So, runDisney revealed the 20th Anniversary medal.
I'm super torn. Originally, I said I wouldn't even consider it until I got close to my 18 miler. That won't be until October and the race gets more full as they days go on. At this point, I don't even know if I'm going to finish my first full, let alone a 2nd one a couple of months later?! Oye. Then, runDisney pulled this marketing medal reveal I'm assuming for a push to sell the race out. That's when I made a deal with myself. If the medal is a-mazing, then I can sign up.The more I look at it, the prettier it gets, but it was not love at first sight. I was not jumping to register (even though with the reveal they are having a flash sale back to the original price. hey. $20 is $20). I was disappointed. Honestly, I saw a leaked version of it and I prayed it was a decoy; it wasn't. It just didn't have the grandiose appeal that the "Great Medal Caper" campaign portrayed. I was hoping for another Donald. To be honest, all of the branding for the campaign was leaning that way with it's look and feel. When the medal didn't follow that particular aesthetic, as a designer I'm trained to reject it. Or maybe I just made all that up because I really wanted it to.
Anyway, it's grows on me. I guess it's better than the "running Mickey" (side rant: why must runners have the worst taste ever! Get with the times, people!). After I looked up the 15th anniversary- I realized I was waiting for something like that, but with a spinner- maybe the awesome 20th logo? I'm fully convinced David Brotherton designed the medal I was waiting for, it was just killed by the client (which is usually the case with good design. So sad.) But hey! At least it doesn't have the Disney font (Seriously people. Knock it off. Spoiler alert: That's not even Walt's handwriting.)
Things for consideration (clearly, I'm using my blog as yet another way to talk this out. Like I haven't ad nauseum to anyone and everyone who has come in contact with me in the last week):
- I'm already going to be trained. NYCM is in November, so all I'd really need to do is keep up my base and I'll be golden. Let's be honest, I'm a slow runner. Marathons don't make sense for me. Not only does their training consist of a 2nd full time job, the actual event is going to take me a good 6-7 hours. That's a chunk of time, people. Am I really going to be willing to do this again?
- It is the only other marathon I'd want to do at least once in my life, so why not during the special 20th? Who knows where I'll be in 5 years (if I do it, it will have to be for an anniversary year)? I pretty much already know Goofy isn't in the cards for me either, so it's cool. Even though it's a marathon weekend, doesn't mean it has to be a marathon weekend. It's ok just to run one race and enjoy myself the rest of the time, instead of trying to save my legs or being in pain. But if I can get it out of the way, I never have to worry about regretting it.
- Pretty much every runner I know (IRL or not) will be there and I know I will feel left out if I don't go. Just think of all the fun that would be! What an awesome blogger meetup.
- Plus. I have the perfect costume. If I tell you, don't steal my awesome idea, ok? It's The Mad Hatter.
Because I have clearly gone mad. Perfect, right?
Who do I get to meet there?!