In Which Jenn Is A Figment Of Your Imagination

The full trip report is over, but the details still need filling in. Read on for more May 2021 WDW fun!

It happened!!! It finally happened!!!! runDisney has officially announced new, in person races! Including Wine & Dine for this November. I KNEW holding onto my resort reservations was a good idea. Hooray!!!!!!

Now all I have to do is not have a nervous breakdown while wildly grappling for race registrations before they sell out. 😅 But then: celebration!

So much of my year revolves around joyously training and planning for these races; as silly as it sounds, I feel like I just got part of myself back. You know? I have something to work toward again. Something to run about again. Something to make race costumes about again!

How was that segue? Didja like that? ‘Cause, yeah, we’re gonna talk about my new race costume. I’ve been holding back this post out of fear that I would jinx myself, but now I can fly free!

I say “fly” because my new race costume has wings… and horns.. and a dash of childish delight! That’s right, it’s Figment!

Figment race costume

“But wait,” you say, “you already have a Figment race costume. You’ve used it more than once.”

That’s true, but this is the REMIX.

A: New extra-cute Figment ears with wings! (You can get your own pair in many Epcot gift shops but haven’t seen this one on shopDisney, yet anyway.)

Figment race costume

B: New tie-dye purple running pants that will enable me to wear color while hiding sweat! (These are by Joy Lab and no longer made but I’ve seen many pairs on resale sites like Poshmark and Thredup.)

Figment race costumeFigment race costume
C: An orange sports bra! Okay, well, actually, that’s kinda hard to see. I may need to ferret out a running shirt with smaller straps, but then it would all depend on race day weather anyway. It’s a Victoria’s Secret bra I got secondhand but heaven knows they have more.
Figment race costume

I’m super excited about this new, more exuberant, and hopefully more recognizable Figment costume. Here I am being extremely normal about it.

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I am so so so so happy runDisney is coming back. It’s been a tough year for everybody, and this is just the inspiration we need. If I may be so bold as to make a request from you – if you’re not already vaccinated, PLEASE get the shot. We don’t want the Delta variant ruining everything again. Remember: with F-I-G-M-E-N-T, you can see things differently!

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In Which Jenn Has A New Hope

Whew, it’s stressful out there in runDisney registration land lately!

Yesterday I jumped into the Annual Passholder presale virtual queue for next year’s Star Wars Rivals Half Marathon (take two). I won’t leave you in suspense: I made it! I’m registered! Hooray!
But holy guacamole, getting in was anxiety-inducing. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that the order to get through to the purchase page is randomized, I bounced into line as soon as it showed up around 9:50am. A couple minutes later, just to be safe, I fired up my phone too. 
And then I watched the little waiting room spinner go round and round and round and round and…
I don’t know if runDisney is still limiting the number of bibs released to allow for social distancing if needed, but as each minute ticked by I got more and more nervous. I’d say my phone probably got through around 10:14am, and I was v. relieved to see that not only was the half still available, only the challenge by itself was sold out.
I FLEW through the registration process and a couple minutes later I was the relieved recipient of a confirmation email. (I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this tip, but: as you know, if you don’t move fast enough, a race could literally sell out while you’re putting in your credit card info. One way to speed up the process is to skip putting in your proof of time and making any decisions about merchandise add-ons. After you’ve registered, you can go back into your account and edit those things at your leisure.)
Out of curiosity, I let my computer continue to run the virtual queue screen, just to see how long it would take to get in. It finally came to the registration screen at 10:22am, 8 minutes later. If I hadn’t also busted out my phone… it would’ve been fine. The half was still available. In fact, it was the same setup as before – everything but the bare challenge.
I checked back later around 10:35am and the only additional things that had sold out at that point were the half+virtual and challenge+virtual. And then I kinda got distracted so I can’t give you very precise timestamps after that, but I can tell you by 11:20am everything was gone but the 5K, oddly enough.
So yeah. The challenge is a, um, challenge to get through to fast enough, but it seems like most of the other races don’t require the level of nerves I historically apply to the process. But I guess each registration day is different.
If you’re gunning for public signups on Tuesday, I say to you: qapla’! 
… 
….what? 
Worf
No, seriously, what?
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In Which Jenn Almost Ruins Her Own Race Schedule

In today’s post I am going to take you on a brief tour of the inside of my brain. Now, I want to be up front with you: it’s scary in there. Don’t panic! I’ll be with you the whole way and I won’t let anything happen to you. I promise I can safely shepherd you through the full experience; I live there, after all.

