So I mentioned here the other day that I have a wee bit of an obsession with the Dopey Challenge. Over the course of last weekend I learned that I was in good company. Apparently Dopey is a dream shared by many. Thank you for making me feel more sane.
You might also be aware that I have a toddler. Fun fact about her: she freaking LOVES Mickey Mouse. Like gets super screamy (“HI MICKEY!!”) and excited when she sees him on television and offers him some of whatever she’s drinking or eating at the time. So the other night I was thinking…what a fun Christmas present it would be this year to treat ourselves to a little Disney vacation in January. It would be a great Mickey-filled vacation for B, a well-deserved break for my husband who never gets to go on vacations EVER – seriously the last time we flew on a plane together was in 2010 when we got married – and for me…well we all know what else happens in January down at Disney.
I know. Total pipe dream. I was going to mention it to my husband and he was going to chuckle like I just told him a cute joke. He would label me insane just like every other non-runner has when I talk to them about Dopey Challenge. He wouldn’t be able to get off work. We wouldn’t be able to afford a Disney vacation. Why don’t I get in the kitchen and bake him a pie or something.
Well the other night I brought it up and none of those reactions happened. Especially not that last one because he would never talk to me like that.
In fact, he seems to think it’s a GOOD IDEA. WHAT!?
It’s kind of rare that I get a large sum of extra money to spend just on me and instead Betty gets more Bubble Guppies, but I got an extra bonus at Christmastime that I had planned on using to do something fun for myself. And what a more fun thing to spend it on than Dopey registration? Okay that might be debatable to a lot of people, but it sure sounds like the most fun thing to me. We could lighten up on the Christmas shopping this year and make the trip our big present instead. This is a win-win for everyone anyway because not only do we get to go to Disney, but our house won’t look like an Toys R Us threw up in it. He even started planning out ways to save money over the year to make this happen. How cool is he!?
So now that my dear, sweet, supportive, WONDERFUL husband has given me the go for the Dopey Challenge, I have a lot of questions. Here are just a couple of them. I’m going to have way more later, trust me.
If you have run at Disney in the past, did you do a package deal or did you just kind of wing it with hotels and stuff? How did either of these things work out for you?
If you ran Dopey…how did you feel during the day after each race? Were you exhausted? Did you walk around the parks or could you have if you wanted to? I tend to bounce back really quickly from my long runs and think I’ll be okay to go after the first three days especially if I’m not trying to PR, but I’m certain that the full marathon is going to hurt me.
Basically I’m just trying to make sure that I’m not going to be a total sack of useless for the whole trip. While I want to do this SO SO SO BADLY, first and foremost this is a chance to take my daughter to Disney World and I want to watch her enjoy herself. And I want to enjoy MYself. I love Disney World and haven’t been in nearly 14 years.
Any and all comments and advice are welcome! For now it looks like it’s
DOPEY OR BUST!!
He’s kind of scary, but I get it. I want that bling too.
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