So after much thought, I have decided to do the Dopey Challenge this year. After running the full marathon with Kimberly, Gail and Alison and seeing all the bling they were given at the end, I felt left out. I also didn’t wake up 4 days in a row and run all of the races, but I am prepared to do that in 2015. For those who don’t know what the Dopey Challenge it, it is 4 runDisney races in 4 days. The first day is the 5K, the second is the 10K, the third is the half marathon and the fourth is the marathon. Yea it’s crazy!
I am also comfortable with my decision to do Dopey because I have a plan in my head of how I will accomplish it, when my family will arrive and how I will train. I am using Jeff Galloway as an e-coach right now and it was the best decision I have made in my running career so far. I will continue to work with him towards my goal of Dopey.
This week I was watching Ali Vincent’s video recap of the Inaugural Dopey challenge and even though she was scared sick about doing the 4 races, she did it and she lived to tell about it. I had the chance to meet her at the starting line of the race this year! She is so nice and very down to earth. Not only did she run the races, but she was also busy at the expo and then was visiting the parks with her mother!
I do not intend to spend a lot of time in the parks before the race. My goal is to save the days after the marathon to enjoy the parks with my family. So I’d like for them to arrive on Friday night or Saturday morning and then cheer me on for Sunday and spend time in Florida for the days after the races. This may mean that they can’t run a kid race this year and I am not so sure I want them to miss out on that chance again. It’s a minor decision to think about at this point. Since registration will fill up quickly I have to be 100% sure I am doing Dopey and right now I am.
As I continue through the summer with my races and my Dopey training I will keep you informed of my progress! It’s not going to be an easy task but I am willing to give it my all!