Goofy Challenge 2018 – My Training Plans

Happy Tuesday everyone! Yes, I can’t believe I’ve been posting so much lately. I’m in a really positive place with running right now and I just can’t stop myself. Now that the Charles Street 12 Miler is over, it’s time to officially start training for the Goofy Challenge.

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I can’t wait to run through you – TWICE!

For those of you that don’t know, the Goofy Challenge is a two-part race challenge that happens during Walt Disney World Marathon weekend in January. On Saturday you run a half marathon, and on Sunday you run a marathon! That’s 39.3 miles through Disney World in just two days! This will be my third marathon and 18th half marathon.

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I signed up for this challenge for a couple of reasons. 1- I’m crazy for running. 2 – I was so sad when the WDW Half was cancelled this past January. I knew I wanted to run the marathon this year, but wanted to finish what I went to Disney for in January. SO, my motivation for the Goofy Challenge was born! I wish I could do the Dopey Challenge, but for a 25 year old who spent the summer transitioning between jobs, that’s not a financially sound decision 😛

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Anyways, today’s Tuesday On The Run topic is Fall Training Schedules, which is perfect! I spent so much time and effort researching and deciding how to train for this race.

  • NO fall marathon. This decision broke my heart. I LOVE the marathon but I’ve only done two so far. It simply takes my body too long to recover from one to feel comfortable running Goofy after a fall 26.2.
  • Hal Higdon’s Dopey Training Plan is what I’ll be following, mileage wise. This plan mirrors his Novice-2 marathon plan, with double long runs every other weekend, and 3 weekday runs. The mileage starts out low the last month, so I may add some miles here and there. I’ll also modify some weekends towards the end, when there are “Dopey simulations”. Seeing as I’m not doing Dopey (but having serious FOMO about it), I don’t need the 4 day simulations.
  • Different training days. Due to my new job, I now have Friday-Saturday weekends and work 9-5 on Sundays, which doesn’t work with 3:00+ Sunday long runs. My weekday runs will now be Monday-Wednesday (NP Day!), with rest days on Thursday and Sunday. (Every other)Friday and Saturday will be my two long run days.
  • Galloway intervals will continue. I have been training using run/walk intervals with great results for over a year. I’ll be upping my everyday intervals to 90 seconds run and 30 seconds walk for easy runs, 2 minutes run and 30 seconds walk for “pace” runs, and will do a mix of both for long runs.
  • Fewer races! My plans to run a half marathon in December fell through, so right now my only major race planned for the fall is the Baltimore Half Marathon (and 5K). I’m going all out with this trip to Disney. I’d rather save my money to spend there than run random races. If the opportunity comes to run another race or to, I’ll consider it/them, but I’m okay with the minimal races for once.

This week is my first week of training and the drop in mileage scares me a little. Three 3 mile runs, a 5 mile “Pace” run, and 13 miles on the weekend. It has been so long since I have routinely run “just” 3 miles. I keep telling myself that the reduce in mileage will be a break my body needs after a high-mileage month in August. My body will be thankful for that break when I’m running 20-30 miles in a weekend.

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I’ve also spent time thinking of goals for the Goofy Challenge. Realistically and honestly, I’m going to run the half marathon SO EASY. Like I’ll be proud of myself for running a 3 hour half, and plan to take most of my character photos during that race. I want to show up for marathon morning with legs feeling like they just on a really long shakeout the day before. Also realistically, I’ll probably stop for some different character photos. I’ll be training for a goal time around 4:45-4:50, giving myself time for character stops in hopes of beating 5:00. I don’t think it will happen, especially the day after 13 miles, but training this way will set me up for more success for marathon #4.

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LOVE character photos!

Vacation wise, the trip to Disney World for the Goofy Challenge is really planned out. Everything on my end is booked (my mom needs to book her flights!) and I have every day planned out. I’m stoked to stay at the Art of Animation Resort – I booked back in February to get the lowest rate possible. This hotel is closer to everything than the All Star resorts, and will hopefully cut down on the bus troubles that my group experienced in January. I’ll do 3 park days, with NO park between the half and the full, because I think that’s just dumb. I swear I’ve read almost every restaurant menu to find out where I can track down my carbs for the weekend.

This may be more than you all wanted to know, but seriously, I’m just so excited to run 39.3 miles on January 6th and 7th! BTW if you want to do the WDW Marathon or the Goofy Challenge, there are still spots open to register!

Thank you Erika at MCM Mama Runs, Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty at No-Guilt Life  for hosting Tuesday’s on the Run! I’m happy to be linking up once again and can’t wait to participate again.

How is your training changing this fall? What are your upcoming goal races?

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14 thoughts on “Goofy Challenge 2018 – My Training Plans

  1. I’ll be there! I’m running the marathon! I wish I had your excitement about training though. Right now I have been lacking motivation and interest in training. I’m running a half in two weeks to try for a better proof of time, so hopefully after that race I am able to start setting goals and getting focused on training.

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  2. Wow, that is truly a commitment! A full and a half back to back-you may be my new hero! I am training for my 4th half but this one is at altitude and has a serious climb (did I mention it is in Tucson, AZ?) For now, that is enough of a challenge for me! Best of luck on your training 🙂

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  3. Good luck killing the Goofy Challenge! Reading your plans makes me wish I can run Disney again. I ran the full 2017 and I will never forget almost crapping myself hearing the half got canceled! D:

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    • Thank you! I’m excited to have a “first chance” again. As much as it sucked to have it cancelled, it all worked out in the rain. I got to “sleep in” and walked 14 miles at the parks instead! Hope you had a good full!

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  4. We considered the Goofy challenge but logistics are tough so it hasn’t made it to the list yet…maybe one year. Best of luck with the training and look forward to following your journey!

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  5. Great stuff, Sam. Loving the jiggling up with the runs to fit with the new work schedule – that’s dedication! Very sensible plans for when you’re there, too; I was there in 2016 and toiled more in the marathon than I wanted to after traipsing round the parks all day. I think you’ve got this sussed!

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