Today marks 3 months until Walt Disney World Marathon weekend – otherwise known as the start of my next challenge…to cover 42.4 miles in 3 days!
To really kick of my Dopey training I figured I’d do a “half Dopey” this weekend – 1.55 miles today (Thursday), 6.55 miles tomorrow (Friday) and 13.1 miles on Sunday (that math is correct, right?!?)! Over the next 3 months I’ll continue to slowly increase my mileage incorporating back to back mid to long distance runs until I get to back to back 10 and 20 milers.
I’m nervous about heading towards my longer runs since last year I had a pretty disastrous 20 mile training run about 3 weeks before the marathon. It was so bad in fact it made me seriously question whether I was ready and if I should even make the trip to Florida to attempt the marathon…as they say, getting to the starting line is the hardest part…
Well, I convinced myself (with the support of my family) to show up at the starting line…and I made it to the finish line!
This year I’m challenging myself to not only finish a marathon, but to run a 5k and a half marathon the two days before AND to do all my training while completing my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. Let me tell you, there is going to be A LOT of running and yoga-ing going on around here! (And if you’re one of those people that think yoga isn’t a workout please feel free to come on down to the studio and practice with us and then let me know how you feel. Oh, and bring a towel cause you’re gonna sweat. A LOT! AND you’re gonna be sore, I promise.)
I’m still working to figure out how to incorporate all my running with the 4-5 hours of yoga I’m doing a week for class, but I think this weekend’s “half Dopey” will be a good benchmark and I can make adjustments from there. (And let’s just say me and my foam roller are going to be spending A LOT of quality time together over the next few months!)
Today, Dopey training officially begins!
P.S. yesterday was 1 month until the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, can’t wait, I had such a great time last year!