Things that are Dopey Challenge Day 4: Mickey Marathon

Dopey Challenge 2016

Race Recap of the Dopey Challenge: Mickey Marathon

Okay, Okay, Okay – you are going to get picture overload today for this recap (I think 71 total) and #idontevencare

Like all the other days we got up at the same time, and were out the door by like 3:30-3:45ish. Dan and his wife weren’t going to come to the parks with us after the race. So it was just mine and Celise’s spouses that woke up with us and came with us. Dan came too, obviously since he was racing with us. ūüôā

Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016
Group photo! Before we start glistening because of the humidity.

I did want to point out that I had the EASIEST time running at sea level (or close to sea level). I joked with my chiropractor earlier this week that I felt like I was doping (though I would never EVER consider EVER cheating) but I said that because I could run and not feel like I was going to die because I couldn’t breath. I also think being able to breath helped the recovery process.

We weren’t halfway through Dopey Challenge until mile 3 of the marathon! If you can believe that!

Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016
Mickey was at the start on this morning (instead of Donald from yesterday)

Instead of waiting in line to use the port-a-potty before we walked a half mile to the corral, there were ones that were closer to our corral, so we used those. Every runner needs to know where the nearest bathroom is.

Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016
Marathon start (thanks to a fellow runner for this good clear picture)
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Dan Pre-race picture
Pre-race picture
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Mile 1
And we’re at mile 1!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Jack Skellington and Sally
Jack Skellington and Sally – we had to stop because Shelly adores them!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Jack Skellington and Sally
Sally wanted us all to hold our heart (I think heart at least)
The next stop was the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC) where we met the guys – oh btw I had my phone this time!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Chase and I at the TTC
 Its always nice to have support along the way even if it was at around mile 3.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Running
¬†We ran under the same bridge we ran the previous day – which also had a lit sign that said “runDisney” on our way to the Magic Kingdom
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Magic Kingdom
 Wall to wall people running down Main Street
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Castle in Magic Kingdom
¬†We were supposed to meet Shelly’s hubby, but he wasn’t able to get to the Magic Kingdom on time
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 In front of Cinderella's castle
Selfie minus Dan
Not sure what happened, and we wished after the race (I’m blaming it on lack of sleep) for not coming up with a plan for if one of us gets lost. But we lost Dan at this point during the race. All 3 of us stopped for pictures in front of the castle again, but then turned around and Dan was gone. We then realized (after like 20 minutes)that he must have just run on ahead of us. There were so many people, so we just kept on running. So that’s why the following pictures don’t have Dan in them! We all feel horrible (and it didn’t help that he didn’t have a phone with him).
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 with Alice in Wonderland
 Made sure we stopped with Alice and the White Rabbit
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 All of us with Alice and the Rabbit

Then we stopped with Ariel and Celise ran ahead looking for Dan. We were still worried and talked about it for miles and miles.

Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Ariel and Sebastian
 I wanted a picture with as many Disney Princesses that I could, that was my one request
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 All us girls with Ariel and Sebestian
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Cinderella's castle
 Another great picture of the castle (and Anna and Elsa once again)
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 getting hit by a train
We saw the train the day before, and said if it was still there for the marathon we wanted to stop and take photos- thankfully I was feeling just great and didn’t feel like I wanted to get hit by a train!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Running Maleficent as the dragon
We were hoping that Peter Pan would be in the same spot again, but it wasn’t and was Maleficent as a dragon and her crow and some other minions were there.

There were great signs volunteers were holding along the way:

Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Spoiler Alert You are Killing This race
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Hey Girl I'll see you at the FINN-ish
 This one made me laugh
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 If this is your idea of FUN I don't want to know what a BAD day looks like :)
This one says: “If this is your idea of FUN I don’t want to know what a BAD day looks like :)”
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Me with Golf Goofy
¬†Then we saw Goofy – we sort of did the Goofy Challenge along with Dopey, so we’ll count it!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Us with Golf Goofy
I love our faces in this one
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Hades
Hello Hades
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Evil Queen
Hello Evil Queen – no I didn’t eat any of her rotten apples
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa
 Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbosa
¬†Too bad the whole ship wasn’t there – I guess in years past it was the whole ship
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Run Faster He farted, She's lying race sign
¬†“Run faster he farted —> she’s lying”
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 in Animal Kingdom Halfway
 We made it to Animal Kingdom shortly after it opened (which was our plan with taking pictures with characters). Our plan was to ride Expedition Everest:
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Riding Expedition Everest
¬†I didn’t have a place to put my phone so I had to hold it. Are you scared yet?!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Expedition Everest Almost front row
The guys met us in Animal Kingdom and gave us some sandwiches which really hit the spot, halfway and Hungry. They couldn’t get in to Animal Kingdom as spectators until the park opened, so thankfully it worked out.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Half Marathon Mark
 Pounding out the miles
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Mile 14
I was having a really hard time staying focused, and if Shelly wasn’t a freaking machine and pounding out the miles I probably would have walked a LOT more than I did, because Celise and I were trying to keep up with her. Throughout the race since the beginning the mantra “Just run the mile you’re in” helped a lot (thanks Eat Pray Run DC). So I focused on running that mile, rather than dreading I was only at mile 14. I was surprised that it actually helped a lot!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Grave Diggers
 Grave Diggers anyone?!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Not digging our graves I hope
¬†Hopefully they aren’t digging our graves! ūüėČ
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Mile 16
¬†Mile 16 – It was shortly after this we saw Dan. He was running out of ESPN Wide World of Sports and we were running in. It’s too bad he didn’t want to wait 30-40 minutes for us to run those few miles. HA!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Soccer Mickey
 Soccer Mickey
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 With Soccer Mickey at ESPN World
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Running around the track
 Running around the track
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Football Goofy
 Ran into Football Goofy
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Picture with Football Goofy
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 30k mark
 30k woo woo!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Baseball Donald
 Baseball Donald!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 with Baseball Donald at ESPN World
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Running around the baseball field
¬†We got to run around the whole baseball field! I remember seeing this field on one of Run Eat Repeat when she did Disney’s Wine and Dine a few years ago.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Picture together before running around the baseball field at ESPN World
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Tower of Terror Sign
 We loved this little Tower of Terror every time we drove past it, so when we ran past it we had to get a pic!
Next we were on our way to Hollywood Studios. We went the back way (where all the cast members go), and got to run behind all the cool rides. We could have stopped to ride a few rides while there, but when we came out of ESPN we noticed that there weren’t anymore runners on the other side of the road (where we saw Dan) so we knew that the Balloon Ladies were just a few miles behind us. We didn’t want to take any chances, so we kept running.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Backside of Hollywood Studios
Backside of Tower of Terror
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Dove Chocolate just what I needed
It was around this time that they were giving out chocolates. Dove Chocolates. Yum! I was all for that, because Gu makes me sick after a while.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Tower of Terror in the background
Better picture with Tower of Terror with the actual sign
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Plane hollywood studios
We saw a plane
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Ran into Boo from Monsters Inc
And ran into Boo!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Boo from Monsters Inc
Which made me a little happy!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 BB8 at Walt Disney World
Then I saw this Disney Cast Member who had BB8 – which was cooler than the cups that I had seen around Hollywood Studios.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Running through the Osborne Lights
Osborne Lights (though they aren’t doing them anymore – thank you Star Wars Land…)
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Outside Hollywood Studios
Outside Hollywood Studios
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Epcot Studios London
Then into Epcot! Yay Almost done!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Belle from Beauty and the Beast Epcot
With each Character we saw we got first dibs because we were runners. I wanted a picture with every Disney Princess, that includes Belle!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Belle from Beauty and the Beast at Epcot
