If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you know how I took the news. In case you missed it, runDisney announced yesterday that Tinker Bell Half Marathon will now be run on Mother’s Day starting in 2015.
After a good night sleep and some time to chill out I realize this is NOT the end of the world. And it’s not the end of Tink for me (maybe) and well… it’s not all about ME anyway, right?
Wait- what?! It’s NOT about Shenanigans? HA… yeah, I know, there are actually other people to consider when throwing a tantrum over something not going your way. I think I’ve been hanging out with #OhLucy too much lately because I was weirdly upset over this news.
Y’all, I was overly dramatically upset. I’ll admit it. And I’ll apologize if I offended anyone or squashed your excitement over the change. That was not my intent. But I also know that I wasn’t alone in the disappointment. Check out any Tink related or runDisney related Facebook group and you’ll see what I mean. A lot of us moms and daughters are feeling like the change doesn’t help us celebrate being a mother, but puts us in an awkward position due to the date. I’m not sure runDisney expected this response. Maybe they did but are confident enough due to overwhelming response in the past to move forward with Mother’s Day weekend. Who knows?
For those that wonder what the big deal about Mother’s Day weekend, I can share what I’ve seen posted and what my own feelings are on the matter. Many of us liked running Tink in January for a number of reasons: the long 3 day weekend works for both school and work vacations, the weather is awesome for running, and the crowds and costs are both lighter during January.
In addition to all the above, Tinker Bell became a “girls only” trip for me. I met my running friends from all over the country and I spent time connecting with them. I left family behind (on purpose) and just enjoyed being Patty rather than being Mommy.
runDisney suggests that this is the perfect weekend to take your Mom and run with her! Great idea! Except that my mom wants to spend her Mother’s Day with her mother, an 84 year-old bundle of awesome who no longer travels. Bringing Great-Grandma to Disneyland just isn’t an option for us. So that’s out for my family.
I’m also not sure about bringing my kids with me to the run. May is an insanely busy time of year for this mom. Sports and activities are wrapping up and every weekend is already booked for us! Squeezing in a quick trip as a family to Disneyland doesn’t seem very likely.
|This crew does it all: dance, scouts, soccer, football! And May is a HUGE month for us.
So where does this leave me? Welp. I get to make some choices.
- I could never run Tink again. #SadTrombone I know, I know, it’s not really a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but remember, I love this race. More than any other runDisney event. Tink’s my girl! That option is REALLY not high on my list. I’m loyal to a fault when I find something I love, and well, I love the Tink Half Weekend.
- I could take the family for a super fast in and out trip. This is possible considering we will live in Phoenix by the time the race comes around. Much easier on transportation if we choose to drive or fly. And y’all know I’m ok with taking my kids out of school for Disney. But the end of the year is tricky for the reasons I mentioned above, so this might be a play it by ear thing.
- Pull the Mother’s Day card: as in, it’s MY day and I’m going to spend it doing the thing I want to do. By myself. The greatest gift you can give to me is a weekend for myself.
Wow. That sounds crazy selfish, doesn’t it? I mean, we know distance running is a selfish sport due to the time you need to commit to training. But to run away from the kids on Mother’s Day seems like I’m telling them I really really don’t like you. Is it just me? Will I get over that? I don’t know… it just seems wrong to make that choice at this point in time.
The great news is I have a long time before I need to make the leap to registration. I also have a super amazing supportive husband and family who will understand and help me come to the best decision for all of us.
I’d love to hear from you! What are your thoughts on the change? Vote in the poll and sound off in the comments.
Will you run Tinker Bell on Mother’s Day?