It all started two days after Princess Half Marathon registration. I can’t quite put my finger on the catalyst, but I believe I was thinking through potential flights surrounding the February 21 race when suddenly it dawned on me: I was also signed up for the Wilmington Marathon. Historically this race is in mid-March, but for next year it had moved… to late February.
You can see where I’m going with this.
Now. For a normal person, this would be mildly problematic. They would register some slight concern, then check the dates. Not me! As is my wont, I initiated Stage One Panic: a shot of adrenaline mixed with dread. I was instantly like 90% sure the two races were the same weekend. Neither is particularly generous with their cancellation policy.
Still jacked up on the epinephrine rush, my brain jumped ahead to Crisis Management Mode. I must fix this oh no oh no no I can fix this how do I fix this solutions solutions?????? Could I defer? Was there a virtual option? Given how popular Princess is, would runDisney make an exception and let me return my bib ahead of public registration day?
Luckily while my mind was galloping ahead, my spinal cord took over my hands and I actually looked up the date for the Wilmington Marathon.
It’s February 27.
To reiterate, the Princess Half is February 21.
I was gloriously wrong. THANK GOD.
The relief came flooding over me and washed the dread away. The day was saved! But I was still in such a tizzy that I got halfway through making pizza before realizing we didn’t have any sauce and THEN I messed up the replacement stir fry and THEN Pat accidentally dumped an entire glass of water on my laptop. I think I’m getting to him. (Don’t worry; he took the back off and managed to dry it out for me.)
So yeah, I’ll be running a half marathon and a marathon within a week of each other, but that’s okay, I’ve done that and worsemuch worse. Mind you, I’d prefer the full and then the half, but I’m sure I’ll manage. If anything, it’ll encourage me to slow down and enjoy Princess. Stop for those characters. Take my time.
The important thing is that they aren’t the same weekend and my brain did not explode. And with that, the tour is over, kids! You made it! Now go forth and be functioning adults!
Have you ever inadvertently double booked races? Do you also spend two-thirds of your life teetering dangerously close to a nervous breakdown or is that special for me?

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In Which Jenn Is A Princess

Alrighty, let’s dive back in.

I’M A PRINCESS, EVERYBODY!
Yes, for the first time since my very first half marathon and runDisney event in 2013, I’m running the Princess Half Marathon. I outlined my thought process in this post, but basically I’m so afraid of 2021 race FOMO I’m willing to throw caution (and money) to the wind in order to mentally insure myself against potential cancellations. 
As I’ve said as recently as the last paragraph, I haven’t run the Princess Half since its 5th anniversary in 2013, so I’m woefully out of the loop as to what to expect. I’m pretty sure the course hasn’t changed, and I hear the expo is still a bit nuts, but I’m excited to see what princess characters are out and about. What else should I be looking forward to?
Incidentally, this was the first time I wound up in a virtual race registration queue in like two years. I did not like it. You guys going for challenge bibs and 10Ks and all that really popular stuff have nerves of steel.
Good luck to all those gunning for a bib when they drop to the public on Tuesday – fight for your own hand!
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In Which Jenn Has A New runDisney Race Registration Strategy

I’m gonna cut right to the chase here: my new runDisney race strategy is that I’m registering for ALL OF THEM.

I took the Annual Passholder route last week to register for the WDW Marathon early, because it is my One True Race.

Luckily, the marathon is the least popular of the races/challenges of that weekend, so I had no trouble getting in, but every other race opportunity sold out quickly. I’m hearing COVID-19’s got Disney putting a lower cap on the totals, so for all of you gunning for a registration tomorrow, I wish you good hunting.

More abnormally, I also plan to register for the Princess Half, and probably Rivals too. Heck, maybe even Wine & Dine; Pat accidentally broke one of my Food & Wine Festival wine glasses last week and I told him he owes me a trip to get new ones. ;P

I’m just worried that if another race weekend gets cancelled, by the time we find out the next available race will already be sold out. And I already felt that acute sting when I was unable to pivot from Rivals to Wine & Dine this year. (Assuming that one doesn’t get cancelled too; fingers crossed for you guys!)

