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WDW Radio Running Team Discuss Mickeyd’s 2014 WDW Marathon training in the Disney's Wide World of Sports / runDisney Disney Marathon Events forums; I’m a long time WDW Radio fan and I’ve always been interested in doing a runDisney event one day. I am by no means a runner. I very occasionally get ...
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    Mickeyd’s 2014 WDW Marathon training

    I’m a long time WDW Radio fan and I’ve always been interested in doing a runDisney event one day. I am by no means a runner. I very occasionally get out for a short jog, usually when I am feeling particularly unhealthy. I usually make resolutions about getting fit, run for a few weeks and then fall off the bandwagon.


    The idea:
    About a month ago my wife suggested that I make a goal of running a runDisney event, hoping that it would inspire me to keep at it. It sounded like a great idea. It appealed to me because 1) I have always wanted to do a runDisney event, and 2) If I committed to a race I would have to stick to the training through fear of not being able to finish!

    Now here is where things got a bit more complicated. I live in Australia, so doing a runDisney even is going to involve flying half way around the world. Given that I have to travel so far, I decided I really needed to aim to do the full WDW marathon – all 26.2 miles / 42kms to make it worthwhile. I ran 10kms once before, so I’m fairly confident I could do a half marathon 21km. To justify the time and expense of travelling from Melbourne to WDW, I decided to set a greater challenge – the full marathon.


    Who to go with?:
    Now my wife is not a runner either, and we are expecting our 2nd child in September, so she is not really in a position to travel or train for a marathon. I really didn’t want to travel so far alone, and I imagine I’m going to need some moral support to get me to the starting line in Orlando – so I needed a travel buddy, hopefully someone who could run with me.

    Unfortunately, January is peak summer holiday airfare season to the USA from Australia –around $3000 per person just to LAX and back. That’s a lot of money to ask someone to spend to come and support my goal, and in fact more money than I could really justify spending on airfares as well. It looked like my goal of running the full marathon at WDW in 2014 was not going to happen

    Then came two strokes of luck. I poked around the Qantas website and managed to find a couple of frequent flyer seats to the US for the dates I needed. Not the best routings mind you, Melbourne-Sydney-LAX on the way there and home via Dallas, DFW-Brisbane-Sydney- Melbourne. But in peak January school holidays, I was happy to find anything at all. (Although the flight home is going to be a doosy with so many stops. I’ll check the website daily to see if I can change to a direct flight)

    I spoke with my Dad, who is retired and also has frequent flyer points, and asked him if he was interested in coming along. He is not a runner either, but enjoys WDW. I told him if he was going to come, he would have to commit to doing the 5K fun run, and that I would run with him – I’ll use it as a warm up for the marathon on the Sunday.

    Dad agreed and I booked the flights. So now it’s official – we are going.


    What have I done!!
    The next day I started to get really nervous about that fact that I’m now officially planning to run 26.2miles / 42km. I felt a little sick in my stomach at the prospect when I went for my run the next day – but at the same time was super excited and motivated to get stuck into training. I managed to calm myself down after a few days, knowing that I have 10 months to prepare.


    Training: Weeks 1-3
    I’m now three weeks into training. I have been following the Galloway training plan from the runDisney website – three runs a week, 2 x 30 runs during the week and a longer run on Sat. In just three weeks I have been able to bring my average pace down from 7:10min/km (11:32min/mile) to 6:20min/km (10:12min/mile). At this stage most of my runs (run/walk intervals) are at about 5km (3.1miles)

    Things are going well so far – although I am sure I will need advice and encouragement

    I aim to keep you posted with my progress each week, partly to keep me accountable, and also to encourage and share the journey with anyone else who is planning to do their first marathon at WDW in 2014!

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    Training – Week 4
    I’m still really stoked to be training for the marathon, which has helped getting up at 5:30am for training runs. Last week I found that I was developing some chafing on my upper thighs. After doing a bit of research online, I decided that some compression shorts might be helpful. I don’t know that I can be bothered applying body glide for every training session – particularly so early in the morning. Turns out Rebel Sport had compression shorts 30% off last weekend, so I picked up a pair of Body Armor shorts – and they did the trick. Feels so much more comfortable running in them. Not sure that the ‘compression’ aspect will make any difference to my muscles etc, but it has eliminated chafing!


