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Dopey Challenge 24 weeks; Low-intensity, Duration-based training for Intermediate Runners

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Dopey Challenge 24 weeks; Low-intensity, Duration-based training for Intermediate Runners


Heather Jergensen

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24 Weeks

Plan Description

This training plan is designed for Intermediate runners to complete the Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Pre-requisites: At the start of this plan, you should be able to run or run/walk for at least 60 minutes, and have averaged 15 miles per week for the last 3 months. It is also strongly recommended that you have completed a standalone 26.2 mile marathon at least once, AND have completed a half-marathon distance in the last 18 months.

Equipment needed:
Tracking Device: ie Garmin, Polar, Suunto, etc. that can track miles, time, and heart rate.
Foam Roller or other recovery device.
Resistance Bands for post-run strength.

Training for the Dopey Challenge is about time on your feet rather than speed. The long, slow miles are the key to this plan, which means you are best served by not thinking about pace, but rather about effort.

What is included:
24 weeks of training leading up to Race week
2 weeks post Dopey for recovery in a separate plan, which you will have access to later.
Printable PDFs for unlimited use.
Email Access to Coach Heather for questions.
Exclusive Videos for participants to include training tips, workout breakdowns, Runner's Strength Sessions, RunDisney event tips, and much more.

When applying this training plan to your TrainingPeaks Calendar, select "Apply" to "end on" the last race of the event, i.e., for the 2024 Dopey Challenge, your plan will end on 1/7/24.

Happy Running!

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x5
05:21:00 04:00:00
Strength x2
00:25:00 00:10:00
X-Train x1
00:02:00 00:30:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Custom x1
00:22:00 00:30:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
05:21:00 04:00:00
00:25:00 00:10:00
00:02:00 00:30:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:22:00 00:30:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Heart Rate Monitor

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