Hi everyone! So I’m a little late with my weekly workout post again — apologies!
Tue., July 23: Taekwondo class
Thur., July 25: 6 miles
Fri., July 26: Rest
Sat., July 27: Strength training
Sun., July 28: 5 miles
Mon., July 29: 11 miles
Total weekly mileage: 25 miles
I’ve been dealing with a cold this week, so pretty much every mile was a struggle. There’s nothing fun about running when your throat hurts and you can’t breathe through your nose and you’re already feeling fatigued before you even get started!
However, despite being a bit under-the-weather, I made sure to keep my weekly mileage up a lot closer to where it should be this close to Dumbo. I took on my longest run since my last half marathon in May — 11 miles — and I also made sure to schedule my long run the day after a 5-miler to help make sure I really am ready to run those 19.3 miles all in one weekend!
Speaking of Dumbo…I know that my fellow runDisney aficionados are excited today because we’re finally privy to our waivers and corral placements for the 10K and half marathon races.
And, without further ado, I am THRILLED to announce that my finish time of 2:03 in Asbury Park’s Runapalooza in April helped me snag a spot in Corral B! I’m super excited! We all know that I “run Disney” for the costumes and the photo opportunities and the fun, and starting a little bit earlier helps me to ensure that I can soak up as much of the race-day magic as I possibly can.
Also, I have (FINALLY) decided on my costume choices for both races. I will be running as my two favorite monsters from my all-time favorite Disney-Pixar movie! I’m absolutely obsessed with Monsters, Inc., and since the release of Monsters University thrilled me to no end (I’m hoping to catch it for a third time before it leaves theaters!), I felt running as Mike Wazowski (10K) and Sulley (half marathon) was only appropriate. I’ll definitely post pictures here as I finish both costumes!
I think what’s most exciting for me, other than the fact that this will be my first-ever trip to Disneyland, is that I impulsively signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare back in January before I had even completed my first half marathon. I had no clue what running 13.1 miles would be like, or if I’d even be able to finish the Princess Half Marathon…and yet when registration opened for the 10K/half marathon challenge in Disneyland, I knew I had to take a leap of faith and sign up. I truly felt like a big old “Dumbo” for assuming that I’d ever be able to cross the finish line of a half marathon, and especially right after taking on a 10K!
So, to me, running Dumbo next month will really represent what I can accomplish when I believe in myself. And THAT is why I will probably never be the kind of runner who spends an inordinate amount of time beating myself up over disappointing finish times in races. It may sound kind of corny, but, for me, the true accomplishment is that I’m at the starting line in the first place!
The best part of all? I am feeling completely and 100 percent ready to take on this challenge. There is not a single doubt in my mind that I will be able to finish strong at both races. I CAN’T WAIT!
So…BRING IT ON, DUMBO!
Okay, Dumbo runners: tell me about your costumes! I want to be sure I can find some of you guys! Anyone else joining me in Corral B?
Everyone else: Have you ever impulsively signed up for a race/challenge that you weren’t sure you could finish?