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Holy Crap

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, but it will. Hopefully it’ll be better than my 34th, where I actually thought I was 33. Yup, I literally forgot how old I was for almost an entire year. No bueno.

Looking back over the past year, I can’t help but think about the various goals I’ve started for myself. Make more money (eh, 3% more). Save more (big fat nope!). Be consistent with running (not quite….). Start lifting again (I went….four times). Earn side income (not even close). Spend less time watching TV and being mindless (oops). Pretty much struck out on all goals there.

Sometimes it comes in fits and starts. Sometimes I get really jazzed about something, but it always peters out. I remember in 2018 I was going to start a website where each month, I would spend a certain amount of time learning some skill (Rubik’s Cube, harmonica, Spanish, etc.) and document everything. I registered the domain name, got an Instagram account set up, starting writing down ideas, I even bought a Rubik’s cube and a horrible book (seriously – it was translated from another language and barely made any sense). And then I stopped working on it.

I was going to do an Ironman. I did one sprint triathlon in 2014, and never really trained again. I was going to do it when I was 35. Nope. My bike has flat tires and I don’t belong to a gym with a pool.

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me, but hopefully I figure out something that lights a spark. I’m reading Atomic Habits by James Clear. Maybe that’ll help?

What I Did Last Week

Weekly recap of what I’ve done to accomplish my goals

Goal 1: Diversify My Income

  • Researched accounting & legal structures
  • Started writing some blog posts

Goal 2: Get Back In Shape

  • Monday – 3 miles easy
  • Tuesday – 3 miles easy
  • Wednesday – 3 miles hard
  • Friday – 3 miles easy
  • Saturday – 4 miles easy
  • Total – 16 miles

Goal 3: Learn Spanish

  • Nothing

Latest Updates

Oh man, have I really not updated this since right after Dopy? Yikes, my bad!

Post-Dopey, I slowly started running again, not wanting to lose too much endurance from my training. I ran a 10k in March (Winter Park 10k) where I somehow set a new PR (by 20 seconds, but still) on a pretty hilly course. I finished in 50:22. I think had I had a better starting position, or the course wasn’t as hilly, I had a shot at sub-50. Maybe next time. I honestly didn’t expect to run that well.

This month, I’ve done two races. First up was the IOA Corporate 5k, which is held after work in downtown Orlando. There’s so many runners, it’s basically impossible to really PR. I thought I was lined up well given the size, but I was incredibly wrong. After a ton of weaving, I finally found some open space…after 2.8 miles. Oops. I still managed a 25:02, good for my second fastest 5k ever. At least at sub-13.1 distances, I think I’ve finally found some speed.

The second race is one I’ll do a formal race recap for, but it was the Star Wars Dark Side half marathon at Walt Disney World. runDisney races are known for their fun atmosphere, not so much for PR attempts. I wasn’t really in shape to PR anyway, and it was very humid (they gave multiple warnings to not even try). It was still a very fun day, regardless of the weather at the start.

Overall, things are going fairly well running wise. I’ve missed a few days here and there, but I’ve mostly kept up with running. I’m ahead of pace for my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2018, which is awesome.

Until next time…

Disney Challenge Recap: Character Photos!

Note: If you’re just joining us, please check out my 5k and 10k recap, my half marathon recap and my full marathon recap.


I knew I couldn’t complete my Dopey Challenge recap without talking about the character stops! It’s one of the best parts! You see, throughout the races, Disney has characters out that you can take photos with. Everyone from Mickey to Genie to members of The Adventurer’s Club. Most of the stops have Disney Photopass photographers there to take your picture with the characters, which can be tied to your bib # for easy retrieval. If you don’t have Photopass, or don’t want to pay for it, the cast members there can also take a photo with your cell phone. It’s pretty awesome. As APs, we have Photopass and had planned to take full advantage of it.

It seems this is all we have between the 5k and 10k, but I know there were more. During the 5k we skipped Chip and Dale, Vacation Genie (he was actually out for all four races, in different places), and some of the guys from Move It! Shake It! We did stop for Clara Bell the cow outside of The Land during the 5k, as well, but that picture seems to have disappeared.

Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas

Sebastian from The Little Mermaid

Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbosa from Pirates of the Caribbean

Ro had to stop at a port-a-pottie, and as we did, I looked over and saw Jack Sparrow. I ran across the street and got in line, and she came out right as we only had one or two people in front of us. Perfect timing!

Assorted Fairies

We waited in this line because Tinkerbell was there. As we were the next one’s up, Tink and another fairy left, so we missed them but got these two.

Launchpad McQuack and Scrooge McDuck

Yes! One of the longest lines we waited in, outside of Jack and Sally.

Jessie from Toy Story 2 and 3

Another stroke of bad timing, we waited in line for Woody and Jessie, but with just a few people in front of us Woody took his break. Oh well.

Rafiki and Timon from The Lion King

These guys went on break right before we got there, but we waited anyway. And kind of odd that it was Rafiki with Timon, and not Pumba.


Belle and Sleeping Beauty

In the athlete’s village area, several of the big name characters were out. Each of them would have insanely long lines during the day of their race (aka Pluto on Thursday, Donald on Saturday, Dopey on Sunday), so we opted to take them during other days.







All in all, the photos were great. We took a few with our cell phones as well, since a few of the stops didn’t have a Photopass photographer. If you’re debating getting Photopass for race weekend, do it! We love it.

And with that, my Dopey Challenge recap is complete. It was an incredible experience. The first question we get asked is, “Are you crazy?!” The second is usually “Would you do it again?” To that I say, maybe. Not every year, that’s for sure, as it’s very expensive and takes up a great deal of time. We have the privilege of living close by so we can visit the parks often. But for many people, race weekend is also vacation weekend. Trying to manage the races, family, having fun, etc. is just too much for me. Maybe we’ll do it again for the 10th anniversary, but for now there are other races and other goals to do first.

Until next time!