BigGoofyRunner started as a way for me (Ted) to write about my experiences trying to get back in shape and train for the 2013 Goofy Race and a Half Challenge in Disney World in January 2013. Originally it covered the period of September 2012 to January 2013 but after I completed the Goofy (my third) I decided to continue the site and keep track of my additional training and attempts to lose weight as I had not accomplished all I wanted to in regards to my weight and my training – the journey continues!
So now I’m a couple years into this journey (it being mid December 2014 as I write this intro) I have completed my 4th Goofy Challenge (in January 2014), my 9th full marathon (Manitoba Marathon in June 2014) and my 14th half marathon (WFPS Half Marathon in October). On top of all of that I completed my first ultra marathon this year – the 12 hour Lemming Loop here in Winnipeg in October finishing a total of 49.2785 miles.
Edit – May 30th, 2015 – I completed my 5th Goofy Challenge in January 2015 as part of the Dopey Challenge set of races. You can see my overview of the WDW Full Marathon run with lots of pictures of the characters through the link, and a general overview of the first 3 races of the Dopey Challenge here. Since then I have also done 2 additional half marathons getting me to a total of 17 half marathons, 10 full marathons, 5 Goofy Challenges, 1 Dopey Challenge and 1 12 hour race. Not too bad for a guy sitting at around 225 pounds having started from 257.
Edit – December 20th, 2017 – Just realized how completely out of date this page is right now – I will endeavor to get it up to date soon. Since this was last updated I have not gotten up to 6 Goofy Challenge events completed, 13 full marathons and 3 more ultra marathons (another 12 hour with 50.33 miles, a 24 hour hitting 53.35 miles before I bowed out with ankle issues and a 50k). I think I am also up at 21 half marathons at this point as well. I will be doing my second Dopey Challenge in January 2018 (also giving me my 7th Goofy Challenge)
My wife Heather also completed her first Goofy Challenge (and marathon) in January 2014.
For a more detailed description of my running history please see here.
I will continue to blog about my experiences for this training moving forward toward other races in the future. Right now I am focused on getting healthy and running the Manitoba Marathon in June 2015 and then the 12 hour Lemming Loop at the beginning of October.
Also while up to now it has basically been me writing the site really hasn’t just been about me – my training and my runs impacts my wife (Heather) and our 2 kids (son 8 and daughter 6) and they have been mentioned in several posts in the past but things will be taking a bit of turn from here on out.
So some ways to see what I am up to:
A little more about me:
A little more about Heather: