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<span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Disney World Goofy Challenge – January 12-13,</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;">I entered the Disney World ‘Goofy’s Challenge’ a full year ago after kickrunning friend RunDangerously ran and finished in fine shape--- the challenge of running a ½ marathon on Saturday and a full marathon on Sunday (to earn a special goofy medal), as a late holiday trip, was too much to resist ---and it was good ultra training, and the idea of combining it with a family Disney vaca sounded fun, as had never run a destination marathon in the winter. This was 15th anniversary of the marathon, and they were giving out a commemorative medal (which didn’t disappoint –it was the size of a plate) and my kids had never been to Disney World.</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Disney was ultra-organized – the resort (Carribean Beach and all Disney resorts) had transportation to and from the airport, to the expo, all the theme parks and to both sat and sun races –and our 5-day theme park tickets were very reasonable…BUT the consumerism –arghh---after every ride, the kids wanted to buy a pin, t-shirt</span><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">J</span></span> <span style="font-family:Calibri;">or unhealthy snack (I lived on grapefruit, which was .99 cents)…and at the expo, people were snapping so many items that the cost could feed a small third-world country! But it was Disney and you have to go with the flow –I figured this was a one-time adventure. What made the weekend fun (aside from the warm temps) was that the parks were filled with runners and their families…</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Note: it sounded ‘fun’ a year ago, but when December rolled around, I finally had to get the business of training, with 3 18-20 mile runs, some shorter races, and 12 mile treadmill runs…I had heard that the temps could be hot (2007 was 85 degrees, so trained on the treadmill in sweats)…our trip by the day:</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><b>Thursday /Friday</b>––Do I really have to run both days?? Why did I take that hour yoga class??? and I’m going to hate getting up at 3 each night. Flew to Orlando and saw my TRR friend Ed Dillon in the airport –he was running the ½ with his wife…got to hotel, and the family went off to Magic Kingdom while I went to expo –a lot of walking and longish lines –3 tech shirts (Goofy, 1/2and marathon shirts) – they put an orange hospital bracelet on our wrists for the challenge -- walked around too much…got back to resort and organized the bibs and chips, and met family for dinner at the Polynesian (yes, I had a big bite of Ike’s Mickey mouse sundae). We saw fireworks at magic kingdom and navigated the crowds…..Spent Friday at Typhoon lagoon --again, lots of walking and climbing and the big surf wave and raft slide. Met a bunch of goofy runners –some came all the way from the UK and Calgary!</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><b>Sat (1/2 marathon)-</b>--Woke up at 3:30 and was out to resort bus by 4…it was warm and humid and dark. As I walked to the start, amazingly, I ran into my friends Yuki and Hiro who were in the challenge –we walked around for a bit and agreed to meet at the start. 16,000 runners!! Many first-time racers…What a contrast to the low-key no-fee run I had done last weekend, which started in a parking lot!!! I checked my bag (camera, etc) and walked to the start –we had to walk about a mile, which I didn’t mind –but felt tired and achy from walking around for 2 days and from that darn yoga class</span><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">L</span></span> <span style="font-family:Calibri;">--at 6 a.m. we were off, amid fireworks in the dark sky –fabulous! I ran the first couple miles very slowly, as my strategy was to run both days at my training pace (50K pace), as the whole idea is just to finish and have fun (ha).</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">At mile 6, we entered the magic kingdom –running thru Main street and under Cinderella’s castle was truly magical…but as we went back out on the highway the sun started to come out and it was hot.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I ran with a guy from DC who was running his 5th Disney Marathon and first goofy –he told me some weather horror stories…as we hit mile 10 in 1:25, I started to feel better and cranked out a few 8 minute miles…we entered Epcot for the last mile and all of a sudden – the finish (1:51), with gospel choir singing --I met a nice girl in the challenge a the finish and she said she was going to try for 3:30 on Sunday –yikes! I was wondering if I’d finish in 4 hours….we were awarded a Donald duck medal and I proceeded to the tent to have my goofy bracelet cut and changed…one race down!! I was back at the hotel by 8:20, in time for a full day at Hollywood studios --I threw caution to the wind and decided to walk everywhere --I actually think this got the lactid acid out of my system. A 1:51 ½ marathon was a ‘training run’, but the concrete and the heat and the early morning did beat me up….I drank fluids all day (bought the thermos that has free refills everywhere –the best bargain in Disney) and stretched.</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><b>Sunday (marathon)</b>–up again at 3:30 and out into rainy, humid night. Thankfully, my body felt well-rested, better than sat….The bus this a.m. from the resort was filled, as 20,000-plus runners would participate in the marathon -- at the start, sat and listened to the live band for awhile, and then checked my bags and made my way to the start –this time we walked the opposite direction and since I was in the ‘A’ corral, had to walk about a mile –the costumes were entertaining, and I had my photo taken with 2 guys dressed as Flamingos. ‘ Mr. Speedo’ (a guy who races only in a tiny suit with tiny race number) was by me, as was Yuki in a Minnie mouse costume! Her Japanese friends were also dressed up, but my hat was off to them for dressing up as I knew it would be hot. Hiro was more sensible in shorts and singlet.</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;">I sat (like saturday) for 40 minutes, and chatted, and at 6 we were off. We ran around Epcot and and then into the park and around the lake ---the lights around the lake were amazing and took the discomfort away for a mile! Who knew that running in the dark could be so much fun?? I was in a much better mood as I physically felt better –had decided to change into heavier Nike training shoes and my quads didn’t hurt at all. We then went out on a highway and up toward the magic kingdom, entering just as the sun came up – spectacular. The route through the magic kingdom was the same as yesterday, only in the light of day, with more cheering crowds and more music –oh, and since my name was printed on my bib, so many people said ‘go emmy’ –a nice touch! We hit mile 13 and my split was the same as yesterday - saw Bob Goldblatt at mile 15 cheering from the sidelines, as his son was running (he had run the ½). This helped as I was starting to hurt…the 4th weekend of 35-plus miles had caught up…but I was maintaining an 8:20 pace and was drove me along was my goal of a sub-4 hour …as we entered the animal kingdom, I caught up with Yuki and Hiro --‘I’m tired,’ said Yuki (duh – she had run 16 miles in a full dress and they had run the 1/2 in 1:40!) –as they stopped to get their photo taken with a character, I went ahead --the last part of the course, after mile 21, was my favorite –we ran out and back (I passed a lot of veteran runners who were walking –just totally dripping in sweat) and then through Hollywood studios (the Brooklyn subway station made me think of Frank) where costumed characters cheered us on – Miles 23 and 24 were Hollywood studios and the lake resorts, and the Epcot - at mile 24 the clock said 3:22 so I knew I could break 3:40 if I pushed it, but it was not to be. Just winding around the streets of Epcot took a lot of energy, and I wanted to savor the last miles –after all, I had run 37 miles that weekend and it was about to be over…as the gospel choir belted out their music, I crossed the line (big crowd cheering) in 3:40 –I absolutely loved the course but it was work and with relief I got my mickey medal and proceeded to the goofy tent where we were given our goofy medal (and they let us keep our bracelets). My family met me at the finish and the kids devoured the vitamin water, bananas, muffins, power bars, yogurt and chocolate….they had not had breakfast! They then went into Epcot while I wet back to the hotel and actually saw a lot of 5 hour marathoners finishing and were able to cheer them on. The whole goofy experience was fun and different and inspiring –the races score an A for hardware, hoopla, and hype…but was it worth the hassle of having to get up for both races and worry about finishing and resting for both? It would have been easier on the psyche to get up, ad finish one longer race, or simply race one of the distances. In any case, back to the reality of winter running</span><span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><span style="font-family:Wingdings;">L</span></span></span>
 

