This was only my second multi-day challenge (Dumbo Double Dare being the first). I knew this would be a challenge. 4 days, including a marathon? What was I thinking?!?
|Ahhhh - what was I thinking!|
Physical training is not the only aspect. I do feel that mental training is one of the most important aspects of this race. Pushing yourself when you are tired/sore is tough and if you can work through that, then you are ahead of the game.
I felt truly prepared heading into the race weekend with the Hal Higdon plan. I had only missed 2 runs and knew that I had done everything I could do be prepared. My strategy of taking the first 3 races easy and having lots of energy for the marathon worked best for me, but from reading other blogs, it looks like most Goofy/Dopey'ers seem to do it the other way (race the half, take it easy in the full).
But for me, taking the first 3 races easy was key. Something else that help was trying to limit time on my feet Friday and Saturday. Saturday Pam and I literally did nothing but have lunch at Downtown Disney and dinner in Hollywood Studios. By the time marathon morning rolled around, my legs were not feeling tired.
I wouldn't say my legs were feeling 100% fresh, but they weren't completely tired. It allowed me to be able to have the race I wanted on Sunday.
I think the main question is, would I do Dopey again? Honestly, I don't think so. I'm sure some of you are thinking, wait, really?
Don't get me wrong - I loved the race and it was a great experience and I am so glad I did it, but there were some definite downsides to it.
First, let's talk about money. The registration price tag is not a joke ($495 in 2014, but I anticipate it will go up in 2015). Plus, you also have to factor in plane tickets, hotel/tickets, merchandise purchases, plus the sheer expenses that go into training (sneakers, nutrition, etc).
Another issue is the time commitment. I gave up a lot of time (and personal life) to train for this. Many hours in the park, lots of weekends were I did nothing but run. When you run long on both Saturday and Sunday, you can't really do anything on Saturday. Speaking of time, let's not forget about needing to take a week of vacation the 2nd week of January.
And of course, my favorite - sleep deprivation. Getting up that early for 4 mornings in a row is no joke. By Friday night, I was becoming slightly delirious. By Sunday, it took all my effort to get going when the alarm went off.
I think at some point, I would be open to doing Goofy again (many, many years in the future though!), but no Dopey again. Never say never, but at this point, I feel this way.
Did anyone else do Dopey? Would you do it again?