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After my first marathon experience at Walt Disney World Marathon, I wanted to know how I could do when I hadn’t run races for three days before. So, I decided to sign up for Chicago Marathon. Not long after that, Katherine at http://mouserunner.blogspot.com/ encouraged me to run the San Francisco Marathon. I feel pretty crazy to be running three marathons in one year, not to mention running one just 2 1/2 months before my goal marathon, but I decided I’ll take San Francisco just a little easier than I otherwise would and use it to assess my readiness and weaknesses for Chicago.
In preparation for San Francisco, I’ve put together my playlist. Naturally, this playlist has a bit less Disney than my Dopey Challenge Walt Disney World Marathon Playlists. I added some music themed for California and San Francisco and timed the music for the race, with specific music at specific points on the course.
If you saw my previous announcement, you’ll know that I am running the Chicago Marathon in 2014. I’m excited to be raising money for the American Red Cross as part of my journey to Chicago. As an incentive for donating, anyone who contributes more than $26.20 (ok, $27 because the site doesn’t accept cents) can pick a song for my marathon playlist or you can sponsor a song I’ve already got in mind. So make your donation now and let’s get your song on this list! Available for sponsorship:
|My Kind of Town||Frank Sinatra||Karen Cunliffe|
|Game of Thrones Main Title||Ramin Djiwadi|
|Dirty Paws||Of Monsters and Men|
|Step Out||José González|
|Dog Days Are Over||Florence + The Machine||Lisa Linney|
|What Are You Going to Do When You Are Not Saving the World?||Hans Zimmer|
|Below My Feet||Mumford & Sons||Kate Witheridge|
|Get over It||Ok Go|
|Ultra Violet (Light My Way)||The Killers|
|Running Up That Hill||Placebo|
Songs chosen by others:
|Eye of the Tiger||Survivor||Anne & Mike Cirillo|
|Patrick’s Pick (I chose Last of the Mohicans – “I’m running a marathon…y’all (expletive) are sprinters.”)||Ja Rule||Sheryl Gudelsky|
|Roar (Because she knows I can’t stand this song)||Katy Perry||Diana Mitchen|
|Too Legit To Quit||MC Hammer||Sarah Kong|
|Through the Fire and Flames||DragonForce||Russell Smith|
I was really nervous about the Walt Disney World Marathon. Not only would this be my first marathon, but I had already done three races over the previous three days. I had no idea how it would go, including whether I’d even be able to make it across the finish line. I had trained hard for months and hit all my mileage, but when the day finally came, anything could happen. But here’s what did happen:
The Walt Disney World Half Marathon has special meaning for me. A few years ago, I visited Walt Disney World and it just happened to be the day of the half marathon. I saw everyone running through Epcot and was thoroughly impressed. But I couldn’t even run around the block at that point and said “I’d never be able to do that. Looks like fun though.” I also thought the people running in costumes were insane. Although I’ve run a few half marathons since that day, this was the day I planned to proved myself wrong and actually run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. And the costumes? Well, I can’t say I’m not insane, but I was doing that too.
Read more about the Walt Disney World Half Marathon →
Of all the races in the Dopey Challenge, I was most excited about the Walt Disney World 10K. I was feeling a little too daunted by my first marathon to be excited about that race.
This race conveniently fell on my birthday, so I planned to celebrate. Just like in the Walt Disney World 5K the day before, I planned to take this race slow and fun, with plenty of picture stops. And for an extra bit of fun, I chose a Mad Hatter costume and called the race my “Birthday Unbirthday Party.”
The key to an endurance event like the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World is careful pacing. Four races in four days is a lot of running and you want to make sure your legs up for it all. My Dopey Challenge strategy was to run the first three races slowly and casually to save my energy for the marathon on Sunday.
I took that strategy to heart for the Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K. They call it a fun run and I sure had fun. I went into the race planning to stop at every picture stop to give my legs and feet plenty of rest between miles. Read more about the Walt Disney World Family Fun Run 5K →