Dopey Training – Week 22

Happy Thanksgiving!  The holiday weekend marked the first of 2 Dopey Simulation weekends on the Galloway plan.  Those 2 simulation weekends are also the last two long run weekends – the light at the end of the tunnel!  Crap, am I ready for the long runs to be done.  Have I mentioned lately how much I hate running?  The plan called for the simulation to run Thurs-Sun, but I’m going to see Wicked today (yay!) so moved everything up a day so I could finish yesterday (Sat).  My plan was to run this simulation like I was planning to do the actual event.  Right now that plan is to walk the 5K and 10K, run/walk the half, run/walk the full up to somewhere between miles 14-18, then walk the rest.  I think I mentioned in a previous post that B was injured, she’s got a torn ACL.  She’s much faster than me, so has better corral placement and is usually 2 corrals ahead of me, while my brother is 1 behind me.  She’s dropped back to start with me on the last two runs.  I told her for Dopey she should start in her own corral and I’ll drop back to start with my bro, then she can just walk from the start until my bro & I catch up with her running our intervals.  I figure she’ll be able to put away at least 3-5 miles before we catch her (assuming bro & I stop for character pics and she doesn’t).  Point of that being I even mimicked that and character pictures in my simulation weekend.  Haha, I’m hardcore.

Day 1:  3 miles.  I was planning to walk this entire thing, but had an 8am meeting at work.  I was sure it was going to be cancelled but it wasn’t.  So I just ran the entire thing to finish quickly so I could make the meeting.  Got there at 8am on the dot.

Day 2 (Thanksgiving):  4 miles.  I ran straight thru the first 1.5 miles to simulate catching up with B (I’m guessing she’ll only be 1 corral ahead at most for the 10K) then walked the rest.  Every 1/2 mile or so I’d run about 6-7 house lengths to simulate running to get into picture lines.

Day 3:  10 miles.  I ran 2-1 intervals, then walked thru a couple sets of intervals after mile 5 to simulate catching B and checking in with her.  I then went back to the intervals until mile 8.5 and walked the last two.

Day 4 Eve:  My SIL had given me a few strips of KT tape so I could try taping my foot to help with the PF pain.  So I taped it up the night before.  As you can see, Max was amazed…

Day 4:  22 miles.  Well, 22 miles was my plan anyway, I ended up with 21 miles.  I stuck with the 4-1 intervals I’ve been using for the longer runs again.  Had some tummy issues shortly after starting and did a pitstop when I got to the lake.  I left Endomondo running the entire time figuring any stops I had to make could just simulation character pictures (I’m still praying no physical issues during the actual races).  I actually started taking a probiotic a few weeks ago and that has helped with the stomach issues a lot.  But you need to store them in the fridge and I keep forgetting to take them.  Doh!  Anyway, felt not so great at that first stop but recovered and felt strong after that.  Until mile 11 where I had another bout of tummy issues resulting in another pitstop.  Felt fine after that until about mile 14ish.  Sound familiar?  I realized that it’s always around mile 14ish when things get hard.  My PF starts to hurt and my feet start to swell.  I pushed thru it until mile 17, then walked the rest.  By the time I started walking not only did my PF hurt, but the bunion on the other foot hurt, along with the standard bottom of my feet pain.  It wasn’t pleasant.  I realized I was sitting at a 13mm pace before it all went to hell after mile 14.

So, here was my takeaway from this run.  As much as I want to be able to maintain the 4-1 intervals, I can’t.  It’s too much running for my jacked up feet.  I have no problems with the interval for a half, they actually leave me feeling strong for a half.  But the full is just too long at that ratio.  I was already planning on dropping to a 3-1 interval for the actual marathon (so it seems easier than the training), but now I’m going to switch to that for the last simulation weekend and see what that does.  I’m also seriously considering doing the marathon at a 2-1.  We’ll see how the 3-1 intervals feel in the later miles.  If it only gets me another mile or two before the pain sets in, I’ll probably just suffer thru the marathon so I can at least cover the first half faster.  But if dropping to 3-1 leaves me pain free for the entire 20 mile run I’d consider doing the 2-1 in hopes I could feel good the entire 26.2.

Dopey Training – Weeks 20 & 21

I know I still haven’t posted anything about Wine & Dine yet, I’ll get to it eventually.  Spoiler alert: it was wet and cold.  Seems like everytime I’ve tried to jump on here to write a post the last few weeks it crashes so I give up.  Anyway, thought I’d do a catch up on my Dopey training first.  Week 19 was actually W&D, so I pushed that long run weekend to the week after and skipped the Week 20 runs per the plan.  Then did week 21 as scheduled and will basically be sticking with the plan for the rest of the time. I will mention that I actually felt great and strong for the W&D half, so that gave me confidence for the Dopey training.  But boy, does running multiple days in a row make a difference for me.  For Week 20 I was supposed to do 2 mid-week runs, then 8.5 Sat and 20 on Sun.  This was the week where the mental aspects of this started to get to me.  I felt like I should be at the point of tapering by the time I hit 20 miles and yet I still had to do 3 more runs.  So, that sucked.  My PF was also killing me between W&D and walking around parks so I skipped the first mid-week run.  I did Sat by myself then went up to do the Sunday mile with my brother, figuring it’d be easier with someone to talk to.  It was easier but I just didn’t have the motivation to push myself at all.  We did the entire 20 miles, but it was more like run the first half and walk the second.  The good news was that even walking that much (and a slow trudging walk at that, my feet were bothering me) we still finished under the pace.

During this run I also decided that I wasn’t going to train up to 26 miles like the Galloway plan calls for.  I’m going to stick to doing 20-22 for the last two runs.  With the PF issues I’m having it’s not worth the pain.  I feel like I’ll have enough miles in even capping the runs at around 20.

Ha!  Just posted this and realized I totally forget to talk about Week 21.  That’s probably because it wasn’t anything exciting.  Two mid-week runs and 7 miles on the weekend.  I ended up skipping the first mid-week run again.  I’ve found that the PF pain takes 2-3 days to subside after the long weekends and figured being pain-free is more important than 3 miles at this point.

Dopey Training Weeks 16-18

So I realized I’ve totally sucked in talking about what is going on with my Dopey training.  Oops.  So, here is a little catch up.  Week 16 was a double run weekend, with 7 on Sat and 17 on Sun.  I changed my Saturday intervals to 2:00/0:30 and did a slightly slower than normal pace.  I do a 4-1 interval on my long runs so technically I was still running the same amount but the more frequent walk breaks makes it feel easier, so I thought that would work well.  But it kinda backfired on me during the Sunday run.  I was good (other than the sheer and utter boredom of running that long, around and around the lake I go) up to mile 13.  Then I just hit a total wall.  It was weird, I didn’t feel physically tired, like huffing and puffing tired, it was just that every part of my body (feet, legs, knees, etc) started hurting like a mofo all at once.  When I signed up for Dopey I had the plan to run/walk thru mile 14 of the full, then walk the second half and was planning to train that way as well.  Now my stretch goal is to run/walk longer (otherwise it’s just so long to finish), like to mile 20 then walk the last 6.  Once I started feeling crappy I told myself to push thru to mile 15, then I could walk the last 2 miles home.  I only made it to 14.5 before I gave up and started walking.  I figured maybe I’d be able to run the last mile or so after a longer walking break.  Spoiler alert, that didn’t happen.  My takeaways from this run were first that I have to ratchet the intervals back for the half to conserve energy for the full, going to try a 2-1 next time for the double run weekend.  Second, I need to listen to my body more and accept walking earlier if I need to.  By the time I gave up my feet were swollen and killing me, so I was walking super slow for the first mile of walking.  Had I just started walking earlier I would have had a faster overall pace.

Week 17 was just a 5 mile weekend run and Week 18 just a 6 mile. The 6 mile was supposed to have a Magic Mile, but I really don’t understand them all that well so it really ended up just being a standard 6 mile run.  I actually ended up skipping the Tues night run of week 17 coming off the long run weekend.  That is the first time I skipped a workout in the training and I actually felt guilty the entire week.  Hey, what can I say I’m a rule-follower and I was supposed to run twice.  But after the 17 mile long run my PF was killing me until Weds.  That aspect of the recovery led me to rethink what to do about this week in the training plan.  It’s Week 19 and this is supposed to be a double run weekend with 8.5/20 miles.  But I’m heading to WDW for Wine & Dine.  I was originally planning to move the runs up a week to last weekend but decided against it.  I’m heading out on Weds and was afraid that walking around the parks would just keep my PF irritated and I’d be in pain before even starting to run the half on Sat.  I want to be able to enjoy the run and after party, so the long runs will be happening next weekend instead.

I also decided that I don’t think I’m going to train all the way up to 26 miles like the Galloway plan calls for.  There are 3 more long runs left (yay, only 3 more weekends of torture!) – 20 miles, 23 miles and 26 miles.  I figure I’ll just do 22-23 for the last two instead.  I also really need to find a running buddy for those last 3, it’s just so boring to do them by yourself.  Going to try to rope my brother into joining me (he’s doing Dopey too).  B is currently injured so not sure how much training she is really going to get thru at this point and I need to stick with the plan.

Hope the rest of you Dopeys are doing well with your training!

Dopey Training – Week 13

Last week was Week 13 of the Galloway training plan, but I did the long runs from Week 14.  Because I am headed to WDW in 2 days for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler run next weekend!  Woohoo!  It was finally cooler here last weekend, only highs in the low 70s which made it nice to run in.  Saturday’s run was 5.5 miles and I usually completely run anything 6 miles and under.  But I decided to do an interval since I had to run again on Sunday.  Tried a 2:00/:30 ratio and it worked pretty well, but I wasn’t pushing the pace as my body is still not used to, nor enjoying back to back running days.

Sunday was 15 miles.  I was originally going to run with B but she had some child care issues so I was on my own again.  I had major stomach issues again and had to take a pit stop at my house at mile 11, then go back out for the last 4.  Which sucked, let me tell you.  I need to figure out the whole stomach problems/fueling issues.  I guess I just need to try to wait longer after eating before going out.  I realized I’ve never had the problem during actual races, just training runs.  Probably because being in a middle corral pretty much ensures I’ll have a solid 45 minute to an hour to digest before starting to run.  I’m also really hoping I can do the rest of the long runs with either B or my brother (who is now back on schedule for the Galloway Dopey plan).  The mileage of this weekend officially pushed me into the “Why the f*%k did I sign up for Dopey?” territory in the middle of the 15 mile run.  I keep telling myself only a few more painful weekends left to go.  At least I didn’t feel like I was struggling to finish the distance as much this week.  No major aches or pains at least, other than the PF in my right foot.  It was just the stomach issues that threw me off this week.

Last night (Monday) was Max’s first obedience training class and since he is so hyper the trainer told me to make sure I exercise him right before the classes.  So even though running was the last thing I wanted to do yesterday I sprinted 1.5 miles with Max before class.  I don’t know if it wore him out but I was toast after it.  Haha.  I may just call that my Monday workout and take it easy this week before ToT.  And if anybody cares, Max did really well in the class, even listened so well he got a cheeseburger as a reward for dinner on the way home.


The quest for the 10 minute mile

A few weeks ago I posted that I had a goal of completing my weekday 5K loop at or below a 10 minute mile average pace.  Last week I did it 10:15 pace, so making progress.  Well, last night I knocked a teeny bit more and did it in 10:13. But the more exciting part was when I looked at the splits.  For the first time ever in a run I managed negative splits.  It’s a miracle!  I usually go out fast and then fade as the run goes on, I have a hard time picking up speed even if I take it easy to start.

I’m doing the long runs from Week 14 of the Galloway plan this week since I’ll be at WDW for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler next week.  It’s 5.5 miles on Sat and 15 miles on Sunday, and I’m meeting my friend doing the Disney runs with me for the 15 miles on Sunday.  This will be the first time I do a long training run with someone.  Usually I prefer to suffer in solitude so no one has to hear me bitch and moan.  We’ll see if my slowness kills her from boredom.

Running in the dark….kinda sucks.

Last weekend was a step back week for me (I’m a week ahead of the Galloway plan because of Tower of Terror next weekend), so I just had to do 3 miles.  I ended up doing it on Sat night so I could get an idea of what it’s like to run in the dark.  Hmm, that made it sound like I strategically planned to do that, didn’t it?  In full disclosure I ended up meeting up with a friend to catch up over a little day drinking on Sat afternoon, which led to a post-day drinking nap.  I woke up about 20 min or so before sunset, took Max on his evening walk then decided to just bang out the 3 mile run.  I grabbed my super duper bright flashlight and set on my way.  I used to be the product manager for flashlights where I work so picked up this $150 handheld ultra bright one in a sample sale, so this is good flashlight and I figured it’d light my way sufficiently.  Not so much.  It was still dusk for the first mile and I was on a good pace, then it really got dark and I slowed down more and more.  I kept obsessing on how the flashlight batteries must be dying.  Or maybe when it’s pitch black there is only so much light you are going to get.  It didn’t seem like I was outrunning the light, just not enough light getting to the ground.  My neighborhood is pretty dark, not a whole lot of street lights or house lights near the curb.  Plus, it’s old (1950s-60s) so lots of cracks and uneven sidewalks from overgrown trees.  Adding to that, my depth perception is not the greatest in the dark.  So I was paranoid I was going to twist my ankle or eat it at any time.  This experiment left me thinking two things:  1.  I am never runing again in my neighborhood after dark.  If I want to run outside at night I need to find a running group that goes somewhere with more lighting.  2.  I really hope Disney puts a lot of lights on the course for ToT and Wine & Dine.  With my luck I’ll trip and jack up my Dopey training.  I’m not worried about the start time of the RunDisney events, during the winter I usually go to the gym between 9-10pm anyway because I hate waiting for machines when it’s crowded.  Just worry about being able to see and not fall on my face.

Dopey Challenge Training Week 11 or is it 12?

This week was technically week 11 on the Galloway training plan.  It called for the two mid-week runs and was a step back week with only 3 miles on the weekend.  I’m doing the Tower of Terror 10-Miler in week 14 of the plan which is a long run week.  So I decided to skip week 11 on the plan and go right to 12.  That will give me a step back next week, a Sat/Sun long run weekend, then the ToT 10-Miler weekend, then I’m back to a step back week and on the plan schedule the week after.  Well, until I figure out what to do with Wine & Dine anyway.  I though about just using the 10 miler was my long run per the plan but given that weekend calls for 5.5 miles on Sat and 15 miles on Sun it just didn’t seem like enough.  The problem with my alterations was that it is freaking hot here this weekend!  We’re talking 100+ on both days.  I decided just to suck it up, go early and accept it would be a slow run.

The 4 mile run on Sat was uneventful, but it was already getting warm by the end.  Today I got up at 6, took Max for a quick walk, ate something and headed out at 7am.  My goals for today were simple and caring about pace was not one of them:  1.  Not bonk, 2. Not have stomach issues, 3. Get thru the mileage and not keel over from the heat.  Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.  Finished the 13.1 and I didn’t die.  I had a bout of tummy issues but thankfully it happened near the entrance to the lake on my way home, so yay for indoor plumbing, that was a plus.  After that short break it was just a couple more miles home.  I was OK for the first 8, then the heat was out in full force.  And it sucked.  So I shortened the run intervals and kept dumping water on my head.  I swear the last 5 miles took just as long as the first 8.  The last 2 miles of any long run always seem to be a struggle and today was no different.  I ended up walking about 3/4 miles of that all the while in my head getting annoyed with myself on why I was struggling.  But logically I guess it makes sense given that the extra mileage each week should be hard.  I decided to leave the pity party and just switched to a 1-1 interval for the last 1.5 miles and that made it a lot easier.  So, I finished and while my overall pace on long runs still suck, at least it has improved with each one during my Dopey Training, so I guess that’s something.

And this was the temp when I finished.  It was seriously so hot that my visor wasn’t enough to hold the sweat on my head.  My eyes were stinging from the salt in the sweat by the time I got home. I can’t believe I’m going to say this (I love the heat in normal day to day life), but I’m looking forward to the cooler fall/winter weather for this training.  It’s not like we have seasons here for fall/winter weather mean highs between 65-75.  Then I can actually sleep in and not have to worry about heat during runs.

Dopey Challenge Training Week 10

So I’m finally starting to feel stronger on the short mid-week runs, the long runs not so much. This was week 10 of the Galloway plan but really only the second true long run (over 6 miles). My 9 mile run a couple weeks ago was pretty miserable and today’s 11 miles wasn’t much better.


