Wednesday, April 3, 2013

I gave up a handbag to run 48 miles - runDisney Dopey Challenge 2014

It all started three weeks ago. I was working in our Orlando office and my co-worker/friend/running buddy Nicole mentioned a rumor she heard, that 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
This madness was caused by Nicole and my friend Rachel ( Over the past week, I've been in constant contact with these two girls regarding early registration. At 8am this morning, I received a call from Nicole, who sat on the phone with me until I hit that confirm registration button. She knew if she hung up, I would chicken out and I would be experiencing Dumbo Double Dare Drama II (the race sold out in an hour and I have been pouting since for not registering early). Within minutes, I get a text from Rachel "I cannot believe I just did that" who got a response from me of  "I am going to go watch Snow White now so I can curse Dopey out".
with Rachel & Tara Gidus at the Walt Disney World Marathon Meetup 2012
All day long, I have received a ton of congrats tweets from friends and complete strangers. Congratulating me on my madness. Meanwhile, my mother called me Dopey and even asked if I was on said substance when I registered . I look at my bank account and know that the Tory Burch handbag I was planning to purchase with my bonus has been replaced with running 48 miles over 4 days.

Bye bye Tory Burch Amanda Messenger, you are no longer joining my purse family. Instead, my runDisney medal collection will grow by 6 and I wont be able to walk for the entire 2nd week of January 2014. Finishers of the Dopey Challenge will be awarded a Dopey Challenge medal, the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge medal and a medal for each of the four runDisney races we complete that weekend.

After signing up, my friend Darlynn ( 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 :)

1 comment:

  1. ...and you are NOT going to die. You are going to be a rockstar!