Another week in the books..

Week 2 of training put me right back on the treadmill again. With recording-breaking highs in both Phoenix and Tucson (where we took a brief trip this week), it’s looking like the hamster wheel will be my partner from now until September or so.

I worked in a lot of cross training with the Nike Training Club app this week – mostly lower body and core work. I took a day off on Friday in preparation for that big 4 mile long run on Saturday (can you see my eye roll? It’s happening, because 4 miles is going to be heaven in a few months). Not sure that it was entirely necessary to take the day off, but with the additional cross training I’m doing, I just don’t want to run the risk of overtraining anything.


Update on the yoga:

I haven’t done anything.

No…. scratch that.

I flipped through the book, and then I tried to touch my toes.


Oh, and I also THOUGHT at least twice about pulling out the foam roller. And berated myself for not doing a better job of using that consistently. Mentally heckled myself a bit for working with Physical Therapists every day for work, and wondered shortly if any would offer me a discount in a few months when I need it.

That foam roller is still collecting dust in the closet.

So, there’s some room for improvement there.


But I bought some new shoes this week, and extra Body Glide.

Baby steps. 🙂


Let’s Talk FOOD!

Running 48.6 miles in 4 days is great for the memories it is sure to build. And the medals. And the endurance.

But let’s be honest… that calorie burn is going to be killer, and I am going to eat the HELL out of some food as we do this.

Which explains why I was up at the unnatural hour of 3 am booking Disney Dining Reservations with a bunch of other crazy fools 180 days out.

Can we just all let our jaws drop at the ridiculosity that is Disney Dining? I generally don’t know what I intend to eat for dinner a few hours from now, much less guessing what type of cuisine (and at what time!) I may want to eat 6 months from now. And yet, there I was this morning, clicking away on my Disney Dining Reservations, then yawning while sitting up for another 30 minutes until the phone lines opened so I could call and modify my reservations. It was madness. The fact that people do this – and that I DID THIS – is preposterous.

We have a large party of people traveling with us for the Dopey Challenge, which is wonderful, and again, great for the memories it will build, the support, the camaraderie, and all of those warm and fuzzy things. It also worked out brilliantly well for our reservations, as Disney was able to accommodate our larger parties in pretty much every reservation we wanted except one (still pending, and yes, I’m maniacally checking that reservation status daily. Wait. Checking now. Nope, still not available.).

We’ve been fortunate to travel to Disney several times, and have a few favorites that we’ll be sure to hit – Raglan Road in Downtown Disney, Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom, Literally-Any-Restaurant-That-Will-Give-Me-Priority-Seating-At-Fantasmic…..  But this time, we’re trying many new places, as well. We’ll hit a few resort restaurants (Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Grand Floridian Café, and – super excited about this one – California Grill at the Contemporary to watch the fireworks). Inside the parks, I am P-U-M-P-E-D to try the new Jungle Cruise themed restaurant. The puns make this my favorite ride in MK, so I can’t wait to bask in that element for a while!

What are your favorite restaurants in Disney World? I plan to eat my way through the parks as much as possible and would love recommendations!

Week 1

With highs only in the 80s at 5 am, I took my running outside a few times this week rather than solely on the treadmill. Even after only a few runs, it reminded me why I loathe the treadmill as a training device… it just doesn’t seem to condition me the same way.

Mentally, I zone out on a treadmill. I can flip on the tv and just clock away a few miles (although, ask me how that works when the runs get longer….). When I’ve been training on a treadmill and finally get to move back outside, my mental toughness just isn’t there. For a few of my runs outside this week, I had that dread-of-every-footfall mentality. Usually that ends up going away around the time the endorphins kick in, but the blazing sun didn’t help. Here’s hoping that the few months of great running weather in AZ that will fall before Dopey are enough to get my mental game up to snuff.

Physically, the treadmill just isn’t the same. I’ve been going out of the way to do hill runs on the treadmill so that there’s not as much of a physical difference when I transition back to the “real world.” No idea yet if that will help, but we shall see.

Any advice for treadmill training? Temps are only going up here in the desert!

Week 0

Not sure about everyone else, but I’m going to attempt to follow the Jeff Galloway training plan for the Dopey Challenge. Week 1 of the training plan officially starts next week…. so in an effort to trick myself into thinking that I’m going to be ahead of the curve, I started ramping up my training a bit this week.


We’ve been under a heat advisory all week and have broken records twice in the past 7 days, so running outdoors was a no-go. I hit the treadmill a few times for just a 5k each time. I am also using a plan on my Nike Training Club app to work in some strength training a few extra days a week. One of the few things I haven’t repressed from our training for the WDW Marathon previously was that my core strength just wasn’t there. I can recall hitting the 20 mile mark in training runs and just feeling like I couldn’t hold myself up any longer. In an effort to head that off (and work on total body fitness in addition to running), my goal is to work in some consistent strength training each week.

Since Brandon and I both ended up with significant knee injuries during our last attempt, I’m also trying to add some yoga and a lot of stretching into the training plan this time. I always have great intentions when it comes to stretching, but my execution is lacking. On Monday, though, I took the kids to the library and “Yoga for Runners” was propped up on a display shelf just begging to be checked out. If nothing else, bringing that home led me to find this new resource, so hopefully I can work in a bit of “om” over the next 6 months. New goal: to see if I can touch my toes before race day.

Dopey or Bust, 2018

Read along as we commiserate in our shared training for the Disney Dopey Challenge 2018.

Our mighty crew will be tackling all or portions of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January 2018. Many of us completed the WDW Marathon 10 years ago in celebration of the 50th birthdays of Steve and Patti, the parental crazies behind our running adventures. Ten years later, we’re back for the Dopey to celebrate their 60th birthdays. Heaven help us when they turn 70.