January 5, 2015

Goofy is getting no respect

If you are running the Goofy Challenge this week at Walt Disney World, you may feel a little disappointed that all the attention seems to go to the Dopey Challenge runners and not much notice to the Goofy runners.  Having done Goofy in 2013 and Dopey in 2014, this makes me just a little sad.


Goofy Challenge is a very difficult race and perhaps the only reason Dopey came about was due to the "unofficial Dopey" that people were doing on their own.  That included a 5k, half and full, not the four races that now comprise the official runDisney Dopey Challenge with the 5k, 10k, half and full marathons. Christine made this graphic when I was preparing for Goofy and it still makes me smile!



The Goofy Challenge is alot more runner friendly in terms of sleep which is preferable to me after a couple sleep deprived mornings for the 5k and 10k during Dopey.  Once you get to the main events, the half and the full marathon it is harder to be as rested unless you go to bed super early.  When you line up for the half marathon fresh and eager, it makes the race morning much more fun. Unfortunately, during Goofy Challenge, I lined up for my half marathon only to find out that my Ipod shuffle was not charged. #fail  Please check your electronics the night before each race!

During my time training for Goofy, I kept a log of my training and it was fun to look back on it last week.  Most of you doing Goofy will have spent countless hours, training, icing, rolling, stretching. You also will have purchased several pair of running shoes, numerous gels or other fueling needs and drank countless ounces, or maybe gallons of water, Gatorade, Nuun or some electrolyte beverage.  When you head to Walt Disney World this week for race weekend, be sure to include all those things in your bag.

If you want to read a recap from my Goofy Challenge adventure here are some posts to whet your appetite if you are going Goofy for the first time:

Goofy Training by the Numbers

WDW Mickey Marathon Recap

Christine's recap of the Donald Half Marathon 2013

WDW ChEAR Squad Recap

We are so excited for all our running friends who are traveling to Florida for all the runDisney events later this week.  Have a blast and enjoy every magical mile!

If you are looking at a New Balance shoe purchase, be sure to check out John's post here

40 comments:

  1. So, true. My daughter, Alyson, did the Goofy plus the 5k in 2013 (she did the 5k to run with me, my first). So, when they announced the Dopey, she was in. She PR'd her marathon, but said the same thing, the early rise 4 days in a row was probably the hardest thing. This year, she was trying to resist, but signed up for Goofy at Wine and Dine. I'll be there ChEARing her on. Last year, we noticed the same thing about Goofy not getting the fanfare it deserves , so I'll be there giving a special shout out to all the Goofy Runners! Joann

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    1. Joann I hope your daughter enjoys Goofy and obviously having already done Dopey she is experienced at the challenges. two less days of rising early is a huge plus IMO.

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  2. I'm a little bummed that I won't be running the Goofy as originally planned this year but I DO hope they make a 5k/10k/half marathon challenge...
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. That is a great idea. That would be a good challenge for newer runners.

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  3. It's funny because I keep finding myself tempted to say I'm doing "just" Goofy which is SO silly! There is nothing "just" about running a half & full marathon back to back! (Not is there anything "just" about running a half or full marathons!)

    I loved Dopey and I'm glad I did it, but the 5k & 10k were anticlimactic to me and I'm sure I'll appreciate not having to get up that early 4 mornings in a row this year!

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    1. Christine and I agree Danielle. The 5k and 10k just really were not that fun for us. However, we both absolutely loved the marathon!

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  4. Definitely Goofy is not getting respect. While the sound of 6 medals sure is enticing at this moment I just can't fathom 4 very early wake ups for less than 10 miles (5K + 10K) when the bulk of the challenge is the last two races. I might change my mind in the future but right now Goofy is where it's at. Bring on 2016.

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    1. I loved Goofy and plan to do it again sometime Frank. Maybe to celebrate my 70th birthday???

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  5. Honestly, if I went to Disney for a race, I wouldn't want to do 4 of them because that would suck up all my time and I don't think I'd enjoy it. I wouldn't want to spend my whole weekend foam rolling and recovering from each run. I know no one "races" them all out but there's still recovery involved.

    I think in general shorter distances or not participating in a "challenge" seems to get less respect and I don't understand it either. Maybe that's all the person has the time or money for, or maybe they just prefer shorter/less?

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    1. Amy you end up having to rest on alot of the days because of the marathon the 4th day of racing. I do think it is unfortunate that shorter distance races don't get as much respect.

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  6. I've noticed this, too! I'm running Goofy next weekend, but I did Dopey last year. Honestly, for me, Dopey was probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing. The 5K and 10K were fun, of course, but running the half and full marathons back-to-back is the real challenge...what Dopey adds to the mix is sheer exhaustion thanks to those four early wake-up calls! :)

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    1. Jennifer, have a great time running Goofy and enjoy those extra days when you don't have to wake up before dawn for the 5k and 10k!

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  7. Yeah, it definitely seems like the Dopey gets all the attention over Goofy or even the individual races. I heard that it kind of changed the nature of the shorter races too with more challenge participants in the 5k and 10k.

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    1. There are tons more challenge runners in the shorter distance races which gives them a whole different feel. While I enjoyed Dopey, it is most likely a one and done!

