Friday, March 15, 2013

Wine and Dine Half Marathon!!!


So.... since we're "taking it easy" now that the 40@40 project is complete, we have talked about running one half marathon per month in 2013 -- a "13 in 13" sort of idea, given that we ran two half marathons in January (WDW and Tinker Bell). So I had started to think about what races we'd do in which month, and had come up with this:

MonthRace
JanuaryWalt Disney World Half Marathon
"Tinker Bell Half Marathon
February Birch Bay Half Marathon
March Cupcake Run Half Marathon
April Earth Day Half Marathon
May Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon
June Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon
July  ??
August  ??
September  ??
October  ??
November  ?? 
December  ??


While looking at the Half Fanatics race calendar, I noticed the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in Disney World in November... the weekend before our anniversary. Everything seemed to make perfect sense: because the race is a Saturday night race, we could fly down on the Friday, go to expo on Saturday morning, race Sat

urday night, play on Sunday, and fly home on Monday evening. We already have passes to Disney World, and we have a $99 companion fare on Alaska Airlines that we have to book by June 1, with no particular other place to go. 

One problem: the race is the same weekend as Designer Con in Pasadena, which we went to last year and had a blast. But we were both a little worried about D-Con being extended to two days, and I started to worry about spending two days shopping -- rather than a weekend enjoying ourselves. 

When registration opened the other day for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, however, we had to make a decision.... and decided in favor of the race. Wil had one stipulation: that we shouldn't just stay for a long weekend, but should stay for a week. This serves two purposes; it gives us a proper holiday, and it means that we'll spend our anniversary in Disney World: two perfect things, if you ask me. So we booked our flights and registered for the race. Wine and Dine is a race I have always wanted to run, so I'm excited to finally get to do it. I love that we'll run through Christmas decorations... even if it is in early November. But I think we'll get our holidazzle on and come home ready to get into the Christmas spirit. 

Now, I don't think I'll ever really need to run the Princess Half Marathon, so this may well be our last Orlando event for a long while... but I'm excited to "pin our bibs on" and run our first nighttime half marathon this November!

So... let's make the revised 2013 plan:

MonthRace
JanuaryWalt Disney World Half Marathon
"Tinker Bell Half Marathon
February Birch Bay Half Marathon
March Cupcake Run Half Marathon
April Earth Day Half Marathon
May Rock 'n' Roll Portland Half Marathon
June Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Half Marathon
July  ??
August  ??
September  ??
October  ??
November Wine and Dine Half Marathon
December  ??

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