Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge 2015 Week 15 Training: Damn Half Recap and a bit of modification!


398888-R1-036-16A_017Happy Monday everyone!  Another P.R. and another week closer to Disney!  Before I talk about Damn Half, you may be thinking, wait a second Matt…your planned called for 17 last weekend not 13.1.  You would be correct my plan did call for 17.  In reality while it is important to get the long run days in, you also want to make sure your getting the miles in during the week.  I had signed up for the 1/2 a few months ago, looked like it would be fun.

With that in mind, I knew trying to run 4 after the 1/2 would be tough but I made 2 deals with myself.  One if I p.r.’ed the run I would call it all square.  Secondly I looked at the total mileage for the week with at my running pace would be about 4.5+4.5+7+17 =33 miles I owed this week.  So I made a bit of modification for this week.  I decided to do a mini Dopey challenge and I ran 4 days in a row starting on Thursday.  I did this mainly as a test to see where I am at from a training perspective and as a creative way to get the mileage in.  So my training for last week looked like this:

Monday Off
Tuesday 5
Wednesday Off
Thursday 3
Friday 6.1
Saturday 7 Mile Walk/Run
Sunday 13.1
Total 34.2

So with my adjustment and test, I was over mileage.  I also instead of just walking the 7 miles, I walked a mile and ran a mile and felt strong and my running times really showed it, my last running mile was at 7:55! 

Coming into Sunday morning I was a little sore and tight as I got ready to run.  The course was flat and the morning was cool and I settled into a comfortable pace.  Doing the math in my head I knew I was going to be on pace for a pr, but did not expect it to be nearly 5 minutes! That was after 4 days of running, and a celebratory beers and a shot after my son’s football team won on a last second play, Geaux Tigers!

At the end of it all I call the week a success and here  is my schedule for this week:

Monday, October 20, 2014 Cross/Off
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 45 Minutes
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Cross/Off
Thursday, October 23, 2014 45 Minutes
Friday, October 24, 2014 Cross/Off
Saturday, October 25, 2014 5 Miles
Sunday, October 26, 2014 Off

If you want to join me and my friends there is still some room for the other runs at Disney:

In future posts I will talk more about some of the challenges Dopey will pose and what I am looking forward too.  If you have any questions about training or running  just let me know have a Blessed Day!

Comments (2)
  1. 26.2 @ 60 says:

    Enjoyed your Disney training blog…I'm doing Disney Marathon Jan 2015–my first marathon as my 60th birthday bucket list. I dropped 90 pounds 2 years ago and took up run/walking last year. Finished 12 marathons last year. For Disney I'm somewhat following
    Galloway run/walk plan–are you run/walking? What is your r/w ratio; I vary from 41 during short mid-week runs to 32 at beginning of longer runs. What types of fueling do you use before, during & after? I have a cliff gel before & during long runs & shot
    blocs throughout. I understand Disney uses Powerade at water stations…do you incorporate that into your training? I'm doing my 20-miler this coming Monday (Nov 3)…going to try bagel & PB before run for first time…still experimenting with fueling. Got
    a 12 marathon the following weekend, praying this old lady's body will hold up!

  2. Matt Hester says:

    @26.2 @60 Thank you so much for sharing your story! How did your 20 miles go? That is fantastic progress on your life. I am doing run/walk and probably be 4-1 or 3-1 for the actual runs. However, I am training 9-1’s to boost the cardio and stamina (it
    is an experiment and not sure how it will work out yet) For fueling my runs, I swear by UCANN, you can learn about it here:
    http://generationucan.com/currentproduct.html and I usually will have a muffin with PB and a banana I use the sports drink before long runs, gives me about 1 1/2 of pure fuel, I recommend the orange
    flavor. It is starch based instead of sugar based and will not mess with your insulin levels. For long runs I carry a variety of foods, from the sports beans, to the stinger waffles, granola bars, just depends. I used to use GU, but never happy with the spike.
    For hydration, UCann started making a hydration product that is pretty good as well. If I have to drink on course PowerAde or Gatorade, I usually will mix it with water to dilute it a bit. I have found that sometimes the drinks can be too sweet. I think you
    hit the nail on the head about fueling you have to experiment and try, when I am trying new foods I normally do it on the 6-9 mile ranges. That works for me. Is this your first time running in Disney? If so please feel free to ping me via email mhester@microsoft.com
    and we can chat about that run. This will be my 4th trip to run in Disney. Take care and thanks again for sharing your story!

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