Monday, March 25, 2013

Almost went Goofy for Dopey

For my fellow runDisney friends you know that a new race was announced last week called the Dopey Challenge.  For those of you that have not heard about this, it involves a 5k, a 10k, a half and a full marathon over the course of four days. For those doing the math that would be 48.6'ish miles over four days. 

As I mentioned recently, I have plans to do the Goofy Challenge, which was just the half and the full for 2015 to hit the ten year anniversary and to give myself time to train appropriately.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the new announcement on Friday.  Twitter was abuzz, my Facebook had several mentions of it as well.  A new challenge, a new distance (the 10k) plus an inaugural year.  I went a little crazy.  Started planning, started talking to friends to see who might be interested.  Even got the ok from my husband if I wanted to try it.  I even tried to figure out how many DVC points I would need and time off. 

Then after the excitement died down just a bit, I started thinking about it a little more rationally.  While I could feasibly train for the full between now and January, I sort of felt that I'd be cheating myself some time to train the right way for me.  I realized I wanted to be able to get a few more half's under my belt before tackling the full.  I want to respect the distance.  It took me 1.5 years to feel confident enough to run the half, and even up until the day of the race I was afraid I couldn't do it.  The full should be no exception.  Inaugural Dopey or not. 

The other things that factored in to my decision are the family Disney trip in October for fall break.  It just seemed given the distance for me from here to get to Disney it would be too close from mid October to heading back in January.  Plus trying to save money for spending money for a race for me over months with three birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas just seemed a little off.  Sure I could ask for my birthday and Christmas funds for me to go to my trip but....

Also there is the little thing called the Princess Half.  I had planned to do that in 2014 and have recruited some friends.  And there would be no way to do both Marathon Weekend and Princess Half weekend.  It would need to be one or the other.  The other glaring advantage for Princess is it just coincidentally happen around my yearly bonus.  So it's a good time to go, less saving involved.  Have I mentioned we are a cash only family? So saving and being prepared financially is an important consideration for me.  I'm also holding out hope that the Princess will also introduce a 10k for that weekend and maybe, just maybe, I'll hit inaugural for that. 

The other part is that registration falls on my husband's birthday and while I did have the ok to proceed.  It seemed a little funny for me to spend that kind of money on myself on his day.  Nothing says Happy Birthday like spending more money on a race than his birthday present.

As it stands right at this exact moment in time, I am looking away from Dopey.  Despite my overzealous Snow White infatuation and focusing on the Princess. Then continuing on with my Goofy quest for 2015 and who knows by then I may be willing go Dopey.  Of course stay tuned.  I have a couple more weeks to change my mind.