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Biggoofyrunner thoughts for 2014 – bring it on!

I have posted my year end review already but now I want to talk about my thoughts for 2014.  I won’t call them resolutions because anything I need to resolve to do I shouldn’t be waiting until the new year to start on…so let’s call them thoughts or ideas for now and some will become goals over time.

I basically have a few themes of things I need to work on and really they are pretty similar to last year:

  • Sleep – just in general I know I don’t get enough sleep and I am tired a lot of the time.  This leads to me replacing sleep with carbs.  I look for the quick energy of the carbs to push me through when I am burnt and it usually ends up being not very good carbs either that play havoc with my weight.
  • Diet – building off the theme above I need to work more on my diet.  I have not been as consistent as I should on having a good solid protein breakfast – this is a priority as is ensuring my work lunches have a good balance with fruits and proteins.  I have to do this while limiting salt and anything that can cause water retention.
  • Get my weight down / body fat percentage down.  Ideally I would like to get myself just under 200 pounds – maybe 195-197 range.  And I would like to try to balance out the running by bringing more weight lifting into the mix and settling out near 10% body fat if possible.  This would have huge benefits for my health in general and my running specifically
  • Running – this is a tough one to decide what my goals will be and a lot will depend on how well I do at Goofy in January.  If I beat my PR on the full then I will be wanting to drive even lower and things go really well would there be a potential of a BQ?  Buggered if I know right now but if I get my weight down and train very hard then maybe there is an outside chance.  Goofy will tell me more but I am thinking that 3:30 should be possible for me but 3:15 would take blinding focus.  On the more realistic side the half marathon PR of 1:46:11 still needs to fall as well.
  • Blog – I want to extend more what I do with the blog and get better with how I use it and social media.  I am constantly learning new things and will continue to try different things to see what works for me.  I also want to build up (our sub site for Disney inspiration) – write up more stuff that isn’t specifically running related and slowly evolve into more writing about the kids and life in general.


I’m only going to get a bit deeper into the running thoughts here – the others will evolve naturally over the year as long as I work on them.  The running requires a bit more of a plan.  And for a plan I need to have some races booked or at least being looked at so I can build my training plan accordingly.  So far I only have one race book after the Goofy Challenge but I have several thoughts about other races.  I will try to go through those below and explain why I think they would help me get better.

Races for 2014:

  • Goofy Challenge in January at Disney World – already booked – this is my 4th one and should be my best yet.  This event is a big part of why I have gotten back into running.
  • WPS Half Marathon – 10th anniversary of the race and my 3rd – already signed up.  May 4th (Sunday).  It is good to have a spring run to keep me going through the winter after the Goofy is done.  I think my half PR needs to get reset on this race.  There’s some motivation.
  • Fargo Marathon? Not sure on this one but it is May 10th (Saturday) – would be an easy drive down and a good flat race and would help keep my levels higher putting me in a better position for the Manitoba in June.  Similar to what I indicated for the WPS half a spring race will keep me driving through the winter.  My motivation nosedived this past spring and I think having a marathon on the ticket earlier in the year would help prevent that from happening.
  • Manitoba Marathon – not signed up yet but expect to do it – June 15th – will be there to push hard up to the race and maybe set a new PR – If I don’t do it at Goofy in January it MUST happen on this race.  Would hope then to be going into summer is super shape and then build on that with pool resistance exercises and additional running through the summer.
  • Treherne marathon?  This one is up in the air – it is in September and with the heat through the summer I’m not sure I will be wanting to do full marathon training in that (that and I want to spend as much time in the pool with the kids as possible).  The race also has lots of back country loose gravel roads and not sure I want to do that – will depend on where my head is at after the Manitoba.  Most likely not but maybe if I need to prove something.
  • Half marathons in the fall – the 3 races I did this past fall did wonderful things for my motivation and fitness levels – would like to capitalize on that again going into Goofy training for 2015.  I will sort out the races later in the year and which ones I pick will depend on the next couple points below…
  • A fall marathon?  This might be nice – if I am really doing well it might be nice to set a new PR before going into Goofy in 2015 so that I could just enjoy that race without putting a lot of expectations on it.
  • Wine and Dine half marathon in November?  Would love to do this with the wife as a fun trip just for us – easier for us to train for and would be awesome to be in Epcot really late at night….will have to work on the wife on this one…we will have the annual passes after all…and it is within a month of our anniversary….
  • Goofy 2015 – will want to do this – 10th anniversary of the Goofy – my 5th Goofy in 2015…too many numbers easily divisible by 5.  This appeals to my OCD tendencies.  To make it worse, Goofy 2014 includes my 8th marathon, Manitoba will be my 9th and if I don’t do any more this year that would make my 10th as part of the Goofy Challenge.  Ooohh I got goosebumps thinking of all those 5s…or if I do those races and 2 more that would be 5 in 12 months…still wouldn’t qualify me for Marathon Maniacs but would be a great year.  I should stop typing this before I commit to something before I am ready…

