The following is a dramatization of a conversation that occured early on the morning of May 22nd. When possible, the original participants have been used instead of actors.
Me: Hey, we’re going to Florida for next year…
Steph: Oh, okay.
Me: In January…
Steph: That’s a good time to go. It’ll be cold up here in Iowa. But weren’t we just there –
Me: To run the Walt Disney World Marathon.
We are a very unusual couple.
Joking aside, this is actually a pretty big deal. Back in 2001, I ran the WDW Marathon. Disney was my first marathon and it’s been quite special to me. Not only did I get a neat medal but I finished where I wanted and got to run through the parks of Disney like I wanted to when I was a kid but Mom and Dad wouldn’t let me. So in short – awesome.
However … Steph was also supposed to run Disney but it didn’t happen. She got injured and was unable to participate. She was able to go to the expo, pick up a number and t-shirt but could not set foot on the course. In short – not awesome.
Sure, she’s run two marathons since and some half marathons but none of them were Disney. Last year on the surprise trip, I scheduled us to run a 5K at Disney. It was nice and it got Steph a medal but it still wasn’t a Marathon medal.
This morning after her run, she came into the office and said, “I know what i want for my birthday. I want to run the Disney Marathon.”
So I said, “What the hell?” and signed us up. I also promised her that I’d run the race with her. So come next January 12th, she will finally get one of these of her very own: