Thursday, January 7, 2010

Goofy Advice

My volunteer job at the WDW Marathon Expo was to give out bibs to the "Goofy Challenge" runners. These are people who are signed up to do the half-marathon on Saturday (that's 13.1 miles) and then the full marathon on Sunday (that's 26.2 miles). Yes - these people have willingly signed up to do this.

It was a lot of fun. There were some people who had done it before. There were some people who have done it every year since its inception and are doing it for the 5th year in a row. And there were some who are doing it for the very first time.

I did the Goofy the first year it was offered- and that was plenty for me. Today as I talked with the first-timers, there really was little advice I could give, except to say, "You can do it. Just take it easy on Saturday so you have some left on Sunday." But really, those first-timers really won't know what it's like until they get out there and do it.

Sometimes we offer advice with our best intentions - to ward off potential problems for someone else, to make things easier, to save time, or just because we want to share what we've learned. We just have to realize that our advice may not always be warranted or wanted - sort of like that advice that we don't warrant or want for ourselves!
Things that make today great: Volunteering at the Expo with Maribeth; all the Goofy runners that came to our table; grumpy Memphis dude; seeing LuAnn from last year and meeting Louanne from this year; getting race paraphernalia; dinner at Big River; Neil's wife

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