To keep myself motivated during the long training slog for the Princess, I did a lot of web searching for other Disney events. One of the awesome events I learned about was the RunDisney meetups that are organized for Disney’s major races. These are very limited events, for a lucky few runners that happen at the beginning of race weekend.
For the Princess half meetup, it will be in Epcot on Friday morning from 7am-9pm. There will be a three mile run with Jeff Galloway who pioneered the run-walk-run method of running. I really admire him as I think he’s legitimized walk breaks in distance racing and opened it up to a vast group of people who might never have had the confidence to become runners. I know his method is to thank for me getting to the start (and hopefully finish) line with no major injuries.
Here’s a link to the details from the Disney Parks Blog post.
The event includes informative talks and exciting RunDisney giveaways (including the great shirts shown above).
To get into the event, there is a detailed strategy involving analyzing the prior timelines of the posting on the blog. Typically it has been about a week before the meetup sometime between 9:30am and 3:30pm EST. The event fills up in minutes (or faster) usually, so you have be alert, have your e-mail to RunDisney ready to go and stay vigilant!
I decided that I NEEDED to attend this event. We were previously planning on driving down Friday morning to get there around 10am. If I got into this event, we’d have to go down Thursday night. What a great excuse to justify the extra night’s expense! I work 4-tens so I have Fridays off, which was perfect. My husband is a teacher and they happened to have Friday off as well. He took charge of the kids and I got set up in front of the laptop around 7am. Refresh-wait-refresh-wait-refresh. While I was waiting, I got my playlist completed for the race. And checked Facebook. And checked some blogs. And read twitter feeds about #princesshalfmeetup. And caught up on my DVR shows.
The high excitement and anticipation resulted in the Disney Blog crashing about every half hour. 9:30 came and went (I really expected the post to happen around then). Then 11:30. My husband insisted that we go to lunch as planned. Argh, the humanity, I just knew that they would post on the blog while we were out. After we got home, I anxiously checked and was relieved to find out that we were still waiting.
After 3:30, twitter and Facebook started buzzing about the delay. People were posting the funniest tweets about it. Around 4:30 people were less amused. Just before 5pm, RunDisney tweeted that the villains had found out about the meetup and delayed the announcement until Monday. There was lots of angst, but I was just glad to be off of high alert. I had to work Monday, so I knew I would have to be super lucky to get in.
Monday morning, my toddler woke me up at 4:30 am, as usual and I puttered around with him for about an hour. At 5:30 I checked the blog and got a huge shock. The post was up. It was posted around 1:30am EST. I figured that it was already full since four hours had passed, but with shaking fingers tapped out a quick e-mail and sent it in. Scanning Facebook and Twitter, it looked like there were only a few mentions of it so I started to get a little hope. Around 10am, I got the e-mail from RunDisney with a big “Congratulations!”. I was so excited to have been selected!!
Another 30 minutes later, I had secured the extra night in the Ft. Wilderness cabins and had shared the great news with my mom, husband and friends. They only selected fifty people to participate and I am so grateful and thrilled to have this opportunity. I am a bit anxious about going to a social event alone, but I think I just need to psych myself up and go there and smile and try to meet a few new people.
Look here for lots of photos and details later this week!