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.

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.

Morning Runs vs After Work Runs

My standing weekly Weds 8am meeting got cancelled this week, so I decided to do my run this morning before work.  I normally run at night after work on Mon/Weds and it’s always a debate on which is better. It’s just tough for me to go in the mornings. First up I’m not a morning person and am already getting up at 6am right before sunrise as it is, so it’s not a matter of getting up earlier, rather just going into work later.  Most days I’m at work at 7:30 and leave at 4:30.  I also still have to walk Max before the run and that eats up about 20 minutes.  He is an avid sniffer so stops to much on runs for me to call it a training run.  So today I got up at 6, walked Max, ran, got ready for work and was out the door at 7:35.  Traffic is so much worse leaving later and there must have been an accident or something because it took me an hour to get here when my normal departure time results in a 25 minute drive.  Score 1 for after work runs.  And since I came in later I have to stay later and deal with more traffic after work.  Score 2 for after work runs.  I’ve also found I’m just slower running in the morning by a solid :20 – :30 in pace.  So, score 3 for after work runs.  But then this thing happens around lunchtime when it hits me that I’m already done for the day and all I have to do after work is take Max for a walk (which can now be longer), make dinner and maybe work on some RunDisney costumes.  Woohoo!  That almost outweighs the bad, almost…  I still think I prefer to run after work, but it’s nice to change things up now and then.

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.


Getting old sucks…

I’ve been having pain in my right heel for the past month or so. After some intensive googling and self-diagnosis I came to the conclusion that it is plantar faciitis. I took a week and a half off from working out and was doing plantar stretches every night and morning. And halfway thru that it was feeling much better, so I did what anyone would do, I stopped doing the stretches. Seriously, why is it human nature to stop a treatment as soon as you start to feel better even though you know you shouldn’t? Anyway, I now have a renewed commitment to stretching and also got this sexy little number to wear to bed..


It’s supposed to keep it stretched while you sleep. But it doesn’t end there! Check out the sexiness when combined with the bunion brace/stretcher for my left foot (bunions are another genetic gift from mom, thanks mom!). Damn this is hot, try to control yourselves…


I never had these issues in my youth. Boo.  On a totally unrelated note, apparently it is National Dog Day today, so enjoy this collage of the adorable Max Rebo.