Monday, January 05, 2009

Goofy Race and a Half Preparations

This is the week! After all the weeks of training - even through the busy holiday season, we are in the final countdown to the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge. I am SO ready!

If you are brave enough to track me, my half marathon bib number is 34576. My marathon bib number is 10763. You sign up at the links below:

Half Marathon Tracking

Full Marathon Tracking

I should warn you...Disney tracking has not been very reliable in the past. I have seen the results come in hours later....or multiple copies of a result are sent. So subscribe at your own risk :-) You can bet I will blog and twitter results as soon as I can! I am going to try to use my Twitterfone connection... will test it this week.

Goals for the Race(s):

1 - Finish both races with my husband. Through thick or thin we will cross the finish line together! What has been great this year, vs last year, is that we have trained together. It has been an incredible experience.

2 - Finish the half marathon in around 2:45. We don't want to go out too fast - we want to go easy and safe our energy for the marathon the next day. My estimate, based on our training, is a 2:30 - 2:45 time.

3 - Finish the full marathon in around 5:30. This may be a bit of a stretch goal for us - but if we can run the race just a little faster than our last few long runs, we might make it. We would like a course PR better than last year's 5:35. My estimate is 5:30 - 5:45.

4 - Have fun with the race! Meet lots of interesting people! Enjoy the journey!

Race Strategies:

a. Go out SLOW! We are using a run-walk method - running 5 minutes and walking 1 minute - right from the beginning of the race. We may use the 5:30 pace group on marathon day to keep track of how we are doing - but that is not a requirement.

b. Bring supplementary fluids. I have been using water with some CoQ10 liquid and Vit B mixed. I am going to pack that in my fuel belt and use the course water for water.

c. Bring Clif Shots.

d. Bring camera - need to get pics of my blogging / twitter buddies!

e. Bring cell phone - try to Twitterfone during the race.

More items to bring depending on the weather. Looks like a garbage bag should get us through the wait until race start (cool morning - will warm up). I am planning on short sleeves and shorts for both days.

Race Week Strategies:

i. SLEEP!! I am so guilty of not getting to bed early. I am going to try to get 7-8 hrs sleep a night all week - and TRY to get to bed early enough on race days.... we will need to rise at 2:30 am, leave the house around 3 am, to get to Disney and park around 4 am.

ii. EAT well!!! No cheating on eating this week. No "evil" foods - stick with things that digest well. I plan to eat my special veggie - protein shake each morning this week. The night before will be a light rice & fish dinner. The day of each race will snack light since we will be leaving several hours before the race.

Race Weather Forecast:

Saturday morning: Sunny - 50 - 65 deg F
Sunday morning: Sunny 45 - 65 deg F (maybe breezy)

Here we come Goofy!!


Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a heck of a challenge, but I'm sure you're ready. I hope you and your spouse have a good time, and I'll be looking out for your twitter posts.

Take care,
twitter name-thepixelsuite

RoadBunner said...

Good luck! Have fun. It is an awesome experience!

Petraruns said...

Good luck! That is one challenge but you two have trained so hard and so well you will do this. You are so ready for this - I can't wait to read your updates.

Tammy said...

Good luck, I can't believe it's here!!!!!

Susan said...

Looks like a great strategy! And I admire your ability to have trained with Jim all year. Cool!

After this, you definitely deserve a big break.

Good luck!

Maddy said...

We have very similar finish goals for both races. I'm leaning a litte closer to 5:45 - 6:00 for the marathon - but we'll have to see how it goes.

I can't wait to see you this weekend!

Tammy said...

Oh By the way, I only dream right now to have the weather your having, maybe when it's almost summer LOL.

Rachel said...

The weather this weekend sounds absolutely perfect for running! I can't believe you're doing the whole goofy...I'm so proud :) Both you and Maddie sound like you're coming in the same time as me at the hopefully I'll see you all there!!! Good Luck!

Star Wars Runner said...

Hey Chris!

Good luck with the challenge!!! Much braver than I. I wouldn't be able to walk the second day let alone run a marathon. Hope you meet your goals!!!


Marathon Maritza said...

Best of luck, Chris!! Have a blast!!!