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#RunDopey Founders on Positive Support, Dopey Tips, and runDisney Magic

December 07, 2023 Carissa Galloway and John Pelkey Season 1 Episode 25
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This week we're joined by the founders of the #RunDopey group who share some of their Dopey tips, inspiring moments, and funny stories they have had along the way. It started as a few friends creating a facebook group to share their training, diet, health tips, attire, motivation with one another, and has grown into a supportive group of 5000! 

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Speaker 1:

Welcome to 321 Go the Podcast. I'm John Pelkey.

Speaker 2:

And I'm Karissa Galloway, and we're bringing you stories from start to finish to keep the everyday athlete motivated to keep moving towards the next finish.

Speaker 1:

Alright, karissa, today we're going to have a lot of fun. We're going to get social with our dopey athletes, learning all about the hashtag run dopey group from their founders, who formed this positive focus group as first timers. To dopey doing the Galloway method of all things.

Speaker 2:

Run, walk, run gets it done. It's our biggest group podcast. They have to follow along because they've got great tips and, as you said, I love to focus on positivity because, as we know, the internet world sometimes it needs more of that and there's some funny moments, some wardrobe malfunctions that might just make you laugh out loud when you're out there, if you're running and listening, if you do listen while you run. We're also going to talk about the Mediterranean diet and healthier. You share some more dopey tips from William and open the mail bag. So thank you, guys for listening. The nicest thing you can do, a little Christmas gift for us. Please subscribe, leave us a review and, john, you know what else you can tell your friends about besides 321, go Hyper Ice, hyper Ice. That's right, we did not cover this interview how using those Hyper Ice Norma Tech boots will save your legs immensely during your dopey event weekend, john. He's so youthful now because he's got that Hyper Ice Venom 2 back. So get one for yourself and a love one this holiday season. Go to hypericecom. Use the code 321Go just like it sounds 321Go for an extra special discount. Let's do this.

Speaker 1:

All right, grisha, before we move on to our interview, which is just a lot of fun, let's have a lot of fun catching up here. Haven't seen you in a bit and you've just finished up your running season at the Rock and Roll San Antonio. First, I do have to tell you, one of the most disappointing things for me ever was. I used to travel, as you know, extensively for Universal Studios and I had a booked trip to do some performing for a marketing thing in San Antonio. I was going to be there for four days with a full day off, and I hear so many great things about San Antonio and it was canceled and I never been there. So two things Is San Antonio as cool as everybody says and how was the event?

Speaker 2:

It is so much as cool as everyone says. It's just crazy to me because we go to a lot of cities. I go to a lot of cities and most of them you don't get to experience everything. But San Antonio it's so easy. The Riverwalk is so beautiful to see everything. There's so much to see. It was my second year. I'm not going back. Next year I probably won't be going back because they're changing the way they do some things at Rock and Roll in terms of the announcing team, so I won't be there, but it's so much fun. I was with Andrea, who used to be my co-announcer in Disneyland, so we already know each other, and Michael and Matthew were out there. Michael does dis and Matthew Outstanding, so you say how cool it was. So we went on Saturday, we met up with them, we went to something called the Pearl District, which was a little Uber ride away, which is a really cute, unique little district, and then we walked maybe two and a half miles down the Riverwalk back into sort of the main, more touristy section. And there was at one point we were like what is wrong with us, because every 10 seconds we'd be like look a bench. Oh my God, that bench is so cute. I love you, san Antonio. And then we were like have we never been outside before Like you? You'll have to ask them. It was hilarious, a bird Like. It was literally like we were dropped out.

Speaker 1:

I'm so envious. I'm so envious because, you know, this was when, uh, when, I was supposed to travel there. I think it was either early internet or pre-internet, so you couldn't really go on and see about cities. But I had so many people at Universal and the marketing department who'd been there and they were talking about how great San Antonio was. And, oh my God, isn't this schedule amazing? We're going to have a full day off and then we don't have to work early the next morning. So it was perfectly set up, which it never is for us, as you know. Normally it's like, oh, you have the day off, but you'll be up at four in the morning. So it's like, wow, I'll have a late lunch and then go to bed. And then the whole thing came apart. I don't remember why, and I no one ended up going.

Speaker 2:

It was probably your fault. It was probably your fault.

Speaker 1:

I'm sure it was my fault. I think I was playing Beetlejuice, so so many things were blamed on me at that point. Um, but I I am envious and I have heard many, many amazing things about the Riverwalk area and, uh, just everything in and around San Antonio. No offense to any other cities in Texas, but everybody always says your two coolest Texas cities are San Antonio and Austin, and I have been to Austin, which is a great town, uh, but I hope to at some point get to San Antonio. Sorry, you're not going back. I'll send them my resume because I need more work.

Speaker 2:

That's right. Yeah, it's just, the Riverwalk is so cool, it's very. There were a lot of Disney-esque elements, or that's what happens when you're a Disney person. You're like, oh, this is just like a Disney, and that's kind of the other thing we kept saying. But the Riverwalk makes it really, really cool. We did the barge tour. There there was a lot of Christmas lights. We saw a cathedral laser light show, which we were told it was Christmas. It was more historical, which you would have loved. So, uh, very exciting. And the other thing I did I'm a very healthy eater, you know that, and usually when I go out I don't super indulge, cause you don't always feel great and I may be paid for this, but I had. There was this fantastic Italian restaurant I went to where they made a. Their special entree came in like a wheel of cheese and they put the pasta in the wheel of cheese and they mix it up in the wheel of cheese and then they dumped crab and a cream sauce on it and then they put truffles on it. Um, it was insane.

Speaker 1:

I recently had that same dish sans the crab, uh, at a at a little Italian place, uh, not too far from us here. Uh, and they only do it, like I think, one day a week. They, they offer this and I'm like, well, my goodness, I have to try it. And you're right, it is so rich. I could hear my cholesterol rising. My heart took a moment to go. Are you, are you really sure you want to do this? John and I did break it down into, I think, three meals. It was such a large portion so I didn't feel too bad about it, but I know of what you speak. Uh, anything involving a wheel of cheese is going to be a good day.

Speaker 2:

Literally wheeled out the wheel of cheese. It was amazing. So Andrew and I split it, so we did. You know we can't take the leftovers home, but it was delightful. I do want to shout out Australia she's another fairytale runner was there, and then Katie, who lives in Texas but helps with the corrals in run Disney, she was there as well, so it was a really good race. If you need next year like a long run and you don't want to do it by yourself, I think that makes St Antonio a really good option. And then I do want to shout out Alexis not related to St Antonio, but I did a corporate webinar yesterday for her company. She brought me in to talk about nutrition. So thanks, alexis, and she is a podcast listener.

Speaker 1:

All right, Hi Alexis. Thank you for listening.

Speaker 2:

Abjohn, I've got some questions concerns. I'd like to kind of close the loop on what happened with the Christmas ornaments.

Speaker 1:

We have not gotten the ornaments down yet, John it is December 6th when we're taping this. I know We'll probably get the tree up later on this, maybe this weekend, I don't know. Um, yeah, no, but what happened was it was my lovely wife, jodi, who's been on this far more talented than she. It was her one day off between like the week before till now. She, I don't think she has a day off until like the second of January, first or second of January, including Christmas Day, she's working. So I, that was her day. It's whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it. So she is in the market for a new car in the near future, not necessarily right away, although her car is 14 years old. Shout out to Honda Fitts, though, because man, they, they hold together. So she said, hey, won't this be fun? Let's go take a look at cars, because she's considering maybe electric or hybrid car and maybe, maybe, just take a look at cars and then we'll go to lunch. And so that's what we did. We went to the Kia dealership and, man, have those things gotten much cooler? And we drove a couple of different cars. She did not decide to buy a car Again. We, you know we're on that. Probably by summer she'll have a new car, but there's no sort of rush. And the good thing is, I'll shout out to the Kia dealership they're branded over there, very, very nice. Was not a high pressure thing? They laid out what you know, what it would, the cost of everything would be and all of the features on a car. But, by the way, you need like a 400 level literature class type discussion for all of the features on a new car. I mean, I have my car six years old and there are things I still don't know. There are buttons that I'm not sure what they do and when you move into the and I know you have a Tesla, so when you move into the electric car, you've got all these other sort of.

Speaker 2:

It's like buying a new computer and so we both hate doing and we were both doing dramatically. You and I are I'm not an early adopter, I don't like. I like to you know that that's frightens me.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, no, no, no. I like to make sure, get all the bugs out of it. I mean, you know my cell phone. I took me a long time to get an iPhone. I did. I'm on my second one now. I've had it for several years. I'm going to try to hang on to it for a while because one can go broke trying to keep up. But more importantly to your point, I just I don't have the the wherewithal to figure out all of the bells and whistles.

Speaker 2:

Well, they're there, they're helpful, but yes, it's great I used to work for Lincoln. I used to do the auto shows. I used to travel the country helping explain the cars, and nowadays it would be a little bit more more involved in things like that. So well, I'm glad you had a positive experience, because I feel like car shopping, furniture shopping not always the most fun things to do, but I kind of enjoy them.