Race cancellations aren’t fun for anyone – I certainly don’t begrudge the person at the top who has to make the dreaded decision – but as long as I know I’ve got something on the horizon, I won’t sink too heavily into the doldrums. I’ll have to spread my budget across shorter, less ambitious trips and maybe skip a race the next year, but I can make it work. Who wants to split a hotel room with me? 😀

Incidentally, I still think runDisney should respond to the void (ha!) left by Rivals by reinstating the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. Anyone? Anyone?

What’s your runDisney strategy for the coming year?

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In Which Jenn Backtracks Wildly For runDisney

Guys, it’s happening! I wasn’t sure it really would, but it’s officially happening!

I signed up for runDisney’s Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon and Pat and I are going to WDW for a WEEK!!!

ME: If you came with me, we could go for like 5 days…
PAT: How about a full week?

SOLD.

I know what you, a longtime reader with one hell of an elephantine memory, are thinking: “Jenn, I thought you said the Star Wars half wasn’t really right for you?”

Well, I did say that. But I said it in the context of a person approaching it as a runDisney race, meant to be run purely for entertainment, characters, etc. But this time around I have loftier and, dare I even say it, speed-based goals. I’ll elaborate closer to the race once I’ve got the training largely behind me, but might *I* have lightspeed hidden inside me…? And anyway several people we know are also going so that could be fun.

But you’ve already got a comeback, I know it. “Jenn,” you say, “didn’t you ALSO say that you are neither jazzed about moderate resorts nor Caribbean Beach in particular?”

Well, I did say that. But that was before the advent of the Skyliner, the most beautiful, the most wonderful, the most magnificent form of Disney transportation ever on offer (and yes, I myself include the monorail in this – FIGHT ME!). Caribbean Beach, being the Skyliner hub, is going to get me to the Studios and Epcot in a different kind of lightspeed! And anyway Pop was booked up and the Riviera is too expensive.

Only one week until I can make FastPass reservations! But no need to worry about ADRs – I reserved my post-half marathon spot at Oga’s Cantina weeks ago. You know, in case. ;D

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How To Add On A runDisney Challenge After You’ve Already Registered

I’ve seen the question pop up many a time in the runDisney fan Facebook groups: “I’m registered for just the half marathon, but I want to go Goofy! I’m registered for Goofy, but I want to be Dopey! Can I upgrade to a race challenge?”

Well, I lived that very tale, and I’m here to tell you that it’s both doable and doable easily – for a price.

My first step was to email rundisney@disneysports.com. I laid out my dilemma – I was registered for the full but wanted to switch to Goofy – and requested information as to how I could make that switch.

A couple days later I received a very nice response telling me that it wouldn’t be a problem provided that I took the following steps:

First, I was to register for Goofy outright. You do this like you would if you were starting fresh. Don’t dilly-dally as if the race you want to transfer to sells out they can no longer help you.

Once this was done, I was to fill out a transfer form. This was a PDF attached to the initial email I received. It wasn’t too complicated – it asked for my basic information plus the registration numbers of my former marathon registration and my new Goofy registration.

I sent this back in an email response and voila! Well, not entirely voila. I was assured that once the form was processed I would receive a refund on my original marathon registration, which I did – minus a $45 transfer fee. This strikes me as a little steep but I think we’ve all accepted by now that when it comes to pricing, Disney does what Disney wants.

And that’s it! As far as I’m aware you can follow this process for transfers in any runDisney race weekend. There are a couple of things to keep in mind, however.

You can only transfer up, not down. The form I received (which I can only assume is customized per race weekend) offered the opportunity to transfer from the 10K to the half, half to full, full to Goofy, and Goofy to Dopey (with any combination leapfrogging to a higher distance permissible). There’s no option to go backwards – if you’re in the marathon, you can’t get any money back dropping down to the half.

The other thing to note is that there is a transfer deadline. For this year’s marathon weekend it’s October 8, but it’s going to be different every race weekend and year. If this is something you’re pondering, make sure you check that deadline now so that you don’t miss out.

runDisney mentions the ability to make transfers in your account, which may be a new feature. You can check that out on their race policies page. The above was my experience in April 2019 but things do change. The good news is you can always start by emailing that rundisney@disneysports.com email address – it’s a pretty low risk way to start.

