Not long after I ran the Princess Half Marathon last year, I got to thinking about running a full marathon. I got a little distracted by the Coast-to-Coast medal pursuit, however, so "Marathon" took a seat in the dark recesses of my mind. Then, shortly after the Coast-to-Coast was in my greedy little hands, the "Half Fanatics" thing happened... and "Marathon" sat back there patiently waiting its turn.
Now that I have a few months before I have to start training for the triathlon in June, my mind has become fixated on "Marathon". I've reduced my 2011 running schedule so I can put aside money for the Disney World Marathon in 2012. I lurked on the ROTE boards for the WDW2011 Marathon Weekend and was envious of the wonderful plans everyone was making. When the weekend arrived, I cheered my fellow ROTErs on via computer messages! And I knew I needed to be there in 2012.
But, then came the nasty day when I had to work on our 2011 budget. Like most folks out there, our budget has been hit hard by rising gas prices, rising energy prices, rising food prices, rising everything prices. My running money comes from my gas budget... whatever money I don't spend on gas that particular week can go to pay for race entry fees, gear, etc. That's how I paid for the Princess 2010 trip.
But gas was over $1 a gallon cheaper then. And now I wonder if I will be able to afford to make the trip. I can drive down to Florida rather than fly, to save money. I could stay off property, to save money. I could not go to to parks (GASP!) to save money. I could bring my own food for meals, to save money. Would that be enough?
Then a few days ago I posted a link on my FB page to the top 10 Marathons for Beginners, asking everyone to guess the other marathon that's on my list (besides Disney). It's the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. I learned about it from ROTE (of course!) and watched the very end of the race last year when an 80 year old man was fighting his way to the finish line. It drew me in and I decided I needed to do that race one day. Well, my aunt who lives in the DC area guessed that race and offered free room, board, and ground transportation if I wanted to run the race this year (or any year).
WOW! I could meet my goal of running a full marathon before I'm "The Age Which Shall Not Be Named"! And I could do it for a fraction of the cost of the Disney World Marathon.
But it's not Disney. It's not running through Animal Kingdom - my favorite of all 4 Disney parks. It's not "Running Through the Castle"! ;)
What to do? Will I be forever disappointed that I didn't get to run my first marathon at Disney World? Is it a "Marathon" that I want to do before I'm "TAWSNBN" or is it the "Disney Marathon" that my heart is set upon?
I have a little less than a month to decide. MCM registration begins on 2/23, and it sells out fairly quickly from what I understand.
What would you do, my running friends? And my non-running friends! LOL