This should be the last Dopey Challenge post (unless I come up with something else later). If you missed any of my other Dopey Recaps, you can see them here: Expo, Kids Race, 5k, 10k, 13.1, 26.2, Post Run, & Meet-Ups.
Much like my first marathon (Disney 2008), my sister is the one who urged me to register for this challenge. So first shout outs go to her.
Not only for that, but also running with me (and finishing herself), driving us around, letting us stay at her place, and getting us into the theme parks. Here’s a tip for anyone wanting to run a Disney race – try to get a sibling that works there, it has its benefits, ha!
Another shout out goes to her roommate. She had to put up with a few things, like us crowding up their place. But more importantly she put up with a few days of watching Disney Jr non-stop on the TV as her and her beau watched the boy when we were up early for the races. She also was able to bring him to the final race in time for us to cross the finish line. Then she took him into Epcot while we went to meet our ma when she finished.
Speaking of which, more shout outs to the mom for not only paying for a couple meals and groceries, but also some theme park photos. She also gets props for finishing the Dopey herself. I’ve had many comments from people on how impressed they are with that last fact. She had never run a full marathon before, and was able to do that after three days of consecutive races. Not only that, but she finished it faster and stronger than a lot of people who didn’t run the previous three days.
Also, I need to shout out to all the bloggers who supported me through all the training and races. The amount of positive messages you sent was unbelievable! I don’t want to leave anyone out, so I won’t mention specific people, but know that I appreciate it!
That also goes for all my friends and family who supported me either with words, messages, or even running with me! Like my “coach” Rexy and the fine folks at Thursday Night Social Run and Project Run 214. As well as my yoga instructor and chiropractor who helped keep me injury free during all those training miles.
Finally, I have to thank the immediate family for putting up with my months of training. I tried to do it without inconveniencing anyone – like running in the wee hours before they were awake – but I know there were a few times when I did. So thanks for TCB and allowing me to put in the hours!
So now it’s time to move on to new challenges. I look forward to continued support as well as supporting everyone else as they take on their endeavors! Let’s do this!
What challenges are you looking forward to? What kind of support do you get?