Major Frequent Flyer Miles Forthcoming

I’m pre-packing two bags today for a complicated trip I’m taking this week.

Airplane against blue sky, low angle view

After work on Tuesday, I’m heading to Dubai for a conference.

With multiple time zone changes and a brief layover in Europe, I don’t arrive until nearly midnight on Wednesday, which leaves me just enough time to sleep before the conference starts Thursday A.M.

Friday brings more of the conference and an 11 P.M. outbound flight, where I then head to Orlando via Atlanta, with a plan to arrive in Florida at noon, meet spouse at the Swan Hotel and hopefully make it to pick up our Wine and Dine Race Packets and run the half marathon that starts at 10 P.M. and ends in EPCOT, finishing with an after party that goes until 4 A.M.

The rest of Sunday is scheduled for absolute crashing and the two of us will head home Monday.

Miles tally = nearly 25k when it’s all said and done.

Since there are two distinct parts of the trip, I’m planning to carry-on only for the Dubai leg and (politely) ask Spouse to share a bag that he will bring to Florida.

For the conference in Dubai, I’ll pack M.M. LaFleur dresses (this one and this one), my two trusty pairs of heels, and blazers to go with the dresses since the environment is formal. My time there is so limited that I’ll bring one extra outfit for dinner or an excursion but that’s about it beyond basics like PJs and my toothbrush.

Florida’s a different story. I feel like I need a few options for the race (last year was reportedly freezing cold and rainy – please don’t let that happen again! – and many runners didn’t plan for those conditions), plus something to wear to the after party.

Research about the party shows that almost everyone brings a spare outfit in their checked race bag, since partying in soggy, stinky race gear is just unpleasant.

Like most races, Run Disney ones are very specific in that you must use the clear bag they give you at packet pick up as your check bag.

Advice from past participants suggests tucking a small backpack into that bag for later use, since the check bags are pretty flimsy.

Other recommended items were:

  • A plastic zip-lock gallon bag for sweaty clothes
  • Baby wipes (no showers there, ugh)
  • Flip flops or other comfortable shoes
  • A hat
  • Hoodie or light jacket

I spied this sporty 1/4 zip hoodie at Title Nine and thought it would be fun for the after party:

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I also specifically booked a hotel in the EPCOT area so we can leave the party via the (secret) International Gateway and walk the half mile or so back to the hotel after the party without too much hassle to get some needed ZZZZZs.

Yes, this is a complicated trip with a lot of pieces that need to fall into place, but I’m hopeful that they will.

 

 

 

Big Adventure

Today we’re taking off to a big adventure: I’m running three races over the course of five days as part of the Disney Princess Half-Marathon series.

Accompanying me this year will be my sister (Spouse is busy with work and she was game to go!) and my kids. Today’s also Trixie’s sixth birthday, so that’s a bonus to celebrate.

Schedule for the weekend is to fly to Florida today and pick up my race stuff tomorrow, then run a 10k on Saturday and half-marathon on Sunday.

But that’s just part one: on Monday, the four of us are getting on the Disney Dream for a short (four night) cruise to the Bahamas.  The kids have spring break next week, so the timing is perfect.

While we’re on the boat, there’s a third race that I’m running, the Castaway Cay Challenge.

Billed as From Parks to Paradise, join the first-ever Disney Castaway Cay Challenge,” this is a 5k race on Disney’s private island in the Bahamas.

I can’t wait!