The following Goofy / Dopey Challenge 16-Week Training Program was created so as to allow your legs to prepare for the double-day (or quad-day) racing that will occur during the annual Goofy Challenge or Dopey Challenge. Below are the key elements of this adapted training schedule.

IMPORTANT PRIMARY ITEMS TO REMEMBER

Run Your Own Pace/Expectations:

Each daily run is not based on a set pace or time; it is based on your own running goals - adapt to YOUR OWN pace and expectations. If you find that the overall weekly mileage is too great, remove Day One's training miles out of your schedule.

Alter The Training Schedule To Fit Your Schedule:

You are welcomed to alter the training schedule as needed to meet your personal needs, as there is no one training program that suitable for each runner. If you need to adjust the overall calendar of training so your long run occurs on a Day Seven (Saturday) or Day One (Sunday), just shift the days of the week forward to accommodate that training schedule. The training schedule below is set so that Day One corresponds to Sunday and Day Seven corresponds to Saturday. You will note there is a box in front of each daily training - this will allow you to signify the day of the week that corresponds to your personal training (i.e. "M" means Monday). It will allow you to rotate the training so that Day One corresponds to your specific day of the week. NOTE: The training schedule should remain in the same order each week - only alter what day of the week that Day One will fall on.

TRAINING SCHEDULE EXPLANATIONS

"___ m run" Training - When it states "__ m run" that simply means you run the prescribed distance at your comfortable pace. Undertraining is better than overtraining, so don't try to push these trainings too hard.

REST - I have arranged the prescribed "rest" day for the day prior to your intermediate and long runs. It is important that you use this day as a day of rest and not a day to "get caught up" on your training or for cross-training (i.e. swimming, cycling, etc.). Take advantage of this day and let your body rejuvenate itself.

Intermediate Long Run - It is the weekly item that is highlighted in pale yellow and is run the day before your weekly long run. Some of these runs will be marked as "___ m run" and others as "___ m pace." For those that have the suffix "run," then it should be a comfortable pace. If the suffix is "pace," then you will want to run this training portion at your marathon race pace.

Weekly Long Run - It is the weekly item that is highlighted in bright yellow. You will want to run the long run at a pace about 90 seconds or longer than your anticipated marathon race pace. For example, if you are planning to run the Disney World Marathon at a 10:00 per mile pace, then you will want to run your weekly long run at an 11:30 or 12:00 per mile pace.

Cross Train - Those days designated as "Cross Train," it simply means to find some other cardiovascular exercise to participate in - other than running or jogging - for at least one hour (i.e. swimming, cycling, aerobics. etc.). This will allow your body a "day of rest" from your primary running muscles without compromising your cardiovascular development. If you choose not to cross train, then jog the designated mileage prescribed for that training day.

Questions - Feel free to contact me (Lee Hoedl) at leehoedl@yahoo.com should you have questions pertaining to the training outlined below or race day conditions/expectations.

Thoughts to Reflect Upon - Below each week's title are links to helpful tips or reflective thoughts to help focus you in your training toward the finish line at Disney World. Feel free to share these tips / thoughts with others.

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16-Week Training Schedule for the 2018 Goofy / Dopey Challenge

PLEASE NOTE:

DOPEY CHALLENGERS: If you are planning to attempt to complete the Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon), the training schedule below takes in account the training mileage AND the order of days on which to run. Notice that there is a run on Days Four, Five and Six to closely replicate what you will experience during your Dopey Challenge.

GOOFY CHALLENGERS: You are more than welcomed to utilize the entire training schedule below. However, if you feel the mileage is a little too much, than feel free to either remove the Day One mileage (so you have two days to recuperate after your weekly long run) or remove the Day Four mileage (so you have two days to recuperate before your intermediate and long run). I would recommend leaving the mileage levels and order of Days Five and Six so that you get a feel for back-to-back runs; it is what you will experience during your Goofy Challenge.

MILES AND KILOMETERS: In the training model below, kilometers are rounded up for convenience.

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WEEK 1: Week of September 17, 2017

It's Time to Give Up: 15 Things To Give Up to Be Happy

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes... and Breathing!

