"Anyone wanna run the 5K, 10K, half, and full marathon for the Dopey Challenge?"
I'm pretty sure this is how it all began. Someone posed the question, we all scoffed at the ridiculousness of it all, and then slowly, but surely, started entertaining the idea of taking on the Dopey Challenge. I mean, have you seen all the pictures of the participants with their medals adorning their neck in gleaming, shiny medal gloriousness?! After seeing picture after picture, I channeled my inner Ariel and belted out in Disney song, "WISH I COULD BE PART OF THAT WORLD!"
So, my friend Chris and I registered. The registration date had been saved months before in our Outlook calendar with reminders set. On that day, we had our credit cards ready in hand, texting each other to make sure we both got in. Our plan was "leave no man behind". We were going to run this entire challenge together and just have fun! We're coming for you Run Disney! And before you know it...."Congratulations! You are registered for Run Disney's Walt Disney World's Dopey Challenge 2016!
We were both in! I remember sweating like bullets afterwards. I can't believe I just dropped that much $$ on a race. I was suffering from the 3 Rs - race registration remorse. But then I went online and saw past participants draped in their medal gloriousness and my guilt quickly disappeared! Also - it's Disney. There is nothing cheap about Disney. And really...I just wanted to be adorned in my own medal gloriousness!
The Dopey Challenge took place in Walt Disney World Orlando Jan 7-10. You run a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and the full marathon on Sunday. In an attempt to not bore you with all the details that took place for each race, I put together a list of my musings over those past couple of days running the Dopey Challenge:
If you look up the idiom "on-the-run", it means to constantly travel or moving from place to place. Welcome to my life! I get asked the question - "Do you ever sleep?" at least once a week. The truth is - I am always on the run. My weeks are filled with work, training runs, dropping kids off to school and extra curricular activities, traveling out-of-town for races and soccer games, theatre rehearsals, civic duties - you name it. In addition to being an avid runner, I'm a happily married wife, mother of two, an actress, singer, a Fleet Feet CREW coach, and work full time as the Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co. I love being on the run!