And so it begins…

1 Jul

In approximately 188 days and 18 hours (or so…) *my* Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will begin. As you may have heard, I am completing the Dopey Challenge (henceforth and forevermore known as #DOPEY15)


As you might expect it takes a special kind of training to take on a challenge like this. And my friends, that training starts today. It starts NOW!!

I should first confess, I am horrible at following a plan. So I’m giving myself options – but not too many options cause then the wheels just fall off early.

Many of my friends swear by using the Galloway Run-Walk method – since I’m known to take the occasional walk break, this method should work really well for me. It’s an organized way to *plan* your walk breaks and take them before you actually need them. And, Coach Galloway is the official runDisney training advisor so he kinda knows what he’s talking about when it comes to runDisney! Oh yeah, and his plan starts today. So time to start knocking out those miles!!

But wait…I said options didn’t I? Well…I did.

In about a month, there’s another plan that I’ve looked at that kicks off. And ps how’s that for bad sentence structure?!!  Anyway, Hal HIgdon is a World Masters Champion (4 times thankyouverymuch) and has run the US Olympic trials a – very big – handful of times. I’ve “used” his plans several times and they do the job. Or. Ya know, I imagine they would if one were to follow religiously. Which I haven’t. But plan to this time. And he’s got a great looking, pretty intense, Dopey training plan should I choose to jump over from my Galloway plan.

It’s also time to be more careful about eating to fuel my runs, and not simply because I love to eat 🙂

There is a lot of work to be done here!!! So we need to get on it. Yes. We. I definitely need to be held accountable so feel free to nag and call me names if I ever “forget” to workout  But do it gently please 😉




So who else is getting ready to kick off their fall training??!

5 Responses to “And so it begins…”

  1. showmeashley July 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Wow! Excited to watch your training!

  2. longhorns2 July 1, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    You’ll rock #Dopey15! Can’t wait to see the progress Anne!

    • outrunningthefork July 1, 2014 at 10:36 am #

      Thanks!! I’m actually getting REALLY excited about it!

      Time for costume planning to begin!

  3. Amy Albers July 1, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    I’ve used Hal Higdon plans several times and liked them. He calls for running 3 times during the week plus one long run. If I can only manage 2 short runs, I don’t worry and just carry on with the plan. I think that’s what I’m using for the marathon. Woot! (It also allows me to not start until next month. 🙂

    • outrunningthefork July 1, 2014 at 8:29 am #

      My initial brilliant idea was to do Hal’s 10K plan and segue into Galloway — see how I like Galloway and then either continue that or switch over to Hal. It just feels like Galloway doesn’t give me enough running to get through the 4 days!! But I don’t know…I just know I need to follow SOMETHING this year!! 🙂

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