Amazingly enough, I was able to convince the powers that be at the Mouse House to embroider my moniker on my ears. Disney is very strict when it comes to their brand. I can understand why. This is the happiest place on earth, and I get that any slight deviation could be deemed offensive to some.
When I filled out the paperwork for the embroidery, it clearly stated in the fine print: "No unusual nicknames, slang terms, profanity or epithets may be personalized." Of course, I played dumb, and completely ignored the disclaimer. I innocently asked the cast member if I could have my moniker put on my ears, but he unfortunately said no. I then transformed myself into a sad five year old boy and explained, "this is my very first trip to Disney World, and I'm running The Goofy Challenge this weekend. Endorphin Dude is not just a nick name, it is who I am as a runner. I have trained very hard for this event. This is very important to me." Taken aback by my story, the cast member asked me to wait a moment as he excused himself to ask his manager if he could honor my request. His manager then called his superior, spoke a few minutes, and moments later came back to me and said with a smile, "I understand that you would like to have "Endorphin Dude" embroidered on your ears. Normally we do not allow this, but since this is not offensive in any manner, we will do it. Good luck on the race." Hakuna Matata!
I arrived in Orlando, Florida, for the Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge a few days before the big event. If you've been following Endorphin Dude's journey, you will know that I've been training for this event for the past year. In order to achieve Goofy status, one has to complete a half marathon followed by a full marathon the following day. That's 39.3 miles in two days. For the past year, I've put my body through what I call 'The Goofification Process." This training regimen required me to shock my body into being able run back to back races. I took baby steps and started with the 5k/5k back to back combination. I worked my way up to the 5k/10k combo, then the 10k/10k, the 10k/half marathon, then the half/half, and in October I completed my own Goofy Challenge by completing the Healdsburg Half Marathon on Saturday followed by the Silicon Valley Marathon the next day. Amazingly enough, I earned a PR for that 26.2 miler! I knew coming into this weekend that I would be able to complete this task, as I have already done so. Hence, I knew I could relax and have a little bit of fun. Need proof of the fun? Here you go:
Louie, as always, spazzed out, while Christine quietly reveled in her victory. Christine came into the race fearing that she would not be able to make the cut off time. She came close to being get picked up by the sag wagon, but she kept pushing herself, and as a result, she got the job done. This one was a hard earned medal for her. She kept pushing herself and never once did she give up. I admire that. I admire her.