2019 still has a few months to go, but I’m looking into the future at my next running goals… to infinity and beyond!
In my last post I shared that I was contemplating a marathon. This would be my second marathon and I’d be running it with the goal of improving my time. Ideally I’d want 3:45, but I’d also be happy with a time of 3:58 just so I could have the fastest marathon time in my household. Yeah, I’m competitive like that.
Today I’m sharing my future goals that took careful consideration and have been made with the support of my family.
This isn’t my typical blog post – it won’t help you or guide you through any running or parenting adventure. It’s all about me! Hopefully by sharing this you can get to know me a bit better.
I WILL run a Thanksgiving marathon in 2020. This gives me 13 months to prepare.
I WILL run Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge in January 2021.
This challenge is hosted by Walt Disney World and occurs over a weekend with a half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday.
63.3 Kilometers in a Weekend…Why?
If you’ve read any of my RunDisney Race Reports [Tinker Bell or Princess], you will know that I don’t run in Disney for personal best times. I run for the experience and fun photo ops.
While I still need to respect the distance and put in the training for this ridiculous challenge, I won’t have to focus on speed training and time goals. I run because I love running and I think this no expectation, no limitation approach to this race weekend will be fun.
I also suffer from FOMO and if I “only” ran the marathon I’d feel like I missed out on the fun of a challenge. My FOMO isn’t so bad that I would ever consider the Dopey Challenge which adds a 5km and 10km race in the days before the the other two races.
Why 2 Marathons So Close?
If I’m going to run hundreds of miles in training, I would be bummed out not testing out my legs to see just how fast they could carry me over the finish line. Running a marathon in October allows me to build up my mileage, test out my speed on race day, and then *hopefully* coast through the miles of training until the Goofy.
My previous marathon was late October and that winter was amazing for snowboarding. I had stamina and endurance and it was fun putting my marathon training to good use. I’m hoping to do that again, but apply it to another marathon.
I’m Beyond Excited
A family friend mentioned they were thinking of running the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2021 and I immediately latched on to this possibility.
Running the WDW Marathon has always been on my to-do list and the timing really works for me. I’m back to running some of my faster pre-pregnancy race times and I feel strong. I’m up for the challenge. It also doesn’t hurt that my baby will be 2 years old on race day, which is still FREE in Disney World.
My mom and my mother-in-law are thinking about doing the half marathon. My oldest would be able to run the 5km and has already asked her “bestie” [my dad] to run it with her.
And we all know I love to plan Disney vacations.