Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Week 2 of Dopey Training

Week two of Dopey training is a HOT one! This week, I’m logging, 3 miles, 2 miles, 3 miles and 4 miles on my runs. I’m also adding in some strength training and spin classes! I absolutely love to sweat so these hot, steamy summer miles are my jam!

Happy training and happy sweating!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

2023 Princess Half Marathon Weekend!

2023 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, here I come! I’m in for year #15 and I couldn’t be more excited! After my Dopey Challenge is complete in January, I’ll take a full week to recover and then pick it right back up to stay trained for Princess Weekend in February. 

Hope to see all of my Princesses on the course or in the parks that weekend!

Happy training!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

My 2023 Dopey Challenge Training Plan!


DAY ONE of 2023 DOPEY CHALLENGE TRAINING STARTS TODAY!!  WOW! Hasn't life been crazy over the last couple of years?! It has been for me at least. SO much has happened in my personal life...big life changes and all for the good! I'm looking back at my blog and realizing that it has been AT LEAST 2 years since I have updated here. I have been beyond busy. Family, working full time, teaching classes, kids leaving home, becoming an empty nester..... and soooooo many date nights with my hubs. Life has been good to me. 

Once again, I'm training for runDisney's Dopey Challenge. I always get super excited when I start my training plan. I write it all out, buy new gear and shoes, and enjoy the love/hate relationship with training for this challenge that I have.

On this post, I'm jumping right in and am going to post my plan.

But, if you're new here, here is what I'm doing! I'm running the 2023 Dopey Challenge (my 10th one) and I'm just as excited for the 10th one as I was my first. I will run a 5k on Thursday (3.1 miles), a 10k on Friday (6.2 miles), a Half Marathon on Saturday (13.1 miles) and a Full Marathon on Sunday (26.2 miles.)  This race sold out very quick and has a 90's retro vibe (which I absolutely adore.)

Last years' Dopey was a I'm glad to put that one behind me and move forward! I'll write a post about that one later. LOL

So here is my thought process for my training plan for 48.6 miles around Walt Disney World. I am going to build a solid 12 week Half marathon training base, run a few races as training runs and then begin and 18 week Dopey Challenge training plan.

I'm following the Hal Higdon  training plan this year. I've done others in the past and this one seems to work for me. With this plan, I run 4 days a week during the 12 week Half Marathon training and 5 days a week during the 18 week Dopey Challenge training.

I am going to list is out very simple for you here... I have set my days to run to be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and long runs will either be on Saturday or Sunday. When I start the 18 week program, I will run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and both Saturdays and Sundays.  However, I need to give the disclaimer that I always tweak my schedule according to my family life and may miss a run here and there or I have to make it up some other time.  The most important thing to remember is to not beat yourself up if you miss a run. AND, nutrition, hydration and rest are just as important as logging the miles.

Hope this helps if anyone needs a plan to follow!

Week 1 --- 3 miles, 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles
Week 2 --- 3 miles, 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles
Week 3 --- 3.5 miles, 2 miles 3.5 miles, 5 miles
Week 4 --- 3.5 miles, 2 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles
Week 5 --- 4 miles, 2 miles, 3 miles, 6 miles
Week 6 --- 4 miles, 2 miles, 3.5 miles, 5k (3.1 mile race)
Week 7 --- 4.5 miles, 3 miles, 4.5 miles, 7 miles
Week 8 --- 4.5 miles, 3 miles, 4.5 miles, 8 miles
Week 9 --- 5 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles, 10 (6.2 mile race)
Week 10 -- 5 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles, 9 miles
Week 11 -- 5 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles
Week 12 -- 4 miles, 3 miles, 2 miles, 13.1 miles

Week 1 --- 3 miles, 5 miles, 3 miles, 3 miles, 13 miles, 
Week 2 --- 3 miles, 5  miles, 3 miles, 7 miles
Week 3 --- 3 miles, 5 miles, 3 miles 4 miles, 14 miles
Week 4 --- 3 miles, 6  miles, 3 miles, 8 miles
Week 5 ---  3miles, 6 miles, 3 miles, 5 miles, 15 miles
Week 6 --- 3 miles, 6  miles, 3 miles, 9 miles
Week 7 --- 4 miles, 7 miles, 4 miles, 6  miles, 16
Week 8 --- 4 miles, 7  miles, 4 miles, 10 miles
Week 9 --- 4 miles, 7 miles, 2 miles, 7 miles, 17 miles
Week 10 -- 4 miles, 8 miles, 4  miles, 11 miles
Week 11 -- 5 miles, 8  miles, 3 miles 8 miles, 18 miles
Week 12 -- 6 miles, 8 miles, 5 miles, 12 mile race
Week 13 -- 5 miles, 5 miles, 4 miles, 9 miles, 19 miles
Week 14 -- 5 miles, 8 miles, 5 miles, 13 miles
Week 15 -- 5 miles, 2.5 miles, 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles
Week 16 -- 5 miles, 4 miles, 12 miles
Week 17 -- 4 miles, 3 miles 8 miles
Week 18 -- 2 miles, 5k (3.1), 10k (6.2), Half Marathon (13.1), Full Marathon (26.2)

I hope you will follow along and can use this training plan for your own race!