Just a thought on mileage for the year – Google Earth shows a straight line from my house to the parking lot at Epcot at 1695 miles with the shortest road distance at 2005 miles….could I hit one of those distances in 2014?  With the right training plan it should be more than possible.  I will just have to decide which one – 1695 is definitely more realistic though.  I did 1400 this year and missed over 200 training miles and took about a total of 5-6 weeks completely off from running so 1695 is achievable for sure.

In Jan and Feb this year I basically took a few weeks off between the Goofy and when I started training for the Manitoba.  I won’t be doing that this year.  As soon as we get back from the Goofy we have 3 weeks before we go to Disney for a family trip.  That 3 weeks will be for running high speed shorter mileage runs and trying to get my weight down.  I will take a bit of a break at Disney World but we are staying at the Beach Club and I will be doing a few morning runs on the Boardwalk during that week.

Once we get back though training for the Manitoba Marathon starts…of if I am doing Fargo then I kick start the training program at about week 5.  This would certainly keep me at a higher level than dropping back to week 1.  As I write that it makes Fargo seem like an extremely good idea…will have to think more on that and see what that would actually look like from a training perspective.

In the next week or so I should be looking at posting my training plan for the first few months of the year and hopefully I can keep my motivation up.

OK – enough rambling – 2014?  Bring it on!

2013 BigGoofyRunner year in review!

Well…that about wraps it up for 2013!  It has been a bit of a doozy with lots of ups and downs but nicely everything is moving in a nice positive direction!  Basically I am heading into my 4th Goofy Challenge in the best shape I have ever been for one and seriously have the potential to bust my marathon PR of 4:15:01 that I set back in 2005 in the pre-kids time of my life.  I am also the most motivated and in the most positive head space I have ever been in going into any running race.

So with that in mind let’s look back on the year and do a bit of a review to see how things went.

I missed quite a few training miles back in the spring and early summer – mostly my motivation was in the tank but I found it again and have been able to finish the year strong while still making constant improvements.  I had 1580.75 miles planned / scheduled in 2013 including racing miles but only just hit 1400 in the end (as of New Years Eve).  Most of those missed miles were in the spring and early summer (and some in early winter when the weather turned bad and the treadmill gave up) but I managed to chew some of them back in the fall.  By the time of the Manitoba Marathon in June I was 225 behind on my miles but I made back over 65 miles between July and mid October before losing a few more in November and early December.  Even with the missed miles though I think I made steady progress right up until the treadmill died and weather outside turned sour – I regressed a bit during that period until the treadmill was fixed but I have made some of that back.

My weight has moved around a fair bit but I am ending the year down around 15 pounds from the beginning of the year and while I did not hit my goals there I am still doing very well.  All things considered I am happy with my weight but will keep pushing it down to get to my goal weight.  Considering I am down around 40 pounds from my starting weight of 257 from September 2012 – I am proud of myself here even though there is more work to do.

Races this year:

  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon – as part of my 3rd Goofy Challenge – 2:20:35 – slowed by crowds
  • Walt Disney World Full Marathon (6th full marathon) – as part of my 3rd Goofy Challenge – 5:25:54 – pretty rough heat that day
  • Winnipeg Police Service Half Marathon (WPS Half) – 1:56:13 – first time since 2005 I managed to get under 2 hours on a half marathon
  • Manitoba Marathon – 7th full marathon – 4:40:07 – got pretty toasty near the end as well
  • Run for Diabetes Research Half Marathon – Winnipeg – 1:49:54 – major improvement over May.  I was ecstatic about this one – with such a major improvement over May and where I have been for quite a few years now this race really changed my mindset and motivated the hell out of me.
  • Fort Garry Rotary Half Marathon – 1:47:50 – 2 minute improvement in 3 weeks – that is pretty good!
  • Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Services Half Marathon (WFPS half) – 1:47:14 – still 63 seconds off of PR of 1:46:11.  But a good improvement from the race just a few weeks previous but not as good as I would have liked.  Got into Half Fanatics at this point! – #5180 (