Speaker 1:

I think I enjoy the idea of doing it and just often, more than I do, the actual doing it, of doing it. But but no, it was a good experience and so the key is on. It's on the list possibility, a couple of models of Kias, but we'll move forward on this again. My wife is very, very smart and she can be frugal, which thank God, because my retirement looks a lot better than if it had just been being. My retirement will would have literally been a Rod Karoo signed baseball that I overpaid for. But she's she's not like an impulse buyer. So we'll do our homework and see, but shout out to the good folks at Kia for being really, really nice to us and having a fabulous coffee machine that gives you multiple types of coffee, which made very, very happy for me.

Speaker 2:

So there you go. We're gonna get to one of these down soon, though. Good, and shout out to her for doing the good holiday work, making the holiday magic all across Orlando. So thank you, jodi, for that, and you, you went to Epcot Was that to see Jodi? I did last, yesterday last night you said you don't ever go to the parks. I never.

Speaker 1:

I never go to the parks because I am not a cast member and I do not get in and we no longer get tickets. So there was, you know, my wife can sign me in.

Speaker 2:

How'd you get in? Jump the fence. What's that you do? Jump the fence.

Speaker 1:

Yes, yes, Using using my. Uh see, folks, I'm not a long distance runner, but my agility is off the charts.

Speaker 2:

Hi jumper.

Speaker 1:

I can spider man the fences. Uh, no, no, no, no, our friends Rolando and Selena. Uh, rolando, who you can see, he's a uh um, if you go to Savvy's you might run into Rolando. Let's just say that if you're way over and Selena is a brilliant director and a theater teacher professor, anyway, uh, they were nice enough to get me in, because on a day that Joe's working she can't really sign me in because Lobby Fon is it's yeah, it's your yeah there's a lot. There's a lot to deal with. So we were able to do that. I was able to see, uh, uh, pierre Noel. I was able to see, uh, the uh, the Japanese storyteller who, she, she's a friend of mine as well I don't know the character's name, I forget and, uh, we were able to see the Norway, uh, christmas as well, because, uh, we, we had some friends over there, so we saw all of that. We had a little bit of food a shout out to the cheese plate that we had last night, which was phenomenal, and thanks to the good folks at Disney for making the plates larger at uh, from these little kiosks, because, let's just be honest, people complained about the portion sizes and they have addressed that in every way. It was really good. So we did that. We didn't stick around for the new fireworks and stuff. It was incredibly crowded because, John. Stamos was the uh was a candlelight, which I've never seen candlelight. That's the closest I've ever come. I just walked by and uh, and then they'd taken down the walls at Epcot that had been up for so long for the renovation stuff and they were debuting the new show and it was just packed and crowded and Jody had worked all day. So, uh, we came and we had a couple of adult beverages some lovely adult beverages, and uh, and then came home, but it was a good time over at Epcot Again. I never go to the parks, but Epcot is my favorite place to go. It's the diversity of things that you can do.

Speaker 2:

Well, and it's the least Disney like. Let's be honest, that's for you.

Speaker 1:

No, not you People miss me. I love Disney stuff, uh, but it's it. It just, it's a more diverse thing to do and, frankly, if I'd had more time I would have gone and seen the 360 China film. I would have gone. Impression, dufresce, all of that. I really like all of that stuff. But man, it was packed and is it darker? Than it used to be, have they turned the lights down more, and on earth.

Speaker 2:

I mean, it's winter, that's happening getting darker. Earlier, Claire and I had this discussion the other day. She's excitedly awaiting the equinox.

Speaker 1:

Uh no, it's just walking around.

Speaker 2:

What's darker out here? Is it just me?

Speaker 1:

It's certainly earlier. Uh the uh it maybe. Maybe it's just been a while and I and I was there. I saw Joe last year but, um, with all the decorations up, you know, they do a little more of the mood lighting and it just seemed darker. It was cool, it looked great, but with the immense crowds and all of that, johnny needed to get home. But Johnny did go to Epcot.

Speaker 2:

There you go, Johnny goes to Epcot I, before we dive into hashtag Rundopi. You had someone, John, that you wanted to recognize.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, just found out this morning, before we started taping this, that Norman Lear passed away. The great television producer, norman Lear, who was such a big part of my childhood, all in the family and the Jeffersons Ma, any number of different shows, um. So I just want to shout out to a long, successful career and just reminding me of you know shows when I was small. I think all in the family came on when I was either seven or eight years old, but I was aware of them because my parents watched them and they must have been. It must have been. I think it was a day to clock at night, so I was still allowed to stay up and watch, um, and it was groundbreaking at the time and still holds up, uh, as a social commentary showing a lot of Norman Lear stuff was. But he was 101, carissa Norman. Lear was 101. And I think it also. It goes to this and I've seen a lot of interviews with Lear about this is one of the great things, best things you can do for yourself is do something that you love for a living, and he was lucky enough that it was. He was very, very profitable, uh, and so obviously financially did very well, but he always loved what he did. He always had his creative juices were always flowing and that certainly, I'm sure, helped him. But uh, rest in peace. Norman 101. Norman Lear years Come on and then laughter.

Speaker 2:

right, they say, laughter is something that helps us stay, stay younger. You always see those cute little old people that are joyful. So we got to work on that, John, for you.

Speaker 1:

Well, I'll get there.

Speaker 2:

At 101,. John's going to be the happiest man smiling going to be all over the place, I'd love to have 41 and a half more years. Yes, yes, come on. Oh my gosh, doesn't that seem like a lot? No, no 31.

Speaker 1:

Oh, holy hell, no, it's 41. What am I? I'm 59. Okay.

Speaker 2:

How old am I? I don't know. You say it, I think every podcast, I think it's a requisite. And then I like we'll never say it. We were at rock and roll and this guy kept being like you know how old are you? I'm like I'm just not going to tell you, like that's just, and stop asking me. Like well, I think you're making yourself seem older than you are. And I was like I don't care what I'm doing. I'm never going to say out loud how old I am for the rest of my life.

Speaker 1:

I've had enough people tell me that I don't quite look my age, that I don't mind telling people and I'm not going to mind at all when I turn 60. Cause if I don't look my age and I go and see, there's no way you're 60, except for you know a few friends of mine I'm sure you know. I'm sure Riley and Mark will think differently, but yeah, Share 70.

Speaker 2:

Claire and I had a discussion about Share yesterday, but that's that's not in the script. That's not where we're supposed to go.

Speaker 1:

I love share have you heard her new Christmas song. What was that? I know her new Christmas song. No, I have not heard it yet. I've avoided Christmas music up to this point.

Speaker 2:

Well that's. That's terrible. We're not going to play it. We don't have the royalties for that, but go listen to it. I'd love to know what you think she also. Claire also had some questions about her face. We were starting a discussion about.

Speaker 1:

Did you say it's? It's simply one of Share's many faces.

Speaker 2:

I think it's how I would present it. I was like well, she kind of looks like Barry Manilow too.

Speaker 1:

You know good for her you know I always have a lot of respect for her because she's terrific dramatic actress, very talented singer, a lot of going on, and she kind of tells it like it is and kind of really appreciate that from from Share.

Speaker 2:

So and it's her first Christmas album ever, so check that out. It's a little dancey Wow. I guess that's Share, right.

Speaker 1:

Wow, do you remember your first? I remember my first two Christmas albums I ever had when I was a kid. This is how old I am, folks, and I know I don't look my age.

Speaker 2:

We had Christmas records.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, I have Christmas records, Rosemary Clooney and Burl Ives. I had those Christmas records. I remember as a kid vividly watching and listening or listening, watching, listening to them and then seeing them, obviously on Christmas specials when I was a kid. I do miss Christmas specials for TV, which I don't ever watch anymore.

Speaker 2:

We watched Rudolph last night, but we had, I remember when I was younger we had the Johnny Mathis record, so I heard a lot of the Johnny Mathis winter wonderland records. So it still brings a lot of nostalgic vibes.

Speaker 1:

My mom's favorite singer and she met. She met him once in a hotel, Johnny. Mathis, yeah, that's how it goes, sitting in a railway station, why, oh no, we don't have the ask-cams.

Speaker 2:

Sorry, so I don't, we don't. All right, well, we are gonna get and all things running Dopey. Thank you guys for listening to our chat. We tried to give you a little some interest, some little peek behind the curtain Before we jump on. John, we got one more thing.

Speaker 1:

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Speaker 2:

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Speaker 5:

Okay, civilians, it's time for the goods. Let's get on to the interview.

Speaker 1:

Please welcome to three, two, one go our biggest group episode, the official Run Disney shenaniganators. See, I knew I'd get that wrong. The host of hashtag Run Disney group. Hello friends, hello.

Speaker 3:

Hello hi.

Speaker 2:

All right. So those of you that can't see, yes, Run Dopey, hashtag all these friends. They can't see everybody, so we need you guys to, alphabetically, to keep this organized, because John and I like order Alphabetically introduce yourselves, tell us a little bit about yourself, your Run Disney background, and if you go over 60 seconds, john will make a quacking sound to let you know that you've gone too long. All right, alphabetically, who's first?

Speaker 4:

Christine, I am I guess Okay, hey everyone.

