I am going to post my recap of the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend soon, however, for now, I am going to summarize my plans for the next 12 months. This is an exercise in motivation for me, as I have a lot planned, and I need to keep my motivation strong.
The next race up is the Dallas Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon and 5K. I will earn my Texas Legend medal if I am able to be an official finisher for this race. This race is held in 10 days or so, March 20, with the 5K being held the day before. My sweet husband will be doing the 5K with me.
Shortly afterwards in April, we will trek back to Orlando to the House of the Mouse for another Disney challenge. This is the inaugural Dark Side Challenge, which means the 10K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. 2018 will probably be the year of the Kessel Challenge which will require me to go to California for the Rebel Challenge and do the Dark Side Challenge in the same calendar year.
There is quite a gap in races after that, as I am going to defer the Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend in California this year. Instead, September will bring about the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, and the Dumbo Double Dare, which consists of the 10K and the half marathon. That is going to be a short trip, we are literally flying in on Friday, doing the expo, I will do the 10K on Saturday and the half on Sunday, and then we will fly home Sunday evening.
I have decided to do the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend as well. I was not initially planning to do this, however, there are rumors they will add a 10K and with a 10K likely will come a new challenge, and I am a huge sucker for a challenge. That means November will bring about another race. The Wine and Dine Half is unique in that it is a race run at night. I am hoping if they add a 10K it will be run at night as well, because I really would enjoy that.
This brings us to January 2017. I am going to participate in the great grand-daddy of the runDisney races, the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. I have big plans for that weekend, I am going to attempt doing a challenge, but I will be at peace with completing whatever races during that week I am able to do. It will all be incredibly dependent on my weight loss and my training, so it is impossible to say for sure.
In February, on my eldest son’s 25th birthday, I will be heading to New Orleans for a quick race weekend. I will only be participating in the half marathon, regardless of the point I have reached in my training for the marathon weekend in January, because later in February, I come full circle and will be back at:
I hope to redeem myself at this race in 2017, where I was unfortunately only able to complete the 10K this year. More about that in my next post though. After that, it starts to be too far out to plan precisely which races I will do. I would say it is safe to say I will be attempting to do the Dark Side Challenge, and if a Challenge comes from the Wine and Dine weekend, that one as well. I need to do those every year to try to maintain a legacy status, which is something I would enjoy. One year, I would like to make it a priority to hit every single Disney race weekend, just to be able to say I did it. Run all the races!