Tag: 48.6 miles

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!


2018 New Personal Record

2018 New Personal Record

February 4, 2018

Hey Everyone,

I just got back from my long run for the week. 6 Miles. And some even better news I got a couple PR on this training run. Distance, duration, calories burned, and average pace per week.

February 2018 PR

This is quite an accomplishment, IMO. Even though this is a relatively new year so there are going to be some adjustments made all the time for improvement. I have to say though that the average pace looks mighty desirable for when I accomplish that Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World in January 2020 and it is finished in under 4.5 hours. But lots of planning to do until then.

February 2018 PR 6 mile

After the run, I felt so much more relief because Husband and I got bad news yesterday causing both of us to start stressing. Until the issue is resolved I’m not at liberty to discuss it. But it looks like we might have to pay some $$$. We will see how it goes. Setbacks are bound to happen.

What about all of you? How are your PR going? How did you feel when you broke that record? Tell me about it in the comments.

Guess how many miles I’ll run by the end of February, I only ran 36 in January as a reminder.

See you on the other side.

January 2018 Running Schedule

January 07, 2018

Hey Everyone,

With everything comes changes, I bet you thought I had given up on running and this whole Dopey Challenge, 48.6 miles in four days in 2020. Nope. You would definitely be mistaken. It wouldn’t be a challenge if I just gave up, would it?

While I did have to step back from running for the last 3 months, I’m not giving up. I had to step back so that I could work some long crazy hours during our busiest time of the year and catch up on bills. Wasting that opportunity is almost like throwing money down the drain. I just couldn’t do that.

Now that I’m getting back on track and integrating running back into my life, I have to do it slowly. I wouldn’t want to injure myself out of impatience. That would make my life a lot more stressful with having to recover from an unnecessary injury. Three to four runs a week. Plenty of rest along the way, with steady mileage increases from week to week.

I looked up some way to keep better track of my goal. So I found a great site, non-affiliated, so you can love it or leave it. Runkeeper as well as using FitBit.

I have three goals:

  1. Dopey Challenge in Orlando, FL in January of 2020
  2. Run 500 Miles this year
  3. Gain 15 pounds

They aren’t super flamboyant but will be challenging in their own ways. But it’s the journey along the way that makes the biggest difference.

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.

August 20, 2017August 20, 2017

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!