I must admit, it was REALLY hard to get out of bed Saturday morning. I was up early on Tuesday to head to the airport and then again on Thursday and Friday for the RunDisney 5k and 10k races with my family. Saturday am was the first time I ever hit the snooze button for a race!
I managed to talk myself out of bed and head to the bus that would take me to Epcot to start the WDW Half Marathon. By the time I got off the bus, my mood totally changed.
It is no secret I have not been running that much, I kinda just lost the mojo for a bit and being sick with a sinus infection I could just not fight, plus bronchitis, didn’t really make me want to run in December. I logged 28 miles total. Yes, that was for the entire month of December. To say I was not prepared for the Dopey Challenge was an understatement.
The energy at the start of the WDW Half was amazing. Tons of people, tons of different stories, histories and reasons why they were running but we all had one goal. To complete the half marathon we set out to do.
I knew going into this I was not going to complete the Marathon the next day, I made that decision on the bus ride over to Epcot. Yes, perhaps I could have walked the full and completed the Dopey Challenge but I have way too many races to look forward to this Spring to risk messing myself up.
Since I already made my decision not to take the bracelet showing I completed the half that would allow me to earn the Dopey medal I decided to run 3/4 of a mile and then walk the remaining 1/4. My coach suggested a 7 min run, 2 min walk but this just seemed easier as I only had to pay attention to every 3/4 mile mark and my watch would alert me at every mile.
The race went really well and I stuck with my strategy until mile 10 when I switched things up a bit so I could walk the giant on ramp and then the other ramps as we made our way to Epcot.
With a few charachter stops and a bathroom break, I completed the half in 2:30:30 feeling great! I enjoyed spending the rest of our trip with my family, relaxing and having fun!