Can't wait to see all of my friends during 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! It's truly one of my most favorite weekends of the year!

Happy Training and See you REAL SOON!!
xoxo, Bamagirlruns


Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend..aka 6 days away from Dopey Challenge
Memorial Day weekend. Ahhhh the long weekend. The good food from the grill. Hanging out with friends and fam. The nutritious diet... what?!!? 


Nutritious diet is Out the window. 

So THAT’S why I’m looking forward to marathon training. I have a purpose. I have a vision of the “skinny” me. I know I will feel better. Buh-bye junk food. Running will be so much easier minus a few pounds.

However, tonight,,,,, I indulge in the fried pork chops, the Mexican food after church, the popcorn during Netflix. Lord help us during the Netflix! ;)

Healthier days are coming. Did you hear me??! HEALTHIER DAYS ARE COMING.... SIX MORE DAYS UNTIL DOPEY CHALLENGE TRAINING!!! Until then, I’m up wayyyyy past my bedtime. I’m not drinking and eating the healthiest of things. But. In my mind, I’m a disciplined soul and there’s a finish line to cross. I’ll get there.👊🏼

See ya in a few days I’ll check back in when my training starts! 

Happy training and NO MORE JUNK FOOD. or Netflix;)))

Friday, May 22, 2020

My 2021 Dopey Challenge Training Plan!
Running through Cinderella Castle makes every mile worth it!

I seriously CANNOT believe that I'm about to embark on my 8th Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge event in 2021!! This year, I'm doing things a little bit differently!

1. I'm running SOLO. (I'll find lots of my runDisney pals once I get to the races and all around Walt Disney World but as far as the running, training, races....I'm solo.) I'm a little bit excited about that. It's great to have company but I also like to run alone and get lost in my own thoughts so I'm totally cool with it!

2. My training starts on June 1st and I'm giving myself a few extra weeks to run the mileage (not too different than my previous years training) and am also only wanting to run 3 days a week. Crazy I know, when you are training for a big race. But hey, I'm getting older and I'm babying my body. I've learned over the years that PR's and fast running is way overrated (for me) and I care nothing about trying to bust out race times that in the long term, I won't even remember. (insert the "I'm getting older line again here. LOL)

3. I'm raising money for an awesome charity!!! I posted it on Instagram and Facebook already but I'll include it here in my training blog post as well! I'm raising money for Team Hemophilia Federation of America! I have wanted to run for charity for a few years now and was just always a little bit worried as to whether or not I could actually raise the money. I don't want to let my team down. My son has Von Willebrands Disease so this is very near and dear to my heart. I decided to bite the bullet this year and just DO IT. So, I'm asking all of my friends and family to donate $4.86 to help me meet my $1600 goal.

Why $4.86??! Dopey Challenge consists of running 48.6 miles over the course of 4 days so I thought that was an easy amount to raise per person and it correlates with the race mileage!

Here is my link if you would like to donate! (My name is Kristin Long or Team Bamagirlruns)

Okay. So now what???

It's time to put my money where my mouth is and get my butt into high gear!!!

I will be using the Dopey Challenge training plan  that is listed on the runDisney website. As usual, I will be tweaking the mileage to fit into my personal schedule and most likely will not exceed 20 mile long runs. I may be Dopey enough to take on this challenge but I'm not Dopey enough to run longer than 20 miles during training! I know some may disagree but after 7 years of running this race, 20 mile runs are enough for me!!

So when am I starting my training plan????
JUNE 1ST!!!!!

It's so crazy to think that a race that I will run in January, I will start training for it in June. It sounds insane to me too! However, the training plan that I am using is a 29 week plan and as of June 1, we are 31 weeks out. Like I said, I give myself a little wiggle room and tweaking time to pack it all in!

Each week, I plan on running 45 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Long runs will be on Saturdays and will throw in a few extra runs on Fridays and Sundays towards the end of my training.

