If you have ever participated in RunDisney’s Walt Disney World Marathon weekend and the Dopey challenge, you know it takes careful planning and a lot of runner math to get through it. 4 days, 4 races, 48.6 miles is not an endeavor to be taken lightly. How do you keep your legs fresh (or at least not shred them) across the whole event to finish and earn those medals?
I certainly haven’t unlocked the secret to finishing the Dopey Challenge, as last year they cancelled the half marathon due to weather. So this year, I’m attempting once again to finish Dopey in the “Upright Position” with a smile on my face.
My priorities for these races really fall into the enjoyment aspect of the event: character stops, running with friends, and lots of crazy pictures, to cap it all off with a ride on Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom. I don’t know if the following plan will do it, since “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy,” but this is where it stands 2 weeks out. For a detailed course map explanation, check out this video!
For the 5k, I’m dressing as a Toy Story Alien with a big group. There is no time limit on the 5k, and I hope to run with my friends, take it easy, stop a lot, and get lots of great pictures. I’m in no hurry for this one, and I’ll treat it like a shakeout run. Could take an hour to finish the 5k! [Read more…] about 10 Tips for RunDisney Race Day Planning