Speaker 3:

I'm Christine Purvis. I'm the founder of the group. I started this group in 2019, when my sister and I were gonna do the dopey together, our first dopey and it started out just for me and her, just a Facebook group. So because she was in California and I was in Mississippi and it was to, I guess, just for me and her to keep accountable to each other. And we were in other Run Dopey groups or not Run Dopey, just other Disney groups and there was some little bit of like I don't wanna say drama, but it was kind of like uncomfortable when you'd ask a question sometimes, and so I thought, well, should we just invite a few people and see if they wanna join with us, to new people that wanna do the Galloway with us? And we decided to invite just a few people and that night we had 100 people and we were so excited. We were like, oh, this is great, this is great, there's 100 people and the three of you were one of the first people and it just kind of took off from there. So this was a labor of love for me and my sister. And how did that?

Speaker 2:

first dopey go for you guys.

Speaker 3:

It went really really good the first year. People don't you're in your training and you're doing, and we had a lot of. I had drama going on in my work and a lot of stuff happening. We had a lady one of our moderators that was experiencing cancer. We were all up and down. We had emotions going on and everything, but we ended up pulling together as a team and meeting each other for the first time in public person, which was really really amazing, cause we became friends online. But it's different when you get to hug each other.

Speaker 1:

Christine, what was your running history before you decided to run dopey? I mean, how many marathons, half marathons, five Ks? Are you one of these crazy people who was like I've never run a distance, so I'm gonna do this?

Speaker 3:

Yeah, my sister ran in 2012, the Tower of Terror run and we dressed up and it was my first Disney experience at a race, watching her cheering her on. So after that I've had health problems through the years and I've been trying to heal myself, working on myself, so I decided I was going to run 2013 Tower of Terror and that 10 miles was just, you know, seemed like just out of this, you know, mind-boggling. I didn't think I could even run five miles. So we did that challenge and then just became addicted. After that, in 2015, we did our first princess and then, after our first princess a year later just 16, 17, we did a couple of half marathons and then we tried the full marathon in 2018. And then Dopey was 2020. Awesome, yeah, so we'll get-. I'm not. My sister has done all the Dopeys. She's just gone crazy with it. You know she says I started to support her and kind of got pulled into it and it's just become an addiction. My favorite thing to do is to run with her and now I have this big, you know this family and she's been able to. She was living in Florida, so she was able to run and do a lot of the runs with them.

Speaker 2:

Awesome.

Speaker 3:

And so I just sit from afar and watch it all happen. You're coming back this year. Yes, yes, yes, yes, I'm fundraising and trying to get back down there.

Speaker 2:

Awesome, all right. So we got Christine. Let her see. We've got three lovely ladies. They're all together joining us from New York City because they just did the New York City Marathon. So congratulations on that. All right, which one of you is gonna go first?

Speaker 6:

Me, ida Liz. So I'm from Puerto Rico. I started running. Actually, my motivation for running it was because I wanted to dress up at Disney. So it was like so people dress up to run, so I need to run to do that, to dress up at Disney. So that's fine, okay, it's fine. So I started running like a couple of five Ks. Back home. We don't have like a lot of like a run community back home in Puerto Rico, so I mostly do my runs in Disney. I'm a Disney runner so I love it. So I joined the group. I was one of those like 100 people that Christine was telling about the first join the group because I was. She was my first OB, my first marathon ever, like the full distance. I did a couple of half before, but not the full distance. So I was like completely scared and I was, I signed up for myself, like no one in my family runs. My husband ran a couple of half with me, but it's not his thing. He actually does do it for me, but it is like okay, you're fine. So now that I found my crew, he's like okay, you will do amazing, you go, you run, have the best time and I will cheer you on from here. So, yeah, I did a Dopey 2020, and then I have done Dopey ever since.

Speaker 2:

Wow, and I will attest that I've been to Puerto Rico several times it is chal. There's not those big long trails that you can run on. I mean, it is definitely very challenging to get in those long miles there. So good for you.

Speaker 6:

I'm just here and the weather is horrible. It's hot all the time.

Speaker 2:

Oh, that's yes, yeah.

Speaker 6:

That's why I miss the treadmill. So I do most of my miles, if not all of them, in treadmill, just because I'm not a morning runner only at Disney. And if I want to beat a little bit the heat back home, I will have to be up running at four or something. And that's not safe either because I run by myself, because I don't have running friends back home, or my running friends are all over the country. So I don't know the state so, but yeah, that's one of the things that definitely be part of this group has given me, because I didn't have any running friends. That motivates me, like push me, and I found that here so and they're my family now.

Speaker 2:

And we need that. We need that motivation, especially when turning for something as big as dopey. All right, dallas, representing Puerto Rico. Who's next?

Speaker 4:

Hi, it's me, my name's.

Speaker 2:

Leslie, hi Leslie.

Speaker 4:

I'm from Florida, born and raised from the Tampa area, very similar to me, dallas. I ran like a little bit, like you know, maybe like three or four miles just for like health reasons, and then in 2017, I had a friend say, hey, we should run a half marathon. I'm like nope. And they're like, no, we're gonna run at Disney and you can wear a costume. And I was like I can wear a costume. Oh yeah, I'm totally doing this. I'm like I don't know if I can run a half, but I'll try. So that was my first experience with a Disney race. And then I honestly never thought ever I would run more than a half. And then my husband ran dopey in 2019 without training, which I do not recommend to anybody, and I thought, well, if you can do it, that also. He's has become infamous in our group for his non-training.

Speaker 2:

There's so many of them, and yet they, I, just I don't.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, it's yeah. I would not follow his training plan, I'm gonna tell you something.

Speaker 1:

For all the interviews Riley did with people this weekend Carissa I mentioned it to you I think every single person interviewed said no, I really didn't train for this. So I'm beginning to believe that a larger percentage of people don't train. Then do prove me wrong.

Speaker 4:

I Don't know. It's definitely not something that I wanted to do. So when I, I was like, well, if he can do it without training, I can totally do this. So I signed up for for dopey in 2020. But I was like, look, I need all the help. I think it's gonna be my first marathon. You know, after all of these other races, I really need, I need accountability and I need to find, you know, people who are doing this with me. And so when I saw Christine's post that she was making this group that was geared towards, you know, first-time dopey runners who were gonna be following the Galway method which is what I used for my half in 2017 and for the other races that I had run I was like, oh my gosh, this is totally for me. And so I joined right away. I was one of those first hundred people and I was like I am all in. This is how I'm going to hold myself accountable. I'm gonna post every single run that is on the training plan, whether it's good, it's bad. Whatever, I'm gonna post it. I'm gonna be real, you know, and I don't really post a lot about me personally on my Facebook page, so this was like a place to be kind of very open about what I was doing and kind of put it all out there and Be vulnerable. And it was such a safe, a safe place to To do that and it was really amazing and the connections that we all made With all of the trials that we were going through the great training runs, the bad training runs, and just everyone was so motivating and encouraging. And so you know, then, once we finally met in person, which was I met a couple of people at Well, first at Disneyland Paris that was our first official run dobi, mark her on and Stephanie Heath, and then, after that one, we had or we had wine and dine where we had a bigger group meetup, and that's where I met Idalis and Paula and a few other people and I Remember just feeling like I knew them already and like they were already family. It was. It was pretty incredible.

Speaker 3:

Incredible.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, it was, you know, very emotional and then you know we knew so. Then we knew going into dobi weekend that we had this family already that was gonna support each other and yeah it was. It was really amazing. And now I'm happy to say that I completed that dobi successfully and All the rest sense and I've even like, roped my whole family into doing and I have two kids who are Seven and nine right now and they've run the princess race with us, which they enjoyed that. I think I didn't prepare them well for the fact that we were gonna be stopping a lot to take pictures, because they really just wanted to run Again.

Speaker 2:

You'll have to work with John on understanding that concept as well that there is entertainment on the course and that's part of what people enjoy, right, john? I?

Speaker 1:

You can't prove that by me. I had my head down. I was looking at my feet the entire time. I the only thing I got a picture of, was in front of a piece of topiary that I don't actually think was anything special for the race. So you know, I went the distance. I got to the finish line. I thought that was the point. Now I'm being picked on for not getting enough pictures. I can't win. I can't win, that's it.

Speaker 4:

So yeah, so that's, that's my story now. Now we run pretty much every race together and we go other places like New York City and run majors together, so it's pretty amazing and we're gonna get to that, because that is so exciting.

Speaker 2:

John and I are Obsessed with the New York City marathon and I want to run it but obviously, for obvious reasons, have never been able to. But we'll get to that. And then, lastly, I think we have Paula.

Speaker 5:

Yes, hello Hi, paula Tell us your story, paula Adams, from New Hampshire. My running history was I did not run when I was younger. It had very uncontrolled asthma, I could not breathe and was sick a lot actually. But in my 30s Try to start running and started learning about the Galway method through a friend, my friend Lynn, who introduced me to it and Found it really worked well for me. I did actually one full marathon I ran the Philly marathon without the Galway method and I felt terrible after I was trashed. But then I kind of started training for dopey. I did dopey right after that and 17 with her and kind of stuck with her and did the Galway method and found Even after a full dopey I felt so much better than I did with even that one full marathon without the Galway. But it was just very eye-opening for me and I started using, adopted that method and kind of worked, played around the intervals, found what worked for me and it's been wonderful for me and I I feel great at the end of races. I'm usually kind of passing people at the end who are gassed out because I've kind of learned how to pace myself with it and Really be in tune with my body. So it's been amazing, I did dopey in 17. That was the year that they had the cancelled half marathon because of the storms and we went out and ran around the resort because that was my first dopey and I wanted to Prove to myself yeah, those miles. So we went and ran around Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter in earn those miles and went and did the full. I was terrified but did it and it was amazing. I went back in 18 for redemption to do the whole thing. I figured that would be it, oh no. No so and then I also I should preface that I did, my husband and I did the Star Wars, the inaugural dark darkside challenge In 16. So that was actually my first Disney race and what an experience it was. It was crazy, was so much fun. But then found this group, like Christine said, some of the other, some of the other groups who won't name them, but there's some snarkiness.

