Archive for December 2013

Updated my packing list for Disney World Marathon / Goofy Challenge

Unfortunately I won’t be making it to the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon, Goofy Challenge or Dopey Challenge but below are links to my packing lists for those races.

Goofy Challenge packing list: Goofy Challenge to take list / packing list

Dope Challenge packing list: Dopey Challenge to take list / packing list

For comparison the post originally linked to Manitoba Marathon to take list.

7.2 miles in 60 min at 1% for Goofy Challenge – a bit over schedule today but felt really good

I had 4.5 miles scheduled today but decided to pull a full hour instead and had a decent run of 7.2 miles.  I had a few minutes of walking in there but most of the running was at 7.5 or 7.2 mph with a 5 minute stretch of 8 mph right at the end.  It felt really good.  That leaves just 17.5 scheduled miles left in 2013 and a total of 48 left for training for the Goofy Challenge at Disney World in January.

Looking at my magical tracking spreadsheet it looks like I am going to be just shy of 1400 miles for 2013 if I hit all my scheduled miles – like 3.85 miles shy…hmmm I don’t have any plans for Monday night…might just have to clean that up…

The irritating thing is the number of miles I missed earlier in the year (in the late spring) heading into the Manitoba Marathon.  If I had done those I would be well over 1600 miles for the year.  I will go into more details in a year end recap post coming up but thought I would mention it here too.

Christmas Eve and Boxing Day run recap – 5 miles treadmill and 7.5 miles outside

Continuing to put in the miles for the Goofy Challenge in January – feeling good and very confident for the race.  Bring it on!

I had a solid run on Tuesday afternoon (Christmas Eve) putting in 5 miles in 38:41 at 1% – not my fastest but it felt very solid and really felt like I could push.  I was very happy with the run that day.

Christmas Day – I had an 8 mile run planned but had to let it go as I spent most of the day out of it due to a stomach flu.  I dropped 2 pounds on Christmas Day…who does that?  It was unfortunate but at least there doesn’t seem to have been any lasting effects.

Boxing Day – I wanted to get outside as the weather got a touch warmer out so I bundled up and headed out.  Weather was decent but light snow over the past few days had blown in on the paths and hadn’t been cleaned up so running was a bit treacherous.  I could see spots where people had stepped through the hard packed snow and sunk at least a foot.  As I don’t particularly want to break anything at this point I moved off off my normal route and out onto some country roads near our place.  Very picturesque country setting especially with light snow falling but very open and the wind had a good bite.  At around mile 6 “Let it go” from Disney’s Frozen came on my playlist – perfect setting for that song.  I just had to tweet about it but my phone decided to rebel at that point and went into a crash loop.  Miraculously it was fine once I got home – just didn’t like the cold.  So I kept running from that point with no music at all.  Still did 7.5 miles which was more than the 5 I had scheduled although I had hoped to do a bit more to make up some of the miles I missed yesterday.  It is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow so I might do an unscheduled run to see if I can get the rest of the mile back.

At this point I am at 1371.45 miles for 2013 with another 22 scheduled…so 6.55 miles shy of 1400 for the year…if I run unscheduled tomorrow and add a mile or 2 on Saturday…I can break 1400…hmmm.  Interesting.

Weekend running recap – total of 30 miles – last hard weekend, now to taper…

This was the last hard weekend before tapering begins for the Goofy Challenge in January at Disney World.  I had both a 10 mile and 20 mile run scheduled for the weekend – I had to do it on the treadmill due to some high windchill readings but I got it done.

The 10 miler on Saturday went pretty – no where near as fast as the run on Thursday night but 83:37 at 1% incline was more than respectable.  I had a total of 5 minutes of walking and most of the run periods were at 7.2 or 7.5 mph.  I got the run done early in the day and then had to do a 5.5 hour round trip road trip to my old home town to pick up my Mom and bring her into Winnipeg for Christmas.  My back was aching by the time I got back home – the run and then drive really stiffened things up.

I managed to get the back worked out but was still worried about being stiff for the 20 miler!

I guess I didn’t have to worry about the stiffness – I could tell very early in the run that my legs felt good and I would be able to do pretty well.  I started off relatively slow (as you should with a long slow run) but I seemed to abandon the “slow” concept and started pushing.  I’m not exactly sure why but most likely I just wanted to get it done.  I had about 6 minutes of breaks refilling the water bottle and the timer on the treadmill was 2:43:52 – giving me a total around 2:50 for the run.  Very decent time – but not really the long slow run it was supposed to be.  It was closer to race pace and I’m not sure what the consequences of that will be but I am sure there will be some.  I can say I am more tired than I expected to be.

With today’s run done I now start tapering into the Goofy Challenge.  I was looking forward to the break of tapering but looking at my schedule, I still have 70.5 scheduled miles to go before getting on the plane for Orlando!  I still have one double digit mile run (half marathon distance) and a couple in the 8/9 mile range as well as several shorter runs.  Everything is going to seem easier at this point but the hard push is not done yet!  I actually like that I have an 8 miler on Christmas Day – as long as I get it done before supper I will be able to have a good feast without guilt!

10 miles 72:53 at 1% incline – well..that was unexpected – awesome push tonight, felt great!

Awesome run tonight – 3 weeks until our travel day to the Walt Disney World marathon / Goofy Challenge and this is my last high mileage week before tapering starts and I really needed to push.  I had a rough run last night (5 miles in 44:52) and needed a check in the win column to get my brain in the right spot going into a 30 mile weekend.

I was supposed to do my 10 miler last night and the 5 tonight but with various things that were going on I decided to switch them and I was glad I did.  The 5 miles last night was truly rough (legs would not loosen up no matter what I did) and I could not get in a groove – 10 miles would have been hell.

But tonight, it was just night and day from yesterday – legs felt awesome and I was able to push from the first minute right to the last.  I hammered it and it felt awesome!  This really helps my mindset going into the 30 mile weekend (10 and 20) and helps me feel more confident going into the Goofy in 3 weeks!



… hey – just realized I have been doing this blogging thing for over a year!  Time flies.