I have made it through two runDisney challenges now: the Dopey Challenge in 2015 (5K + 10K + half + full marathon) and Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge just this past November. Running Disney is my very favorite thing to do, and I adore every race.
Which is why I don’t know if I can ever do another challenge again.
It’s just too stressful, guys. I’ve talked before about my pathological fear of sleeping through the race, and how I’ve had near panic attacks while trying to fall asleep. I set 4 phone alarms. I program in a wakeup call. Once I accidentally called emergency services while attempting to program a second wakeup call (turns out the system won’t let you do that). I wake with a start 3, 5, 9 times in the night in a cold sweat, desperately checking the time.
Have I ever slept through a race? Well, no. But I almost did once. And ever since then I have been FREAKING. OUT.
Which is why these challenges, where you’re getting up at 2am, 3am, two to four nights in a row, might simply be too much for me. During the Two Course Challenge I was nervous the night before the 10K, and not surprisingly got very little sleep.
You would think that by consequence I would’ve fallen asleep much more easily the night before the half. But no, now I was MORE terrified – because what if I was so tired I slept unusually deeply and turned off all my alarms in my sleep??? Cue tossing, turning, a racing heart, and fitful slumber. AGAIN. JUST LIKE THE NIGHT BEFORE
I’d say collectively I got about 3.5 hours of sleep over the course of the 2 nights.
I freaking LOVE runDisney races, but I think I might have too anxious a temperament to enjoy challenges as I’m meant to. One race at a time will probably be enough for me for the foreseeable future.*
UNLESS, of course, runDisney re-institutes night races, in which case I am THERE. I am SO THERE!!!
* Until someone actively asks me to do a challenge with them, in which case I will probably cave immediately.
P.S. I had a Twitter conversation before the half with a woman who claimed to have never gone to sleep in the first place, which I suppose is an alternate means of handling the problem?
How do you feel about challenges? Do you ever sleep?
I am unlikely to ever be one of those really elaborately costumed runDisney people. Don’t get me wrong – more power to those guys! I am very impressed with your work! But the physical and monetary demands are too much for me to pursue such excellence at this time.
However, my Figment-y dip into modest costuming has made me hungry for personalized shout-outs from spectators. My Minnie ears are not enough because half the people on the course are Minnie Mouse. But if I can make it clear I’m channeling a character and put enough distance between me and the next Cheshire cat to know that encouraging cry was meant for me? That’s the business!
And so I give you my costumes for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge:
Nothing groundbreaking, of course, but I’m pleased with my spread all the same. Bonus: my trip companion Erika might run as Alice for the 10K!
I would never leave you hanging if you want to make any of these items your items:
- The sequined cat ears are from Forever 21. They don’t have these exact ears anymore but they do have an alternate selection.
- The Cheshire cat dress is from Hot Topic. Unfortunately it’s no longer available but resellers might have it.
- The shorts are from Target’s C9 by Champion line. These are similar.
- The mint green lace mouse ears are from Hot Topic. I pondered getting some more personalized Little Mermaid ears but elected to save the money. I think these are right for the Ariel color scheme, at the very least. Unfortunately they’re no longer available but resellers might have them.
- The Ariel workout tank is from Hot Topic; note that it runs VERY big – hence the fit-altering knot in the front. Although now that I’ve figured that out I think it’s a cute look. Unfortunately it’s no longer available but resellers might have it.
- The running pants are from Victoria’s Secret Sport and are my new favorite! They have a waistband key pocket AND side pockets.
I can’t wait to slip these babies on at 2:45am and pound some magical pavement!
Are you running Wine & Dine? Will you be wearing a costume?
Hey, remember a couple years ago when the Wine & Dine Half was made into a morning race? And runDisney introduced the Two Course Challenge and I was like, pssssh, AS IF. And then I punched Lumiere DIRECTLY IN THE FACE.
Well, I owe Lumiere an apology, because this just happened:
I know! I’m surprised too. But – and prepare for a real shocker – it wasn’t my idea.
See, the week after I got back from the Walt Disney World Marathon, I was in the dressing room at ballet chatting to a friend about my race. Another friend, Erika, piped up that she’d always wanted to run a race like that.
WELL, I said, always eager for the opportunity to spread the gospel of runDisney, if you want, you can come with me for Wine & Dine weekend! And she expressed interest, so I emailed her the details. She was more confident about the 10k, and I told her if she wanted I would be happy to run it with her – but she had to let me know in advance so that I knew to sign up for both races.
But you know how these things go – when it comes to trips and running, many talk the talk but very few walk the walk. Registration approached and I hadn’t heard anything, so I assumed Erika had decided not to go. All good! Totally understandable. But I was all set to sign up for the half only.
So imagine my surprise when Erika emailed me the day registration was originally supposed to be and asked me why it wasn’t working! I have her the details on the pushed registration date, and she told me she was not only in, she wanted to run both races. Without any provocation whatsoever!
And that’s how, against all odds, I found myself registering for the Two Course Challenge. I was nervous because Erika came in a little late to registration, but it turns out I didn’t need to be; as of this writing both the half and the challenge are still open. Weird. But who cares? We’re both in and it’s gonna be awesome!
Clearly my powers of persuasion are stronger than I thought. I wonder if they’re strong enough to convince Erika to go in on matching costumes for the 10k…?