Just saw that the Disney Dopey Challenge is 203 days away. Seems like a long time, but I guess it’s really not. Maybe it is, but I still want to start getting ready now. Been working on getting ready the past couple months actually. Keeping my legs tired and my body sore as much as possible. This weekend I did a humid 8 miles with friend runners and frienemy hills. Then it’s on to 3-4 hours of yard work. And by yard work, believe me, it’s work.
Sunday did another 6 miles. And that was a struggle. A struggle because it was absolutely fabulously humid and hot! It was disgusting. When I finished it looked like I had jumped in a lake during the run. I mean, my clothes were absolutely fabulously soaked. It was disgusting. Did I mention it was disgusting? But I got through it. Normally I would’ve gone to yoga after, but it was niece’s birthday day, so spent it at a community pool playing with water rug rats.- that counts as exercising, right?
Monday, back at the gym to pump up some iron…or whatever materials they use to make the heavy things in the gyms now a days. Today, up early to run again. It was raining, which was actually nice. It was somewhat humid, but cloud cover is good and cool rain is good. I rather enjoyed it. It wasn’t pouring, but a nice steady sprinkle. And it didn’t take me half the morning to cool my body internal temps down. It’s always a little uncomfortable at work when I’m sweating from a morning run…even after a shower!
So it goes on and on. But I’m feeling good so far. Feeling strong. Still early, I know. But building slowly and smartly is key to avoiding injury. I looked up the Galloway training plan for the Dopey and it’s for peeps who’ve already been running regularly for 6 months, but it starts it’s week 1 the first week of July. So this being June, I’m already ahead of the game and the mileage that his plan starts with. Good I think.
Anyway, I had a thought. I googled images for the Dopey Challenge and this one of Dopey the Dwarf came up:
Dopey in the sky with diamonds.
I think it’s appropriate for these race. Here’s because: I know it was a factor for me, so I know it was a factor for others – The Bling! In previous posts I’ve mentioned that when we complete this 4 days of racing, we get 6 medals. And 6 Disney medals at that. They don’t mess around with their medals. And so I know some of us were thinking about all that bling and had diamonds in our eyes like Dopey.
Maybe that should’ve been a warning. Maybe the race directors thing that being blinded by bling is a bad thing and are throwing us an underhanded dis by calling us Dopey for blindly going for it. Maybe they secretly think this 4 days of increasing race distances will punish us for our greed. But I don’t think so. First off, Disney has never been accused of being anything but greedy itself…just look at the race entry fee for crying out loud! But I’m not hatin’. I love all things Disney, always have. So I’m looking at it like we are getting the bling as a proper reward for completing the tough tough challenge.
203 days until we’re officially Dopey (and Blingy)!