1 week from the time this post is published (6:15am!) I’ll be crossing the starting line of my 48.6 mile Dopey Challenge journey!
The training is done, the trip plans are made, my costume is ready (just 1 for the 10k) and all that’s left to do is keep an eye on the weather and finish my packing, so I thought it would be a good time to share a quick review of my training and preview of my trip!
To read about my race day essentials bag click HERE!
My training for the Dopey Challenge went well. Despite going through a few periods of being stressed and getting a little off track, I managed to get in all my major runs and did 2 back-to-back-to-back-to-back “Mini-Dopey” simulations.
The arch of my foot has really been bothering me, so I’ve been taking extra care to ice and roll it, stretch and remember to KT tape before my runs. (See my Tips for Happy Feet post HERE!)
Hotel – check!
Flight – check!
Dinner reservations – check!
Between running, eating and focusing on recovery for the next day’s race I feel like I’m going to be SO busy! I’m really hoping I have enough time to see all the friends who are going to be down for the races too – luckily I’ve made plans with many of you guys already!
The 5k - just a nice easy 3 mile run hopefully with a few stops for some fun character photos!
The 10k – this is my costume race! A few friends and I will be dressing up so I expect to be stopping for a lot of photos along the way! I didn’t reveal my costume before the Disneyland 10k and in hindsight I wish I had that way people would have known what to look for and they could have said hi! So…look for my costume to be revealed before I leave for Florida next week!
The Half Marathon – I’m going to take the same approach for the half marathon as I did when I did Goofy last year…take my time, probably use intervals and stop for lots of pictures! Definitely want to save my legs for the full!
The Full Marathon – I’m hoping to go into the full with my legs still feeling good! I’ll probably use some sort of intervals or occasional walks breaks, but I’ll wait and determine the exact run/ walk ratio once I know what the weather is going to be like (heat totally kicks my butt, especially after training in the cold!). Photo stops are always a nice way to rest my legs over 26.2 miles!
Between Race Recovery
I’ll be following my usual R.I.C.E. recovery plan – Roll, Ice, Compression and Elevation – between each race as well as making sure to stay well fueled and hydrated!
For all the details on my approach to R.I.C.E. for runners check out THIS post!
Will you be at Marathon Weekend?
How you feeling? Ready? Excited? Nervous?