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

Dr. Misty McNeill
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