Dumbo Inspiration

I’m not going to lie – I’m nervous about the Dumbo Double Dare that I’m running in 8 days. What is the Dumbo, you might ask. It’s a double race during the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend – doing the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. So 19.3 miles over two days.

I have trained for four months, and I should be feeling confident. But my last long training run last weekend didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I was slow, and my overall run was done slower than the minimum Disney pace. To make my anxiety worse, I’ll be starting in the last corral, so if I don’t keep pace, there is no buffer of other corrals behind me. I have to be on my game on race day.

I need a little extra motivation for the race days – I want to run my miles for all of you! Here’s a chart of the miles, and who I’m running for. Add a comment if you want me to run one for you (and let me know your preferred mile, if you want) and I’ll add you.

10k   Half Marathon
Mile Inspiration Mile Inspiration
1 Dad 1 Mom
2 Jenny 2 Thea
3 Kira, Sofia, Anya 3 Lorna
4 Liam 4 Brooke
5 Sweetie 5 Destiny, Jayleen, Dale
6 (+0.2) Me 6 Karena
7 Melissa
8 Jessica
9 Jaime
10 Andrew
11 Sweetie
12 Kirsten
13 (+0.1) Me


  1. Brooke said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    i’ll take mile 4 of the half please!! 🙂

    I think your build-a-bear should get a mile too, and your mister should be waiting at that mile marker for a picture.

  2. Barb said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    Brooke – You’ve got it! Sadly, my mister won’t be there — just me and Kirsten. Though, Jo (the Build-a-Bear who came to WDW) will be at the finish 🙂

  3. Karena said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    I’ll take mile 6 of your half, Barb! Proud of you for sticking with the training and seeing this through!

  4. Jessica said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    Give me a mile, any mile 🙂 You’ve trained like a mad woman – you’ve sooooo go this!

  5. Melissa said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Gimme mile 7 – right in the middle, when things are maybe a little boring, and you’re kind of wanting to stop, maybe. Just remember you inspired me to fix the issues that have prevented me from running ever since I was a kid. *hugs*

  6. Sweetie said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    Like I’d only take one mile….my pride in what you are doing takes up way more miles than you will be running.

    Liam wants mile 4 of the 10K, and I want 5. On the half, give me 11. 🙂

    Is there an app or something that we can keep track of you on the races?

  7. Barb said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    @Sweetie – I have Facebook and Twitter updates set up through RunDisney – they will update every 5k or so, if it’s similar to Walt Disney World. You can also sign up to track me via text, if you want, but it will be the same info. The link for that is here: http://live.xacte.com/disneyland/alerts/

  8. Jaime said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    I’d like mile 9 of the half, please! You’ve so got this!!!

  9. Lorna said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Please give e mile 3 on the 1/2

  10. Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me said,

    August 23, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    i’ll take mile 2

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