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