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Dumbo Dare Challenge excitement and sadness

In January it was announced that runDisney would add a new challenge to its' lineup - the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge.  This will entail a 10K run on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday.  Since I began running, I have always wanted to try the Goofy Challenge (held at Walt Disney World in January, half marathon saturday, full marathon sunday) but, to date, have not fit that into my schedule.  This new challenge seemed like the perfect distance for me and I signed up right away.  This race sold out within a few hours of registration being open, so I guess many others felt the same way.  

the 3 dumbo challenge medals 

the 3 dumbo challenge medals 

I think most people would be pretty excited to get these awesome pieces of bling in one weekend.  

I also realized that this weekend would have me crossing the finish line of my 10th Half Marathon since I started running and my 6th Half for 2013! There is no better place to celebrate that type of accomplishment than at Disney! 

 

Today marks the 2 week mark - 2 weeks from today I will be at Disneyland with my running buddy Diana ready for an amazing weekend of running, laughter and some aches, I am sure!  

Yesterday was the big day most runDisney runners had anticipated with some stomach flutters - the runDisney meetup announcement!  I had attempted to keep an eye on the blog during my day, but seeing patients and watching a blog does not always work.  I, unfortunately, did not get my RSVP in quick enough and was not one of the lucky ones chosen.  Diana did get in, so at least I will hear first hand how awesome it was. Instead of running, I will get up early that day and stand in line for the expo so I can get some special memory of the inaugural Dumbo Dare weekend.  

I am sad that I did not make it into the meetup, but I realize that having the ability to run this race (BIG thank you to my wonderful husband and daughters for allowing me to escape to DL without them so I can run) will bring me joy and happiness!  

Every time I hit the pavement to run another race I quietly say thank you for still being able to run despite my diagnosis of MS. 

Big congratulations to all my running friends who did make it into the meetup - enjoy it! And to everyone out there, runners or not, remember to cherish every step you take! 

There will be some sadness not having my "twin" on the course with me this year!  Jaide was a great partner for DL Half last year!

There will be some sadness not having my "twin" on the course with me this year!  Jaide was a great partner for DL Half last year!

Post 10K last weekend with Scott.  He is starting his training for the Wine & Dine Half in November! 

Post 10K last weekend with Scott.  He is starting his training for the Wine & Dine Half in November!