January 4, 2014

Dopey Goals

After completing my most recent Dopey simulation, it was time to plan race strategy for my biggest race weekend ever. Comparing my training and results from the January 2013 Goofy Challenge was the perfect place to start.  I am a bit of a numbers nerd and like to see what worked and what didn't before and after races. Further adding to my nerd quotient, I have kept a training log ever since I started running in late 2010!

Back to my Goofy results, I found that my paces improved some between my practices in NC and race days in Florida, but the improvement was minimal.  The total seconds dropped were around 15 per mile for the half and less than 5 per mile for the full marathon. I also checked and found that the weather conditions varied dramatically.  In NC last year, we had perfect weather for my two trial runs. The high was in the 50's and actually made the runs much easier than the race days which ended up in the low 80's.  Florida was downright hot last year for the marathon and half marathon.  Making any improvement was a victory and I happily finished the races and enjoyed major park time afterwards with my family.
Marathon Monday!
This year will be totally different. With two more races to finish, it seems a bit overwhelming to have specific number goals and race times planned.  Our 5k and 10k races will be spent taking character photos similar to our prior two 5k races at Disney - the Jingle Jungle 5k and the Royal Family 5k!  These will be at a relatively slow pace and really just warming up our legs to be ready for the half and full marathon races. The half marathon will again be a slower paced race, hopefully around 10:45 pace with a finish around 2:20-2:25. Finally, the marathon is the last race and obviously the hardest to gauge. Setting a time goal is crazy and something not in our plans.  By keeping this post totally honest, I will confess that I do hope to get a marathon PR.  As any runner knows, the conditions of race day and so many factors play a part in results.  I will not get caught up in any specifics and just hope for a fun race weekend.  However, we would like to finish in a reasonable (for us) amount of time so there is ample opportunity for a glorious park celebration with these beautiful medals.


We also have dining reservations for a celebratory meal in Epcot and would love to enjoy a few rides as well. Sleeping after the last race is not an option.  We may be Dopey, but we do not want to miss out on the fun!

Do you have goals when you are running challenge races?  If so, how do you decide what is reasonable?
(Pam)

15 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have both really thought about how you are going to tackle next weekend. Great strategy, I think I would do something similar if I were running Dopey. Cyanne and I are running our first marathon and we don't have a time goal. We have an estimated time but we want to enjoy the race, take our time and finish strong. See you soon! :)
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Hope we get to meet Karen. Have a great first marathon and enjoy every moment!

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  2. Good luck to you! I can't wait to hear all about your races!!

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    1. Thanks Jen, I am sure there will be lots of posts about the weekend!

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  3. I hope y'all just have a great time, enjoy those races and all the BLING!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah. I can't wait for all the bling....those medals are beautiful!

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  4. My plan is pretty much the same, lots of pictures but I'm really going to wait and see what the weather ends up being like, heat and humidity totally kill me so I may slow down a lot for the marathon like I did last year - still had a great time and it was nice to be totally unconcerned about time!

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    1. Danielle, I hope the current weather forecast is wrong...we are wishing for a cool Sunday for the marathon!

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  5. I'm no way near y'alls running distance or speed so I have no words of wisdom, but I will be cheering you both on and as challenging as all those miles sound, Disney is the place to do it! Have fun!!

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    1. Thanks Monica, Cheers are greatly appreciated!

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  6. You gals are going to need a new medal display just for all the bling you will be earning in one weekend! We will be taking a similar approach to GSC! 5K and 10K will be an easy run for fun. I plan to want to do my best for the half, but we will see. It may ended up being a slow fun race as well! Good luck ladies!

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    1. Thanks Meranda, The medals for GSC are also beautiful and will fill up alot of space on your display racks! See you in February!

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  7. Wishing you both the best time and the best of luck! I thought I would be bummed not to be doing the Inaugural Dopey, but I'm thankful I'm not running all of those miles, lol! I think Goofy was enough for me. I know you guys will rock it and I can't wait for all of your recaps. :)

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    1. Thanks very nice of you to say Jamie. We have literally worked our butts off training for all the races and will be happy when Sunday arrives and we complete the marathon. Hope to see you in February for Glass Slipper Challenge.

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  8. Sounds like a solid strategy, I bet you ladies are both going to do GREAT! I am so excited to read about your experience at Dopey next week!

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