Getting into Half Fanatics was a bit of surprise – hadn’t really thought about it much.  I had seen people with the gear at various races but figured they were out of my league but I did manage to make it in this fall (granted at the lowest level but still in!).  Very cool.  #5180 –

Also this blog is now just over a year old – first post was December 5th, 2012.  I started out using the site as more of a personal log which probably isn’t all that interesting for lots of people that would come to the site but hopefully I am improving in that respect.

I also got on Twitter this year (@biggoofyrunner) to help advertise the site more and to interact with other runDisney lovers and other running bloggers.  Without Twitter I’m not sure I would have found out about some great social media runners and been impacted by their amazing positive energy.  See the side links for links to some great sites.

So yeah – like I said at the beginning of the post – the year has had some ups and downs but for my health, my running and my weight things have generally been positive with constant and steady improvements.  This makes me feel very hopeful and full of energy going into the Goofy Challenge in January and for 2014 in general.



I will also be putting up another post shortly where I lay out some of my thoughts and ideas for 2014 and going into 2015.  Really not plans etched in stone yet but there are lots of things I would like to do in 2014 and I will lay those thoughts out in that post.

4 miles in 30:35 – puts my 2013 total at 1400 miles for the year! Too bad I missed 200+ training miles

Quick solid push tonight to get my 4 scheduled miles in before the beer starts to flow!  Felt strong and never got below 7.5 mph on the run and had several minutes up to 8+ mph.  Good solid confidence building run to end the year!  Feeling awesome.

I will get up a 2013 year in review post shortly and also a post about my thoughts for 2014.

Happy New Year!

3.85 miles in 29 minutes at 1% incline – fast run – just trying to add a couple more miles for 2013

Just a quick strong push tonight to add a few unscheduled miles to top up my mileage for the year.  I still have a 4 mile run scheduled tomorrow and then 2013 is in the bag.

Everything felt good and fell into place quickly.  Nice quick recovery considering I did 13.5 yesterday, guess that training thing is working.  I was worried I would have some issues since I ran sooner after supper than I would have normally but no issues so it’s all good.

Get my 4 miles in tomorrow and I am at 1400 miles for the year!

13.5 miles in 1:48:30 at 1% incline – last double digit mile run for 2013 and Goofy Challenge training

Good solid run this morning for my last double digit training run heading into the Goofy Challenge in January!  Felt strong, steady and healthy.  Feeling good and confident with about a week and a half to go until we head to Disney World.  Looking at the time – in 2 weeks from right now I should actually be finished the full marathon portion and maybe back at the hotel resting.

I started off a little slow this morning and had trouble finding my stride but after a quick bio-break about a mile in I felt a lot better and was able to move a bit harder and stretch out my legs and hips.  After that I got into a rhythm of 7.5 and 8 mph stretches with a 1 minute walk break after 9 minutes of running.  I did skip a few walk breaks though near 20, 50 and 80 minute marks when I wanted to make sure I hit some arbitrary distance at the 30, 60 and 90 minute points.  Felt good after the initial issue in the first mile and finished feeling like I could go further.

This marks the last double digit run of 2013 and of the 2014 Goofy Challenge training period for me.  I have a scheduled 4 mile run on New Year’s Eve as the last run of 2013 but might do an unscheduled 3.85 miles tomorrow to make sure I hit the 1400 mile mark for the year.

For the Goofy Challenge I still have a total of 34.5 miles of running to go with a 9 being the longest.  Granted if I add the unscheduled 3.85 tomorrow that goes up to 38.35 but over a week and a half that seems pretty light considering I did 30 miles in 2 days last weekend.  But even though the mileage is a bit lighter intensity can’t let up – I need to keep pushing hard on the speed to make sure I stay at as high a level as I can even while letting my body start to rest and recover a bit heading into the event.

I would say based on current weather forecasts as well all my remaining training runs will be done inside on the treadmill – the cold is just not letting up and with the additional inches of snow yesterday some of the trails I run on will have gotten a bit limb snappy.  So treadmill it is for another week and a half.