    This week I ran:



    • Tues – 5k (Ave pace 6:43/km)
    • Thurs – 5k (Ave pace 6:23/km)
    • Sat – 9k (Ave pace 6:36/km)





    So I feel I am improving.


    Trip planning
    So this week rumours leaked – later confirmed by runDisney - that a new 10k will be added for 2014 marathon weekend as well as a ‘Dopey’ medal for doing the 5K, 10K, ˝ and full. I have no intentions of doing the Dopey – or the Goofy. However, this news did impact our plans because the 5k has moved to the Thursday. We had planned to arrive on Wednesday evening, pick up our race packets and do the Expo on Thursday and race the 5k on Friday. Not sure if we will have time to get our race packets if we arrive Wednesday night and run Thursday morning.


    The 5k was the reason for my Dad to come along. I asked if he would do the 10k instead (he probably could), but he was not super keen. He has found while training for the 5k that jogging can aggravate his back. The last thing I want him to do is injure himself.


    Anyway – to cut a long story short – due to the super efforts (and understanding) of my brilliant wife – we were lucky enough to be able to change our frequent flyer flights to the USA to a day earlier, which means we will be able to arrive in time to do the 5k and be properly rested (and still do the 10k if we choose to - still working on Dad for that one!) As an added bonus, we were able to get direct Melbourne – LAX flights, which will make the journey easier.


    That’s about it for this week, except to say that I love my wife so much. She has been so supportive of this endeavour – even though she will be left at home with two small kids while I am away running. I couldn't do it without her.

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    Training - Week 5
    Ran a total of 20k this week (not all at once)!!



    • Tues – 5k
    • Thurs – 5k
    • Sat – 10k





    Hit my first weather related ‘speed bump’ this week. Thursday morning was pouring with rain – in fact it had been raining most of the night. I decided I didn’t really want to go out and run in the wet if I didn’t have to as I’d only end up injuring myself. So I took my running gear to work and ran around the Fitzroy gardens during my lunch break (fortunately my workplace has a shower!)


    Hit two significant milestones this week. The first - my run around the Fitzroy gardens ended up being my fastest 5k to date. Not sure if it was because it was later in the day, it was light outside or because there were other ‘more serious’ looking runners training in the park making me go a bit faster. It could also be that my training is paying off. Whatever the reason, I was stoked to run my first sub 30min 5K (time 29:33).


    The second milestone came today, when I ran 10k for the first time in my training (I ran 10k once before years ago and it nearly killed me). Felt pretty strong today, but was ready to finish by the end. My legs were starting to get bit tired. Really pleased that I maintained the same pace for the 10K that I had for the 9k run I did last week. I think for runs longer than 10k I’m going to have to start thinking about fuelling. Picked up some Gu Chomps this afternoon, so I’ll try them on my next 10K+ long run.


    I’m quite amazed at what I have been able to achieve in the past 5 weeks of training. I’m an NOT a runner and certainly not athletic. This is all a big experiment. If you are reading this and even vaguely think you might be interested in doing a runDisney race, I say give it ago – you might surprise yourself!


    I’m now toying with the idea of doing the Dopey (crazy I know!!). I’ll be doing the 5k with my Dad (probably more of a shuffle), and I can do the 10K pretty comfortably now. Still trying to talk Dad into doing the 10k– we’ll see. I plan to do the full marathon – so it occurred to me I only (only!!) need to do one more race to complete both the Goofy and Dopey challenges.


    Look, I have no idea if it’s even possible to complete such a thing. Maybe I’m crazy to even think it given I have never even run a half or full marathon before. But my training is going well so far and I am enjoying the running. I’m sure the Dopey is going to sell out – so I might just sign up and see how I go. I can always ‘drop’ the half if I don’t think I can go the distance by January.


    Trip planning.
    Think I have settled on Port Orleans Riverside for our accommodation. I found the resort really relaxing on our visit there in 2012. In the past I have been a big fan of the Value resorts (All Star Movies and Pop), but they can be a bit of a zoo, and I think the peacefulness of Riverside will help with race focus and recovery, particularly if I do eventually end up doing the Dopey.


