Officially Gone Goofy for 2015

We did it!  If you haven’t heard, the 2015 Walt Disney Marathon Weekend went live today at Noon EST, and we registered for Goofy 2015.  As of late this afternoon, the 5K, 10K and Dopey Challenge has sold out.  Wowzers!

We decided on Goofy this time as we are planning on staying away from the WDW resorts for a couple of days to take in some shopping and Orlando.  I’ve never really explored Orlando, and I love to shop when I’m on vacation, so this will be a fun addition to our trip plans.  We will still stay on sight for the marathon weekend, so we can take advantage of the shuttle bus to the half and full marathons, and as well, play like kids at the theme parks.  🙂

I’m excited to be back to run Goofy as it will be the 10th anniversary.  Disney has already leaked the medal and it’s fabulous!  If you haven’t had a chance to see it, check out the Run Disney Twitter feed.  They have it posted in their pics.

It’s a busy time of year for me.  Spring always seems to throw a bunch of different things my way.  My full time job becomes pretty demanding from April to June, the weather gets better, so I want to run outside more, and of course, the house demands some projects that I’ve put off in the winter months.  For instance, the next big home project is painting our bedroom.  Oh yes, it’s a busy time.  And while I can’t do it all in one day, I’ll just have to stay on task in the next few months.

I hope you are enjoying the Spring weather.

Happy Running!

Are you planning on running an event at the 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend?  What are your plans for the Spring?  Do you like to paint? 😉

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Walt Disney World Marathon – The BIG Finish

As per our plan, we caught the 3am bus to the Race Retreat to enjoy our pre race bagel and get ourselves pumped for the marathon.  Mary Poppins and her gang was in the photo op area again so we posed for a few before the line up started.  We made the long walk out to K corral when the announcer called our letters over the speaker. Again, we spent the time in the corral listening to the race announcers, talking to our co-runners who waited amongst us, and watched several runners jump the barrier so they could take one last pee break in the field of darkness that was over to our right of the corral.

Pre race and start of marathon

Pre race and start of marathon

Finally, it was our turn to start the race. As we began our journey just outside of Epcot, we ran until we found mile marker number 2. We were sure to take a picture as this was the halfway point of our 4 day journey. Finally, we could say, “We made it halfway!”. We entered the Magic Kingdom just outside of 5 miles. Again, we felt the rush of energy and excitement as we entered Main Street, Tomorrowland and Cinderella’s Castle.

Mile 2 - Halfway point of the Dopey Challenge.  Magic Kingdom

Mile 2 – Halfway point of the Dopey Challenge. Magic Kingdom

By mile 6 we were outside of the Magic Kingdom and making our journey towards the Walt Disney World Speedway. This was a welcome change to the last time I ran this route as the course had been changed for the 2013 marathon anniversary. We actually got to run on the speedway. How cool is that? As well, there were several cars lining the speedway for runners to take pictures along the way.

Walkt Disney Marathon Speedway

Walkt Disney World Speedway

As we left the speedway, there were several miles of road until we came to mile 12 just outside Animal Kingdom.  As we entered Animal Kingdom, we found ourselves running past Expedition Everest.  We also saw a non-person runner.  Wonder how far he got? 😉 Not really sure where I saw the Grave Diggers.  I was tempted to lay down for a few minutes, but really, who’s kidding who?  If I sat down, I don’t think I would have gotten up! As we left Animal Kingdom we ran past the mile 13 marker.  Almost halfway there!

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

At some point I remember slathering on some Bio Freeze on my left hip and quad area. Nothing like getting a handful of the gooey gel and putting my hands down my tights to get it to the necessary area.  No one thinks anything of it, as we are all in the same situation.

We ran several more miles before reaching our next stop at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This was another cool revision to the race course.

ESPN Wide World of Sports

ESPN Wide World of Sports

We got to run around the track, and see ourselves on the big screen at the baseball diamond. The place is gigantic and if it weren’t for the runners ahead of me, I would have surely got lost.

As we left the complex, we were well on our way to mile 20 and a few more miles before entering Hollywood studios.  By this time, my quads and hamstrings really hated me, and it was easier for me to run than to do intervals.  I just kept the pace and moved myself forward.  One step at a time.

Somewhere along the route, we ran into this guy and his running companion.  YES, THAT IS A TUBA!  I cannot comment on this without dampening my ego. *Wuah, Wuahhh*

Ran 26.2 miles with a tuba

Ran 26.2 miles with a tuba

The road to Hollywood studios

The road to Hollywood studios

It was a welcome sight to see Hollywood studios as I knew we were nearing the finish. The medical stops had run out of Bio Freeze and my quads had decided to fight me every step of the way. With my fists up, I battled back, and said “Move it”. They listened and followed direction, but they did so stubbornly.

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

As we left Hollywood Studios just outside of mile 23 we entered a little more road and then the Disney Yacht Club area. There were tons of people cheering us on towards the finish, and I was able to find one more medical station with Bio Freeze. Just before entering Epcot, we saw Dopey cheering us on. He didn’t say anything, but I got the feeling he was laughing on the inside.

Disney Yacht Club area.  Dopey!  Mile 25 before entering Epcot

Disney Yacht Club area. Dopey! Mile 25 before entering Epcot

At last we saw the iconic Spaceship Earth and we knew we had arrived. What a welcome sight. The crowds were cheering and I over heard a father tell his daughter who wanted to stop, “It’s just 200 yards!”. A few of us chimed in and said to her “You got this”. She proceeded on.

