Back in March when Disney announced their Dopey Challenge, everyone knew I would be intrigued. I joked about it..."To do that you must have a screw loose" and "Those people are crazy" were the words that came out of my mouth. Inside however, my mind was turning "Do I have it in me?" "Could I really run 48.6 miles in 4 days?".
Yep, you read that right....48.6 miles over 4 consecutive days. Who in their right mind would sign up for that? ME!!!! I know you think I am crazy, but let me explain. After debating it out for about a week, giving myself every rational reason NOT to do it....I just couldn't talk myself out of it. First, it's an inaugural race, I LOVE first time events! Second, I turn the BIG 4-0 next February and this seemed like a good way to commemorate it. Third, the Disney Vacation Club sent me a link to register a day early and I took it as a sign. I asked my husband to "talk me out of it" to which he responded..."I have learned to NEVER try to talk you out of anything". So credit card in hand, I (GULP) signed up.
How hard could it really be right? 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday, and (UH-OH) Full 26.2 on Sunday! Believe it or not I am giddy with excitement!
I spent the whole spring and summer, increasing my mileage, working on pace and adding an extra day to my running regimen. I previewed EVERY possible plan that people had done for the Goofy Challenge.. just (yeah right!) a half marathon and a full marathon and one that Hal Higdon has posted exclusively for Dopey. Slowly but surely I modified my previous marathon training plans to more reflect what others had recommended to find the perfect plan for me.
This week, I embark on my first week of training to be Dopey! All jokes aside, please! I am nervous, excited, terrified and feeling confident all at once. As Walt said, "All our dreams can come true if we only have the courage to pursue them."
Run Happy --Dr M