To all those stuck in the frozen tundra of the northeast – including various members of my family – think warm thoughts.
I’m sitting here watching Saving Mr. Banks for the umpteenth time – that PL Travers was quite the, well, YOU know – and following with morbid fascination the animated FB conversation over Princess Weekend corral placements.
Why do people get so hyped up over corral placements at every single runDisney event? I get not wanting to start in the last corral if you’re not going to be walking the entire race, but geesh, is it really worth getting so darn worked up over it? You’re going to start where you’re going to start. You may have people finish in front of you and maybe people behind you. But for the love of Mickey, YOU’RE RUNNING IN THE LAND/WORLD OF THE MOUSE! How can anyone get their panties all in twist when THESE guys are on the course?
I think waiting for the corral placements to come out is always part of the anticipation of any Disney race, probably because it’s the final step before the actual event. Will I be starting further away from the balloon ladies? Will I be running for my life in order not to get swept? Could I – dare I say it – possibly score an AG award? Or – like me – just pray to the running gods that you can finish without the knees imploding. A relatively pain-free race would be better than any AG award at this particular junction of my running career.
Yet, the Corral Crazies continue. I don’t know, maybe it’s just a mandatory part of race anticipation, like training and unfortunate, untimely belly blowups. (Like that analogy, don’tcha?) Everyone will always have their opinions and arguments over where the slower runners should be, whether or not PR’ing at a Disney race is possible, and who should get out of who’s way if they want to stop for pictures. But my opinion is this: run your race, whatever that may be. Don’t sweat where you start as sooner or later you’re going to get the finish line (hopefully), and just take the time to enjoy what you’re doing and where you’re doing it. And maybe – just maybe – if you’re in just the right place, at just the right time, you just might hear some GREAT singing.
Enjoy the ride.
Ever find yourself caught in the Corral Crazies? Is it important to you where you start a race from or do you just do your best from wherever you begin? Is stopping for character photos a big part of your race? Have you been “lucky” enough to hear us singing during a Disney race? Wish you hadn’t?