HI EVERYONE WHAT’S HAPPENING
I was covering for people at work and picked up a few last-minute freelance assignments. On top of that, I’ve been reading a lot of excellent books (some Disney-related, of course!) and trying to cram in little trips and weekend events before the end of summer.
Which, frankly, I couldn’t be HAPPIER about. Running in humidity just kills me, and New York is stupid-humid in the summer. Like I’ve mentioned, stepping outside is akin to someone putting pillow over your face. Running feels slow and strained and makes me all kinds of cramped, no matter how well I eat or hydrate.
Obviously I have been running, but not at all at the levels I should be. I’m way behind on my mileage, and suddenly I’m finding myself just two months out from the Wine & Dine Half Marathon and the Philadelphia Marathon. I’m definitely concerned, but I’m trying not to freak about it too much. (PMA.) I guess in the absolute worst-case scenario, I hurt myself and wouldn’t be able to compete or finish the race(s), which would really suck. Second-worst-case scenario, I don’t improve on my half marathon and marathon times. But at least I would hopefully give it my best shot, push hard and enjoy myself.
Today and tomorrow, however, are supposed to the the last couple of hot, humid days, possibly for the rest of the year. And I couldn’t be happier. I can’t wait to amp up my training in the cooler temperatures — hopefully without injuring myself!
Of course, these looming deadlines made me realize something else — while it’s been forever since I booked my transportation to Walt Disney World in November and January for the 10K and full marathon, I hadn’t booked any hotels yet!
So I called the famed (407) WDW-IRUN. I don’t remember the last time I called Disney to MAKE reservations — I usually do it all online. But discounts were allegedly available for the Wine & Dine Half when you book by calling, and I had heard that even though WDW Marathon Weekend is so popular that they don’t offer discounts the way they do with other race weekends, they are still able to find standard rooms when sometimes they appear to be unavailable online.
Since the Wine & Dine Half is obviously during the Food & Wine Festival, I opted to stay on the supercheap so all my hard-earned monies can go to FOOD AND WINE. Art of Animation isn’t a host resort that would provide transportation to the race, so I was hoping for Pop Century, but there weren’t any race packages available … I HAD waited too long! Oh nooooooo…
The booking agent kindly offered All-Star Music, but I wished to broaden my All-Star horizons, and I’d stayed at Music recently … how about Movies, I inquired? All-Star Movies it was. I died a little bit, as I really didn’t want to return to the All-Stars. But the rate I got was great, and I’ve never been there, and I soon coerced a certain friend and more prolific Disney blogger to accompany me for at least part of my trip … despite staying amongst the giant statues and the hoi polloi, I’m sure it will be glorious!
My boyfriend is accompanying me to Marathon Weekend and he was interested in blinging a bit. It’s been a dream of mine to stay on the monorail loop — specifically at the Polynesian, but it’s still out of our price range. The Contemporary, maybe, if we stretched and pinched pennies. But we’re going for five nights, and the total cost made us both flinch.
But. BUT. What if we employed the same strategy my parents once executed during a family trip as a kid — a few nights at a Value Resort to offset the Deluxe? As a kid, we started at All-Star Music and ended with the Wilderness Lodge. My boyfriend and I committed to two nights at Pop Century and three nights at the Contemporary, switching to the Deluxe Resort the day before the marathon, so we can take the monorail to the race and then sprawl out in a more luxurious room after our 26.2-mile jaunts. As icing on that cake, I booked an ADR for the revamped California Grill the night of the marathon. And hopefully we’ll be able to hobble to the lounge a bit early to catch the exclusive fireworks view.