Dopey Training Begins…NOW!

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!

Love this graphic, so I figured I’d share it again!

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!

7 thoughts on “Dopey Training Begins…NOW!

  1. Good luck with your Dopey training! I feel so focused on marathon training right now, and was just wondering the other day how people train for Goofy and Dopey. It makes sense to run back-to-back days and add mileage over time. If I can make it through my first marathon in January, then I think I will consider Goofy for 2014. Good luck with training and your yoga teacher certification 🙂

    • Thanks so much Jeannie, I’m nervous about putting so much stress on my body over the next few months, but I’m going to try to be very aware of when I need to rein it in and take a break…hopefully it works out!

      Good luck with your training also, I’m sure it will be an amazing experience!

  2. Yay yay yay! This is all so exciting. I’m really glad you’re going with the Dopey, and I’m curious to see how your training comes together.

    Any thoughts yet on how far in advance you’ll start to taper?

    • According to the plan I laid out for myself (which is basically the Galloway plan on the runDisney site with some adjustments to take in to account my schedule) my last long run will be December 22nd and then I’ll taper for the 3 weeks leading up to Marathon Weekend.

  3. Oh my gosh! How exciting!! I’m super intimidated by a marathon, let alone one that follows a half and a 5K!! But the medals look awesome. I’ll be following your training progress.

    • I figure I have to give it a shot! I never thought I’d be able to run a marathon and I did that, so I figured a new challenge was in order!

      I’m a little nervous about the timing though with doing my yoga teacher training at the same time, I’m sore all the time and it’s making my running a lot harder!

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