Dopey Challenge

The inaugural Dopey Challenge was an experience that changed my life. Below are the recaps from all the races and the expo. You can also read my overall thoughts on the challenge here in my guest post on Running At Disney. And if you want to know if I'll do it again, you'll find the answer here :-)

Wednesday- The Expo
Thursday- Family Fun Run 5k
Friday- Inaugural Minnie 10k
Saturday- Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Sunday- Walt Disney World Marathon

Also, if you wanted to know my top ten reasons why the Disney Marathon needs to be on your bucket list, this guest post should convince you!

Training: For this challenge, I used Jeff Galloway's plan found on the runDisney website. The following are posts specifically regarding training for this event.

July/August 2013
September 2013
October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
Dopey Challenge Simulation- December 2013


  1. Oh wow! Congratulations - what an amazing accomplishment! How did you even train for that many events back to back?

    1. I followed Jeff Galloway's training plan for the event- honestly, it was flexible enough to where I never felt like my life was being overrun with training. We would train for back to back long runs on select weeks. You can see his plan on the RunDisney website. :-)

  2. You are so inspiring. I signed up to participate in the 2015 Dopey Challenge and was concered because I've never ran a full marathon (yet), I have 4 Half Marathons under my belt, the last was this year's Princess 1/2 Marathon. I had intially signed up for the Glass Slipper then thought what the heck I'll sign up for the 5K too and I did. Although it took me a bit longer to complete all 3, I paced myself and had fun. When it was all over with I decided I was signing up for the 2015 Dopey Challenge. After I hit the submit button I started having doubts. But after reading you story those doubts are gone and I'm confident that I will finish all 4 races and checking another goal off my list. Keep on running & inspiring others!

    1. Thanks so much, Ellen! Congratulations to you for finishing the Glass Slipper Challenge aka Dopey Lite :-)

      Trust yourself, trust the training, and get out there and bring home those medals! Best of luck to you as you start your journey. Please feel free to ask me any questions you have- you can email me at Congrats again!