As much as my quads hurt, I had that extra step in my gait near the finish line. The music was blaring, the crowds were cheering; I couldn’t help but do a little running dance as I ran into the last stretch.  I think I even gave Mickey a High-Five!   We crossed the finish line upright and smiling. We made our way to the medal area and first received our Mickey Marathon medal. Next up was Goofy, and then finally, the coveted Dopey inaugural bling! Two Dopeys on the run….WE DID IT!

Spaceship Earth - We have arrived!

Spaceship Earth – We have arrived!

The PAYOFF!  Mickey, Goofy and Dopey medals.

The PAYOFF! Mickey, Goofy and Dopey medals.

After the race, we went to the medical area for some ice. I think this added a nice touch to my Dopey outfit.

Feels so good!

Feels so good!

After leaving the medical area, we made our way back to the Race Retreat to have lunch and changed into some warmer clothes. We met up with Tabetha and her group and shared our marathon stories. It was a nice relaxing way to finish off our marathon.

But wait! It wasn’t over just yet….it was only mid afternoon!

We jumped (more like shuffled) our way to the shuttle bus and cleaned up at the resort. We then made our way to Hollywood Studios for some celebratory fun. We found Mickey and of course had to show him our marathon bling.

Two thumbs up from Mickey!

Two thumbs up from Mickey!

Later in the day, we dined at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios. Nothing like a good home cooked comfort meal after running a marathon. The celebratory drink was pretty snazzy too as our ice cubes lit up!  We were famished!

50's Prime Time Cafe

50’s Prime Time Cafe

Finishing the Dopey Challenge and the marathon was an amazing experience. I’m not sure if I would have done anything differently.  We paced ourselves accordingly to deal with the traffic, the heat and to allow ourselves enough stamina as each day got progressively longer in mileage. Of course, we could have done a little less theme park and a little more sleeping, however, I’m pretty amped at a WDW running vacation. The adrenaline just keeps me going. By the time we finished our meals at the Prime Time Cafe, I think we were pretty wiped out. Relaxation mode started to kick in – No more races to run.  We knew we had to go back to the resort and start packing up our things for the flight back to Toronto the following day. We were able to spend a few more hours at the Magic Kingdom on Monday before saying so long to Walt Disney World for 2014.

But wait…is that all?  Is that where it all ends?

NO WAY!

A few days later, we were going to say “Hello to Disneyland”, to participate in another 3 races at the Tinker Bell weekend in California. We had two days to rest and recover before we had to take to the pavement yet again.

Stay tuned!

Happy Running!

Getting Crafty for Walt Disney World Marathon – Part Deux

As mentioned in a previous blog, I had two more costumes to complete for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.  I’m almost there, so I can share with you the results.

During the 5k I will be going for a more unconventional runner look.  If there is any race I can put up with non-tech wear, it’s the 5k race due to it’s duration.   This year, both myself and my spouse will be running as pirates.  We’ve decided to wear these outfits at the Never Land 5k during the Tinker Bell weekend at Disneyland as well, as it’s a perfect fit for the race.  We have two different head pieces so perhaps we will trade them for each race.  Here’s the two different looks below.

As for the Half marathon, I decided to go with a Goofy inspired theme.

The costume consists of the following:
Orange running shirt (owned)
Black vest (made)
Goofy inspired head band (made)
Dark blue Sparkle skirt – not shown

Goofy

Goofy

The reason I don’t have a picture of the full outfit is because I have a dark blue Sparkle skirt currently on order that I’m hoping will arrive this week. According to the tracking, it is currently in Canadian customs being processed. The vest was made out of that cheaper mesh tech material. It’s not the best material but it’s light and wearable for one race. The head band was tech material again but a softer material. I sewed a black elastic around the band to simulate the real goofy hat.

And there you have it – Race costumes complete!

I can’t wait to see everyone on the race course!

Who’s training for Dopey?

It’s been an amazing August in terms of weather for running.  This past week I’ve had several runs, logged in around 40K and feeling pretty good about it as I’ll be starting my Dopey training very soon.  If there are any other Dopey challengers out there, do let me know.  Would love to hear about your training over the months.

I plan on sticking to my marathon training program I used for Goofy 2010.  I modified it to incorporate two LSD’s back to back on the Saturday and Sunday so that I would get used to the fatigue.  Whatever distance I ran on the Saturday, I would run double the distance on the Sunday as it was a half marathon on the Saturday and full marathon on Sunday for the Goofy.  This time around, my plan is to also incorporate an emphasis on training from Thursday-Sunday, as the Dopey is a 4 day event.  As well, training runs and/or cross training Monday and Tuesday.  My goal is to finish upright and standing.  I want to enjoy the course(s) take lots of pictures, and enjoy my vacation so that I can participate in other activities in between races.  I’m really looking forward to January 2014!!

As the weeks progress, I hope to talk about my training, and share how it’s going along.

In the meantime, I came across these little dandies in the Loblaws grocery store recently :

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These have been a refreshing treat I’ve enjoyed after my run.  If you are in Canada, go check them out!  They are made by an independent company called Chapman’s – A few years ago they had a terrible fire, but they rebuilt back their business and seem to be growing strong!