Now that I have completed the 2014 Manitoba Marathon it is time to review my training schedule, update it for solid summer maintenance and for running 2 half marathons in the fall. And of course to cover off training for the 2015 Dopey Challenge!
Current summer maintenance and 18 week Dopey Challenge / Goofy Challenge training plan are linked here.
Some links to previous plans and my analysis of how I think I did following those plans and how well they worked for me:
Kinda pumped here – early registration for Disney Annual Passholders for the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend opens tomorrow April 16th at noon eastern.
I am an annual passholder and I am going to register as soon as I can tomorrow for my 5th Goofy Challenge (the 10th anniversary race no less)….but I have been having a tough time deciding if that Goofy Challenge should be part of a Dopey Challenge or not.
This will be my fifth Goofy Challenge either way (4th year in a row!) and it will likely be my last one for a while. But I am torn on how I want to go out…do I want do the Goofy and take it a bit easier and just have fun or do I want to amp up the challenge a bit and go out with a bang by doing the Dopey?
It really is a hard choice and I have been trying to do the pros and cons either way for a while in my head and I can’t really seem to reach a conclusion either way. I was working on a bit of a matrix to do a comparison of things like additional cost and time away from the family versus the additional bling and bragging rights, etc.
Every way I played with the numbers or looked at things objectively I kept coming back to the Goofy Challenge as the set of races that makes the most sense for me. (hell the blog name has Goofy right there in the title)…….BUT….it looks like I will be signing up for the Dopey Challenge instead. I might like to think I’m smart but some days proof is a bit scarce.
My brother will be going as well to do his 3rd Goofy Challenge and he has made the argument that he is going to probably be wrecked after the full no matter what so he wants to make sure he has several days before the full where he can do fun stuff. And the early morning races on the Thursday and Friday will just make sure he doesn’t sleep in.
All my math and matrices really can’t counter those arguments when it comes down to it.
So Dopey it is!
I will need a bit of a game plan though on how I want to do the runs and I suspect that what I will do is run the 5k and 10k with my brother and then do the half at a comfortable push. Basically do the half in a strong time but not so hard that I have trouble the next day. Then on the full I will try to hit as many character stops as I can and just have fun with it.
So with that all in mind I will be looking at changing up my training schedule as I go along to get myself ready for running decently 4 days in a row. I suspect I could drag myself across the finish line of a Dopey right now considering where I am in training but the idea will be not to drag so that I can have more fun. So I will continue on my current training schedule to get to the Manitoba Marathon in June 2014 shooting for a new PR there – after that I will be building up endurance and strength through the summer in the pool. I think I will probably also sign up for several half marathon races in the fall around home just like I did last fall and push up my speed through September and October. Then November and December will be all about building up more endurance again.
Well, there you go, I made a plan – which means I have committed myself mentally to it. Now I just have to wait 9 months or so to give it a go.