Dopey Challenge 2017: WDW Marathon

Welcome to the final installment of my Dopey Challenge 2017 series! After the half marathon (or lack of half marathon) on Saturday, we relaxed around the resort and Disney Springs with a few friends who came to see us run the marathon the next day!

Before we knew it was it morning and we were up and heading to Epcot. After buying the race retreat during the Princess Half weekend a few years ago, I knew it was a good investment and BOY am I glad that we had somewhere warm to hang out because it WAS FREEZING. I definitely didn’t anticipate weather in the 30s with a crazy amount of wind, but I guess that is what the storm on Saturday brought in.

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Dopey Challenge 2017: Half Marathon


Next in the Dopey Challenge saga is the half marathon… As you may very well know, the half marathon was cancelled due to weather. After hearing stories about “Splash-n-Dash” and other close calls, I wasn’t surprised that this cancellation happened. Many runners have written about how the runDisney community came together so beautifully (like Linz at Sharp Endurance – one of my favorite posts). But let’s start at the beginning…
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Dopey Challenge 2017: 10K

With the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend rapidly approaching, I figured I would finally finish my race recaps for the other half of our Coast-to-Coast Challenge. I shared my Walt Disney World 5K race recap back in January… so August seems like a great time to finally share the rest of the weekend.

While I fully admit to telling Roswell and my brother what to wear for the 5K, you can imagine our surprise when we took a look at our running gear as we got ready to head out the door for the 10K on Friday morning. I think that we clearly were all channeling our inner-Minnie!

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Dopey Challenge 2017: 5K

20170105_035424 All four of us woke up dark and early (it was not even bright until after we finished running), and got ready for the 5K on Thursday morning. When we first registered for the challenge, I knew that the only race I could probably get Roswell and my brother to dress up for would be the 5K, so I immediately started thinking about what we could be. During an 8 mile treadmill run, I watched Hercules and I knew that was clearly going to be the inspiration for our DisneyBound costumes for the first race.  If you don’t know about DisneyBounding, I recommend checking out the DisneyBound queen Leslie Kay. Essentially, instead of a costume (because adults are banned from wearing costumes in Disney parks), you create an outfit inspired by a Disney character, place or even food! I pulled together a purple Megara outfit, we found Roswell a tan shirt and added tan wrist and  red head sweatbands for Hercules, and my brother wore all black and grey topped off with a blue hat for Hades. We tried to think of an outfit for my mom, but we ran out of time. Despite this, I was quite pleased with our group photo the morning of the race!


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Dopey Challenge Training – Weeks 26 & 27

The final weeks of Dopey Challenge training were bad in terms of actual running, but good in terms of strength training. I did exactly what everyone says not to do and introduced a personal trainer to my routine! I got a good 4 pack deal at the gym we joined recently and was able to work on some of my weaknesses. My concern was mainly that I didn’t want to end up injured by the end of the four days of running. I’d been experiencing IT band pain at the ends of my long runs and I was concerned it would sideline me during the longer races. With the personal trainer, we worked on a lot of core and single leg exercises that would allow me to gain some muscular balance. Overall, I think it paid off because I didn’t have any issues during the challenge.

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 25

Taper is here! It wasn’t easy getting there. This week was hard in terms of training. But I just finished my longest run (but I still have 12 and 8 mile runs to go) for this training period. I didn’t hit the distance I wanted to cover, but I made some decisions and am happy with those (I’ll go into more detail in my recap below). Over the next week, I have a few runs planned as well as some cross training. I’m hoping there are a few yoga classes in my future as well!

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 22 & 23

 We’re one month away from the WDW Marathon weekend! Over the next month, I would love to work on making sure that I’m getting in my strength training and stretching. I’m hoping to get back into Bikram this month to help with both of those, and also make a few more trips to the gym! AH, ONE MONTH!

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 21

wp-1479735790978.jpegThe weeks are flying by and I don’t think they are going to slow down any time soon! I am still finding the time change to be hard, but I managed to get two runs in during the week by running directly after work before going home.

I took more resting this week than I wanted – but with the half marathon on Saturday, it wasn’t the worst week to take some extra rest time. This week, I’m looking forward to my first mini Dopey I have planned – 3 miles Thursday, 6 miles Friday, and 12 miles on Saturday.

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Dopey Challenge Training – Week 20

wp-1479081403672.jpegDaylight Saving Time (or rather, the lack thereof) certainly got the best of me this week. I attempted to run on the treadmill three times, with decreasing success each time. I am going to try a few different things over the next week or two, including running at work before heading home and just sucking it up and getting out for a dark run. I’ve got lots to look forward to in the next week, including a half marathon on Saturday!

I’m also very excited about the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Kick Off Reception this Friday, November 18, at MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre. There’s going to be food and drink, unveiling of the t-shirt design, raffle for 25 lottery exemptions, and more! If you’re interested in joining me, register here!

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