The Goofy Challenge: Why I decided to do it (as my first marathon)

28 Jan

As I was training for The Goofy Challenge, I was told many times “You are nuts! Just do the Half Marathon, or the Marathon! Not Both!”

Maybe it was a little crazy to do the Goofy Challenge as my first marathon, but it worked out.


This picture will never get old.

Honestly, the idea wasn’t even mine. I give all the credit to my husband. One day he just sort of mentioned that he wanted to do it. And he sounded pretty convinced. Not being one to back down from a little competition with him, I told him that if he was going to do it, I was too. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because when we told my dad about our idea, he jumped right in as well.


I had always said I never wanted to run a marathon. I guess I thought running 26.2 on any old race course would be boring. I also thought that training would be hell and take over my life. So when the idea came up, I sort of thought “go big or go home!” If it’s the only marathon I ever do, what better place to do it than Disney and why not go all the way and do Goofy.

I also thought about how I had run a 5k and half marathon on back to back days, and actually felt pretty good during the half marathon, maybe in part due to a nice warm up the day before. Obviously 13.1/26.2 is not the same as 3.1/13.1, but the idea of a warm up (of a distance I had run many times) before a marathon didn’t seem to shabby.

I also think that focusing on thinking of “The Goofy Challenge” during training as opposed to OMGZ MARATHON, seemed a little less daunting. I’m not exactly sure why – I’m sure to some it would seem more daunting. But the idea of a marathon just sort of freaked me out. I never thought I could be a “marathoner.” The Goofy Challenge allowed me to focus on something beyond a marathon I guess.

A training plan was also key. And I lucked out to find a great training program that I think prepared me pretty well for Disney Marathon Weekend. I’ll have another post about how I trained coming up tomorrow.


14 Responses to “The Goofy Challenge: Why I decided to do it (as my first marathon)”

  1. Jen January 28, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Great job, great idea thinking of it as the entire thing. Hubby and I are considering Goofy in 2015 for the 10th anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Becca January 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Do it! if I can do it anyone can!

  2. fromfltond January 28, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    You are amazing and totally my hero! I can only dream of completing all of that!

  3. Beth January 28, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    I did the WDW marathon as my first in 2011, and my training wasn’t what it should have been. When I was in for Goofy 2012, I knew I’d have to stick with my training because you can’t mess around with 39.3 miles in two days! I followed the Galloway plan pretty faithfully, and felt so good during both races, even blew past the “wall” everybody talks about. Ended up beating my previous marathon time by 34 minutes. I think the back-to-back training is key for a successful Goofy. I did the marathon this year, but am considering going Goofy again in 2014. Looking forward to reading about your training!

    • Becca January 28, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      Spoiler alert, I used the Galloway plan too, and felt I was pretty successful given the fact that I had to make it fit with a 40 hr work week and normal life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Melinda January 28, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I love it! I can’t wait to hear about your training plan. I have my sights on this for 2015.

  5. Chris January 28, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Hello Fellow Central PA’ian! Congrats on the Goofy Challenge! I’ve done an 8k/half marathon back-to-back, but wow. A half, THEN a marathon. Impressive! Good luck on your next race!

    • Becca January 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Three cheers for snowy central PA!

  6. Siobhan January 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    That is awesome, congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Jennifer L. Nelson April 11, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Glad I found your blog! I just signed up for the Dopey Challenge 2014, and since it’s going to be my first marathon (I had the same thought…go big or go home!), I’m feeling pretty terrified about the whole thing. Feeling a little better now that I read about your experience — YOU ROCK! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Becca April 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

      Jennifer I’m sure you will do fine! Just follow a good training plan (I used Galloway’s Goofy training plan), take your time and have fun!

  8. Jessica February 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm #

    Stumbled upon your blog while considering goofy 2016 as my first marathon. You are such an inspiration! I just did the glass slipper challenge and I absolutely loved it. Goofy would be amazing but it also terrifies me! Your post is making me want to go goofy for sure! Way to go!!

    • Becca February 27, 2015 at 10:03 pm #

      Definitely go for it!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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