Speaker 2:

The internet right. It leads to keyboard courage.

Speaker 5:

Are so funny and hysterical. But, yeah, it's not helpful when you're struggling and you're scared and you want to ask questions. So kind of join this group and just really clicked with everybody's personalities. The energy in this group is amazing and it still is. They keep it very positive. We work really hard on that and keeping encouraging. So yeah, I've been doing dopey ever since and just did my perfect year. Actually. Well, did we had a perfect season last year, did the cruise, it was amazing, so yeah. And then from there I've gone on to do ultra marathons, learning lots of fun things.

Speaker 2:

So see John, fun things, ultra marathons, fun things John.

Speaker 1:

Okay, okay.

Speaker 5:

You know, after I did dopey, I thought, oh my god, that was amazing. What else my body did that?

Speaker 1:

What else? What else can I do?

Speaker 2:

I.

Speaker 1:

I'm sorry. After I did my 5k, after I did my 5k, my body said you should retire now to a house on Lake Lucerne Somewhere and you've done everything you need to do. That's perfect. You know, I love that's. What I love about your group, too, is just the relentless positivity, which I think is really, really important. Now we know we you cover Puerto Rico, the lower 48. Tell us a little about the group as a whole. How many states do you cover, how many people, if you even know those things? How large are you and are you obviously continuing to grow?

Speaker 4:

so when we first finished the original dopey that the group was created for in 2020, we had around 600 people in the group and over the years it's grown to now over 4,600. Now, obviously, all those people don't come to every single race weekend, but really we have. We have people not just in the United States. We have quite a few Canadians, we have Belgian, french people, people from really all over Netherlands, australia, yep, the UK, australia, yeah, really all over.

Speaker 2:

so we're very international, international group now, if anybody wants to join, you know how can they do. That Is there like a snarkiness test.

Speaker 5:

They have to pass like before before getting in because I have to be honest.

Speaker 2:

I hate that about groups there I was in the annual pass holder group and I just that's a simple question like I didn't know, like if my magic band was Shipping and I had even looked it up, they were so mean. I was like, oh my gosh, I was like what?

Speaker 3:

that's what started this whole group, because they were, they were really mean to this one lady and they were saying go back and and we, you know, we got to this question several times and and it's so hard to go back when there's thousands of posts to go through, you know, and I was like I just want a small group, let's just ask, you know, and keep it small. And there were so many times too, when you don't feel good and you get on that line, you don't want to run your 45 minutes, you know. Or that day, that training, you get on and you see this Leslie smiling with her little picture every day, every day, and I was like, oh, I got to get out. I don't want to, but I'm gonna do it, you know. And and that's what the positivity in this group has been the main value We've kept, you know. So there's no snarky test, but the moderators are really good to to to Put out fires when they see something getting a little bit and or jumping and answering questions, even if we've heard the question a thousand times and you have to because it is as we're gonna go through Any run Disney race if you haven't done it.

Speaker 2:

Especially dopey is a lot to kind of wrap your brain around. So we know there's a lot of dopey experience here. So when this podcast comes out it'll be about three weeks until dopey and I think in that time a lot of that. As with any big Challenge like that, I don't know if I can do this. I'm not gonna be able to do this. It starts to come out. So do any of you have a little pep talk for those athletes to how to get through that sort of doubt?

Speaker 5:

Trust your training. If you're hopefully you're training but forward momentum, believe in yourself. I really, truly believe in Positive self-talk. You have to train your mind to be positive. Don't get down on yourself on your runs. Don't start telling yourself things like oh my god, I'm not going fast enough, I'm not gonna make it, I'm not good enough. Everybody's faster than me. Don't do that. Stop look around you. Focus on something else. Focus on people around you. Talk to people. Tell yourself you're doing great. Forward momentum. Just keep moving forward. Even if it's slow, we believe in you. You've got this. Just keep moving forward.

Speaker 4:

Really in the mile that you're in you know. Focus on that. Focus on getting through that mile. Focus on you know the next, the next light post. Focus on you know that person ahead of you and try to talk to them. Strike up a conversation with somebody next to you. That always makes the miles go faster for me. Chunk it up.

Speaker 5:

We talked about Chunking it up miles to think about, like you said the next five k or one mile or whatever it is. You can get through half a mile. Look at the person next to you, say I'm really struggling and they will help you. It's amazing. Runners are the most amazing positive people in my life and you're never alone out there at least on the back, the pack.

Speaker 3:

Back of the packs.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, we're back. We're party in the back, that's for sure.

Speaker 3:

15 minute mile is still Disney legal, you know. And people get down on themselves when, when they have to walk a mile or to catch their breath. And you know that was one of the themes I was seeing at the at the very beginning Was people would get down on themselves for going 15, you know, doing a 15 minute mile pace during their training and it was like that's fine, you're still Disney legal, just get in the miles. Get in the miles because the adrenaline keeps you going. At Disney they got the music going, you're around all that energy, so your 15 minute miles going to take off a little bit, you know. So it's a. It's that self-talk, like she said, and in the end, and in the end everybody gets the same metal.

Speaker 1:

You get the picture at the finish line, so really it's. It's getting to that finish line that's most important. So let me ask this question for those people like myself who have never, never, done a dopey, some people out there who may be considering it what are your tips for, as opposed to successfully compete, completing just your training together to feel, to have that any little of confidence, and either, imagine that very first race, lot of doubts creeping into people's minds. So what are your tips for for training to get there?

Speaker 4:

So your mind's in the right place, I Think definitely following, you know choosing a training plan that's gonna suit your Schedule. In following that training plan, for me it was a galloway training plan. I know other people use others.

Speaker 2:

What people use other types of training other than Galloway? No, he is the official run Disney training consultant. For a reason but wait.

Speaker 4:

Not in this house.

Speaker 3:

Consistent with his training gives you confidence. You know if you, if you're missing it, missing a training here and there, you're gonna kind of lose confidence of you. Know I'm not on track and Staying very consistent. Even if you go out for your 45 minute run and you walk it the whole time, you consistently stayed with that. It's a discipline that the team helps with, because there are days where you do want to quit or you want to. You know you don't you just want to skip it and Plugging into. This team has has been just I.

Speaker 2:

Hold on, christine, you went away, oh no.

Speaker 1:

Wait, we lost. We lost Christine's audio.

Speaker 2:

Christine, you muted somehow. I Don't know if you touch something or what happened.

Speaker 1:

Normally it's me making these mistakes.

Speaker 3:

I Don't know.

Speaker 2:

You remuted unmute again.

Speaker 1:

Yes, I'll be taking care of when we have our own three. Two, one go the studio that's right. That's we're working on that.

Speaker 2:

I do you want to repeat what you said, christine? I don't know, I know, I know that's okay. That's okay getting through all right. We're gonna talk more about the sort of the motivation, but there are a lot of logistics that go into doing it dopey. One of those is packing. So do you guys have any tips for how to successfully pack for dopey?

Speaker 6:

So one of the things that I do obviously we are huge costume wear, so we have a costume for every race. So what I always do and I think everyone here does, it's like we put in big sit blocks like everything that you are going to need for that day, like everything, so you know that you have everything that you need. And then, obviously, those sit blocks that you can sit on them and seal it. It saves a lot of space in your luggage as well. So, obviously, list I do list all the time like what do I need? Okay, for the pad, for the tank, for the half, for the full, and obviously, like all the outfits for the parks, because obviously you need to coordinate as well. But, yeah, packing for Dolby it's a lot, it's definitely a lot, but you definitely need to start planning in advance and do all the lists or whatever works for you Digital lists, paper and pen and paper lists definitely everything that you will need for their race and their recovery, because you definitely need to take care of yourself, because you are going to wake it be waking up early, very early and running a lot of miles what?

Speaker 1:

about we always talk. Go ahead, John. I'm sorry, chris. I'm just going to say we always talk about that. The logistics of running a race, a run Disney race, are so different from other races that you have any tips for people that way, because we see a lot of discussion about to stay in a resort, to not stay in a resort on property, off property, transportation, all of those things, because those are things that people who may very well be shooting for seven minute miles in their marathon they may never have run a Disney before and don't know about that. So what about some logistical things otherwise that you would recommend?

