Tag: 10K

A Detour in the Journey

February 08, 2018

Hey Everyone,

Life throws those curveballs that can either make or break a person. I have to break it to you that unfortunately the Dopey Challenge has been slightly changed. I’m taking a slight detour and postponing the finale until January 2022. You read that correctly; two years later than the original goal.

This decision was not made lightly. With any journey, it is a good thing to make sure that it is feasible for everyone involved. The reason why is mainly financial. It just isn’t going to be financially possible.

2018 is so that Husband can finish College

2019 and 2020 are to pay off debts.

2021 is to save for this journey

2022- Dopey Challenge

With the postponement of this journey, there is more opportunity to save for a grand adventure. Plus, on the good side, the boys will be 8 and 10 so they can do the 5K and possibly the 10K with me (or at least Monster can) and Husband can run the Half Marathon with me.

I have more time to train properly with more running, eating, and sleeping. All three things I absolutely love to do anyway, but I want to make sure I don’t hurt myself. More time to prepare my body for the rigorous stress it’s going to endure.

Another plus is that my niece and her guardians are going to plan on coming with us as well in 2022. In a house full of males it would be nice to have a manicure/massage with another female or two. . . All the possibilities.

Not giving up, just another detour.

See you on the other side!


200+ Miles Down, A Million More to Go

200+ Miles Down, A Million More to Go

August 20, 2017

Hey, Everyone!

I am so excited to tell you that since the start of this journey on April 22, 2017, I have trained for a total of 211 miles!! I cannot believe it!! So far it has been an up and down journey. I’m still learning all the in’s and out’s of training for such a tremendous race, the saving and incorporating the training into my life. But I am so happy with the improvements that have happened along the way.

The last two weeks have been a little stressful (I’ll talk about why in later posts), so instead of taking my frustration out on my amazingly patient husband, which is usually my go-to reaction, I decided to hit the treadmill instead. This has worked wonders for our relationship.

During this last week, I did try both Body Pump and Body Combat. They are both great classes that are whole body workouts. I will have to try them a couple more times to make a more informed decision. The first time, because the jargon and the techniques used were so new to me that I was a little lost, which should go away the more times I go. The Body Combat was more cardio based because I seemed to get higher heart rate than Body Pump. Also, during Body Pump, I found out my legs are way more muscular than my upper body strength. Might need to work on that.

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I am so sorry to admit that I lost my measuring tape so there won’t be any measurements besides weight and miles down. My plan to fix that by next long run (09/03/2017) is to go to Michael’s Craft Store and pick up a soft measuring tape.

Weight: 87.5 pounds

Miles Down: 210!


Today’s run was 9.5 miles. This is the information gathered from my Fitbit Blaze. All I can say is, “Wow”! 614 Calories!! That’s more than a bagel for sure. If someone could show me how I can get my mile times that would be amazing. I get notifications on my Blaze while I’m running what my pace is every mile, but I am not sure how to get that off the Dashboard to share with you all.

08-20-2017 Pace Because I don’t have those automatically given to me I went to a pace calculator and it gave me splits with a pace of 10:18 a mile. Looks like I might need to do some work so that I can do a marathon in under 4 hours. That’s a pace of 9:10 per mile. Wish me luck!

While I’m running I don’t listen to music. I know that there are other people that can only run while listening to music, but I just can’t. I need to hear my feet hitting the ground. After listening to people talk all day long, talking to my kids who are screaming, fighting, yelling (being normal kids) I just need a break from the noise. Running with no noise in my head helps clear the fog and makes life just that much clearer and easier to handle when I’m at the end of a long run.

What is your style of running? Are you a fast and furious runner, or a slow and steady? Do you listen to music, or are you a self-reflection person? Let me know in the comments, I welcome all people on this journey.

See you on the other side!

Business is Business

Business is Business

Hey Everyone,cropped-dopey

We’ve been talking a lot about the Dopey Challenge Adventure, and how we are going to get there together. Even though the end goal is the same: Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World in January 2020 our journey there is going to vary widely. It does not matter where you came from, what you’ve done, or even the ways you get to the end. What matters is what you are going to do from here on out to better yourself so that this Adventure is the best it could be for you. Some of the key points that I’m going to cover are as follows:

  1. Talk to a medical professional to make sure you are healthy enough to participate in the training program. I want to make sure that no matter what you don’t get hurt, or take things too fast.
  2. Sign up for a race in your area that would be a good starting point. Some websites that you can use to sign up for races are as follows because the holidays are around the corner, but still far enough away to train for a race I would recommend a Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years race.
    1. Active
    2. Run Sign up
    3. Runner’s World
  3. Start a training program. There is a variety of training schedules available out there. Some are better than others, of course, but here are some good places to start.
    1. Jeff Galloway Training
    2. Personal Run Trainer
    3. Couch 2 5K
    4. Free Couch to 5K
  4. Set a meeting on the track, streets, or treadmill. Make it an official time slot on your calendar that you don’t miss. I know life sometimes get in the way, time management is the best defense to an ever-changing offense. Something like that, I’m not a sports person, other than running, swimming, and occasionally playing some soccer with my kids.
  5. Meal plan and prep. You can do this a variety of ways. Plan the meals for the next week, or two weeks (month if you can), build a list of exactly what you are going to be eating for your meals during that time and then shop for ONLY those items. This could be a little difficult the first time, but don’t give up. The next time will be better. A great benefit of doing this, in the long run, will also be saving money on food (versus spending more money eating out).
  6. Match your training $1 for mile. This last one might be a little different when it comes to recommended ways to go forward. The reason why this little tidbit is added is that I don’t know too many people that can afford to spend $6,000-$8,000 (including airfare) on a weeks vacation for a family of 4 at Walt Disney World without much advanced financial planning. Over the next 2 years during your training for every whole mile, put aside a matching $1. Put it out of sight. Realistically, you will be able to pay for the race itself. But either way, you have 2 years to put aside the money.

I am really glad that you are coming along on the Dopey Challenge Adventure. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I am coming along on this journey with you so you are never alone. Let’s do this!

48.6 miles for fun

See you on the other side!