Here is my schedule:

Week 1 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 2 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 4 miles

Week 3 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 4 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 5.5 miles

Week 5 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 6 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 7 miles

Week 7 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 8 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 9 miles

Week 9 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 10 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 11 miles

Week 11 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 12 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 4 miles, Sunday 13 miles

Week 13 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 14 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 5.5 miles, Sunday 15 miles

Week 15 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

Week 16 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 7 miles, Sunday 17 miles

Week 17 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 5 miles

Week 18 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 6 miles

Week 19 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 8.5 miles, Sunday 20 miles

Week 20 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 6 miles

Week 21 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 7 miles

Week 22 Tues/Th 45 min---Friday 4 miles, Saturday 10 miles, Sunday 20 miles

Week 23 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 6 miles

Week 24 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 7 miles

Week 25 Tues/Th 45 min---Friday 5 miles, Saturday 12 miles, Sunday 20 miles

Week 26 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 6 miles

Week 27 Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 7 miles

Week 28 Race Week! Thursday 3.1, Friday 6.2, Saturday 13.1, Sunday 26.2!

Week 29 Recovery Week! Tues/Th 45 min---Saturday 3 miles

I hope you will either join me in my training or follow along. I will continue to post training run, accomplishments, failures, and just overall updates on how I'm doing. Oh! And cute clothes ;)

Thank you in advance to all of those who have donated or will donate to my fundraising efforts. I cannot wait to cross the Happiest Finish Line on Earth representing Team Hemophilia Federation of America!

Happy Training, Donating and Crossing the Finish Line!!
xoxo, Bamagirlruns

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Go Goli ACV Gummies! Your Heart Will Thank You!!

Over the last month, I have been trying out Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies!! Have you heard of them??!
Just two gummies is the equivalent to one shot of Apple Cider Vinegar. If you've EVER drank apple cider vinegar before, then you know that's not the most pleasant taste. Now sure, there are so many benefits to apple cider vinegar for your health. But why drink it when you can eat a few yummy gummies and receive even more health benefits!
These taste like apple and NOT vinegar!!
I'm a total believer in these gummies now and will never go back to drinking apple cider vinegar!!
So what's the BIG DEAL with these little gummies?

*2 Gummies = 1 Apple Cider Vinegar Shot
*They are packed with powerful anti-oxidants and infused with superfoods.
*Gluten Free
*Gelatin Free

These Awesome Gummies are good for your enamel on your teeth,
they support healthy digestion, they restore complexion, help reduce weight, enhance energy, they help your body detoxify and they promote a healthy heart!

I know for me personally, I started taking Goli Gummies a couple of weeks before I ran the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon in January and I felt GREAT!!! I had so much energy and could really tell a difference in my overall performance and health. 


 Via Goli website: "For every purchase made, provides a 1-for-1 Vitamin grant through our partnership with Vitamin Angels to provide  a child in need with a  6-month supply of vitamins. Visit to learn more."

Don't forget to use Code Bamagirlruns2020 to save 5% off of your purchase of Goli Gummies!!
I hope you all give Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies a try.....your heart will thank you!! Mine is loving them!!

Happy Running, Happy Goli and Happy Heart!
XOXO, Bamagirlruns

Monday, December 30, 2019

FitFones for the WIN!

FitFones in Glacier Grey.
      I am super excited to try out my new FitFones!!  This is a "smart headband" that is completely waterproof, blue tooth compatible and are very user friendly.  As of right now, this headband comes in two colors, Optic Yellow and Glacier Grey. I chose the grey because I felt like it would match more of my running clothes. However, since I have tried them out and logged a few miles wearing them, I'm realizing that I want the Optic Yellow as well!


 Each headband comes with a wireless charging pad and a USB cord.  At first, I tried to figure out how to charge the headband on the headband and then I realized just how simple it was! Lay it on the charging pad and go! FitFones are designed to be simple and to let the user connect and control the headphones from their Bluetooth device. I used my iPhone....

     On my first trial run, I adjusted my headband with the speakers directly over my ears. I covered my ears and ran for a bit that way. Then, I raised the headband above my ears and could still hear the music clearly!

From the FitFones website:
"One size fits all, fully adjustable headphones; simply slide over your ears and go. 

With over 12 hours of play time FitFones will keep you moving through your workout.

FitFones are completely wireless incorporating Bluetooth® 4.2 connectivity. Sync up to any Bluetooth enabled device including iPhone, Android, Samsung, Peloton, Apple Watch, and more.

FitFones inductive charging technology allows you to quickly and easily get charged up. Simply rest your FitFones on the included charge pad at the indicated area.
I tested out FitFones wearing my reading glasses on my treadmill in my garage. It gave me a good idea of what running with sunglasses and my headband would feel like!!
Our patented technology is completely waterproof. Sweat as much as you need and our wicking material will pull sweat away from your skin. 

Keep it fresh and wash your FitFones just like a regular headband.

Overall, I'm completely in love with my new FitFones! I think these are going to be a staple in my gym bag from now on! Stay tuned here and to my Instagram account for a giveaway coming soon! Grab yours at

Rain or shine, run with freedom! Thank you FitFones for allowing my review your headphones and making them a part of my daily running routine!

Happy Running and Happy FitFones!!