Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

More followers!  Thanks for taking the time to read my WDWCP blog, you guys!

First, I apologize for being such a bad blogger for the past week.  School is keeping me very busy, and then there's that trying-to-have-a-social-life thing.  Today I looked in my planner and realized that the first half of my thesis (roughly 10-13 pages) is due the day we get back from spring break.  Yuck.  I guess I know what I'll be doing that week.  And it's a good thing my vacation plans fell through, I suppose. :-(  I love my research, I love my research, I love my research...

Oh, and you might have noticed that I decided not to deactivate my Facebook.  I just amped up the privacy settings and started limiting my time spent on it.  So I'm going to be a bit of a lousy Facebook correspondent for awhile, but such is life.

Now the real reason I wrote this blog is because I had a wild and crazy idea.  At least I think it's wild and crazy. You might know of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend that takes place early in January every year.  Well the Half Marathon through the MK and EPCOT is scheduled for Saturday, January 8, 2011.  And my departure date is scheduled for the 7th, the day before.  WELL, the idea hit me that maybe I could participate in the half marathon before I leave Orlando!  Now the scheduling will unfortunately not be completely worked out until I would arrive for the CP, because I've read that sometimes people are still working shifts even after their departure date.  And I know it's iffy whether or not they can honor my request, especially so far in advance.  :-/  But with any luck, I'd be able to put my request in and hopefully secure the 8th off.  If that didn't work out, maybe I could find someone to take my shift?  Anyway, I definitely don't want to register and pay the fee to participate and then not be able to get the day (or at least the morning, the marathon starts before 6am) off and then lose the money, not to mention the time I spent preparing.  But I feel fairly sure that if I put in my request as early as possible, there shouldn't be any issues.  And I'm not sure how all of the departure day stuff works, but I also feel confident that I can get all of that done in time to rest up the night before the marathon.  I'd probably stay in a value resort, since from what I understand participants in the marathon get transportation to and from the event provided to them.  But those are details for later.

I'm even trying to convince Robert to come down and participate in the marathon with me!  He loves running so I'm hopeful that we'd be able to do this together.

What I am mainly concerned with now is a) not being scheduled to work or fulfill any other CP duties that day and b) still being able to register (it could be filled up by then :-/ ) when I get the scheduling worked out.  I'm going to stay optimistic!  And if it doesn't work out, well at least I kicked my own butt training for it!  And I can always try for another year, or maybe the Princess Half Marathon that they do in March.  Don't expect to see me jogging in a Belle costume, though!


Kristin said...

If you don't extend your program so you're still leaving the 7th & end up getting scheduled to work the 8th, you can talk to your managers about it because your id expires on the 7th. They know it happens every season when cps leave & know how to work it out.

Anna said...

Thanks for the info, Kristin! I'm glad they'd be willing to work that out with me! :)

Emily said...

That half-marathon looks like it could be a good time.

You will be participating in the Fall 10 program, correct? It'd be cool to have someone to run and train with throughout that program.

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