I woke up in tears this morning that I had to go to Disney World. Yes, you read that right – poor me, having to go to the happiest place on earth! But I just felt so unprepared. I’m not trained whatsoever, I’m out of shape, I hadn’t even figured out any logistics for my trip like how to get to the hotel from the airport (I wasn’t renting a car) or what I was going to do on my trip besides do the marathon, and I hadn’t contacted any blogging friends to meet up! I just felt totally hopeless, and I was so close to calling JetBlue and cancelling my ticket.
But Boyfriend shoved me out the door (he has to work all weekend, so it’s not like I was missing out on time with him anyway) and off I went. I spent the flight still not terribly enthused, but dashed off a few e-mails to people and cleaned up all the documents on my computer (silly, but it had to be done)… and arrived to sunshine-filled Orlando feeling like a lot better about myself and that I had actually accomplished something.
I heard back from Andrew, a Marathon Maniac around my age who I met during the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon. Lo and behold, he told me that he was concerned about running Disney because he hadn’t run a mile since December 15th, and that he planned to just relax and try to take as many pictures as possible on the course. Brilliant! I quickly decided that was my strategy too, and made tentative plans to meet him tonight for dinner.
I also heard back from John, who’s in the Albany Running Exchange and had also made the trek down from the Northeast to run Disney. He generously offered to pick me up from my hotel and go to the expo with me! My hotel has a free shuttle to Disney, but I hadn’t realized that the expo wasn’t on Disney property, so this offer was a total lifesaver.