Who knew?

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.

Moneymoneymoneymoney....

Moneymoneymoneymoneymoney….

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.

Oooohhhh, pretty!

Oooohhhh, pretty!

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.

Feed me!

Feed me!

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!

Boing Boing Boing

boing, boing, boing

Cali

Oh beautiful for spacious skies…

Oh Danny boy...

Oh Danny boy…

Tuscany

Molto bene!

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.

What’s your dream vacation destination?

(All photos courtesy of Pinterest.)

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7 thoughts on “Who knew?

  1. This is tough for me. I’m pretty much obsessed with Disney and there’s nothing more exciting to me than running through the parks. However, I am definitely struggling with the rising costs of registration and the additional price tags on “extras” like the formerly free meet-ups! I guess you just have to decide for yourself whether the costs are worth it — to me, they still are, but I know there will come a time in my life when I can’t just drop several hundred bucks and fly to FL every couple of months to run around in a silly costume and earn a pretty medal. For now, though, I’m definitely enjoying it! 🙂

    • I absolutely agree! Like anything to do with runDisney events, which seem to keep increasing in opportunities, it’s a personal decision. It’s sad to see though, how Disney seems to be taking advantage, but after all, it IS a business. The saddest part is I think Disney will kind of “forget” those who have supported these events for so long and will count on those who will drop their last penny on anything and everything like the race retreats, meetups, etc. I’ll keep checking off my Disney race WISH list when I can, but I’m not going to, nor can I afford to, obsess over it. And like you, I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can! Thanks for reading!! 🙂

  2. I think the costs are definitely at a prohibitive state for me. Admittedly I wouldn’t be planning such a quick, follow up trip if it wasn’t for the fact I was going with a group, which will help keep the costs down. Coming from Canada, it is that much more expensive to participate as flights are rarely direct and take the better part of a day to travel between home and either Disney Park. That means more in hotel, more days off work, more eating out, etc. Nevermind the increasing costs of just the race itself. It’s sad for me because I would love to participate more often than every few years, but the logistics and money make it impossible.

  3. Choosing which races to run, and whether you want to race at all, is ultimately your own decision. Would I love to run all the races? Of course. But are finances and my limited ability to take frequent leave as a teacher going to prevent that from happening? Of course. But again, its all a personal decision that has to be made.

    While I agree with much of what Megan wrote about, it isn’t her words or any other blogger’s thoughts, that are going to prevent me from registering from another runDisney race. Ultimately its up to me to make the best decision for myself (and my husband), and whether that includes many future runDisney races or not is to be seen.

    • And I think that was exactly Megan’s point: whether or not someone wants to participate in the runDisney events is THEIR decision, and their’s alone. Everyone comes from a different background financially, job-wise, etc. Whether or not that individual wants to run all the events, none, or just a few, is entirely up to them. I can see how someone can get burned out both physically and financially going from race to race, especially between October and February. If you can swing it though, and that’s your thing, I can only imagine how much fun it would be!

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