The FINAL day of the Dopey Challenge was the Disney marathon – and it started off with a BANG! No really – each wave is sent off by fireworks and they were especially awesome for the marathon. I was running a little late, but managed to give myself a pep-talk on the way to my coral. I had no idea how this day was going to turn out – was I going to get swept? Was I going to make it?
The 3rd day of the Dopey Challenge during marathon weekend at Disney World was the HALF MARATHON! I have run 13 miles, but never in a race – and this run was ESPECIALLY exciting because I would get to run through the castle in the Magic Kingdom! I had been dreaming about running through the castle since I first heard of the runDisney races. After looking at numerous beautiful pictures and videos of happy people running out the front of the castle I was so ready to have one of those amazing photos to call my own…unfortunately my castle moment wasn’t quite how I thought it would be…
Dark and early (I can’t really say bright and early because I was up well before the sun) Kevin dropped me off at Epcot and I made my way with the other runners to the starting corrals. I felt a little more confident because I knew where I was going since I was just through it all the day before for the Marathon Weekend 5k. I made my way through the crowd admiring the awesome costumes. I kept the mylar blanket they gave me the day before for extra warmth while waiting to start. The lines for the characters were outrageously long so I knew there was no point waiting because I wouldn’t have time to get a picture before the race started. Little did I know that later in the run I would have a very comical “character stop”….
It was almost a year ago that I spent my lunch break at work huddled over my computer trying to get a spot in the Dopey Challenge at Disney World. These races usually sell out very fast – and 2018 was no exception because it was the anniversary of the 25th Marathon and the 5th Dopey Challenge – this meant the medals would be extra cool.
Kevin dropped me off in the parking lot at Epcot around 4 AM and I followed the sea of people in the 32* weather towards the start. As I walked it hit me that this challenge was finally here and I was going to attempt to run 48.6 miles in 4 consecutive days with very little training due to my heel injury. I felt very confident I could complete the 5K and 10K – and pretty sure I could do the half marathon – but could I add a full marathon on top of that?!
It was another cold and rainy day in Florida for the runDisney Marathon Weekend expo. It was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which was HUGE. I had never been there before, but Kevin had been there several times while playing softball tournaments. We left so we could be there close to noon when it opened to hopefully avoid the crowds – I apparently had a lot to learn about the runDisney expo….