    Normally we do the Dining Plan, but for the marathon prep, I don’t think it would be a great idea both in terms of pre-race diet and the time and effort required to get around to my favourite Disney restaurants. I’m going to need early nights. At the moment my idea is to split the stay into two parts. Marathon week – no park tickets or dining plan. Post Marathon week – park tickets and dining!!! I think this will help me focus on the race, stay off my feet and watch the diet. I may change my mind – but these are my thoughts at the moment.


    That’s about it for this week!!

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    When I started keeping record of my journey to the WDW Marathon I didn’t think I’d have much to report – but lots has happened this week. Most significantly I officially signed up for the Dopey Challenge this!! I’ve put my money down and have my spot reserved for four races!!. I still don’t know if I will be able to do them all – it may all be too much for someone who has never done a race before, but we’ll see. I have at least one half and full marathon lined up between now and January, so that should help me know if it is even possible or if I should drop one of the races.

    I also officially joined the WDW Running Team this week – so that is super exciting.

    Training:
    Still did my three runs this week . The two weekday 5k runs were interesting. Mrs Mickeyd traveled to Singapore for work this week, so I was a single Dad and unable to do my usual morning runs. I managed to squeeze in my Tuesday run during my lunch hour at work. Another good run around the Firzroy gardens – it really is a nice place to run.

    My second 5k run was on Thursday night after dinner. My Mum came to babysit for a bit. Another great run, I felt really strong and did a PR for the circuit around my house (lots of hills). However running after dinner and on a full stomach was a bit weird and there were a few times I thought I was going to see my dinner again.
    This morning I completed my weekend long run – 11.5km. I was excited for this run for a number of reasons.

    1. It is most definitely my longest distance ever.
    2. I decided to test out the GU Chomps I bought last weekend after my energy levels dropped on me.
    3. This week my iFitness running belt arrived – so I had something to pop my GU Chomps in.

    I have to admit I felt pretty crummy doing the 11.5k. It was 26C (79F) out, so I was trying to take it easy and took water with me. I think it may also have been partly psychological as I was breaking through the 10k barrier for the first time. The second half of the run was a hard slog. But to my surprise….

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    I ran my fastest 10K as well as maintaining the same pace for the 11.5km that I ran last week for the 10k. Given the heat conditions, I figure that is an improvement.
    I should also comment on the Gu and the iFitness belt.

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    I had the Strawberry Gu Chomps and they were really yummy and easy to chew. I felt they did give me a boost and my legs felt better than the week before. I think they helped, particularly given the warm conditions and amount I was sweating.

    I have the iFitness double pouch. It was fantastic It didn't bounce and to be honest I forgot that I was wearing it for most of the run (except when I was reaching for the Chomps – then I was grateful it was there!). I’m really impressed with it and would recommend to others. It will be great to use it to carry a smaller camera when I run the Disney races.

    Trip Planning
    So as mentioned, the most significant trip planning this week was signing up for the Dopey. I also signed Dad up for the 5k and 10k. It’s exciting and kind of a relief to have the registration all organised. I’m sure some of these races are going to sell out pretty quick. It looks like the 10K will fill fast.

    So now the race is organised, I’m on to thinking about accommodation. Still leaning towards Port Orleans Riverside, and I emailed off to the lovely Coleen at Mouse Fan Travel this week to get some prices.

    That’s it for this week. Onward and upwards

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    Training – Week 7

    My first speed bump.

    I wasn't sure how I was going to feel this week after my great 11.5km run last Saturday. I was surprised when I felt really good on my Tuesday morning run. By about half way through I realized that I was doing so well that I could probably do a 5km PB. I pushed myself and ended up doing a PB. I was very proud of myself. 5km in 29:16min. My legs felt good – but about an hour after the run my knees became sore. They were sore the next day too. I wasn't ready to call it an injury, but it was certainly sore.

    This week was supposed to be a recovery week, and I think I pushed myself too far after my long Saturday run. By Thursday my knees were feeling a lot better, but my left knee was still a little tender. I decided to still do my Thursday training, but made sure it was a slow and easy affair. I was really careful not to land heavily and took special care on the hills. I ended up doing a decent 34:21 for the 5km.

    My left knee remained tender on Thursday and Friday, but was showing signs that it was improving slowly. So today (Saturday) I decided to take things really easy and walk my 5km Sat run. I just got back and my knee is feeling pretty good. Best of all I managed to walk within the 16min mile pace. The next two days are rest days before my Tuesday run, so I am hoping that it will continue to improve so I can get back to running.


