When my Pooks was little, he refused to call Dumbo anything but Jumbo, because calling someone Dumbo is just plain mean.
So, while the rest of the people running on August 30th and 31st will be completing runDisney’s Dumbo Double Dare Challenge, I’ll be completing the Jumbo Double Dare Challenge. I’m sure runDisney will modify my shirts and medals for me, right? (Just don’t play Baby Mine or there will be tears.)
Of course, it’s always better with a friend or two and I’m super stoked that I’ll be running with my California girls, Jess and Cam. Oh, if you could only see the group text that was happening on Tuesday during registration. Wait! You can…
I’m sure that I drove both of them crazy with my emails and texts leading up to registration, too. After all, I knew from previous years that Disneyland races tend to fill up quickly. And sure enough, this year was no exception! You can see above that only a half hour after registration opened, the Dumbo Double Dare was already at 85% capacity and quickly filled soon after. There is no time to hesitate with these races!
Cameroo and I have run Disneyland together before at the 2013 Tinker Bell half so it was naturally the next step to try a challenge. This will be our first runDisney challenge and the most logical step for us, with the 10k on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday, equaling 19.3 glorious miles.
It will be Jess’ first half marathon ever! Like any good bossy friend, I’ve already been giving her tips. I know that she delights in getting emails of running thoughts at random times.
Wondering what I’ve told her thus far? Here are a few tried and true nuggets of wisdom. What can I say, I’m a giver!
1. Run a 10k race (or longer if so desired) prior to June 1. This way she will be able to provide the timed event for her pace and will be placed in the proper corral.
From the registration email: “If you did not provide proof of time at the point of registration or acquire it after you have registered, then email this information to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 1, 2014 to have your start corral placement changed.”
2. Follow Jeff Galloway’s plan provided by the world class Olympian athlete on the runDisney website. Currently, the plans from 2013 are still on the site but it’s really easy to take them and apply them to 2014. How easy? Well, I took the half plan and am following it for the April 6th half that I’m training for! (And so is Cam because we are running together and I sent her the dates/plan. See? Bossy.)
Click for the link to the beginner plan. Running less than 6 months? This one is for you!
Furthermore, there is a training plan specifically for the Dumbo Double Dare which you can check out here.
That’s basically all I’ve sent so far so I guess you all get off easy. Jess and Cam? Not so much.
209 days to go! Let’s talk runDisney! Who will we see at the Jumbo Double Dare (or, the Dumbo Double Dare)? Brooke and Vic will be at the Glass Slipper Challenge in February – who will be at that?
Special thanks to Anya for the pictures from her 2013 Dumbo Double Dare recap!
Good luck! Those are some good lookin’ medals!
Thanks Betsy! They are beautiful, aren’t they?
I love how excited you are, Meri. And for good reason! You’re going to rock this, and all three of you chicks are going to have a fantastic time, I’m sure. <3
So excited! I can’t wait to see my west coast darlings!
so excited for you ladies!! can’t wait to follow along.
Thanks Jillian! It feels so far off but I’m hoping the time will pass quickly.
YAY! I’m sooooo excited for you! Wish I could be there.
Sara and I switched up our schedule so that we now run the day before our long run- glad to see Galloway recommends the same. (The rain is really yucking up my training this week. Meh.)
xoxo Ugh, sorry that you’re dealing with the rain. I haven’t ran outside since… ummmm… hmmmmm.
You have a super cool treadmill setup though!
Truth! I love my treadmill. *hugs it*
You’re going to have an amazing time! Let me know if you need any tips as you train for your first challenge!
Thanks V! I’m looking forward to my first challenge – I think this is a great way to start.
I agree! Have a blast darling! As always, I will be cheering from afar!
So I’ve pretty much lost it and will be and Glass Slipper AND the “Jumbo.” (Love that, BTW!) I CANNOT get enough of these Disney races, I swear! You guys are going to have SUCH an awesome time!
We’ll see you there, Jennifer! It will be extra funny if the first time I meet you is in CA rather than NJ!
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