Dopey & WDW Marathon Weekend Lessons Learned

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  1. Waddle Girl

    Waddle Girl Earning My Ears

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    I’m so



    I would like rDisney to go back to printed documentation. Their email had lots of info but I’m not a fan of being stuck to a screen to read things. I still read physical books too so I’m giving my age away. Disney used to actually mail out a package prior to marathon weekend and more printed documentation came at packet pick up. I like reading, making notes, underlining things. Old fashioned but it’s worked for thousands of years. My daughter and her friend actually found a discrepancy in the online documentation regarding shuttle times that shouldn’t happen in online or printed documentation. rDisney is saving thousands of dollars by providing only online documentation.
     
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  2. Waddle Girl

    Waddle Girl Earning My Ears

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    No, I have not emailed them but I recall a questionaire/review coming via email a few years ago. I’m hoping that this will happen again and I will be honest in my reviews.
     
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  4. kywyldcat03

    kywyldcat03 Mouseketeer

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    Just wondering if anyone else had this issue. On the Dopey results, they had my age one year older. For all other results it was correct but not for Dopey. I have e-mailed them but was curious if others had the same issue?
     
  5. JClimacus

    JClimacus Mouseketeer

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    We are doing Dark Side Weekend in April. Probably not MW next year. This year I wanted the 25th anniversary medal.
     
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  6. Mickey Momma

    Mickey Momma Mouseketeer

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    Yes, my age is listed as one year older on my Dopey results as well, but is correct on the individual race results. No idea why.
     
  7. CDKG

    CDKG Earning My Ears

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    I hope Dark Side is your best runDisney weekend to date!
     
  8. JClimacus

    JClimacus Mouseketeer

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    Thank you! Obviously we are very disappointed we missed out on the 25th anniversary, but grasping after some silver linings, there might be some:
    1. I've had a knee injury I've been dealing with since October. I'm pretty sure I would have completed Goofy, but I'm also sure my knee would have taken a beating. With the rest in the taper for Goofy, and resting/PTing since then, my knee feels very strong and there is a good chance I'll be healthy for Dark Side.
    2. I'm looking forward to a novel experience (haven't done any other race weekend than MW), and being at WDW in warm weather for a change.
     
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  9. Ariel484

    Ariel484 DIS Veteran

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    It just occurred to me that my marathon PR came at the end of Dopey in 2015. So add me to the "yes, you can PR at Dopey" chorus! :)
     
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  10. Nole95

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    Yep. Both my wife and I are one year older on the Dopey results.
     
  11. Nole95

    Nole95 DIS Veteran

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    Agree with the restrooms out at the corrals. On Saturday I walked by all the restrooms assuming there would be more up near where we were in D. Once I saw there were not, I knew I needed to go ahead and go. Wife and I staked out our spots and set up shop. I then hustled all the way back to the restrooms for what I knew would be the last time before the race started. On Sunday, I made sure to stop at the restroom before heading into the corral.

    In the long email I sent to rD a couple days ago, I mentioned this as being the only thing I really did not like about the corral area.
     
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  12. FFigawi

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    I don't see them doing anything to change this. I can't remember ever having porta potties in the corrals for the half and the full. The last ones are always where you make the left turn into the corral area and need to go left or right for your corral entrance.
     
  13. Keels

    Keels The Official Keels of RunDisney

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    My only lesson learned ... knowing I have a beer in my future absolutely makes me run faster.
     
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  14. Nole95

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    Now I know why it seemed so far of a walk to the bathrooms this year. The last time I was out there was 2015. Back then, they did not have the later corrals all stacked up next to the early corrals. Looking at my program from 2015, M-P were all the way back by I-L. I was able to just walk out of the corral, across Epcot Center Drive and use the bathroom.

    This year they had the very large G and H corrals on the other side of the road. While there was a large bank of bathrooms over there, the only way to get to them would have been to walk all the way back to the split, where the first bathrooms were, and then walk forward. If there had been an easy way out the other side of my corral, I would have just gone in the woods, but that was not possible.
     
  15. courtneybeth

    courtneybeth Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme...

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    Some wisdom to share:

    Race Retreat was the best $240 I spent. Having a warm tent with a chair and food was wonderful on the last two days of the race. Having early access to the expo rocked - I was done in 30 mins. No lines! :)

    Packing for all types of weather was a great idea - it was a real feel of 27 degrees on the morning of the 5K and we finished the marathon when it was 65 degrees. Layer, layer, layer!

    This isn't simply a 5K, 10K, half, and full marathon over four days. It's a 4 day endurance challenge with early mornings and double mileage each consecutive day. I in no way prepared for that type of challenge and I'm trying to not beat myself up over my performance during the full. I was about 30 mins slower than usual, but I have to remember: 22.4 miles three days before, it was cold, and i was tired!

    Have realistic expectations. PR in FUN! Enjoy the course.
     
  16. CDKG

    CDKG Earning My Ears

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    Great motivation tip! I ran a half marathon once where everyone received a glass of champagne at the end. As I sat in the grass sipping I immediately decided all races should end with a drink!
     
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  17. JeffW

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    One more key learning, after loading up my Garmin data. The miles accumulated through walking to/from the races and around parks can really add up. My total racing distance for the 4 days of Dopey was 49.8 miles. But my total estimated distance (based on steps in and out of the races) was 91.1 miles :eek: So I was putting in about 10 extra miles each day walking around...no wonder my arches were sore by Monday
     
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  18. dta87

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    The preliminary results (5K and 10K) had my age off by a year but the final results with all 4 races had it correct
     
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  19. dta87

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    On the PR question for the 2015 Dopey I lowered my marathon PR by 57 minutes and for the 2018 Dopey I lowered it by 29 minutes (which included a couple photo/character stops). So I think obtaining a PR is a combination of the training you put in and the weather you are given.
     
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  20. kywyldcat03

    kywyldcat03 Mouseketeer

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    I e-mailed them and they corrected my age on the Dopey Challenge results document. Just thought I would let you all know.
     
  21. The Expert

    The Expert Has been to every Disney park in the world!

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    I think it was Anaheim where they had smaller sets of two or four porta potties near the entrance to each corral on the side of the road. There were constant lines but at least there was somewhere to pop over and go without having to trek all the way back to the entrance area. It wouldn't be that tough to set up the same type of thing in Orlando.
     

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