Last week I wrote that with 3 months until Walt Disney World Marathon weekend I was kicking off my Dopey training with a “half-Dopey”! Dopey is the unofficial name for when you do all 3 races during WDW Marathon weekend – the 5k on Friday, the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday (the half and full are officially called Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge).
My plan was to do half of each of these distances over 3 consecutive days to begin building up my back to back mileage. So, how’d I do? Let’s say I did a modified half Dopey…
In yoga teacher training we talk a lot about modifying poses and making your practice your own. In yoga classes I’ve heard teachers say things like, “be your own teacher”, “do what feels right for you right now” and “listen to what your body is telling you”. I love that yoga is an open practice and can be modified to accommodate yogis of any shape, size, age, ability or energy level, it truly makes it accessible to everyone!
I strongly believe that in any physical activity, no matter what it is, you need to listen to your body. If you know how to listen, your body is telling you exactly how it feels and what level activity it’s up for on a given day. Yogis understand that just because you can do a pose beautifully and comfortably today, doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be able to do it the same way tomorrow…and that’s ok!
So, when my legs were screaming that they needed a rest from running I figured that was ok too!
Yes, I deviated from my original plan, but I’m sure that in the long run (no pun intended!) as I go through yoga teacher training and marathon training my body will better for it (and will certainly thank me!).
I had been planning on 1.55 miles on Thursday, 6.55 miles on Friday and 13.1 miles on Saturday. What I did was 3 miles Thursday (1.55 miles seemed really short!), 6.55 miles on Friday, REST DAY on Saturday and 13.1 miles on Sunday (broken up in to 2 runs, 6.6 in the morning and 6.5 in the afternoon).
So, the way I look at it I got in all the mileage I was looking for and I spared my legs – win/win as far as I’m concerned! I’m trying to be especially mindful of how my body is feeling now that I’m adding 4-5 hours of vinyasa yoga a week to my running routine for yoga teacher training. I’m totally comfortable with modifying my plans as I go along, the last thing I want to do is burn out before marathon weekend!