Thursday, May 28, 2015

RunDisney: Dopey Challenge Training Plan....Here I Go Again!



I know that I say this every year but seriously. I CANNOT BELIEVE that I'm about to begin training again for Walt Disney World's Dopey Challenge. 

For those who don't know, 2016 will be my third year to run this 48.6 mile challenge. I can't get enough!! The bling is just ridiculous, the self reward is fabulous and the race memories that I create get me all teary-eyed if I think about it for too long. 

Also known as Marathon Weekend....this is one of my favorite weekends of the entire year. Falling on the 2nd weekend in January, it's the perfect way to start off any new year. Talk about kicking off those New Years Resolutions...if Dopey Challenge doesn't do it for ya, nothing will! 

This race takes place over the course of four days....5k, 10k, Half Marathon and finishing with a Full Marathon on the last day. 48.6 miles total. Wake up calls are at 2am every morning. Vacation is in full swing and the friends that I see while at the parks?!?! Good grief. It's more fun than I can handle. My social media is outta control that week and I love EVERY SINGLE MAGICAL MINUTE OF IT. 

So here we go. June 1st is when I will begin. 

I do not slack on my training. 

I hear lots of chatter about how you don't need to "really train" for Disney races. That is sooooooo not the case. Respect the distance. Respect the course. Respect the Heat. Don't be a dummy...48.6 miles is no joke. 

I train hard and play harder. :)))


I've used a combination of a couple of different training plans and have also tweaked to fit my schedule. Nothing is set in stone and I'll mix it up when I need to. After all, I'm a busy Mom with three kids........Real life is not set to ANY schedule. 

Some weeks, I will run three days and some weeks, I will run four and some weeks 5. Eek!! Long runs will either be on Saturday or Sunday (depending on weather and if I have another race scheduled)

June 1
3 miles
2 miles 
3 miles 
4 miles

June 8
3 miles
2 miles
3 miles

June 15
3.5 miles
2 miles 
3.5 miles
5 miles

June 22
3.5 miles 
2 miles 
3.5 miles
5 miles

June 29
4 miles 
2 miles
4 miles 
Peavine Falls 8.2k

July 6
4 miles 
2 miles 
4 miles 
5k race

July 13
4.5 miles
3 miles 
4.5 miles
7 miles

July 20
4.5 miles 
3 miles
4.5 miles
8 miles

July 27
5 miles
3 miles
5 miles
10k race

August 3
5 miles
3 miles 
5 miles 
9 miles

August 10
5 miles 
3 miles 
5 miles
9 miles

August 17
4 miles
3 miles 
2 miles
13.1 miles

August 24
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
3 miles 

August 31
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
4 miles 
9 miles

September 7
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
3 miles 

September 14
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
5.5 miles
15 miles

September 21
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
3 miles

September 28
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
6.2 miles

October 5 
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
8.5 miles 
20 miles 

October 12
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
6 miles

October 19 
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
7 miles

October 26
4.5 miles
4.5 miles 
4 miles
10 miles 
23 miles

November 2
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
Rock n' Roll Savannah 13.1
RunDisney Wine n' Dine 13.1

November 9
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
6 miles

November 16
4.5 miles
4.5 miles 
4 miles
Magic City Half Birmingham 13.1
23 miles

November 23
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
6 miles 

November 30
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
8 miles 

December 7 
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
5 miles 
12 miles 
Rocket City Marathon 26.2 Huntsville, Al. 

December 14 
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles 
6 miles 

December 21
4.5 miles 
4.5 miles
5 miles
12 miles
26 miles 


December 28 
4.5 miles
4.5 miles
7 miles 

January 4
4.5 miles
3.1 miles
6.2 miles 
13.1 miles
26.2 miles



I'm ready to get started with my training, ready to run long miles with my friends and ready to earn 48.6  miles worth of magical bling! 

Happy running and see you at the castle! 

To learn more about Dopey Challenge and other runDisney events, please visit  runDisney.com