Speaker 4:

Oh, wow, that's a lot. Just give us all the tips, all the tips you have All the tips. I think you need to find your comfort zone as far as where you're staying. I know we've all stayed both on property and off property. Having the buses is really convenient, but sometimes there's long lines for the buses and that can stress people out. Sometimes people want to have control over getting themselves there. That way they know where they're going and the bus won't get lost or that does happen sometimes so you can also drive yourself from the resort. But then there's road closures. So I think you have to find your level of comfort as far as where you're staying. Definitely give yourself more time than you think you're going to need to get there in the morning. Once you get over there, you have to park and then there's a long walk to get over to the corral. You've got to go through security, you've got to go all the way into the waiting area and then there's stuff to do there. There's entertainment, there's characters to meet. We have meetups. We always have meetups in the morning before the races, so you can kind of socialize and meet your people. So having extra time is not bad. You don't want to be that person who's running to your corral to get in because you're running late, or also you want to leave time in case you get something. If you have, if you bring the wrong bib for Dopey and you have to go back and switch your bib, that's the problem.

Speaker 2:

Can you break that down though, for newbies who are listening, because that's something different too. Can you talk about the bibs?

Speaker 4:

Okay, so for Dopey you'll get two different bibs. You'll get a bib for the five and then 10K and then one and a half and a four.

Speaker 6:

They are different colors and it has like four. What are they for? But you have to pay attention. We usually do, like a reminder, post the bag before, like, remember, your bib color for tomorrow is this one. So, because it could be easily confused, you know you can confuse people but you definitely need the bib that the race that you are going to run, especially because it has a different corrals. You could be in different corrals for the five and 10 and they have on the pool. So you definitely need to pay attention to that.

Speaker 2:

See, john, did you even know that, that there were different bibs?

Speaker 1:

I assumed that, but I would have no working knowledge of that clearly.

Speaker 2:

No, but it's amazing all the logistics from a Disney side and from an athlete side that go into this, and I hope that people that are coming for the first time just kind of take it with a grain of salt that it's a massive race. There's a huge amount of people, so it's not your local 5K where you show up, you saunter in the crowd, you're gone in a matter of five minutes. It takes a big production because there's literally in our half-sinfolls of 25,000 people that have to go through all this. So the logistics is something you also need to plan for too. Just like you said, always being there earlier, because early is much better than late.

Speaker 3:

Yeah, you know how Disney, they're masters at moving people along and getting you to where you need to go and you just kind of get lost or not lost, but you get in with the crowd and you go. So if you get up and you're on the buses around 315, is that about the time, 315?

Speaker 4:

I think there's about three. Yeah, there might be buses at three.

Speaker 3:

At three, yeah, 315, 320. Around that time you get on that first go, but that first group that goes and you're having a lot of fun. So you don't want to miss out on all the music and just the experience seeing everyone in their costumes first thing in the morning, you know, and you get off the bus and you just march along and just experience it all and it is, it's so wonderful. You're almost just kind of lost in the magic for a while. But if you just follow the crowd they pretty much guide you and you don't know where you're going. You ask you know, I remember me and my sister were so lost. We were asking people and they were like, oh yeah, over there, this corral, that you know, and we just went along and but we did give ourselves time. That is big, because you don't want to be, you know, rushing and worry, and I would think the first my advice would be for your first race, go to the hotel or stay on a resort, because they actually know your, you know, they know what's going on, they get you to the bus and then you have the times, you know where the bus is going to be and so it is pretty smooth if you give yourself some time and just enjoy it, not just stress out, you know.

Speaker 1:

I also think something that I think people talk about too little is post race. I think everyone figures oh, I'm going to finish, I'm going to jump on a bus, I'm going to get back to the hotel and I'll be. You know, I don't, you don't wait in line anymore. But you know, I have a fast pass to get on Guardians of the Galaxy at, you know?

Speaker 2:

1130 or whatever. It's not a fast pass anymore, buddy. That's not really. That's not what. I don't know, I don't, I know.

Speaker 1:

I will edit this out along with the non-Galloway training stuff.

Speaker 2:

We're not going to know. However, you're going to own it. You're going to own this. It's called Genie Plus or Lightning Lane, and it's available in my Disney Experience app.

Speaker 1:

Okay, sure. Anyway, I believe that, the point being the point being that post race stuff, I think a lot of people are surprised by the fact that, again we said it, 25,000 people you know some people hanging around for the post race, the reunion lot, stuff for a while. It can take you a little bit longer to get back to your resort, your hotel, wherever that may be. You guys mentioned road closures throughout. Sometimes it's a little difficult. So that's the other thing I think you need to let people know Logistically. Just take a deep breath, you have your medal, just be a little zen about getting on with the rest of your day, and I would recommend that people not try to overload their day post race.

Speaker 2:

With all those fast passes that you have to go to the machine and you put your ticket in and it prints out a ticket for you. John, Is that the fast pass you remember?

Speaker 1:

I don't know. I don't know. How long has it been? I have no idea. I get to the park. I am not a cast member so I don't get into the park. My wife is, but she has to get all of our other relatives in. I get there once a year. It's usually with a VIP tour. That's come to an end, Don't worry, that's come to an end as well. So I just I have no working knowledge of anything that happens in the parks.

Speaker 2:

It's okay, John.

Speaker 1:

We still love you.

Speaker 2:

We still love you. But, John, did you ever do the fast pass where you put your ticket in and it printed out a little no?

Speaker 1:

Really, absolutely not. That's great. I know All right. I know people I'm not able to traverse.

Speaker 2:

It's because someone else has done it before John Pelkey. Ladies and gentlemen, john.

Speaker 1:

Pelkey Now.

Speaker 2:

Paula, before we move on, you seem like you had a. You wanted to say something a little earlier.

Speaker 5:

I was just going to say be prepared to stand around and wait a lot before. So it also be prepared for every and any type of weather while you're packing, because the weather can shift dramatically from the time you fly down or drive or arrive to the race day. So I've been freezing cold in those corrals. Somehow the weather in Florida is more humid and that cold can go right through you. So you can be standing out there for several hours in that corral waiting to start and you can be absolutely freezing, you could be hot, you could be rained on. So bring ponchos, bring throwaway clothes, bring gloves, bring heat packs, bring extra Mylar blankets.

Speaker 4:

I would say Bring options for your costume.

Speaker 6:

Yes, yeah.

Speaker 4:

You have an A plan B.

Speaker 3:

You'll be able to layer if it's cold out for some reason the throwaway clothes was one of the biggest. Someone told me, just go to a goodwill or somewhere you know and grab some old sweatshirts or whatever and you'll see when you're running, people throwing their stuff and just on the side of the road and they say they pick those up and bring them back to the goodwill. So it's like it cycles through. So that was a really good tip. Someone gave me years ago the throwaway clothes.

Speaker 5:

We just generally be prepared for different weather and be prepared to be waiting and just try to embrace that and try not to get feeling hurried or stressed out or impatient or frustrated. It's just part of the experience.

Speaker 4:

It's a different animal running in Disney and it's just different and embrace how fun it can be and I think that's true for the whole race experience, because we asked some of our members for tips too and a lot of them said be prepared, be ready to be flexible, because when you get out there on the course there's going to be things that happen that you can't control. It might get congested in some areas, you might have to switch your intervals up, it might be hotter than you expected, you might not be feeling great. So be prepared to not be following your plan exactly and for things to kind of go in a way that maybe you didn't expect, and just be flexible with it and take the whole day in that kind of spirit.

Speaker 1:

All right if we're done berating me for my lack of knowledge of what it takes to have a few more questions. By the way, somebody else bought the VIP tour and had nothing to do with me. Karissa can back me up on that?

Speaker 2:

Yes, I can. You've never mentioned that before. Neither of us and I've been on several VIP tours, thankfully from other kind humans.

Speaker 1:

I'm glad that we're dealing with this logistic thing and we're gonna move into costumes now, because that is a big part of what we do For people who are costuming or deciding to costume for Dopey. What are some tips there? Because I know at the starting line, karissa and I and Riley and Tracy, we'll see people in costumes and we're like, ooh, mile seven, that's gonna get the thing. What are your tips for people costuming and for first timers? Should you maybe and I don't wanna say pull back from that, but really be aware that you're still going the distance? So if you're wearing a life-size spaceship Earth suit might not be really conducive to getting to the finish.

Speaker 4:

I don't know if that fits within the rules these days of life-size spaceship.

Speaker 2:

Yet we're not experts on the rules, so we are not the best people to ask about that, but just in terms of like, yeah, what have you guys had a new trial era? These things are great, you know. Glitter fabric around the arms not great, you know.

Speaker 4:

And not gonna. Yeah, you definitely have to do trial runs with your costume. You wanna make sure that you are practicing with the pieces that you're planning on wearing that day? To bring up my husband again, he just, we're gonna wear lights for a race for one of the actually it was the first one and nine that we met each other and I said well, you should probably practice with those before you know we race in them and he's like oh no. I'll just wrap them in the morning. Well, let's just say he ended up with a light wedgie. The lights ended up in places that we did not want them, and he had to run the entire race with things in places that he didn't want them in, so definitely.

Speaker 2:

That's gonna be the clip from the show. Right there, folks. If we can get a picture of the costume, Weston will make a reel. Avoid the light, wedgie.

Speaker 1:

And I am so texting that to Riley Claremont and that is literally gonna be his tips for people in the corral for Marathon Music. You don't wanna light wedgie people.

Speaker 5:

People, you don't wanna light wedgie. This is the main takeaway we want to be known for.