    Me looking pleased with myself before a run.

    The lesson of the week: stick to the training plan and take things easy. There are still 40 weeks until the marathon – plenty of time to build endurance and distance. No need to rush things. The biggest threat to my ability to complete this challenge is injury. So I need to be a bit smarter. This week really opened my eyes to the importance of avoiding injury. Hopefully this is just a minor setback and I’ll be back to normal soon.

    It also reminded me that I still haven’t been properly fitted for running shoes – so the plan is to head out to a specialist running shoe store tomorrow.

    Trip Planning
    Not much to report here, except to say that it wasn't until after I registered for the Dopey Challenge that I found the Disney shirt sizing chart on the runDisney website. Looking at the chart the sizes seem to run a bit big, so I was able to email runDisney and they changed the size on my registration. Much easier than trying to swap sizes at the expo.

    That’s all for this week. Hopefully by the next update I will have proper shoes and good knees!

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    WDW Marathon Weekend Training – Week 8
    When I left off last week, I was suffering from sore knees. A result of over doing it and possibly running in the wrong shoes.

    Last Sunday I took myself off to a specialist sports shoe store to get myself properly fitted. All the staff there are podiatrists, so they should know what they are doing. They put me on a treadmill and videoed me running barefoot and then in a number of different shoes. Turns out I pronate, something I had long suspected, and the shoes I had been running in were not good for me. They tried me in several different running shoes, increasing the level of support until we found the shoe that corrects the problem. Let me introduce you to me new shoes…..


    My new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13

    I must admit I could instantly feel the difference in the support they give to the rear of my foot. I’m sure it will take a while to get used to running in them, but they feel good. Not as springy as my old shoes, but definitely more support.

    My knees have been improving, but I decided to take this week very easy to give them a chance to recover. On Tuesday I did a very light 5km jog, at a pretty respectable 35mins. On Thursday I did a 5km walk around the Melbourne Cricket Ground at lunchtime.

    Thursday afternoon I gave in to my family and made an appointment with the physio for next Tuesday to get things checked out and hopefully get some advice. Now, whenever I make an appointment to see a health professional about a problem, that problem usually disappears completely before I get to the appointment. I always end up sitting in their office with no symptoms feeling like an idiot. Well, wouldn't you know it, since I booked in with the physio my knees have pretty much been back to normal? Urggh! So frustrating!!.

    So today, Saturday, I was able to go for a gentle 5km run with no pain. Hopefully I still feel good tomorrow. I was so happy to be able to go out and run without problems.

    I’ll see what the physio says on Tuesday, but I hope to be able to get back to slowly increasing my distances again.

    So, all in all a positive week!
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    WDW Marathon Weekend Training – Weeks 9,10 & 11
    Can’t believe it has been 3 weeks since the last update. I’ve been super busy and so much has happened.

    So three weeks ago I went to see the Physio about my sore knees. The Physio was super nice and has been really helpful. My problems seem to be related to tight IT bands and weak glutes. A pretty common problem for new runners. The Physio ordered a week off running, and prescribed some strengthening exercises together with... the dreaded foam roller. She also went to town with some deep massaging to loosen up my ITBs.

    During my no running week I went to the local pool to do some swimming, which I really enjoyed. I’m hoping as my training continues that I can keep going to the pool for cross training (time permitting).

    After a week and a half I was able to do some short (20 min) runs using 1:1 run walk intervals, and built up to a 30 min continuous run the following week. All good and no knee pain, so the stretches, strength exercises and foam roller seem to be doing the trick.

    While I was unable to run I picked up a copy of one of Jeff Galloway’s running books, which was really interesting and had lots of good info for beginner / novice runners like me. According to his philosophy, I have been running my long training runs way too fast. (Maybe this contributed to my injury?). I’m now building up my distances again and trying to slow things down, although it’s harder than you’d think to slow down your running. I’ve dropped down from a 2:1 run/walk to a 1:1 run/walk. I managed 8km on Sat and felt strong at the end. Although I must admit I probably still ran this a bit fast – 6:40min/km.

