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Official 2014 Dopey Challenge Thread!

Discussion in 'Events/Competition' started by HealthyDisneyGuide, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. PaGaLaGirl

    PaGaLaGirl Earning My Ears

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    I am sure most of you have done the goofy. Am I wrong in thinking I really wouldn't have to change up my training plan too much from that as long as I don't push the 5k and 10 k too hard?
     
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  3. WhereInFlorida

    WhereInFlorida More Disney = A better day

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    Exactly. Most plans would have you running in the days leading up to the races to keep your focus. Recovery pace is what I would try to maintain. The difficulty will be that you will be in the taper and feeling really good for running 5 or 10k and think that you could push it faster than the pace you should go.
     
  4. PaGaLaGirl

    PaGaLaGirl Earning My Ears

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    Please don't remind me about the weather in 2010. That was about the worst case scenario. Makes me wish I had the money for race retreat!
     
  5. PaGaLaGirl

    PaGaLaGirl Earning My Ears

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    I ran goofy solo in 2010 and will be dopey solo in 2014. I just chatted with folks along the way. It's too hard to bring the kids and relax between races.
     
  6. PaGaLaGirl

    PaGaLaGirl Earning My Ears

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    I second that motion
     
  7. rachlovestv

    rachlovestv Mouseketeer

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    I third it! I technically won't be there alone, as my parents are both coming to support me, but they are in their late 60s/70s, and no longer like to do a lot of the rides that I love, so I'm anticipating spending a good chunk of time solo. I'd love to meet up with people.
     
  8. goofeygirl

    goofeygirl DIS Veteran

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    What was the weather like?


    The last couple of races I was in...one in Hawaii and one in Massachusettes were both massive major soaking downpours. Dark sky and the one in Massachuettes was freezing cold to boot.
    I started out the races (half marathons) with soaking feet and a drenched head and then my mp3 player didn't work.
     
  9. Haas4Concern

    Haas4Concern Mouseketeer

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    Marathon weekend 2010 was super cold. I think it was like 28 degrees and raining/snowing that year. Disney on ice
     
  10. goofeygirl

    goofeygirl DIS Veteran

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    It sounds sucky but at the same time...once you get started....I wonder about that one because this year it was dreadfully hot. Esp doing the full where it was really hot against that black pavement.

    I know when the time comes I will pack a load of toss away clothes in case it does turn into Disney on Ice part two.
     
  11. Stroller Boy

    Stroller Boy 'I think it was the immortal words of Socrates who

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    Cold indeed...I recall standing there in the parking lot prior to the half and actually said to my wife "well, at least it's not snowing..." The snow/sleet mix started 2 minutes after that. Ha! Honestly, I'd rather have that for the races and this past January's afternoon weather. Was too cold to really enjoy the parks in 2010 but being from CT the weather was fine for running.

    I've run 6 marathons now and training for a Half Iron this June and I'm still not 100% sure how I want to train for Dopey...but my goal is going to be purely to have fun like I always do marathon Weekend. I think when it comes down to it, we are all of that mindset. Have to have a little bit of a competitive side, but it could just be with ourselves. No "Meb's" running this thing :-).
     
  12. HealthyDisneyGuide

    HealthyDisneyGuide always planning the next trip!

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    I raced the Kentucky Derby Mini (half) Marathon yesterday with just about my top effort for my current level of training. I'm in NO shape to go run a marathon today.

    Guess I've got 8 months to get faster, lighter, & stronger for Dopey and those back-to-back training runs will help me work out how much I'll need to back off for the 10K and half so I can survive the full?
     
  13. Terapin

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    My plan will be to take the 5 and 10 very, very conservatively. Like, maybe walking them. I hate walking. But I don't want to take a chance of injuring myself, and I want to keep my legs fresh for the half and the full.

    I predict that the 5k will be a breeze (like a walk in the parks, but shorter! :rotfl2:)

    The 10k will be another easy run/walk: flat and fast. But I will be worried around 3/4 knowing how many miles are ahead of me!

    Waking up for the HM will suck so terribly! 3rd morning in a row, with some serious miles in for the day. This is the most important race to dress well for! These shoes and outfit must be perfect so there is no chafing, blisters, etc. And as soon as the race is done I plan on hydrating, hydrating, hydrating like crazy and refuelling really well. Ice bath, short nap, easy day.

    Waking up for the full should be a bit better as it is now habit! It will feel good to have the last race almost underway, but nerve-wracking just the same. I plan on taking Tylenol when I wake up and throughout the race - LOL

    My plan is to train well, and really do some of the things that there is good science for in hydration, nutrition and recovery. I want to finish!
     
  14. crewmatt

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    I'm thinking I'm going to try to do the 5k, 10k, and the half all at around marathon pace. And then see how long I can hold on in the marathon. I'm going to try to train to have a tempo run and a long run on consecutive days
     
  15. roomthreeseventeen

    roomthreeseventeen Inaugural Dopey Challenge finisher

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    I actually think the trickiest part will be the sleep/nutrition balance. I know for a fact I can run the miles.
     
  16. DOOM1001

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    I know I live in South Florida so I'm used to hot temps but I ran the full marathon this year and at least for me it was just slightly warm,and that was during the later miles.I remember on the way to MK it actually felt like they turned on the A/C for a short while and even around AK it was pretty comfortable.I'm really hoping the 2014 marathon weekend has a lot of nice sunny days with highs of 65 and lows of 50.If there's a repeat of 2010 getting from the hotel to the starting line and waiting for the start would probably be harder than running the marathon,at least for me.
     
  17. DOOM1001

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    I know I live in South Florida so I'm used to hot temps but I ran the full marathon this year and at least for me it was just slightly warm,and that was during the later miles.I remember on the way to MK it actually felt like they turned on the A/C for a short while and even around AK it was pretty comfortable.I'm really hoping the 2014 marathon weekend has a lot of nice sunny days with highs of 65 and lows of 50.If there's a repeat of 2010 getting from the hotel to the starting line and waiting for the start would probably be harder than running the marathon,at least for me.
     
  18. HealthyDisneyGuide

    HealthyDisneyGuide always planning the next trip!

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    That's about how my plan looks. I know I can do it, it's just a question of how much I need to back off in the half to get through the full. I'll learn that in training this fall.
     
  19. dumbo_buddy

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    my plan is to be extremely conservative in my dopey effort. i plan to walk all or most of the three races leading up to the marathon. i may put forth a harder effort for the 10k but i will definitely be walking the half because i agree with a previous poster that the half will be the one you have to really be careful with everything. fuel, hydration, blister protection. i'm planning on conserving my energy and then doing a harder marathon with my run/walk intervals.

    for me, the wake up times will be the easiest part of the weekend. i'm already used to getting up every morning fairly early. so each evening should be a little easier to fall asleep early. the tough part will be trying to make sure my kids go to bed (and stay asleep) early.

    i think the spouses of the dopey runners need a medal for dealing with the kiddos by themselves for the entire long weekend. the running part for sure is hard but it takes a toll on the family time.
     
  20. roomthreeseventeen

    roomthreeseventeen Inaugural Dopey Challenge finisher

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    Yeah, a combination of that and knowing that you probably need to go directly back to your resort after the half and try not to log even another foot of walking the rest of the day :)
     
  21. SAHDad

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    DW and I did the parks after I did the half, and before we both did the full this year. I'm planning on doing essentially the same for the Dopey, since I ran about 5k for each of the two days prior to the half.
     

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