Speaker 2:

It is a good point, though, and I live here in Central Florida. You're going to have my hair, yes, right on the trail, and I did see last year before Marathon, people in tutus and Donald Duck bills coming towards me, and I was super excited for them. They had no idea who I was, but I was like you're doing it, they're doing what they're supposed to, and I know that is silly, maybe for you Adolas on the treadmill, I don't know if that works out well, you know those Puerto Ricanos are like what is she doing, but you have to because you don't wanna be at mile 17 with a light wedgie.

Speaker 1:

Yes, Well, and it's really in all seriousness, it's really a great tip, because I it's not something I would have thought of is that, yeah, you really ought to run a couple of times in what your costume is, to get used to it, because maybe that table around you, which the table guy had to put his table away because the rules are already there, they're just enforcing them. I think a little bit more now because of the crowdedness and everything, but that is if we can leave people with anything. If you're gonna put a costume, we'd love seeing it, but please take it out for a trial, run a little bit and see how it works out.

Speaker 2:

Kid, did you wash the lights afterwards?

Speaker 4:

I'm pretty sure the lights got trashed after that. Yeah, that's hope.

Speaker 1:

Let me get it out of the way yeah, Doesn't mean there was like a as the son of an electrician. Check in with me. Check in with me if you have any lighting issues.

Speaker 6:

Yeah, another tip is like no matter that how the other pieces that you put on for your costume, but probably use your base pieces like the trusted base pieces you know like your pair of leggings that you are used to wear, the sports bra that you are used to wear, probably like the shirt or tank that you trust, you know, if probably you don't have, and then you put like layers of the costume over it. that will definitely help you of feeling more comfortable and it depends on how your level of commitment for the costume, because some people they have like their priority is more comfortable, at least for me, and I know Leslie is like, okay, fashion and costume come first and people come later. So I mean we ran the full with wearing full jackets for the ringmaster, the Dumbo right, like the best members. So we ran like a full 26.2 miles with jackets. So and people will be like what, what about this? It's fine, it's fine, we got this.

Speaker 4:

And last year we had dresses and print-a-lens and fastenators. So I think it's just you know your level of comfort with costume too. So you know that's something that we're used to doing. So when people see us on the course they'll say things like oh my gosh, I can't believe you're running in that, but we're used to doing that. That's something that we do, we practice in. We run almost every race with with props, like, if you're bringing a prop, make sure you practice carrying that prop so you don't get prop arm, as our friend Christine Prishanson would say. So you know, because you're gonna be carrying that. I've carried a pole for you know a 13 miles of a half.

Speaker 6:

I know you carried a Dumbo for a pole Dumbo for 26 miles, oh umbrellas. Or jellyfish, oh umbrellas.

Speaker 4:

We were the jellyfish and we had umbrellas for the 10-miler.

Speaker 5:

Yeah, my chiropractor was adjusting my shoulder to one, but it's fine, the hashtag worth it.

Speaker 2:

No, I think that's a great point of view that you're illustrating. You need, like, if you wanna have this fantastic costume just again, know that your time may be a little bit slower and that you're gonna have to handle that little level of discomfort. And that's kind of where we go back to. The Galloway method is because we're doing run walk, we're keeping that sort of that heart rate a little bit lower, we're giving our body that level to stretch. But I think that's a great concept. But if it's your very first dopey and you just maybe wanna bound with a shirt and stuff, that's okay. You can always amp it up with with your makeup, ladies, and your men too. You know the glitter, lips, the hair. Now I'm somebody. You guys have your ears on. Now they look beautiful. I've got about 10 minutes in me before ears hurt my head, so I'm better off with like a scrunchy ear. But figure those things out and you can find your way to add the Disney magic into your costume in a way that works for what your goals are.

Speaker 4:

Absolutely my first half. I just wore, you know, I was the queen of hearts and so I had like a little headband with a crown, and then I had, you know, a shirt that had a saying on it and like the skirt that matched the queen of hearts, you know, and that was it.

Speaker 2:

It was pretty low-key and then you know once we met each other, and then it was over, and then it just.

Speaker 4:

Yeah, the soaring costumes. You ran in soaring cast member costumes. And then from there, you know we were gone.

Speaker 6:

That was the first time. We did the first for one and then for the half for Tobi that we are starting matching.

Speaker 2:

And the recipe story. I cannot wait to see it their costumes are epic, Epic.

Speaker 3:

They've been featured on the Run Disney Ryan. Is that the main? No just the main yeah and the little bit and Instagram Website and stuff and their costumes. They are just amazing.

Speaker 2:

And we will get you guys to send us pictures so we'll make sure that everyone can see those when this episode comes out For each of you. Is there something you've learned through doing the dopes and you might have already said it before that you wish gosh? I wish someone would have told me this before you know my first dope. We might have touched on a lot of those, but is there anything even just like how it feels when you're done?

Speaker 4:

So I know another one of our members, matt Starris. He reminded us that the half is kind of like the make or break day. So you know, for me personally and Ydallus, we kind of like to take it easy on the first three days, because even when you're done with those first three days of dope you still have not hit the halfway point in your mileage that you're going to be running out.

Speaker 2:

Even though we tell you you're 75% of the way done, Right, but you're not.

Speaker 6:

You are three or four. Three or four days.

Speaker 1:

That's all. I'm trying to give people a little positivity. I'm trying to tell you, be positive. Look three out of four days done.

Speaker 6:

You're almost there, it's important to face yourself, Not go all in for the five days 10 and a half, because you still have to get through the full and that's where you need to actually have all the energy that you can have. And it's completely normal to wake up that fourth day thinking I cannot do this. It's completely normal. But you have to shift up those thoughts and say that I can do this, it's possible, train for this, I train for this. I got this because you will feel the 22.4 miles in your body that morning.

Speaker 4:

In the early morning.

Speaker 6:

Yes, there's no way that you will not feel it. But you can do this If you have to trust yourself and just have positive thoughts that you are going out there and you are going to get it done.

Speaker 3:

Yeah.

Speaker 2:

Good advice there. Yeah, it is tough and, to be honest, sometimes we wake up on that fourth morning and we're like, okay, All right, you know, we got, you know, because it is. It just does that weird. You can't prepare for that schedule, no matter how early you go to bed, and it's that wake up. It's like what is it? Okay, you know, we're going to our voices. You know you guys' legs, it's our voices that get a little, a little croaky there at the end. John, you're pretty good at not getting too croaky.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, my voice holds together pretty well, though I struggled. I got a little puberty with my voice a half dozen times during this weekend. So I think maybe I'm, I'm, I'm aging out in reverse. I got a little Benjamin Button thing getting I'm getting. My voice is getting younger as my body gets older. But yeah, it's. It's funny too because we talk and we joke about this. But you know, most of us come from a theater background and the second act is always supposed to be shorter than the first act. So this whole idea that you've run for three days and you haven't really gone half that distance of the weekend is really really crazy. I have often offered up that Disney should do one of these in reverse just to see how people hold together and how few people show up for the 5K, because I convinced we'd have about 800 people show up for the 5K if they had to start with the half.

Speaker 4:

I don't know, though, we've done a reverse Dopey virtually who and it wasn't that bad. It's kind of nice to get the hard part over.

Speaker 1:

All right, I'm, I'm, I'm keeping that.

Speaker 4:

I will say um with that in mind. It's. I think it's really important to do those back to back um trainings, for you know, with the Galloway method, is making sure that you have those, those, uh, the SIM days right. So you've got those four days um back to back Um. To me that's super important, so that you um kind of get the feeling of having those four days where you're, you're, you're waking up and you're still tired. You're not. You might not be doing the full mileage that you're going to do during Dopey, but um, you're still getting that feeling of having those back to back races and you're running on those tired legs. I agree with that Good advice.

Speaker 5:

That are key, even if you have to. You know, month saying or suggesting skipping 45 minutes runs during the week. But sometimes life happens with all of us and things happen in our life and if you can't get to it, yes, I think the most important is those weekend long runs, especially those back to back, getting your legs tired, running on tired legs and knowing what that feels like, because it's going to hurt, no matter what, and just getting used to it and knowing your body can actually do it, trusting yourself.

Speaker 1:

Really, really good advice across the board. All right, I mispronounced shenanigators because I thought it was shenaniganators, which, I will argue, rolls off the tongue. That one rolls off the tongue pretty easily and you and Carissa knows this about me the longer, uh, the more syllables in the word, the more I want to use it, because that's my phone. Intellectual self stepping up. But can you tell us about the shenaniganators, which is what I'm going to call it from now on?

Speaker 6:

It's very it's okay, we can chase the same thing. I like it. I like it.

Speaker 1:

Shenaniganators. It just comes out. It's like you know, shenanigators, you know, and Carissa's not going to like it as a Florida state person.

Speaker 4:

It's the whole gator thing.

Speaker 1:

But tell us, because I have a feeling the shenanigators uh, you know, post race is a probably have a lot of fun.

Speaker 5:

We like to have fun, like we like to interact with people around us and laugh and joke. And when we are in costume, we are in character. We actually change. So we have a thing also where we do our run walk intervals. We name them different things according to whatever our character is. So we did, uh, beer maidens, I'll call them.

Speaker 6:

Dopey.

Speaker 5:

Yeah, um, and you know we were, you know, shouting pros and getting people cheering around us, and basically we just like to hype up everybody around us and have a good time. And then we just interact with everybody and have a good time and after the, after the race, we always go see, we're looking for the beer garden.

Speaker 3:

We were asking everybody where the beer garden was.

