Dumbo, The Big Fat Elephant in the Room
|July 24, 2013||Posted by Running at Disney under Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, Training|
Well it’s been no secret that my training for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge has been severely lacking. A few months ago I put together this fantastic training plan to keep myself on track and I set a goal of trying to finish the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2 hours and 30 minutes. How long did I stick with it? All of two weeks…sigh.
Something that I’ve learned about myself in the the past few years of race training is that I am NOT good with schedules like this. I did the same thing for the WDW Marathon last year and the same thing happened. So here I am, less than 6 weeks away from 2 challenging races and I’m finding myself not properly trained. And I’m getting worried…
For the past few months, I’ve really been focusing on CrossFit. I love the variety, the challenge and the community. I find myself pushing harder than I ever thought possible and it is incredibly rewarding. It feels kind of like getting a race medal every time I finish a WOD…pretty damn cool! But because of this, my mileage has declined. The thought of getting out there by myself and pounding the pavement for an extended period of time seems daunting when I could go feel like a badass and and laugh with my friends at CrossFit in a fraction of the time. I started CrossFit to help improve my running, but I never thought I would enjoy it so much that it would begin to take the place of my running.
This past Sunday I went out for my first training run in a few weeks. My goal was 5 miles, but I only made it to 3.2. I felt great starting out, but then the boredom and exhaustion set in. I went out too fast (as usual!) and I also think I’ve been dealing with some dehydration from the extreme heat of the past week, so I really wasn’t feeling my best physically. All of this culminated in me just wanting to go home and having an overall feeling of discouragement. I KNOW I’m strong, I KNOW I can run long distances, but my body (and my brain) are telling me other things right now. What is going on??
I think I’ve come to the realization that as much as I LOVE runDisney races, I really don’t enjoy training. Where is my fairy godmother to come and make this training business easy so I can just go out an enjoy the races?!? Basically, I have no excuse and just need to suck it up. I HAVE to get out there these next few weeks and get some more miles under my belt before the big DDD or else I’m going to be in a world of hurt. Plus, did you hear that Joey Fatone is going to be running Dumbo for his Coast-to-Coast? I can’t look like a jackass in front of my bestie!
I probably won’t make my goal of finishing the Disneyland Half Marathon in 2:30, but all I know is that I will finish. Yes, I’m frustrated with myself for not putting my best effort into training for this race, but I WILL put my best effort into the race itself…that I’m sure of.
How is your training going for Dumbo Double Dare? Do you struggle with race training?