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-In Brief-<br><br>
Half= 1:27:59 66th overall (8th age group)<br>
Full= 3:08:02 67th overall (8th age group)<br><br>
Met my goals of 1:30/3:10 and to aim for the best aggregate performance.<br>
The half was a PR (granted, previous PR was 3 years old and soft).<br>
The full was just about 5 mins slower than my PR.<br>
In brief, I was VERY happy. Now for the details...<br><br>
-The Trip Down-<br><br>
Sunday the 6th, we took our two daughters down from PA using the auto train. So drove 3-4 hours to VA for the 16+ hour train trip and then the short drive from Sanford to Orlando Monday morning.<br>
Our 1 year old is a very mellow baby, but there was still a lot of pacing up and down the train to get her to sleep. The pacing was actually a good thing, because some nagging knee pain I have had on and off for months was starting to flare up and all the sitting in the car/train was not helping.<br><br>
-The Week In The Parks-<br><br>
We spent all week hitting the parks hard. My wife and 5-year-old are Disney fanatics and like to go all day in the parks, hitting as many rides as possible. All the walking actually seemed to help my knee, but my legs and feet were definitely feeling it, especially since I was alternating carrying 25lb and 40 lb weights (aka my daughters)! I ran an easy 3-4 miles each morning just to try to keep loose. We spent the week staying at Pop Century, but transferred to Animal Kingdom Lodge on Friday so there would be more distractions over the weekend that would not require more trips to the parks. It was great there and we all really enjoyed being so close to the animals. Friday we went to the Animal Kingdom park and ate lunch at the buffet there. I literally ate until I was dizzy and thought I would pass out. Three heaping plates of vegan goodness!<br><br><br>
-Pre-Race 1-<br><br>
Friday night my wife took our 5-year-old to Epcot for the late hours (they did not get back until close to midnight), thereby greatly increasing my chances of getting some sleep. That left me with the 1-year-old so had to get up with her a few times through the night, but was not too bad. Got the 3AM wake up and ate some granola bars with peanut butter, a banana, and drank some Gatorade and water. Took the bus out and hung out in the parking lot making several trips to the bathroom and trying to unsuccessfully distract myself with Sudoku. Walked out to the start and hung out some more, taking in a gel and doing some stretching and jogging.<br><br>
-The Half-<br><br>
Soon we were off! It was dark but still a bit hot/humid. I could never quite get comfortable. For one, I had to pee the entire race! I also could never quite decide how hard to go without going too hard. I stuck to about Marathon Pace for the first 8 miles and then started to push it the last 5. I mad a new goal during the race to beat the guy dressed up as Snow White in front of me, final catching him close to mile 10. My knee was bothering me, but not hampering me at all and I just wanted to get this over with. the final mile I got carried away with the crowds and trying to catch as many runners as possible -- running at a 6 minute pace -- oops! Here were my splits:<br><br>
-Pre-Race 2-<br><br>
Hung out the rest of the day at Animal Kingdom Lodge with my family, taking an ice bath, and trying to eat and drink as much as possible. We had an early dinner at Boma and again I ate a disturbing amount of food. When our server realized I was vegan, she asked the chef to make me something special. Of course, by the time he came out, I had already again shoveled down three heaping plates of food, but somehow managed to finish off the plate of tasty BBQ tofu he made me. My wife again took my eldest daughter out for a late night at Magic Kingdom and I had a similar night with the 1-year old. By this time I was having serious buyer's remorse about the whole Goofy thing and wondering how the hell I was going to run a full marathon.<br><br>
Did the 3am wake up again and went through pretty much the same routine. It was nice having gone through the dress rehearsal with the logistics so did not have to worry much about that. Met a nice guy named Pete on the way to the start and chatted with him for a while. He ended up finishing just a couple of minutes in front of me, so we chatted some more at the end. I saw PacerChris at the start (hard to miss with the 3:20 balloons) and said a quick hello. Then I got closer to the 3:10 group and hung just behind them for the start.<br><br>
-The Full-<br><br>
We were off again and it was very humid. My legs felt like complete shit. I was real worried. The 3:10 guy passed mile 1 around 6:52 and received much heckling, but I think the 1-3 mile marks were off. I tried to keep the balloons in sight and slipped back a couple hundred yards behind them. Around mile 6 I started catching up (despite a quick pee break). I soon faded back again though and spent much of the race a couple hundred yards back. Chatted a couple times to a guy going for a sub 3:15 for a new PR and a BQ -- I hope he made it! Luckily the humidity got better and it really was not too bad as the morning progressed.<br><br>
I just got used to running on dead legs with an aching knee and just kept plugging away. I remember being downright giddy in miles 16-18 as I realized I was actually going to pull this off. I soaked up the whole spectacle much more than in the half. High-fiving characters, waving, etc. I passed the guy who was in the Snow White outfit for the half around mile 12, only this time he was dressed as Mini Mouse! Around mile 20 I started to slowly creep up on the 3:10 pace group and finally passed them at 24. They had dwindled down to a much smaller group at this point, with just 4-5 people. I tried to catch as many people as I could in the last couple miles, but it was really thin at that point and there weren't may runners to catch. I passed one more right before the finish and kicked as hard as I could, with literally a goofy look on my face -- pretty sure my tongue was hanging out! My splits:<br>
-Post Race-<br><br>
After a quick trip back to the hotel for a shower, we headed off to Magic Kingdom one more time to stay until near closing time. I was ready to pass out by the end of the night and collapsed into bed. The train ride back on Monday/Tuesday was interesting to say the least -- but was quite glad to get home!<br><br>
Was definitely quite the experience and I was very happy with how things turned out. I am going to try to take two weeks off from running to reboot and hopefully get my knee happy again. Then will decide what my racing plans will be for the Spring and whether I am doing Boston this year or not...
 

