What’s Next?

With each day that passes, its slowly sinking in more and more that I ran my first half marathon on Saturday.  I’m slowly digesting all that I experienced while at Disney World, and am working on putting in words exactly how I want to share my time while we were down in Florida.

After Saturday's Disney World Half Marathon

After Saturday’s Disney World Half Marathon

Since Saturday, I’ve been the asked the same couple of questions:

  • What’s next?
  • Will you run another half marathon?
  • Will you ever run a marathon?
  • And of course, Preston has been asked if he’ll do the Dopey Challenge again.


In answer to the first two questions, I’m registered to run my second half marathon two months from today.  On March 15th, I’ll embark on my second 13.1 mile journey, this time running Rock ‘n’ Roll USA on the streets of DC.  Then three weeks later on April 6th I’ll participate in an annual DC tradition, the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run.  After the ten miler, my plan is to focus on smaller distances throughout the spring and summer, and then who knows beyond that.

cherry blossom

Per the recommendation of many training experts, I’m taking this week off from running, and (hopefully) starting next week I’ll follow a modified version of Jeff Galloway’s half marathon training plan, the same training expert whose guidance drove the 19 week training plan that I used to prepare for Disney World.  I say hopefully since my feet and calves ballooned up during our flight home on Monday.  Being a teacher has kept me on my feet throughout the work day the past two days, which is lengthening the time its taking for my feet to return to normal.

Do I see a full marathon in my future?  At this point, the answer is no.  Saturday’s half marathon proved to be enough of a challenge for me, and the time it takes to complete the long runs on the weekends is consuming enough.  Maybe I’ll change my mind down the road, but at this point I see myself sticking with half marathons as my furthest distance to run.

And in response to the million dollar question that people have been asking Preston, the Dopey Challenge will not be an annual venture.  While we have thoroughly enjoyed Disney World Marathon weekend for the past two years, the four early mornings that are required in order to complete the Dopey Challenge and the toll that the training and running 48.6 miles in four days has taken on Preston is quite a lot.  He’s suggested that maybe he will revisit Dopey for the five year anniversary, and if we return to Disney World for Marathon weekend in 2015 he is considering running just the Goofy Challenge.

QOTD: How soon after you run a major race do you run your next?

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8 Responses to What’s Next?

  1. Congrats on your first half marathon!!! And running it in Disney is awesome!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Congrats! I look forward to reading more about your WDW experience! I am looking forward to running the CUBU 10 Miler as well! This past fall I’ve been able to run halves 3 weeks apart – I found rest (not running for a few days), stretches (foam rolling), and icing my knees have helped with recovery. I also started using compression socks. Good luck with your rest and recovery!

    • Thanks Jennifer! I’m hoping to get my first post or two written this weekend. I’ve taken this entire week off from running and working out altogether (other than foam rolling and stretching), and I think my body really needed it. I’m eager to get back into the gym though.

  3. Congratulations on reaching your goal! Let you feet rest. If you need something written on the board have a student do it (they love writing on the board for some reason).

  4. CONGRATULATIONS on your first half! Looking forward to reading more about your experience! I ran the Dopey too — it was my first full — and people keep asking me if I’ll do it again, too! 🙂

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