Tyler ignored my voice of experience as he traveled down to Florida last weekend to participate in the Goofy Challenge. Goofy Challenge runners are expected to run a half-marathon on Saturday, and then a full on Sunday. This is most definitely “goofy”!
Running 26 miles in and of itself is a challenge. So why do many of us throw in extra obstacles and intensity to make it even harder for us?! There are numerous runners who, after a handful of marathons, feel they must add on a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride to enhance their marathon experience. I’m guilty of some nutty running adventures (i.e. running two marathons a week apart – Paris/Boston in 2001; London/Boston 2003). And then there is 16 year DFMC veteran, Matt, who deserves an entire post for all of his crazy running feats. Matt has completed a marathon on every continent, competed in a handful of triathlons, hiked up a course in the Himalayas (I believe there was lots of vomiting involved with this event), and raced across the tip of S. Africa.
Tyler, I admire your spirit and congratulations on your Goofy Challenge. But let’s try and taper 3 weeks before Boston this year!! I expect you to blow by me on the hills this April.