The Disney Marathon weekend isn't just a marathon. There's also a 5K, 10K, and a half marathon on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, respectively. Disney offers up something called the Dopey Challenge: runners try to finish all four races over the weekend.
Back in September that sounded like a great idea. I'd run a couple of hundred miles and dropped two dozen pounds after two months of training and I figured that with three more months of training the Dopey Challenge would be no big deal. I suggested that I take the challenge to some of my coworkers; they suggested that it would probably kill me.
I took their advice and just signed up for the marathon.
Am I ever glad I did that!
The half marathon was 10 days ago and I still feel like I'm still recovering. I thought I felt ready to start training again, but my first two runs since the race have been miserable. I'm crampy, stiff, and slow. Can it really take this long to recover?
Anyway, today's run was 5.6 miles in 53 minutes. I've now run 204 miles since October 1. The Disney Marathon starts in 46 days!