Mini Cooper with almost 160k miles on it was on her last legs. It was unexpected, but necessary for him. Also the holidays are coming up and we will have a ton of additional expenses coming our way. We had to weigh the fun extravagance against our responsibilities and obviously the latter won out.
Second is the physical/emotional price. Traveling takes a lot out of me. It’s no secret that I am not a fan of flying, but I suck it up to go to my happy place. That doesn’t mean that it’s not draining for me. I have also not been feeling all that well lately (you can read about that over on RAD Living) so the thought of packing, getting on a plane and sleeping in a foreign bed for 5 nights was just not appealing to me. In the past 2 months I have traveled A LOT and just need a break. I just want to be home. As much as I love Disney and my friends who I would be seeing next week, I just can’t do it.
Am I a bit disappointed? Yes! I LOVE the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. It’s tied for my favorite race with Princess. And Food & Wine Festival…ugh what I wouldn’t do for a lamb chop from Australia right now. But I’ve realized that I just can’t do everything, even though I really want to. I have to put my family and my health first and that’s why I’ve decided to take a break. Next year I will definitely be cutting back on my travel so I can make it there for this race…it will be the 5th anniversary after all!
So as sad as I am that I won’t be there, I’m so excited to follow along with all of you during the weekend. Send me your photos…I want to live vicariously through you! I’ve also recruited some awesome guests to cover the weekend for me so we won’t be short on recaps over here. Plus, it will be great to get some other perspectives than me rambling on like I always do 🙂
Good luck and I can’t want to see everyone with these awesome new medals on!