Today is Walt Disney World Marathon weekend registration day, and I won’t lie, I’m freaking a little bit out. Since it’s currently 4:31am and I’m WIDE awake (and have been for an hour,) clearly it’s weighing on me. The funny thing is, it’s not what you think.
I’m actually EXCITED. Not just to register for my first marathon, but I’m going to do something pretty Goofy. You knew where this was going, didn’t you?
Today I’m going to right an injustice. Injustice? That’s a little extreme isn’t it Shenanigans? I don’t think so. I realized this weekend that I have run every half marathon at runDisney except for one: Donald’s race. I asked myself the ever burning questions: Why doesn’t Donald get any Shenanigans love? What exactly do I have against Donald?
The basic answer is timing and logistics. The Princess Half and Donald share the exact same course and are a little over a month apart. Plus you guys know how I feel about running Tinker Bell. In recent years, Tink’s race fell right after Donald’s and going coast to coast in a week is not high on Shenanigan’s list! Plus I had to work and scheduling time off to make it all happen was pretty dicey.
This year though… ahhhhh, I’m looking at a whole other scenario! No day job, possibly no Princess Half (#whompwhomp), and Tinker Bell has been moved to May. Oh… and I’ll be there anyway for the Marathon.
Don’t you think I need this medal too?
I’ve always said if you are going to run WDW Marathon, you might as well run Goofy. I naively assume that once you put the training miles and time in for the big Daddy run, doing a half will be child’s play! Just walk it, my buddy Jeff Galloway says. It will be fine, he says.
I fully recognize the stupidity of my logic and can hear you previous Dopey and Goofy runners laughing your cute little bootays off. But I’m going to trust in Jeff for this one. And for the record, getting up early two days in a row doesn’t bother me. (Side note: staying out of the parks to save my legs: that bothers me. I simply love the parks.)
I won’t lie: it’s the allure of the accomplishment. And the bling. For sure it’s the bling. You’ve seen the Goofy medal, right? It’s gorgeous! It spins.
And I’ll be relying a lot on my faith to keep moving one foot in front of the other during training and during the race weekend. This verse will be on a constant loop in my head while I undergo this task.
Are you running Goofy? Have you run it in the past? I’d love to hear your tips and strategy for these two races!
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)