First, I want to thank my Family for allowing me to train, and run this run. Without their love and support there is no way I could have completed and enjoyed this challenge. I also want to thank all the folks that followed these posts on Goofy. Thank you for letting me share the story of training these posts really help keep me accountable to the distances I had to run.
So how was the Goofy Challenge? In a word:
Overall the whole event run by Disney was superb. From the registration process, to the exhibition speakers and to the run itself this was the most organized running event I have ever attended. To begin with the speakers were fantastic, just to name drop for a second, I heard all of these folks speak:
All of them shared their experiences, insights on running and nutrition. The amount of interaction that we were able to have with the speakers after their talks was even more fascinating. I was very happy to get out and hear them speak. The speakers provided a truly great way to begin the weekend and get me ready for the runs.
Before I get to the runs here were 3 great tips, I can remember from the Penguin and Coach Jenny about running Goofy:
With that mindset I headed into the weekend, with my two Disposable cameras. After the early morning wake up I went to the starting area, at 4 am an 80’s cover band was a great way to get the day rolling. Also seeing all the people and the energy was amazing. The run itself was a lot of fun, and seeing all the people cheering and having fun was something I will not soon forget. The first 5 miles of the 1/2 was filled with the, are we there yet, anticipation and really flew by. Arriving at the Magic Kingdom, really blew me away and there is truly something magical about Disney. If you have ever been to Disney you know what I am talking about. When you first walk into the parks, you get overwhelmed by a child like enthusiasm, well guess what that happened on both days I ran, and I really did not expect it. I remember thinking to myself, I did not even feel like I was running. A cool moment came at the end of the run, I was in full sprint mode, and nearing the finish line when I spotted Lilo and Stitch. Brakes applied, picture taken. What a way to begin the Goofy Challenge.
The second morning, as I headed to the marathon, brought with it the same enthusiasm although it was a bit tempered. It was tempered by the sense of Deja Vu, didn’t I just do this? However, the build up was the same and the run had the same level of enjoyment. Going through more parks really helped the grind of running a marathon and really did not seem like I was running 26.2. I think in part was my strategy for the run. Sunday to me was not about time but about feeling great, and after chatting with Jeff Galloway he gave me an a good ratio to follow. I employed a walk run strategy of 3 minutes on and 1 minute off from the very beginning (Although during portions of the run I bumped it to 5 and 1). Too me the Galloway method was very hard to get head around, until I did it, it seemed like a lot of walking and that it would just lengthen the agony and be slower than just running. How wrong I was, not only was I running faster (until I started taking pictures :-) ) I felt stronger than I have ever felt running a marathon. More importantly my recovery time was cut by half from previous runs, I am a believer now!
Overall the Goofy challenge was by FAR, the most fun running I have ever had! If you are looking to do just one marathon or one 1/2 marathon in your life this would be at the very top of my list. I normally do not consider doing runs again, but Disney is a run I could see myself do over and over again. Simply too fun not to!
As a matter of Fact I have already register for the DisneyLand 1/2 marathon in September, anyone want to join me?
So for a little fun here is Goofy by the numbers:
Places I could have gone that are 612 miles or less from my front door, as the crow flies:
Again thank you for following these postings and if you have any questions about running, disney or even Goofy drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org