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2013-12-26 7:59 PM

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Happy Holidays Everyone!

Quick question - a friend of mine asked me for advice on suggestions/strategy on completing The Dopey Race at Walt Disney World, which is a 5K, 10K HM and Mary on consecutive days. I thought I would ask people for more knowledgable than me for ideas on what she could do prior to the races, during the races, and perhaps most importantly, after each race to ensure she finishes all four.

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2013-12-26 8:02 PM
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If she is not experienced enough to know what she should do in preparation for this challenge, she should not attempt this challenge.
2013-12-26 8:06 PM
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From what I've heard:

1. Back to back long runs
2. Solid, consistent mileage/ training
3. Don't "race" each race -- know what is your comfortable pace/ RPE/ HR and stick to that
4. Recovery.... that's tough. For me, ice bath works, but there isn't "proof" that they are effective. I'd suggest that your friend experiment with recovery as s/he trains.

2013-12-26 8:12 PM
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Originally posted by japarker24

If she is not experienced enough to know what she should do in preparation for this challenge, she should not attempt this challenge.


Sort of agree with this. You should know what your body can handle from past experience and from training. For *me*, I'd run the 5K and 10K and then treat the HM as a super easy day (normal marathon pace is 7:30-8:00 for me, so I'd be going 10+ min/mile here) and then try my best in the marathon with trying to keep my normal marathon pace.
2013-12-26 10:06 PM
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Originally posted by trishie

From what I've heard:

1. Back to back long runs
2. Solid, consistent mileage/ training
3. Don't "race" each race -- know what is your comfortable pace/ RPE/ HR and stick to that
4. Recovery.... that's tough. For me, ice bath works, but there isn't "proof" that they are effective. I'd suggest that your friend experiment with recovery as s/he trains.




THIS. I did it last year before there was an official Dopey. Ran the 5k Friday and then the Goofy challenge of 1/2 on Sat. and full on Sunday. For training, I ran a shorter faster pace run on Fridays, medium run (10-15 miles) Saturday and my long run on Sunday's. Of course if she is doing it this year, her training is just about done.

As far as race weekend, I took each race well below my normal pace for any of them. In between races, I actually did some of the parks wearing my compression sleeves. This seemed to work well, as I still felt pretty fresh on marathon morning. Some people suggest keeping off your feet, but I found 3-4 hours in the parks helpful. The other piece of advice I would have (and I had trouble following) is get to bed early. These races start early (5:30 am) and wake call for me was 2:30 am. By the third day, that was getting tough. I actually took naps after the first two races because I was back so early. Tell her to enjoy the experience. It really is a blast!
2013-12-27 6:11 AM
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A little more background would be helpful. Is she asking for advice on training for these events or is she getting ready to do them more interested in how to best get through the 4 events? If that's the case what kind of training and running background does she have going into it?


2013-12-27 10:41 AM
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Uh it's in 2 weeks. Too late! I'll be there and it should be fun again this year. (first year for Dopey Challenge)
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