Hope this helps somebody! See ya at the Goofy races – I’ll be the one who’s just relieved she woke up on time. >D

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Ummmmm… Change Of Plans, Guys

OHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOO

You may recall how last week I was all, hey! I signed up for the WDW Marathon! Duh!

You may also recall how a couple months ago I was like, runDisney challenges aren’t for me, man.

And if you read that post, you may further remember that I rather prophetically noted that this mandate would likely go out the window the second someone suggested I do a challenge with them.

Which leads me to a couple days ago, when Erika (remember Erika?) texted me to ask if I was doing the WDW Marathon next year. Of course, I said.

Well, she said, do I recommend she do the half or the full? I said that she should do whatever makes her feel most excited.

And then I STUPIDLY added, if you the half, I’ll probably sign up for that too, ha ha!

And then she said, oh, if you do both, I’ll do both too!

And then, like an idiot, I sent her the link to the Goofy Challenge.

Moving it along: the next day she sends me a screenshot of her Goofy registration, I write runDisney and ask to transfer, they tell me how (I’ll explain later), and bang zoom, I’m registered for Goofy.

I’ve been Dopey before, so I know I can do it. And it’s practically fiscally responsible, right? I mean, with Erika sharing my room, I get half my money back there. Logic!

So anyway, I’ll see you bright and hellishly early on the mornings of January 11 and 12 for the WDW half and full marathons. Remember, once you’re awake the hard part is over!

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In Which Jenn Is Registered For 2020, Obviously

Today in surprising turns of events: yesterday I registered for the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon. I KNOW! Shocking! I’ve only done it the last 5 years in a row while periodically gushing about how it’s my favorite thing to happen all year.

It feels especially important to me right now as I am on a temporary runDisney hiatus given our move to Puerto Rico. Indeed, preliminary research seems to suggest I don’t have a ton of races to choose from here at all. I hope to get right back in the thick of things next year, but for now the WDW Marathon is the only definite event on the ol’ race schedule.

I also locked down a room in advance: once again I rented DVC points and am staying in Kidani Village for 3 days! Yay! I must admit I’m experiencing the teensiest skosh of buyer’s remorse, only because I have stayed there before and maybe I should’ve chosen something different? But none of my other options were super compelling and anyway I did love Kidani last time. Next year I’ll have to get on my reservation sooner so I have more choices.

I haven’t yet decided if I’ll be going into the parks this time, but I’m leaning toward yes. Probably DAK since it’s my favorite park and maybe also the Studios since I still haven’t seen the new Toy Story area? I know Galaxy’s Edge will be open at that point too and full of crowds but I can give that a wide berth for the time being… many things to ponder.

In conclusion, I am, as always, hella excited for the WDW Marathon and I hope to see you there! 😀

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In Which Jenn Did NOT Register For A Race



I got an email a couple months ago about a half marathon in my area. The race description assured me that I would never forget that race. It’s in July so, it’s hot! It’s full of hills! Do not attempt if you’ve never run a half marathon before!!! No shirts, no medals. JUST PAIN.


BUT, came the tantalizing caveat, at mile 8 you shout out the flavor of popsicle you want and a volunteer will hand you that popsicle

I’m not gonna lie, I was tempted. I’m more heat tolerant than most but I hate hilly courses. A popsicle in the middle of a half marathon, though? How often do you come across that? Take my $30, please! I want red!!!!

I was about to click the registration link… but I stopped and reassessed. By all accounts this was unlikely to be an enjoyable experience. That’s fine – sometimes physical exertion is more about saying you could and you did than having a great time in the moment. (I like to think this is why I continue to run marathons despite the existence of the miles in the middle.)

All the same… was it worth $30 for a popsicle and a bib? $10, sure. $15, maybe. But if all I want is a hilly course and an icy treat, I can run my usual trail and cajole Pat into handing me a popsicle on my second loop. Y’know? Running trail: free, box of popsicles: $4 or whatever, rolling out of bed and onto the road: priceless.

So apparently that’s where I draw my line. Where’s yours? What stops you from registering from a race? Price? Course? Location? WHAT???

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