Speaker 5:

All the water stops were asking if this is the beer garden and we found the beer garden in, you know, german accent.

Speaker 6:

Yeah, I hope no non-German people was around. We kept a photo of it.

Speaker 5:

Yes, I'm sorry I'm butchering your language. Just things like that, Just having fun and getting into character and playing around, and after the race we like to go see DJ CJ oh yeah, shout out to CJ, shut up and actually dancing is very therapeutic.

Speaker 4:

Yeah.

Speaker 5:

And to find out it stretches things out. Yeah, and since you off it, you feel good to move around and dance. So we always go over and say hi and dance.

Speaker 6:

We have our signature song that he knows that he has to play for us.

Speaker 5:

We have a couple now. Yeah, we have a couple.

Speaker 6:

We have a runway. We like to do runway.

Speaker 5:

Stage and everybody can join. We get everybody will drag other people in and get them to play around and dance with us and have fun. It's about having fun when we're there, we just blow off a lot of steam.

Speaker 6:

We always close the whole thing down the last day. We always see that they are turning the old the, the carbs and the, the, all the things that basically they're telling us to please leave now. Yeah.

Speaker 5:

I think the last time they have to leave.

Speaker 4:

Okay, the last time they sent a golf cart to take a store car.

Speaker 2:

Yeah.

Speaker 5:

Yeah.

Speaker 2:

And then he sent a golf cart for us, Like please leave, that's, that's service. Well, that's something that for newbies you might not realize. Maybe the post race is more fun than the race. So you got to go back to that, that lot that we started out, where the character photo ops are, because we do have an amazing DJ that will keep you moving and you can have a lot of fun there as well. We're going to not talk about Disney, which is tough for us. The three of you Dallas, Leslie and Paula you are sporting your New York city marathon medals today. Congratulations. Can you tell us a little bit about that race?

Speaker 5:

Wow, oh boy.

Speaker 6:

I can say that if you think the commute to Disney races is better, oh my gosh.

Speaker 5:

Oh my gosh.

Speaker 6:

And like, obviously I'm more of a Disney runner Obviously so, and I wanted to have the experience. This was my first marathon out of Disney, so it was completely different.

Speaker 4:

It was just making a major.

Speaker 6:

Sure, why not, um? But oh my God, that obviously you don't have to wake up at 2am like Disney, but we do wake up like a 545 to start the commute, you know like the walking, the subway, the ferry, the buses, and then um, and then you start. We started on the way five, so it was like at 1130 or noon we crossed the start line and that's actually like the time that we are crossing the finish line in Disney and then we started to run and we finished. Obviously, we are patting back, um, we take a long time. It's fine, um, and we finished at night. So we were like completely high and tired and it was time for bed. It's not like at Disney that we are. Uh, we finished like around noon or one and then if you have like the whole day to decompress and then go into bed, so it was completely different, um, but I mean it's good, but if I'm missing one and I know I'm not doing this, okay, let's go to one and die. I thought you could be at the after party.

Speaker 2:

At you know you, you didn't even get an after party. Maybe you got some pizza.

Speaker 4:

I was talking about this, but we will say we were so upset that we were missing it that we actually went to the expo for wine and dine on Thursday, and then we flew here.

Speaker 5:

Wow here from Orlando commitment. Wow, I went to the Halloween party the last Halloween party we went to the expo. Surprise, it's a bunch of our friends that didn't expect us there. They were saying things like oh my God, what are you guys doing here?

Speaker 2:

Are you?

Speaker 5:

lost.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, that's amazing, I love that.

Speaker 1:

And it's and Chris knows this it's the race that fascinates me outside of Disney the most because having, you know, being very familiar with New York city, the logistics to put that on, and I know some people who work it, it's really really remarkable. But I have to imagine, you know, running through all the boroughs and everything in New York there is, that would be really. I mean, I'd prefer to do it in the golf cart you mentioned earlier. So if they could get that for me, that'd be great. But it has to be and shout out to the folks who put that on because that is, yeah, it's unbelievable.

Speaker 4:

It's amazing. It's amazing. Volunteers were amazing and all the people who come out. I was telling the girls the other day that I mean there were so many people, there was so much energy. Like kids Like yeah, kids, dogs I find the dog, yes, but it's like you. I feel like, especially for us, because we're we're so like, oh, all the time that you know you're giving this energy back to the crowd, like the crowd's giving it to you, you're giving it back. But by the time we got to like the halfway point, I was like, oh, my gosh, I'm exhausted, not from my run, but from this energy that I'm.

Speaker 6:

That I'm like yeah, Like you know, every two seconds, and we were wearing costume, of course, with our name. People were obviously like reacting to the costumes and we have to. You know, we're spent back and it was. It was great.

Speaker 5:

I will tell you, my face hurts. Yeah, smiling the whole time. I didn't train for that. The, the, the, the crowds were unbelievable.

Speaker 1:

It was amazing, you hear this?

Speaker 5:

right, you do hear this from. Everybody talks about New York, but until you experience it, I kept the whole. I can't believe this. This is unbelievable, it was insane. And there was only one section that was quiet the Queensborough Bridge. Yeah, there was nobody cheering on it, but the entire race, the entire 26 miles, was loud cheering. All the boroughs were just unbelievable. The energy was unreal. Screaming your name If you run, if you run this race, I get I. You have to put your front, your name on the front of your shirt because they'll be screaming your name the entire way chanting it megaphones music.

Speaker 6:

Unless you have a name that people cannot.

Speaker 2:

Yeah how that yeah, Italy, Italy and Ida Los I got like it's all.

Speaker 6:

Yes, I got like it's the job is. I got a list.

Speaker 2:

But there had to be some boroughs where they were like I see you, girl, I see.

Speaker 6:

I was a lot of Puerto Ricans on the course, yes, and I saw that flag, I was like, yeah, this is my flag.

Speaker 1:

Yes, I was very proud. It's just such a cool. The fact that they can shut that city down to do that is just is remarkable to me. So we want you at Wine and Dine, folks. But if you're not and you want to pick another race, do New York and let us know what it's like, because it's one, sadly, we're never going to get to see, probably unless they start moving those around. So run Disney, reconsider your date.

Speaker 5:

I know I wish they weren't the same weekend because I would have done both back to back.

Speaker 1:

Yeah, yeah, in fact I was invited to actually to go, because I do the Colfax Marathon at Denver and I was invited by some people who worked in New York to come up and stay with them and just volunteer and see what it was like, but of course it's Wine and Dine weekend, so I don't have an opportunity to do this. All right, ladies, we don't want to keep you for the entire day. As much fun as this is and as much great information, and thank you so much for that, because there's a lot of stuff that came up today that I don't think I haven't thought about. I'm sure, carissa, even as a veteran runner, there's some stuff that really was helpful for people. But we do have standard closing questions, so I'm just going to pick Paula randomly to answer this first one. When you get to a hard place in either a race or a workout, how do you motivate yourself to keep going?

Speaker 5:

I try to really be just calm down and try to think of my future self and really push myself. And this is I think Ashley Paulson says this and I love her I haven't come this far to only come this far. That's a great mantra. You've come this far, think of the time all you've been through. You've been through your worst days ever and you've made it through and you know what you're going to make it through and I think of my future self and I try to just I don't want to let myself down and just think of pushing through. Pain is temporary or whatever we're going through and just keep going, keep forward momentum. I learned that a lot in ultra running also forward momentum. It doesn't mean, you know, don't stop. If you have to slow down, that's okay. If you have to readjust, to recalibrate or, you know, recalculate your goals, just keep me moving forward and try to stay positive, reach out for help.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, I think that's a great point. I think I finally learned that, after doing so many marathons, where there's a point in a marathon where you know I'm a I'm a time goal person, right, I like have a time goal and you'll get to that point, I can't, I'm not going to make my goal, and you just give up, right. But I've learned to say to myself don't give up on yourself, don't give up on yourself. You can have that hard mile, you can take that little bit longer break, but if you give up on yourself, you're saying no, so, no matter what it is, just don't ever give up on yourself. Exactly what you were saying like be there for that other version of you Just keep buying in, keep betting on yourself, even when it hurts, even when you have to slow down, don't say I can't, because once you do that, you're just on that sort of the graveyard walk, right, that never ends. So that's why I like the well, I run, walk, run, because it's like well, nope, I got to go again. I have to keep moving, you know, and kind of keeping that. Leslie, we have a question for you because, as you know, we see so many amazing things. You know the running community there. It's so powerful. So many people overcome so much. What is the most inspiring thing that you can think of that you've seen at a race?

Speaker 4:

So we were talking about that the other day and I think it's not necessarily a single thing. I think it's how these race weekends really make you see the good in humanity, when you see, first of all, I feel like everybody has their, you know their things that they're overcoming. You have runners who have overcome cancer. You have runners with disabilities. You have runners who you don't know the things that they're going through, but you see people on the course who are stopping their race to help other people, who are slowing their pace down to encourage another runner who might be struggling. All of the spectators that come out to give their energy to the runners, like all of these amazing things that people are doing. They're you know they're stopping, you know they might be changing their goals, that they can help another person, and I think that it really kind of restores your faith in humanity and really shows you how good people are really and that, to me, is very inspiring.

