One week from today I’ll have completed the first of four races in the Dopey Challenge. I’ll be on my way to dinner with Erica to fuel up for the 10k after a long day in Magic Kingdom.
Erica asked me the other day how I was feeling as we get closer to Dopey.
I believe my response was:
So there’s that.
I’ve definitely started having stress dreams about the races. The most recent was something about not having my bibs and the race is starting but then I went and got my bib but had all the other stuff and I was going to have to run with my race bag because I was so late.
You know. Casual.
Erica’s advice was just to take it one race at a time. From everything I’ve read and everyone I’ve talked to, the hardest part of the races is all the early mornings. So I’ve got that to look forward to. I’m anticipating getting very little sleep over the course of this coming weekend.
I should also mention that I really don’t plan on pushing too hard for these races. For the price I paid, I want to enjoy what RunDisney has to offer. I’ve run each other these distances multiples times over the last two years and I have nothing to prove to anyone, especially myself.
I’ll also be running with Erica for the half and I have every intention of enjoying character
stops with her.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really run Disney races for any record setting. Especially out in Walt Disney World where there are some many more character stops to enjoy. I’d rather push it on the cheaper, local races than ones that I’ve paid a whole lot of money for.
I do plan on posting daily during the course of the weekend to give my real time feelings and updates. It’s worth mentioning that everything I do for myself in terms of preparation is what I have found works best for me. As I go about this next year of running, I plan on offering my best advice on how to enjoy races.
I’m also going against pretty much all advice for going about a Dopey Challenge. Erica is flying in Wednesday night and I want to be able to spend as much time with her as possible. We have fully booked ourselves with dining and fast passes galore. I’ll be spending a lot of time on my feet which is not the best idea in the world. Yet another reason why I won’t be pushing myself too hard this weekend.
That all being said, I want to share this amusing blast from the past that showed up on my Timehop today:
It’s funny how much I used to joke about never wanting run or work out or really do anything smart or healthy for myself.
I have more to write on that but for another time. This post has already gone off the rails from where I started so I’m going to quit while I’m ahead.
[Featured Image Copyright Disney/RunDisney]