    It has been frustrating having to reduce my mileage and work back up again, but things seem to be heading in the right direction. Originally I was hoping to do the Run Melbourne ˝ Marathon at the end of July, but I might not be up to that distance by then. If not, I’ll enter for the 10km. We’ll see how it goes – my main priority is to build up my core strength and endurance without injury, so I don’t want to push things.

    Trip Planning
    On the planning front, we have now booked our race weekend accommodation at Port Orleans Riverside. I stayed there for the first time in 2012 and loved it. A really relaxing resort, so I’m looking forward to having it as base camp for Marathon weekend!

    That’s it for this week!

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    Training - Weeks 12- 18
    Goodness, I can’t believe it has been 7 weeks since my last update. Things have been pretty busy both personally, with a pregnant wife, and at work.

    So when I left off (7 weeks ago!!) I was recovering from sore legs. The physio did great work and I was able to start building my distances again. That was until I got a man cold- which sidelined me for about two weeks! No fun to run when you can breathe! Anyway, once over the man cold, I was able to continue with my two weekday 5km runs and my weekend long runs.
    The long runs have been building up:
    • 11km
    • 13.5km
    • 16km
    • 8km
    • 19km
    • 10km




    I was particularly excited by my 19km (~12miles) run which I completed in 2:03:51. I never imagined that I could run this far (well, run/walk), and I now feel that I can now conquer the half marathon distance. Which is just as well because I have signed up to do the Run Melbourne Half Marathon on 21 July. This will be my first ever race and I’m hoping it will give me some good race condition experience before heading to Disney. It will also give me an official race time that I can submit to runDisney, and hopefully get me into an earlier corral (every little bit will help avoid the sweepers on Marathon Weekend.)

    Unfortunately I have had a little bit of knee discomfort in the last week, so I have taken a week off my running to try and let it heal. Not ideal preparation for the half marathon in a few weeks, but better than aggravating it. So fingers crossed it comes good in the next few days so I can have a few runs before Run Melbourne.
    I am enjoying the running, and have surprised myself by the distances I have been able to go – but the interruptions to the training plan (illnesses and injury) have been frustrating. Hopefully as my base fitness improves there will be fewer problems.

    In another milestone, the Galloway Dopey Training plan started this week – which is exciting. For the time being I’m following Galloway’s half marathon training plan to get me to Run Melbourne on 21 July. After that I’ll switch over to the Dopey plan and my Dopey training will officially begin!.

    Trip Planning
    We have room only reservations for POR for the first 5 nights. Just waiting for the 2014 packages to be released by Disney to book the second part of our trip – which will be 9 more nights at POR. Packages are supposed to be released 10 July – so not long to wait. Out 180 days for ADRs is 11 July, so I am currently trying to decide where to book. The dinners after the race weekend are kind of a reward for us.

    The plan so far is
    - Ohana
    - Liberty Tree
    - Via Napoli
    - Sanaa
    - California Grill
    - Yak and Yeti (Lunch)
    - Rose & Crown
    - Ohana

    Happy to receive any suggestions

    The only other thing to organise is our flight from LAX – MCO. I have been holding out for Virgin America to release their non-refundable fares for Jan – they still haven’t for the dates we want to travel. The fully refundable one way fares are $811!! I can’t imagine they will fill a plane with those fares. Frustratingly, while we have been waiting, the fares on AA (our second choice airline) have gone up $60. Oh well. I’ll give Virgin America until we get the Disney package booked in mid July, and if there are no non-refundable fares by then I’ll bite the bullet and book with another airline. Knowing my luck Virgin will release their cheaper fares the next day

    Sorry it has been so long between updates! I promise to update more frequently!

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    Training – Weeks 19 – 20
    Week 19 of my training was a slow one. I took a week off running to rest my sore right knee. I skipped my two midweek runs, and did a 6 km walk with my Dad on the Saturday. The rest did me good, and my knee felt back to normal this week. I did two weekday runs of 5km each. They were a bit of a hard slog after a week off, but I took it easy and got through them without any discomfort or injury. Yesterday I did a 10km long run, which is my last long run before the Run Melbourne half marathon next week.


    I’m glad I rested my knee and I’m feeling good physically for the half marathon, but I am also bit worried about how I will go – it has been far from the perfect preparation. But I’m looking on the bright side. I could have been worse. My knee could have kept me from even attempting the half next week.


    So wish me luck for my first ever official race and first half marathon run next Sunday!