I made sure I ate before and was feeling fine for the first 6 miles. I’m doing all of my Dopey long run training on a 5-1 interval and up until about mile 7 my average pace was sitting right around 12:05-12:10 which is my half marathon pace so all was good. Then it went to hell. I was hot and my stomach was not happy. Am I the only one who gets tummy issues when they run? Annoying. Anyway, I was on the trail around the lake by my house where bathrooms are sparse so I walked for a bit until it settled down. Ate my shot bloks and tried to get back at it. I was running much slower but got to about 9.5 and was pretty much toast and walked most of the remainder. Every time I’d start running it felt like I should just be running to a bathroom, if you get my drift. The last 1/2 mile I was mad at myself questioning why I was struggling so much (I bonked at mile 7 of the last long run) and questioning if I was going to be able to do both Dopey and the Rebel Challenge back to back at all. Then I checked what the temp actually was when I got home to see what exactly I was running in:


Yup, that’ll do it. No wonder I was so tapped out at the end. Hopefully it will get a little better when it cools off, usually in mid-Oct around here.

The Galloway plan has step back weeks every other weekend and I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to in the next couple months. The weekend of the Tower of Terror 10-Miler I’m supposed to do 5.5 on Sat and 15 on Sun. Then the weekend of Wine & Dine I’m supposed to do 8.5 on Sat and 20 on Sun. Trying to figure out if I want to just call the events enough or switch and do the Sat/Sun runs the weekends before and use the events as the step back weeks. Decisions, decisions.

Has it Really Been 2 Years?

I realized this morning that it was 2 years ago today that I signed up for the 2013 WDW Marathon (my first distance run ever).  It weird to think that in just a couple years I went from wondering if I could finish the marathon within the pace requirements, to planning to do Dopey and the Rebel Challenge in two consecutive weekends.  I remember the looks I got from people when I told them I was doing the marathon in 4 months after signing up.  The way the eye brows would go up and they would try to mask the “Are you freaking crazy?!” look was always pretty comical.  Looking back I’m actually really glad I did the marathon first, because after succeeding at that nothing that has come after has seemed too bad.  After all, they were “only” half marathons and Dumbo was “only” 6 miles then “only” a half.  It’s amazing how your mind can justify getting over the challenge of it.  And keeping up shorter runs in between the events has prevented me from having to start from scratch to get my body used to it and that was really the challenge for me over the miles.  The miles are just mental, the body aches/pains/issues were something I couldn’t just ignore.  So I’m glad it has at least gotten a little easier even if not much faster.

This is week 10 of the Dopey Training and in just a couple weeks we hit the stage of runs on both Sat/Sun every other weekend.  I decided to help me avoid dwelling on that I’d come up with a challenge for myself.  So, here it is… My two runs during the week are a 5K loop and on Monday I did it in a 10:37 average pace, which is the fastest I’ve ever done it.  My goal is to do the loop with a 10min pace or faster at least once before Dopey.


Costume Progress Made!

I finished up my top for my Tower of Terror 10-miler costume last night. Oh, and remember how I said in an earlier post that I wasn’t going to rip apart the skirt and start again? Yeah, you didn’t think that was actually going to happen did you? So, I also redid the waistband on the skirt. It’s still not particularly flattering but it’s a hundred times better than it was. Just have to finalize the headwear and that costume is done. Yay!

The components of my Wine & Dine costume have arrived, putting that together is next on the list. I also figured out my costume themes for the Dopey Challenge 5K, 10K and half. Still not sure about the marathon or either Star Wars runs yet.

My other costume accomplishment was my first attempt at a Confetti Dot Fabric sparkle skirt. I used the tutorial at Beauty Still Remains. It’s a great tutorial, and the skirt is easy peasy to make. But here’s the thing you need to know about this fabric, it’s the devil. The glue holding the sequins to the fabric gum up the sewing machine needle something fierce and the thread misses, splits, bunches, etc. I may or may not have yelled at my sewing machine a few times. I finally stopped and did some googling and discovered a secret weapon. Wax paper!! Put a strip of plain old wax paper on top of the fabric and sew the seam right thru it. No more issues at all! The paper rips away from the stitching easily with no mess. With the wax paper method you can make the skirt in under 30 minutes. I fought with my machine for over an hour on the first half before discovering the wax paper method. Next skirt I’ll make the waistband a little smaller but overall I like it.