Hi everyone! I have been away from the blog this weekend as I was running in the GA Publix Half Marathon in Atlanta. Stay tuned for recaps of my weekend this week here on Divas Run for Bling. Today, however, I have a little something special to share. Today is the I’m Fit Possible blog swap and Denise from Healthy Disney Family is here to share some great RunDisney tips. Enjoy and be sure to check out her fabulous blog!
Hi! I’m Denise and I blog at Healthy Disney Family. I’m so excited to be here with you on Heather’s awesome blog today! We were paired up together for the I’m Fit Possible Ambassador March blog swap and with our mutual love of runDisney and goal of both becoming Half Fanatics this year, it just couldn’t be a better fit 🙂
I’m here to share some planning tips for participating in a runDisney race. RunDisney races are awesome to participate in and are inclusive of everyone. Whether you run, walk, or do a combination of the two like I often do, you will find other like minded people who are out there to have a blast and do something good for their bodies.
- Register early – If you’re thinking about doing a runDisney race, check runDisney.com for the registration date and time of your race and put it in your calendar. Be ready to sign up as soon as registration opens as runDisney races have become extremely popular! The November 2014 WDW Wine and Dine Half sold out within 24 hours of registration opening earlier this month!
- Proof of Time – If you’re planning to do a runDisney Half Marathon, do a 10K or higher distance race in the months before your Half Marathon if you haven’t done one within the past year or so. It will qualify you for the right corral placement for your pace and estimated finish time. There is also a window to submit a race’s proof of time via e-mail after you register for your runDisney race, just check on runDisney.com for details.
- Training – Find a good training plan that you like and stick with it until the end. I followed runDisney Running Coach Jeff Galloway’s training plan to do the Tinker Bell Half at Disneyland. His training plans are available for free on runDisney.com. I liked using his iPhone app for training too.
- Hydrating – It’s very important to stay on top of hydration the week before the race. I have an extra 12 oz sports drink each day leading up to the race. I also run with a small pack that holds 2 water bottles filled with my favorite electrolyte mix to hydrate during the race.
- Consider vacationing after the race – Before our first Disney races as a family, we vacationed at Disneyland for several days before the race. Everything was fine for my son (200 meter race) and husband (5K). It was rougher for me doing the Half – my legs were tired before I even got to the starting line. I had a lot of race adrenaline to help push me through but I had wished my legs were fresher for the race.
For my second Disney race we went to Walt Disney World and vacationed after our races. It was a lot more fun! Once you’ve finished your race, you can wear your medals and finisher’s shirt around the parks. People will congratulate you and ask you questions about the races – it’s a truly awesome experience. Walking after a Half Marathon is excellent for active recovery too!
Hope you will find these tips useful when planning to run a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and/or Marathon at your favorite Disney Park! Be sure to check runDisney.com for any changes or updates to their races.
You can check out my blog HealthyDisneyFamily.com for upcoming runDisney race and training info. I’m currently training for my deferred February 2015 WDW Glass Slipper Challenge. I’m also hoping to get in for the 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge when registration opens next month!
Denise is a work from home mom blogger, bargain shopper, Disney fanatic, home cook, volunteer, and distance runner (26.2 x2, 13.1 x2, 10k x2, and lots of 5k’s).
She also knows a little about weight loss. With sheer determination, cleaner eating and exercise, she lost 110 pounds after the birth of her son. Her dream of running her first Half Marathon at Disneyland at her goal weight had a lot to do with the motivation to lose weight, as well as being a healthier and happier person, mom and wife.
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