Dumbo, The Big Fat Elephant in the Room

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!

Photo Courtesy of runDisney
Photo Courtesy of runDisney

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?

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  • You can totally make big gains in 6 weeks, and your Crossfit HAS helped you more than you’ll know until next month. Just get out there and start training, it’s only 13 miles and you’ve done a marathon, this is easy training. You can get 4 good long run weekends under your belt and a mini taper the last week, then we’ll all kick butt at ToT10miler a month later! 😉

    • You’re right…it’s nothing compared to the marathon! We WILL kick butt at ToT, well as long as it’s not 1000 degrees again!

    • It is so much more pleasant when it’s not hot! I actually have a treadmill, but hate that even more than running in the heat!

  • I know what you mean, I feel myself dwindling down on my schedule. boredom. run run run. glad I’ll be picking up the slack and getting motivated with a 12 mile run this saturday. a group of friends always seems to help. best to you and your training.

  • I know how you feel–I love the races and the excitement of runDisney but training gets old fast (especially when you’ve trained and run a lot of races). I will say that I would give anything to be able to train for a race right now though. I have been battling Plantar Fasciitis forever and can’t do anything much with my feet.

    • Sorry to hear about that 🙁 We all should never take advantage of the fact that we CAN run when others can’t. Get better soon!

  • You do have time to build a little more endurance. But it also sounds like you’re really LOVING CrossFit, and that’s awesome! Maybe cut back on distance races after this one and focus on shorter ones? Or look into Cross Fit competitions for fun? 🙂

    • Yeah, I just need to make myself get out there and put in the time! I’ve started looking at some CF competitions and I’d like to do that in the future…just need to get more proficient an a few moves (pull-ups for sure!). I think that would be a blast!

  • Glad you are liking the cross fit so much Sarah but jump back to the pavement so you will be able to finish with a smile at the Dumbo Challenge! I have been using the Jeff Galloway training plan, but alter it depending on other races and things I would prefer to do!

    • I’m going to get back at in in the next few weeks! And don’t worry, I will totally have a smile on my face when I cross that finish line no matter what 🙂

  • ohh I may not be much help here, I love to train more than I love to race. But I think the goal now for you just needs to be about figuring out what makes running fun…stop worrying about time at all, switch to run walk and maybe more running partners???

    • You’re right…I really need to focus on what I enjoy about running and forget about all the bad stuff.

  • Hang in there! The heat in the northeast has been making my DDD training a little tougher, too. Really excited that it’s supposed to be in the 70s during my run tomorrow. Keep at it – you’re going to do great!

  • You are doing better than me..At least you run! I would love to stick to a training plan but walking is more comfortable for me right now.

    You have time and a great plan. I know you will accomplish your goals! I love that pic with Joey.

  • I am right there with you on the boredom of training! I love the events but running, running, running…so boring.

    I love crossfit, HIIT, bootcamps and spin classes. Just did Warrior Dash last weekend and LOVED it – most fun I have had in ages.

    I want to get my CtC medal and run one marathon to cross it off my list, but after that, I’m going to run shorter races and more adventure-type runs.

  • At least you have been working out! That is a great healthy habit to have for life!!!

    Maybe adjust your goal to just beat a previous PR time? I know my goal for each half I run is to break 2:30…. I haven’t done it yet. One day…

    Good luck & see you in 4.5 weeks 🙂

    • This is true! And yes, that’s a good idea to focus on just beating my previous time! We will both hit that 2:30…one day 🙂

  • Maybe you need to change up a playlist while you run, or find new podcasts? I find my runs have been best lately when listening to music that I don’t normally listen to. Also just think about your trip to disneyland while you are out there! Make lists of the rides you want to do, foods you want to eat, etc. Making lists or playing “eye spy” are great ways to distract yourself from the miles!

    • I like that eye spy idea! Maybe I just need to get a little more creative with my thinking while I’m out there 🙂

  • Well, I would have to think that CrossFit is a better excuse then sitting on the couch and eating chips 🙂 I am sure that your body is getting stronger, and you will meet your goals…I love the suggestion about running in a group. Maybe grab some of those friends and head out?! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear about your success

    • You’re right…at least I’m not sitting around like a lump! I’m starting to like this group thing too… 🙂

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