runDisney was adding an official Dopey challenge to the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. I put my foot down, no way am I doing this. That was even before Active leaked the price at $500 for 4 races. It's hard to imagine that three weeks ago, I still had my sanity in check.
Yet here I sit on April 3rd, the day of early registration for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders to pre-register for the Disney Marathon Weekend. The above registration confirmation is glaring at me every time I look at my desktop. It's official - I am running the Dopey Challenge during Disney Marathon Weekend. Four days, four races totaling 48.6 miles! I will run the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon. Over the next 9 months, I will entertain you with my training.....and the outcome of this race.
|2012 Tangled Family 5K with Nicole|
|with Rachel & Tara Gidus at the Walt Disney World Marathon Meetup 2012|
After signing up, my friend Darlynn (thelittleblogdress.com) called me during one of my 20+ panic moments I've had since I confirmed the Dopey registration. I was hyper and didn't allow her to get any words in (with the exception of "you are going to die"). Somehow, I ended up coercing her to sign up for the Disney World Inaugural 10K. Darlynn has been an avid "I never want to run more than a 5K" runner since she started running a year ago. I knew somehow I would get her to move past the 5K mark. Who knew the words "Minnie Mouse Medal" would get her to do it. I am so happy she is taking this journey with me! Who is next on my registration war path? My Mom! She doesn't know it yet but I am going to register her for the family 5K fun run.
All this said, I know reality has not hit me yet. The registration part is over. Moving onto 9 months of constant training and conditioning. I will stick to a strict training schedule and have the motto, you can do anything you put your mind to. One year to the date of my first 5K at Disney, I finished my 4th Half Marathon. If I could do that - I know I can do this. Also - 4 races in one weekend means........FOUR Disney running outfits! Time to start planning :)