Friday, February 19, 2010

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them"

-Walt Disney

So in the past 24 hours, I've been going over and over the half marathon logistics in my head. I knew I could do it, and all of your comments really made me realize that I can, and I want to!
Then a few things happened. First, I realized that it's on SUNDAY not Saturday, which meant that JJ could go. It also meant I could make the desserts Friday and drop them off Saturday morning for the party.
So I thought... and I tried to piece it all together. I asked my mother-in-law if she they would be home Saturday night to watch the granddogs. They could.
Then I looked into prices. Registration is $120 (ouch), Disney Resort hotels had been set aside at $124... not too bad. We'd only have to stay one night.
So I called JJ and laid it all out. We'll have to take $400 from savings, but he said to do it. I rarely put myself first, and who knows, I could get struck by lightening March 8 and die never having run a half marathon. I'm more prepared now than ever, and maybe more than I ever will be. I've taken money out of savings once before for my health ($500 for the elliptical), and it paid off.
I have a good feeling it will this time, as well!

So I did it.
I registered.

I'm going to run a half marathon.
In Disney World.
And if I'm lucky, I'll get to see Belle (my fave Disney princess)

And let me tell you, the last time I was at Disney World (3 years ago), I DID NOT EVER think I'd be going back the next time to run a half marathon... boy, how things change!

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I am so excited for you. Disney races are huge but that makes it so fun and exciting. Can't wait to see how you do!

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  2. YAY!!!! Good for you! Wishing you good luck (not that you need it)!

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  3. how exciting! You are going to do great!

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  4. Congrats! So excited for you.

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  5. So Exciting!!! Congrats, I'm positive you made the right choice :)

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  6. Great!!! Congratulations on taking the decission!
    I don´t know you but I read your blog all days and you help me keep motivated on running ... my dream would be to go to that half marathon and run it together with my husband, I know one day we´ll do it!

    You will do great, I know it! :)

    ... and Belle is also my favorite princess ;)

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  7. That's awesome! I'm so glad you decided to do it-good luck!

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  8. How cool! I am so excited for you!

    Tell Cinderella "hi" for me!

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  9. YAY!! congrats... can't wait to see your race recap & how you ROCKED the 1/2 marathon!!!

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  10. Awesome! I ran this race last year, it was my first half marathon. Truly magical! So glad you will get to experience it!

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  11. That is so awesome! Proud of you for diving in! You'll do great! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  12. Yay!! I am running the race too!

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  13. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to follow your success! I'm doing 9 tomorrow with Dori and hopefully will be as succesful as you! Are you on twitter?

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  14. YAY! How exciting that this worked out for you. Sounds like a ton of fun.

    OK ... we must be sick people when we think running a half marathon is fun - hahha.

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  15. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!

    Your story about Disney reminds me so much of myself. I remember going to Disney in January of '08 on the marathon weekend. I thought how crazy it was and I could never, ever in a million years even run a half marathon. Less than two years later, I did it. And guess what? In January 2011, I'm going to run the FULL! (But shh, that's a secret ;) )

    Amazing what we can accomplish, isn't it?

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  16. Excellent! I knew you couldn't let yourself pass this opportunity up. I'm glad you reconsidered and everything fell into place. Have fun!

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  17. I am SO very excited for you! YOU CAN DO IT!! Have fun and I cannot wait to hear all about your experience! Run girl! :)

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  18. That's so exciting! way to do something for yourself!

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  19. AWESOME!!! Ashlee, you are my hero!!

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  20. WAHOO, WAHOO, WAHOO!!!!

    I'm so so so excite for you - that's amazing! You can so do this girl! I can't wait!!!

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  21. YAY!!! I am so jealous of you doing the race but I KNOW you're going to do awesome!!!

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  22. How exciting! Good for you for putting yourself first!
    Best of luck, and I can not wait to hear all about it.

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  23. Yay Ashlee! I am glad you're doing it! That would have to be a perk of living in FL. You have great places for races! I can't wait to hear about the race.

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  24. OMG...I am just not catching up on blogs! This is soo awesome Ashlee!!!!!!!

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  25. I am so freaking proud of you!
    Way to go - can't wait for the recap!

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  26. I'm just catching up on the blogs in my reader and am SO excited for you! You're doing it!!!! Wow. That's awesome. You're such an inspiration. We'll be rooting for you. Good luck!!!

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