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Walk Break in Epcot
A little walk break – But not for long because Shelly kept us on pace!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Epcot China
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Thumbs up, but all our watches died
Thumbs up because we all felt great – even though our watches all died.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Snow White
Snow White
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 us with Snow White Princess Epcot
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Waiting in Epcot for us finally glad to ALMOST be done with the race
The guys told us they were in Epcot waiting for us. It made the last little bit of the run a whole lot quicker
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Beautiful spaceship earth
Beautiful Spaceship Earth
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Celise and I in front of Spaceship Earth Epcot
At this point we lost Shelly – I think she was just done, and ready to be reunited with her other half
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 spaceship earth in Epcot
This part never gets old!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Disney's Choir
Disney’s Choir
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Disney's Choir with a photo bomb
And a photo bomb! ūüôā
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 I'm a finisher of the Mickey Marathon and the Dopey Challenge
I’m a finisher!
We finished the 26.2 miles in 6:46:59 – my watch died around mile 24, but it was already putting me way ahead of what my actual pace was. So I’ll just stick with the 26.2 at 6:46:59. My longest run to date.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Marathon Finisher
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Marathon Finishers
We finally met up with Dan after we got our Marathon Medals, then he walked with us to get the last few pictures. Unfortunately they wouldn’t let us take our own because the lines were too long. But at least they let us get a few group ones.
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Dopey Finishers
All 4 of us completed the challenge in 1 piece! We were so happy (and tired)!
Dopey Challenge Mickey Marathon 2016 Dopey Finisher with 6 medals and 4 races
From Right to Left in which the races were run.
I had the most amazing experience, and am SO glad I spent $550 to run the Dopey Challenge. Disney races are not cheap, but they are worth it. The organization was great, if they didn’t get something working one day, they had it fixed the next day. The weather turned out to be perfect on the 2 hardest days, which we all were so thankful for too! I ended up being a little sore the same day of the marathon and the day after. But after a week I’m feeling great and no pains, and no injuries.
Would I run this race again? In a heartbeat! Why? Humidity and being able to actually breath while I was running was great!
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Pros: TONS of water stations (too many for me to remember), Plus there were 2 Gu stations (sadly they didn’t have the best choices for me – who likes mocha?! :S) and they also had chocolates, They had aid stations with biofreeze (like icy hot) which helped my poor achy calves throughout the run, We got to run around Epcot and Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios, It was a great organized start and finish and seemed to flow better than the 5k and 10k, They handed out full water bottles and powerade at the finish and a little box full of food (had a protein bar, chips and nacho cheese, some fruit snacks, and a mini pack of Oreo’s), They handed out these nice wet cooling towels at the finish and sponges running in ESPN, We got a medal for completing the marathon and then got a medal for completing the goofy challenge and dopey challenge, It was perfect weather for the marathon, It took us a half hour for us to get to the starting line based on where we were in the corral.
Cons: Wall to wall people – not even joking! There were a lot more walkers than the 5k and 10k and that meant there was a lot of bottle necking, The photo pass photographers needed to be switched with the water/powerade bottles that were handed out so we didn’t have to set our stuff down to get a good finish picture as a group, it was packed and hard for our spectators to get to all the places we wanted them to get to. Since there were TONS of people that meant there weren’t enough port-a-potty’s and sometimes they didn’t have toilet paper in them either – I tried to use a working flushing toilet instead of a port-a-potty.
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Update:
I forgot to mention that Celise, Shelly and I ran into Lee Hoedl who does a lot of marathon videos. Well he got his video done of the Mickey Marathon, and you should go watch it! It’s pretty cool, he follows the course, and you get to see a lot of the characters that we didn’t see or stop at. We are in it at around minute 11, if you want to see us.


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6 Comments

  1. AmyLou

    January 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Long time lurker, and first time commenter. ūüôā Congratulations on an amazing weekend – you are amazing! I love your blog and your positive outlook on life – you are an inspiration!

  2. Tedi Palmer

    January 21, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Thanks for your comment Amy!

  3. IVF Centre in India

    January 21, 2016 at 11:21 am

    It seems like you had beautiful weekend….What a lovely pics!

  4. Daisy Gomez

    January 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Tedi you are a Rockstar for doing this while doing your fertility treatments!

  5. Tedi Palmer

    January 24, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    It turned out to be an amazing weekend!

  6. Tedi Palmer

    January 24, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I think if it had been day 8 or 9 of stims when I started running it would have made it a lot harder and I think I would have felt sick and not wanting to run. So I'm really glad everything worked out.

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