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Good to meet you briefly before the race - and congrats on a heckuva aggregate time! I was surprised to see they don't have official Goofy results...for the amount of $$ it costs, you'd think they could do a little addition and hand out a few small awards!<br><br>
I spoke with the 3:10 pacer as well as the rest of the team and the consensus was that mile 1 was a wee bit short and mile 2 was long (3 may have been a bit long as well). I had the same exact thing - too fast through 1, way too slow for mile 2 despite no real conscious shift in pace to slow it down. And I haven't read a report or talked to a runner yet who saw the 9 mile marker right at the entrance to Magic Kingdom - if it was there, EVERYONE missed it!<br><br>
Congrats - sub 3 is the next challenge, perhaps?!
 

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Loopy- Awesome, er, I mean Goofy!<br><br>
I wonder how well you placed in the Goofy standings. Has to be up there. Bravo.
 

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good job! impressive times <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Thanks all!<br><br>
Yeah Chris, it is strange that they don't do Goofy aggregate results/awards -- I think they claim that they don't want to make it a "competition" ...<br><br>
Someone over at DisneyRunning did post unofficial ordered <a href="http://www.disneyrunning.com/08goofyresultsordered.pdf" target="_blank">Goofy Results</a> - according to that I was 13th in the Goofy, but the first two were wheelchair racers, so 11th if you don't count them...<br><br>
A sub-3 is is definitely on my radar -- although I would also like to try some longer (>50k) ultras too... Going to see how the knee feels in a couple weeks and then plot my next move...
 

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what an incredible job...11th overall in the challenge...now you need a vacation from your vacation -and 3:10 is a darn-good Boston time. For the steep entry fee, it would be fun if they handed out awards (even just list the times in aggregate)--thanks so much for publishing your list --I was 125th overall and 13th woman ...these women are tough-did you see that a woman came in 2nd overall in the goofy?. It was nice that they listed the results, but wish that they had sorted them by time on the site--anyway, I do agree with the 'non-competition' angle, as it is supposed to be fun -BUT on the other hand, for faster runners, you are sacrificing age-group awards to take on the goofy, so why not have awards for say, top 5 and a top age group? I think it's tough to have to mentally and physically deal with 2 races in a row (sandwiched in between rides<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">)<br>
and one needs a goal to shoot for.
 

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That's quite an achievement doing that on consecutive days. Well done.<br><br>
I must admit that this whole Goofy Challenge thing intrigues me. Maybe some day.
 

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Wow, I can't imagine doing a half and than next day doing a full. Not only did you run a great race, but you made memories that will forever be special for you and your family.<br><br>
Great Race!!
 

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Niiiice! I'm amazed you could do that after running around the parks all week!
 

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Thanks again all!<br><br>
CT Marathoner - Great job on your Goofy placement! Glad to share the Goofy list, but it is really the <a href="http://www.disneyrunning.com/" target="_blank">DisneyRunning.com</a> folks who you should thank. There is a lot of other info on that site and in their forums if you have not checked it out before. Yeah, the woman who was 2nd overall in the Goofy was one of the wheelchair racers -- still very impressive...<br><br>
MR PH - Yeah, the Goofy thing is definitely an experience to remember and I would recommend it -- actually I am fighting the urge to sign up for the 2009 Goofy! I think I'll resist that urge though -- mainly because it is hard to have to commit nearly a year before the actual races!<br><br>
Hi Apple - yes, definitely will be a trip to remember! It is looking like I will miss you at the LV Half this year -- really leaning toward doing Boston instead. But hopefully will see you at some of the PretzelCity races...<br><br>
As an appendix to my report -- I had a fun time looking through the results/photos. It looks like the guy shooting for a sub 3:15 fell about 5 minutes short, which is kind of a bummer. My photos were pretty funny, including a <a href="http://asiorders.com/view_user_photo.asp?EVENTID=25142&ID=45435349" target="_blank">snot rocket action shot</a> and a completely delirious <a href="http://asiorders.com/view_user_photo.asp?EVENTID=25142&ID=45471683" target="_blank">after-race-grin</a><br><br>
I am a week and a half into my self-enforced two weeks of non-running and going completely nuts! Hopefully will go back to running and sanity next week....
 

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Very impressive Loopy indeed. The 3:10 group passed me around mile 21 as we went up the entrance ramp. Couldn't hang with them. You must have passed me a mile or so earlier. I was fading you were getting stronger it seems. Again, those are 2 impressive times run back to back. Mini Mouse was a Japanese male who stopped almost immediately after we hit stride from the start and took pictures of the band. I ran smack into him. <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif">
 

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Congrats on an awesome set of races. WOW. Seriously. WOW. I am inspired.<br><br>
Recover well and get ready for some big PRs in 2008 - if you can pull those numbers off in the Goofy Challenge, I think good things lie ahead for you.<br><br>
BTW - Good to see some coolrunners still alive out there.....
 

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Thanks Runninlaw -- great to see you here! Hope you stick around some...<br><br>
I really miss the CR marathon trainers threads <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 
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