Matthew and I have had many long conversations about whether or not we want to go Dopey in 2015. Just a few months ago, the answer was easy- absolutely! However, after we really starting looking at our calendar, finances, and sanity, we are considering not going Dopey in 2015.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, my dad is coming down to Walt Disney World with us to run his first marathon. Matthew and I are so excited to run this with him. And we're pretty pumped that we'll have family with us in Orlando to celebrate, just like we did last year with Matthew's parents. Because of this, we'd really like to spend more time actually vacationing in Disney next year for Marathon Weekend. Last year we spent seven days at the World and only one day in the parks. Bummer.
Last year's trip also required a full week off from work: Wednesday- Tuesday. With a limited amount of vacation days, we have to be more judicious in how we spend them- especially when trying to balance other out-of-town races and actual non-racing vacations. And of course, Dopey is not an affordable race challenge. Last year we paid $495 each for registration- this year the cost is up to $530.
In a perfect world, we'd have unlimited funds and unlimited vacation days so we could spend two weeks in Disney for Marathon Weekend. But here in the real world, we have to find a way to make it work that makes sense for us.
I think 2015 will be the year we conquer the Goofy Challenge. By choosing to go Goofy, we can accomplish all that we want to with next year's Marathon Weekend trip. We'll have more time to enjoy the parks without having to be in bed each night by 7:00 pm. We'll be able to save some money on race registrations and hotel/food costs by flying in a day or two later.
While we will miss the glory of running all the races and having all the bling, I think we can still enjoy and challenge ourselves with Goofy. This year is all about balance and finding joy in the miles- I think this plan will help us accomplish both.
It's also important to mention that my dad wants to do the 10k. So it looks like we'll be doing 3/4 races and end up just 3.1 miles away from Dopey finishers. I think we're ok with that. We'll still be able to fly in a day later than last year and we'll be able to save some money. And I think being Inaugural Dopey finishers will help us rationalize not doing it in 2015.
Also, I should add that the Goofy medal is so freaking awesome this year because it's the tenth anniversary of the challenge. It spins:
|Half on one side, full on the other.
|Photo courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog
Do I think we'll be a little sad that we aren't doing Dopey? Yes. I think it would be weird if we weren't sad. But, I think we'll use 2015 to create some really cool memories that will be just as cool as our 2014 Dopey Challenge experiences.
QOTD: Are you planning to run any of the races at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in 2015?