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 26
  Day One - 3 m run / Cross Train (5 km)
  Day Two - 6 m run (10 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 3 m run (5 km)
  Day Five - 6 m pace (10 km)
  Day Six - 8 m (13 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 2: Week of September 24, 2017

Top 10 Tips to Relieve Stress

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 31
  Day One - 3 m run / Cross Train (5 km)
  Day Two - 6 m run (10 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 3 m run (5 km)
  Day Five - 6 m pace (10 km)
  Day Six - 13 m (21 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 3: Week of October 1, 2016

Focus on - and From - the Start, Not the Finish

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 30
  Day One - 3 m run / Cross Train (5 km)
  Day Two - 7 m run (11 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 3 m run (5 km)
  Day Five - 7 m run (11 km)
  Day Six - 10 m (16 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 4: Week of October 8, 2017

There Is No Room For Fear

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 30
  Day One - 3 m run / Cross Train (5 km)
  Day Two - 7 m run (11 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 3 m run (5 km)
  Day Five - 7 m pace (11 km)
  Day Six - 10 m (16 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 5: Week of October 15, 2017

Run For Another Day, Patience Through The Pain

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 40
  Day One - 4 m run / Cross Train (6 km)
  Day Two - 8 m run (13 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 4 m run (6 km)
  Day Five - 8 m pace (13 km)
  Day Six - 16 m (26 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 6: Week of October 22, 2017

Is It Above or Below the Neck?

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 41
  Day One - 4 m run / Cross Train (6 km)
  Day Two - 8 m run (13 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 4 m run (6 km)
  Day Five - 8 m run (13 km)
  Day Six - 17 m (27 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 7: Week of October 29, 2017

Focus on - and From - the Start, Not the Finish

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 38
  Day One - 4 m run / Cross Train (6 km)
  Day Two - 9 m run (14 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 4 m run (6 km)
  Day Five - 9 m pace (14 km)
  Day Six - 12 m (19 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 8: Week of November 5, 2017

November Racing Tips

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 45
  Day One - 4 m run / Cross Train (6 km)
  Day Two - 9 m run (14 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 4 m run (6 km)
  Day Five - 9 m pace (14 km)
  Day Six - 19 m (31 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 9: Week of November 12, 2017

Remember Why You Are Doing It

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 50
  Day One - 5 m run / Cross Train (8 km)
  Day Two - 10 m run (16 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 5 m run (8 km)
  Day Five - 10 m run (16 km)
  Day Six - 20 m (32 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 10: Week of November 19, 2017

Water? Please!

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 34
  Day One - 5 m run / Cross Train (8 km)
  Day Two - 6 m run (10 km)
  Day Three -REST
  Day Four - 5 m run (8 km)
  Day Five - 6 m pace (10 km)
  Day Six - 12 m (19 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 11: Week of November 26, 2017

Your Recovery Window

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 50
  Day One - 5 m run / Cross Train (8 km)
  Day Two - 10 m run (16 km)
  Day Three -REST
  Day Four - 5 m run (8 km)
  Day Five - 10 m pace (16 km)
  Day Six - 20 m (32 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 12: Week of December 3, 2017

Too Much Too Soon... It's Time to Relax

TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 34
Day One - 5 m run / Cross Train (8 km)
Day Two - 6 m run (10 km)
Day Three - REST
Day Four - 5 m run (8 km)
Day Five - 6 m run (10 km)
Day Six - 12 m (19 km)
Day Seven - REST

WEEK 13: Week of December 10, 2017

Packing and Patience Go Hand In Hand

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 48
  Day One - 5 m run / Cross Train (8 km)
  Day Two - 8 m run (13 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 5 m run (8 km)
  Day Five - 10 m pace (16 km)
  Day Six - 20 m (32 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 14: Week of December 17, 2017

Got Nalgene?

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 31
  Day One - 5 m run / Cross Train (8 km)
  Day Two - 5 m run (8 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 5 m run (8 km)
  Day Five - 4 m pace (6 km)
  Day Six - 12 m (19 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 15: Week of December 24, 2017

Just Breathe

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 26
  Day One - 4 m run / Cross Train (6 km)
  Day Two - 6 m run (10 km)
  Day Three - REST
  Day Four - 4 m run (6 km)
  Day Five - 4 m run (6 km)
  Day Six - 8 m (13 km)
  Day Seven - REST

WEEK 16: Week of December 31, 2017

  TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 7 (not including your race totals)
  Sunday - 3 m run (5 km)
  Monday - 4 m run (6 km)
  Tuesday - REST
  Wednesday - REST
  Thursday - DISNEY WORLD 5K
  Friday - DISNEY WORLD 10K
  Saturday - DISNEY WORLD HALF MARATHON
  Sunday - DISNEY WORLD MARATHON