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very nice RR!<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br>
goodness, a 3:40 after a 1:51 HM the day before?<br>
that's a surreal vision to me!<br>
Congrats! I'm sure you will be fantastic at Umstead! You're doing the 100?
 

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To I eat hills --yes! I am doing the 100, along with RunDangerously, Merigayle, her friend Ethel, durt, DJ, runnerTim (who had been sidelined with a stress fracture) , deTurtle?? and a bunch of other former coolrunners, many of whom I met at the JFK 50 (another one you must do if you have a good experience at the 50)..this will be my first 100. I have a background of faster runing but have always wanted to do more -got into ultras about 2 years ago and paced RunDangerously in the VT 100 miler last July --also did a 24 hour run but it was stopped because of lightning after 17 hours).<br>
got a sense of what it is like to run thru the night! so I am nervous...but look forward to hearing about yur training and to meeting you at umstead -you will not have any problems. I have a bit of achilles tendonitis now so have to back off<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br>
does the 50 start at the same time as the 100??
 

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yup, they start at the same time... the difference is that I will stop at the 50 mark. sorry about the tendonitis... heal up! It's cool that you have such huge support for your first 100!! I've been doing a bunch of back to back, using the RW training (merigayle suggested as a good plan for first 50). Saturday I am running the Swinging Bridge 50K (my first). I had run a 24/12.5 LSD weekend the week before Disney. So, that should be plenty of distance OD for now...LOL It looks like you tasted the important parts of the 100 distance. If things go well, I am considering JFK... oh boy... did I just say that?
 

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Ieat hills --good luck on your first 50K --you should sail through with no problames after the 24/12.5 and the disney marathon -plse write up a report!
 
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