Switching Gears

Switching Gears

Hi readers!  Sorry for the inactivity.  Between getting engaged, buying a house, getting married, and everything in between–life has been really busy.  We haven’t been out sight seeing in quite a while.  As the summer approaches, most of you will be on amazing road trips, vacations, going to camp, having BBQs, etc.  This would be a great time for visiting off the beaten track tourist locations within the state, buuuuuuuuuuuuut, I have other plans…Dopey Challenge training!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with runDisney, the Dopey Challenge is a 4 day racing event held in January.  It includes a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon.  That’s 48.6 miles.

Now, I don’t consider myself a runner in any shape, fashion, or form.  I grew up figure skating and despise running.   I walk/jog, and keep about a 13-14 minute mile pace on a good day.  Believe it or not, skating is easier than running (to me at least).

I began my running journey in the spring of 2013.  The very first time out the door took 45 minutes to walk 2 miles.  I thought…I was going…to die.  I wondered why I ever dreamed of signing up for the Disney Princess Half one day, which was the ultimate goal. That May I “ran” my first 5k at the Color Me Rad fun run.  At the time I was SO scared about not completing the course.  Looking back…the whole point was to walk or jog 3.1 miles so you could get coated in colored corn starch.  How could you not cross the finish line!?  In August of ’13 I ran an actual timed 5k at Lowry Park Zoo.  That was intimidating; seeing all the serious runners up front, stretching, chomping at the bit to get started.  I was happily in the back of the pack.

The following year was my first runDisney event–the Happy Haunted 5k trail run, which, sadly, is no more.  It wound you through Disney’s Wide World of Sports through the trail.  They had some pretty cool character stops, including the Big Bad Wolf!  From then on, I was hooked (as is everyone participating in a Disney race).  Since then I’ve run the Everest Challenge, which was a 5k followed by another 3ish miles of scavenger hunt clues, through Animal Kingdom.  I wish Disney still offered this race, it was a blast!  Two Princess 10ks, one Princess half (GOAL MET!), one Dark Side 5k, two Dark Side 10ks, the summer runDisney virtual run series, and the Lightning’s Bolt Run.

My Dad has been my running partner through this entire journey, with the exception of the two Princess 10ks.  Those are for Mom and I.  Recently, my husband participated in his first 5k–it was Star Wars themed so he was sold.  When my Dad said he was signing up for the Dopey, I couldn’t let him have all the glory!  And thus, here I am.  Googling race recaps, making running schedules, and blogging about the upcoming experience.

The training looks to be more of a chore than the actual event; jogging around the neighborhood, over and over and over to get those miles in…zzz.  Although, waking up at 3:00AM for four days in a row doesn’t sound pleasant in the least.  Training for the full marathon, you’d have to jog around the neighborhood 6.5 times (sounds fun right!?).  As nice as the winding sidewalk is, with the ponds, the trees, and squirrels and ducks, it can get a bit monotonous.  Definitely going to look for some backup trails.  Or run Bayshore Blvd 6.5 times over.

Here goes it! 🙂

Medal rack: 5k, 10k, half, marathon (blank), challenge medals



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