When you’re a runDisney person, there’s always that awkward moment when you meet someone new and you’re trying to decide if you should come out of the closet or not. They haven’t been to your house yet, so maybe they haven’t seen your medal rack. Or if you drive, maybe they haven’t seen your car so they don’t know that it’s covered in mouse ear shaped mile markers with random numbers on it, or maybe they haven’t seen enough of your wardrobe to realize, no really, you can go 2 weeks and just keep wearing different race shirts. It doesn’t matter what kind of social situation it is–whether it’s a date or just a friend or even a running group introduction, how do you let people know, “I love Disney, I love runDisney, and this is actually a surprisingly substantive part of my life and I even have friends I’ve made just through this one activity, and I blog about it on a regular basis.”
Even when they’ve run Disney and say, “oh yeah, I did the marathon there in 2012!” You’re not sure if you should say you did the marathon, too, and include that you’re going on year 3 of doing that marathon, year 2 of doing the Dopey Challenge, and oh yeah you do a minimum of two other races in Disney in a calendar year.
A runner recently informed me that they did the marathon and the Princess 1/2 two years ago, and I had a Matrix moment. Either I could and let her know I had more than just a passing fancy in Disney races, or I could play it cool and say “oh yeah, I run them on occasion, the marathon’s fun…” Like I’m not really excited to be dressed like Donald Duck and standing next to him at the end of the 10k and just thinking, I’M SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW!
Then there are the Disney people who don’t get the running part and you’re like, “No, you don’t stop in the park, you run through it, and it’s amazing” and they look at you skeptically–they’re dressed like a Jungle Cruise Skipper and collect pins as though they were the lost treasure of One-Eyed Willie and you’re the batshit crazy one in this scenario.
Honesty, I think, is the best policy, though, and if you really like something it’s good to be upfront about it. I’m not saying you should try waving and starting to talk to people wearing run Disney shirts while they’re out for their run because this is not always meant with a warm smile…