Speaker 1:

Absolutely, and we only touched the tip of the iceberg. So, talk to people, anybody who's out there running, talk to the people around you. You will find out some amazing stories that will really really help you through. Okay, one more, christine. I'm going to throw this out to you initially, but this is for everybody, if you have some place, if people want to follow you personally. But, christine, first of all, let's talk about the group. The hashtag run to dopey group. If people want to follow people want to join, where do they do that?

Speaker 3:

Okay, we've got our Facebook group, which you can just type in the search engine, run hashtag, run dopey and we pop up. We are working on our website now to get it up and running and to collect email addresses just in case something happens to Facebook or anything goes wrong. We have people's email addresses that we can still keep in touch somehow. So we've just got a lot of work with the website. The website is run dopeycom but we still have, you know, work to do on it. We're going to be putting some merchandise Idalia's is one of the best Merchant, you know, shirtmaker ever and we want to showcase her stuff and just, you know, showcase people that are fundraising and just, we've got a lot, a lot of ideas. We're wanting to go into nonprofit, you know, and try to make Rundopi, you know, get our own bids and stuff eventually. So we're working little by little, gathering information, and that's where we're going in the future with this, or we're wanting to.

Speaker 2:

Well, you guys have done great stuff so far. Just from that little thought of getting people to a positive community to help and get so many people across that finish line Christina Dallas, Leslie, Paula, thank you so much for spending time with us. We will see you guys all very soon at Walt Disney World. Thank you, Thank you for having us.

Speaker 6:

This was amazing.

Speaker 5:

All right athletes, here's the drill Time to shape up your diet. Harissa, give them the goods.

Speaker 2:

All right, sarge. Now we've talked about the Mediterranean diet before, johnny. We're going to talk about it a little again, because I think it's such a good base to build your diet on. John, when you think about your diet and we say it all the time your diet's not terrible, but something goes awry. Do you think you incorporate any something? There's a problem.

Speaker 1:

There's something wrong with John. What's wrong with John?

Speaker 2:

So, for those of you listening, we are taping this two days after Widen Dine, so I think that's a little bit of our punchiness. Is still a sleep recovery, but do you incorporate Mediterranean diet elements into your suspect diet?

Speaker 1:

Yeah, as much as I know about, obviously, the Mediterranean diet, we do a lot of fish in our and try to do though my wife doesn't enjoy the oily fish quite as much as I do and I know those are generally better for you but yeah, we incorporate a lot of that. My diet is a pretty decent diet, it's just my cheat days are bad and my lack of consistent exercise is probably why I look the way I do. I'm sorry.

Speaker 2:

It's okay. It's really just for you, a Jody, that you need to apologize to. Oh man, we should always do these. We should just do these after the race. That would be hilarious. All right, but back to the Mediterranean diet. So what I wanted to just kind of reinforce with that yes, like it's an amazing diet. So there was a study that just came out that found that a higher adherence to the full Mediterranean diet, with which we'll talk about in a minute, was associated with a 29% lower risk of all cause mortality and a 28% lower risk of cancer compared to the people who were farthest away from that diet. And the Mediterranean diet is not just a diet but a lifestyle. So what you want to focus on is less animal proteins, so more of the fish, like you're doing, but also more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, definitely the olive oils, the things like that. So where they think that this benefit this essentially a 30% reduction in your risk of all cause mortality came from following the Mediterranean eating habits which I just talked about. But here's what I think is cool Having adequate physical activity, focusing on rest and isn't this interesting? Focusing on social contact with people, and I think that's a real no, but you're not, because you're actually quite a social guy. Every time I talk to you, it's always went to my friend's house. So the run Disney weekends. Even though there are four or five of them six of them being at those weekends and, like we just saw with our Rundopi group, conversing with people in a positive way, that actually does help help you live longer. So I want to give a shout out to healthier you, because we're getting towards the new year and people maybe want to start looking at how can I improve my health habits. I'm a registered dietitian, so it is nutrition based, but we do talk about everything to sort of boost that overall what we call a life score. So it is. What you're going to get is a 12 week online program that each week you have a set of modules, videos that you want, meal plans, and then we have monthly chat. So we have a chat topic and then you submit your own personal questions that I answer. We record it. If you can't be there, we send it to you. So if you want to join, I'm giving out our biggest discount ever for the first of the year. It's Dopey, so use the code Dopey. You're going to get a huge discount. And then we have a special program that just rolled out this year where if you only want quarterly meal plans and to be able to join the monthly chats, we've got a special offer for that and that'll be coming out soon. But go to gallowaycoursecom and you can find out how to get on board with the healthier you. And shout out to Teresa. She has been, I call her like my poster child for success for healthier you. She's lost a lot of weight and that's not necessarily always the goal, but she has because she's learned how to sort of better, better, have nutrition habits.

Speaker 1:

Good information. You would have appreciated last night's meal for me. I ate very, very healthily.

Speaker 2:

Good. Well, you have to after the race week and you want to like get back to like the normal house.

Speaker 1:

You want to salmon some couscous with? Meats and feta cheese and sauteed vegetables.

Speaker 2:

Oh, that sounds so delightful. That was last night's dinden.

Speaker 1:

So, by the way, could I just shout out and I don't know if you haven't tried to do salmon in your air fryer, I highly recommend it. It comes out perfect.

Speaker 2:

We will. I will try that. Weston just walked in the door. Weston salmon in the air fryer, let's try that.

Speaker 1:

About eight or nine minutes on 400 degrees. It'll be a little pink in the middle and perfect. And if you're looking for a great marinade, I found one online last night Maple syrup, sriracha and garlic. Maple syrup, sriracha and garlic.

Speaker 2:

Weston's like over here. If that would have tried in the air fryer. Can I just tell you that I said, oh, let's make, we haven't done this. Weston's walking in with his Chick-fil-A bag going. We did that, babe, we did that. I don't remember. I mean, come on, you know, let's just.

Speaker 1:

See that? That again is my. That again would be my failing is that I would walk in with a Chick-fil-A suitcase and not not a, not just a bag.

Speaker 2:

We are not sponsored by Chick-fil-A, but we would actually accept that we would.

Speaker 6:

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Speaker 5:

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Speaker 1:

Thank you, sarge. Mason Motivates is sending us this question, Wants to know how the race course characters are selected. I do believe that Mark Ferrera touched on that a little bit. So if you haven't heard our interview with our director, mark Ferrera, he probably goes a little bit more in depth. But, carissa, I can answer to this a little bit, as can. You Obviously try to theme them as much as possible to whatever the theme of the race is, and what Mark and the creative group, the creative folks, are trying to do is to tell a story. So even if the characters don't necessarily 100% fit into, you know, the Enconto theme, to just to go back to last weekend, they will be telling the story of the race in some way. So that has to do with it. I mean, obviously there are a lot of things involved legally with intellectual property stuff and certain characters that can only do so much versus other characters, and I don't know a lot about that. You did work in character department. You might know a little bit more about that, but that has to do with it. But really they're trying to tell the story of the race.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, we try to tell the story, to kind of bring it all together, and sometimes maybe you're not going to connect those dots right away. But this was a banquet bash for wine and dine, so we wanted to have movies that had a concept of maybe a little bit of food there. And also, as Mark alludes to in his episode, he puts out a list of characters that he wants to get. Sometimes those costumes aren't available. Walt Disney wrote so we're at the mercy of other Disney parks around the world if they're willing to give us those characters, and sometimes those come with specific performers and things like that. So he has a blue sky and I know there's sometimes characters that are repeated. But for those of you that are maybe perfect seasoners, there's some people that are not and so they're excited to see those characters, even if you're like, oh, I've seen them again. We always try to have, you know, our fab five in there. So they do a blue sky, bring it into the theme a little bit and then try to say who's rare that we can bring in, who's going to be a good surprise? I can tell you for the 10 K meet. The Robinsons were out there and we turn the corner by the skyliner and the Robinsons movies playing, and so that was like a nice cue that hey, this is what's going to be going to be coming up next. So yeah, they do their best to try to make it creative, fun and also really tied in to that race theme.

Speaker 1:

Well, this is a go ahead. I was going to say we equated to, you know, because they're all the veterans who run all the racers like, oh my gosh, we see the same characters I equated to. I've seen Bruce Springsteen probably a dozen times. I don't need to hear born in the USA again. I don't need to hear dancing in the dark again, but a lot of people it's their first time around and they want those touchstones. However, we have and I believe this is still true the largest number of first time distance runners, so they haven't been through this before. So enjoy the ones that you've seen before and look for those surprises, because they really, really work hard to put a few of those out there.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, robin Hood and little.

Speaker 1:

John last week.

Speaker 2:

Super super fun to see them out there. All right, guys, this was a fantastic episode. We cannot wait to see you, as we're getting very close to the big one, the Walt Disney World marathon weekend. So if you guys have a story you want to share, if you have a question, even if it's a nutrition question, email us 321gopodcast at gmailcom, send us a message on Instagram and we will see you real soon.

Running, Travel, and Food
Car Shopping and Epcot Visit
Disney Cruise and Run Disney Planning
The Dopey Challenge and Running Community
Logistics and Tips for Dopey Challenge
Tips for Running in Costumes
Giving Positivity and Fun in Racing
Running the New York City Marathon
Motivation and Inspiration in Running
First-Time Distance Runners at Disney Marathon