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  8. We are so excited to be going down to Marathon wkend again this yr for the Goofy Challenge. We chose that one instead of Dopey not bc we didn't thk we could handle it but bc of the expense and the time frame. -L

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    1. Lacey, It is a ton of money both in registration and the extra hotel nights, food etc that you take on to your vacation for Dopey. You and Meranda will have a blast doing Goofy!

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  9. I'm proudly doing "just" Goofy this weekend :) Thanks Pam for reminding us to be proud of our accomplishments this weekend!

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    1. Can't wait to follow you Kristen. Have a great race (s)!

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  10. So sad but this is so true. I remember last year at WDW Marathon weekend seeing people with Goofy bibs and people weren't as impressed with them anymore. I'm sorry but the Goofy Challenge is an amazing accomplishment!

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  11. Goofy is a huge accomplishment! Heck, so is running a marathon! I wish that it wouldn't turn into this war of which one is better. No matter what race people are running, everyone is accomplishing something and making new victories everywhere. Makes me sad, especially as Goofy celebrates its anniversary.

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    1. Me too Sarah. This is a huge year for Goofy, and hopefully the runners have a blast and their are some special things for the big dog!

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  12. I'm glad you posted this actually because with all the hype about Dopey, I forgot what the Goofy challenge even was! I did the Princess Half a couple of years ago but I am now one and done with Disney. After a couple of failed attempts to race another and a missed deferral deadline I can't muster the cash for these races. But I loved the one I did!

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    1. Wow, sorry you experienced a deferral deadline. The prices are steep and we have definitely cut back on our runDisney races.

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  13. Goofy is the race I really want to run, mostly because I love Goofy and his medal. I keep worrying they will do away with it before I get a chance because of Dopey. Here's hoping he can stick around longer.

    If you want you can add your post to the Mickey Monday linkup when you get a chance. You can just stop by my post to add your link http://www.rungeekrundisney.com/2015/01/new-balance-rundisney-2015-shoes-mickey.html

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    1. John I do hope you get a chance to run Goofy too. I really don't think they will do away with it, but who knows. Dopey was really taxing on the pocketbook and body.

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  14. I hope you have a fabulous time! This is definitely on my bucket list someday!!

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    1. We will be back next year Sue, but maybe just for the marathon or the half! And I can't believe I said "just".

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  15. Its funny how so many people now say they are "just" running this race, or "just" doing the Goofy Challenge. I think the introduction of Dopey has certainly undermined the true purpose of Marathon Weekend - to bring people of all abilities together to celebrate their joy for running at one of the best places in the world, regardless of what race or challenge they sign up for. Like you and Christine, Preston says that Dopey was a one time deal, and its funny how he walks around contemplating "just" doing Goofy in 2016. Using the word "just" seems to have become the norm across social media, which is sad because running any race of any distance is an accomplishment.

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    1. I agree Kathryn. I remember the first year I ran during marathon weekend and I ran the Chip and Dale marathon relay with a friend's daughter. Obviously this race is now gone (too many logistic issues) but I felt inferior as I walked around with my C & D medal and loads of runners had multiple medals around their neck. If I do a challenge again it will be "just Goofy" and that will be just enough!

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  16. I am with you all the way! Poor Goofy...he doesn't' get much love anymore!

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  17. Goofy is a HUGE deal and a great accomplishment. I do think that Dopey has taken that away a little, with people saying they're "just doing Goofy". Of course, Goofy takes a little away from doing the full. I'm thinking of doing the full next year, but I'm not thrilled with ever even thinking "just the marathon"...

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    1. You should never think of it as "just a marathon" April!

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  18. Agreed! Goofy is huge! And it's even worse for those of us doing "just" a full marathon;). But it's OK - I know how hard I've worked for this and I will feel just as proud walking around with my measly one medal as those nuts walking around with 5 around their necks:). Great post!

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    1. Thanks Jen and you should wear that marathon medal proudly!

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  19. I feel like Dopey has completely stolen Goofy's thunder. Goofy is no joke. I'm glad I did Goofy in 2013 before they announced Dopey. A part of me wants the accomplishment of Dopey but I'm really over the challenges. I think my efforts would be better spent improving my marathon time...if I'm ever stupid enough to train for another full, lol.

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    1. Jamie, If you are getting tempted to sign up for Dopey, please call me and I will talk you out of it. I know you value your sleep and it is a grueling weekend. I can provide more insight too. Just say no to the registration button!

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  20. I totally agree with your post! I remember when people used to say they were "just" doing the half or the full, now people say they are "just" doing the Goofy. I'm doing the old school Dopey - the 5K for fun with my husband, plus the Goofy Challenge. I didn't want to pay all of the money or get up early for four days in a row to run the Dopey. Plus I had a goal in mind of executing a better marathon than the last time I ran Goofy and I didn't think running all four events would be ideal if that was the case.

    I like the Goofy Challenge. There is something about figuring out how to run properly the first day and recover well so that you can run a marathon the next day. I think if I did the Dopey it might be more about just trying to make it through all four events.

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    1. I love the Goofy Challenge and will probably do that to celebrate turning 65. But no more Dopey for me, those early mornings and the $$ are a turn off at this point. But I will never say never either!

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