I’m a big procrastinator. With one weekend to spare, I finally started AND finished a simulated Dopey run. Mostly I did this so I could see how my knee held up and let’s just say the results left much to be desired.
5 mile run on Thursday – easy breezy beautiful. It was just like Cover Girl.
10 mile run on Friday – Great. My pace was at what I’d considered my 1/2 marathon pace–in the 9:30-9:50 range. I did it on the treadmill in a hot gym instead of outside in the crisp, cool air so as to simulate the hell hole that is humid Florida. It went by pretty quickly. Success.
20 mile run on Saturday – Sucked. At mile 6 my knee just completely gave out and when I tried to stretch out a little bit it hurt like hell to even touch. Fortunately, I was doing an out and back on the Capital Crescent trail so if I wanted to get home I was going to have walk at least 6 miles, so might as well just do the whole damn distance. It made sense at the time.
There was much walking because there were also multiple phone calls from family as my sister got engaged while I was out on my run. I did not let this deter me–she would still be engaged next weekend but come hell or high water I was finishing this 20 mile run. Is that insensitive of me? I just can’t muster up much excitement for marriage/a wedding despite my enjoyment of Say Yes to the Dress.
None the less, I accomplished the 20 miler well below runDisney’s pacing requirements even with my hobble so I’m going to say the whole thing was a success. In fact, my last mile was my fastest as I tailed an elderly gentleman who paced me without knowing it and essentially dragged me off the trail. Am I proud of this? No. Am I forever grateful to the gray haired man who made it possible? Absolutely. Now I’m on my 5th episode of Murder, She Wrote and ready to go to bed even though it’s only 8pm.
Also, I’m currently holding auditions for a new Disney travel buddy since my sister will be out of commission with her impending nuptials. An appreciation for Spaceship Earth is nonnegotiable, please respond in the comments if you’re interested.