Yep, you heard me – I’ve registered to run RunDisney’s Dopey Challenge in 2018! No, I’m not crazy, and yes, I’m so excited! This is currently the number one item on my bucket list, and I’m very ready to give it my best shot next year!
So, for those of you whom I haven’t already talked to, the Dopey Challenge is the epitome of RunDisney challenges. Participants complete a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, Half Marathon on Saturday, and a full marathon on Sunday during Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. That’s 4 races, 4 parks, and 48.6 magical miles!
My goal for this challenge is simple: to finish with a smile on my face. To do this, I need to be sure to train properly, both with my diet and exercise. I plan to use Hal Higdon’s training plan, which consists of 18 weeks of “normal” marathon training in addition to simulated Dopey mini race weeks. This training plan begins with a 13-mile long run on week one and culminates with a 20-mile run three weeks out from race weekend. Because week one starts with pretty high mileage, I’ll be doing some initial training this summer to get my conditioning back up to 13 miles.
I’ve heard that simulated Dopey weeks, running 3-4 days in a row, really helps to get participants into the right mindset and trains their legs to run multiple days in a row. Let’s hope this helps me!
With 241 days until race weekend in January, my initial training phase begins in just a few short weeks. I will be sure to blog every few weeks with my thoughts/progression, so please follow along as I share my journey to the Dopey Challenge!