Thursday, January 14, 2010

Big Goofy Announcement

I just signed up for the 2011 Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge in Walt Disney World next January.

Yeah, I haven't even figured out which races I'm running THIS year and I've already signed up for one for next year.

I'm insane. You don't have to tell me.

And a tiny bit poorer (darn you and your ridiculous $20 processing fee on top of the already ridiculous race entry fee!)

I know tons of people will think I'm crazy. Or should we say goofy?

You'll think I'm goofy for wanting to run 13.1 miles on Saturday and then 26.2 miles on Sunday.

You'll think I'm goofy for spending around $300 to run 2 races. (And you'd be right. It took me 5 minutes to hit the button after entering my card info. I'm definitely paying for the experience here, that's for sure.)

You'll think I'm goofy that I'm also going to spend money to travel to Orlando and stay there (and let's be honest, I'll spend money on at least one day in the Magic Kingdom because how can I be at Disney World and not go to MK?).

But here's the thing. It may be goofy, but I think it's the best decision I've made so far in 2010.

I've always been a runner for the fun and for the challenge of trying to see what I'm capable of doing. If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that running in these races will be fun. It will also certainly be a challenge.

I have never run that much mileage in one weekend. I know that training for it will be very different this fall. It will be hard. I will have days when I will have to come back to this post to remind myself why I signed up for the darn thing. But when I cross both of those finish lines and when I come home with those 3 medals, I will know that I just did something I have never done before. I will feel ecstatic with the accomplishment of running 39.3 miles in one weekend.

A lot of people only race to see how fast they can go, and I have days where I care about time goals... but I can tell you right now that I will have no time goal for these races other than to finish in the time allotted (you have to keep a 16-minute pace... this should not be a bit of a problem). I don't give a flip what my time will be. The only time that will matter to me is whether or not I'm having fun with the time I spend out there.

I am also doing this for fun. I grew up going to Disney World pretty often... I've been at least 5 times (maybe 6... I've lost count) and always have a blast exploring the parks and riding the rides. There's something about the magic of Disney that mesmerized me as a kid, and I never quite shook it off. The last time I went I was 23 (as seen in the photo above), and I still loved riding everything from the big rollercoasters to the little Dumbo ride where you push a button to go up and down.

I want to stop and take my picture with every character I see during the races. I want to have a photo in front of the Cinderella castle. I want to shake hands with Mickey and get those Mickey, Donald and Goofy medals. I think I'll have a smile on my face the whole time.

So yeah, it's expensive. And yeah, going down there for a few days will end up being a small vacation in terms of time and money. But I think the experience is going to be incredibly unique.

I know it'll be here before I know it, and in the words of Goofy, I'm pretty "gosh darn" excited.


J said...

Wow that is exciting!! Just to run those in Disney would be awesome!

Matt said...

Good for you! Sounds awesome!
I had been thinking about it since you mentioned it, but that $310 is way more that I can spend.

Amy said...

Yay!!!! Sooooo exciting! You'll have a great time and some fun and photos! :)

Can't wait to train with you (even if I don't wind up doing it!).

Love to Run said...

This is so awesome, Melanie!!! You are going to absolutley love it. Since you already love Disney World (I am a Disney freak myself), you will love how they 'Disneyize' the marathon. And, of course, The Goof is the ultimate Disney Challenge.

aron said...

yesssss so awesome :)

J said...

Good for you! I did the half this year and despite the freezing temps, it was a blast. I am totally in awe of all the goofy runners! Plus they got a super cool medal :)

Meredith said...

Wow, I didn't realize it was a half and a really are crazy!!

I hope you know that I WILL be attending this adventure with you. No buts about it.

And thanks alot for putting up a fat picture of me for the whole world to see, haha :P

rinus said...

YES, go for it and run with fun.
And i now it is expensive, but you live and run now.
And you can run a half marathon and marathon in one weekend!.

kilax said...

Yay! I don't think it is goofy at all! We were really excited to run the half (were not able to go) for the same reasons - we wanted to have fun and pose with all of the characters. It will be fun to hear about your training!

Sarah said...

This is so great! I've always been interested in this race.

Niki said...

Very exciting!! I knew you would get sucked into it when you tweeted about it! Haha!! I love Disney and hope to run it one day too!

Nicole said...

i've pondered the idea.... it sounds SO fun and i'm SO jealous of your exciting weekend! AHHHH :)

d.a.r. said...

Girl, you are insane, hahah!! That being said, I think it is awesome and I am so excited for you!!!

Alisa said...

Whoa! You are crazy!

Actually, who knows, my hubs really wants to do this so I might be right there with your crazy self.

Jamie said...

Awesome! I'm actually considering goofy in 2011 too!