    Trip Planning
    Lots of exciting trip planning stuff this week. First we finally booked our flights from LAX to Orlando. I was hoping to go with Virgin America, but we bit the bullet and booked with American Airlines for $183 pp (Virgin was still showing $811!!). It’s a non stop flight that will get us into MCO around 4pm.
    Second the 2014 Disney rates were released this week, so we were able to book the package for the second part of our stay – 9 nights at Port Orleans Riverside!! We paid it all upfront to guard against the pesky dropping Australian dollar.


    Third, we made (most of) our ADRs!! Managed to get pretty early dinner reservations for the race days, as we will be having early nights to get up at 3am! Also I imagine I’ll be zonked after the marathon. Our list looks like this.

    • Raglan Road
    • House of Blues
    • POR Foodcourt (for the nights before the half and full marathons)
    • Ohana (post marathon dinner)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern
    • Via Napoli
    • Sanaa
    • Citricos (will probably replace with California Grill when it opens up for bookings again)
    • Yak and Yeti (Lunch)
    • Rose and Crown
    • Ohana (yes, again)
    • Chefs de France




    Lots going on this week!


    Hopefully when I post next week I will have finished my first half marathon!!

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    Sounds like things are moving along at a pretty good rate, brother! Best of luck entering the final stages of this journey you've found yourself on.

    My wife is a huge Brooks believer, BTW. She was custom fitted for a pair a few years ago and won't run in anything else.

    Oh, and Ohana's twice?! No Kona Cafe?! For shame! You'll be missing out on some great food.

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    Run Melbourne Half Marathon

    I’m pleased to report that on Sunday I completed the Run Melbourne half marathon – my first ever half marathon (and first ever race).

    It was a chilly 6 degrees (C) when we started running just after 7am. My plan was to slowly run (jog) the first mile or so until the crowd thinned out and then revert to my Galloway run/walk intervals. That was the plan, but a couple of things happened along the way. First, I was running with some friends as part of a charity group and I wanted to run with them for a bit. After the first mile my legs were feeling great, and my breathing was easy, so I decided to keep running with the group. I wasn’t sure if I would regret this later – but the pace of the group seemed quite manageable. It wasn’t until about 4 kms in I realised that we were actually running at a 5:58min/km pace (about 9:30 min / mile), which was pretty fast for me.

    Now that the sun was up the weather was perfect for running, clear sky and 10C. There was heaps of entertainment along the course, and running with the group was lots of fun. Before I knew it we were at the half way point and I was still feeling pretty good – still running. It was about this time that I lost the rest of the group without realising it. I was a bit worried that I had deviated so far from my race plan. In all my long run training I had used run/walk intervals and I had just run 11 km without any walk breaks. I was in the zone, focused on maintaining a consistent pace and conserving energy. I thought the others were just a few meters behind me, but after not seeing or hearing them for a mile I realised that I had moved ahead. I decided to keep going at my pace, knowing that the others were better runners than me and that they would catch up. I was thought it was quite likely that I would slow down dramatically in the last few kms.

    In the end, I surprised myself. I was able to keep my steady pace right up to the end. The last km was the hardest – my legs, hips and back started tightening, but the pull of the finish line and seeing my family kept me going.

    My official time - 2:08:01. I couldn’t believe it. I began the run thinking 2:30 would be achievable and I would have been happy with that time. The aim was really just to finish. So excited that I have now officially run a half marathon.



    Not sure how I could possibly run a full marathon the next day – walking up and down stairs is hard enough right now – but there is another 5 months to work that out. I’m sure during the Dopey Challenge I will be sticking to my run walk intervals!! But Run Melbourne was a fantastic first race. I had lots of fun and now have a proof of time to get me out of the back corrals at WDW Marathon Weekend (as well as a fancy Run Melbourne medal).

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    Where does the time go? It has been 8 weeks since my last update – so much for my intentions of more frequent posts! But this time I have a good excuse. Just over two weeks ago we welcomed our second child into the world, Jacob. A healthy little boy and a very happy time for our family – although the lack of sleep is catching up to us all.

    When I last left off, I had just completed my first half marathon race, Run Melbourne, in July. I am still really stoked with my time for that race (2:08), which was much faster than I expected. However, running the whole race nonstop rather than following my normal run/walk/run took its toll on my poor legs and joints especially. It took about three weeks for me to get back to normal and back to running regularly.

    Since then I have been following the Jeff Galloway Dopey Challenge training plan and haven’t missed a session (even with a wife in hospital with a newborn!). For some of my more recent long runs I have dropped my intervals from 1min:1min to 30sec:30sec. It hasn’t affected my time too much, but my legs feel so much fresher at the end. Today I ran 21.1km as part of my training. Using the 30/30 intervals I managed 2:20 – slower than my race time, but I feel human this afternoon and am confident I can get out and run some more this week. I can’t believe I’m now running 21.1km and calling it a training session!

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    This week I bit the bullet and booked myself in for a massage at WDW for the day following the full marathon. A little treat to myself, and I’m sure I’m going to need it.

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    Congratulations to you and your wife along with big Sibling.

    Did you remember with all that has been happening to change your ressie to California Grill?
    Some people are like Slinkies.

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    but they still bring a smile to my face when I push them down a flight of stairs.

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    The continuing saga of my Dopey training. A sad and sorry tail at the moment.

    First of all – sorry that it has been so long since my last update. There have been a few developments and I was waiting for some resolution before posting, but I shall wait no longer.

    A few weeks after my last update in September, I developed some stiffness in my right heel / foot. At first it was very slight and as I warmed up during my run things loosened up and I was ok. The next run it stayed stiff a little longer, but loosened up after a few minutes. Buy the third run it was starting to get painful, more than just stiff, so I stopped running and rested it for a week. Unfortunately it remained sore, so I promptly took myself off to the physio. Initially she suspected Achilles tendonitis, and we spent a few weeks doing some strengthening exercises and stretches. Unfortunately after about 6 weeks I was still unable to run on it, so the physio referred me to a sports doctor.

    The sports doctor’s initial assessment was bursitis, and he booked me in for an ultrasound to confirm and administer a cortisone injection. By this stage I was getting pretty down about the amount of training I had missed. The prognosis for bursitis was good – the doctor felt that the cortisone injection should get me back to running in a week or so. Unfortunately, the ultrasound showed nothing wrong with my bursa and no obvious tendon damage. I was pretty upset by this stage getting pretty down about the amount of training I had missed. A sore foot with a problem still undiagnosed. I felt like my Dopey goal slipping away. Not only that, but perhaps the prospect of running any of the races that weekend.

    Next thing to rule out is a bone fracture, so the doctor sent me off for a bone scan – complete with a delightful radio-pharmaceutical injection (I was thinking I might end up glowing in the dark, but I didn’t). That was Tuesday, and I’m now waiting for the doctor to call back with the results. I really don’t know if it is a fracture, it doesn’t feel like one. However, there was definitely something different between my left and right heels on the screen during the scan. In the meantime, the doctor has given me a prescription anti inflammatory, which frustratingly work so well that my foot feels normal. I feel like I could go out and run but I know I’m still injured, and I don’t want to make things worse.

    I have tried to keep my strength and cardio up as much as I can for the past 9 week without running (swimming, water jogging and seeing a personal trainer). But I suspect things are getting a bit late for me to be ready to run in January. Pending the outcome of the scan, I may not be able to run at all. I’m pretty down about it all right now. I have worked so hard to reach this goal, and was doing so well. I have never stuck to a physical goal they way I have for the WDW marathon weekend.

    I considered cancelling the trip – but I am not beaten yet. I have my fingers crossed that whatever the outcome of the scans, I can at least get to the start line for the 5k and 10k – even if I have to power walk them (which was pretty much my plan anyway for the Dopey). I’m still praying that by some miracle I can do all four races, but it’s a long shot. I’m not concerned about times – just want to finish, even if I take the full 7 hours for the full. Maybe I’m dreaming, but it is a hard dream to let go of.

    I’ll keep you updated with the outcome of the scan. I really just want to be part of the Marathon Weekend after all the work I’ve put in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HauntedGabe View Post
    Congratulations to you and your wife along with big Sibling.

    Did you remember with all that has been happening to change your ressie to California Grill?

    Hi HauntedGabe,

    Yes I did. I ended up with two California Grill ressies - one for midweek and one for our last night at WDW (just in case we love the new Cali Grill so much we want to go back)
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