November 3, 2012

Wine and Dine Race Day Activities

Since Wine and Dine is an evening race, we've been thinking a lot about how best to schedule the day of the race (10pm start time!).  We don't plan to go to a park that day and generally will be hanging out at our hotel, Caribbean Beach, to stay off our legs.  I hope we'll be able to sleep in a bit to help get us prepared for our late night fun.  I've been brainstorming of some activities that will keep us busy and (hopefully) keeping our minds from obsessing or worrying about the race.  So here are my ideas...

1: Hang out at the pool.  Caribbean beach has an amazing pirate-themed pool area with a few slides and plenty of space for lounging.  I wouldn't spend a ton of time out in the sun, but a little Vitamin D and some playtime might be a fun activity to calm our nerves.
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2: Puzzle time in the room.  On one of my recent trips to WDW, I found a cute puzzle with the parks and lots of characters.  We did a lot of puzzles growing up so every now and again, I like to set one up at the house for some mindless entertainment.  I'm planning to bring it in a Ziploc bag for easier transportation in my suitcase. 
3: Movie Time.  There are 5 of us in total running the Wine and Dine, so a movie "slumber party" may be fun.  It's really a shame they won't set up the outdoor movie screen for us in the afternoon... :)

4: Reading Time.  I already uploaded a few new books to my kindle to help distract me from race day jitters.  I also bought the November Southern Living...come to mama, yummy southern Thanksgiving fare!
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So tell us, dear readers, how do you keep busy the day of a night race?  We would love some more ideas!

{Christine}

10 comments:

  1. My kids will be running in their first RunDisney races that day! I am looking forward to their race almost as much as mine!

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  2. I would not suggested going to the food and wine festival and dancing to Off Kilter the day of the race! And I wonder why at the Tower of Terror 10 miler I got a side stitch at mile 7 :)

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  3. Good plan...lots of rest needed that day before! People make the mistake of walking around all day. No bueno.

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  4. Sounds like a great plan. I will be at the expo first thing in the morning. Then I'm working at the expo for a bit in the afternoon. Then hoping for a 2 hr power nap and then get ready at 6pm and head over for 8pm. SO EXCITED! (but I'm thinking I much prefer the get up early and get it over with kind of race rather than a night time race)...

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    1. Sandra,
      This is a first night race for us, so we are planning based on lots of reading/research. Hopefully we will not be too sleepy at the start! See you soon!

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  5. Fun post! Of course, I am the crazy that will wake up, run the 5K, run a few more miles around SSR then maybe relax a lil before the race ;)

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    1. Krissy, You are our running idol! I really wanted to run the 5k, but decided it was just too much since I have not run a race at night (and at my bedtime) before. I will be drooling all over your Jingle Jungle medal that would look so cute on a Christmas tree!

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    2. OMG! It is my bedtime too, that will be my biggest challenge!! Ironically enough, however, my very first race (albeit it was a 5k) was at night :)

      I just cannot wait to get down there!! :)

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  6. I am planning pool time and nap time and maybe a little bit of a walk by the boardwalk! (staying in the dolphin).

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  7. I'm so jealous that you get to do the Wine & Dine! If anybody has one of the after party tickets they would like to sell, I REALLY need one. Will gladly pay any reasonable price for it. Feel free to email me if anyone has one they're willing to sell me! Thanks in advance! - Brittany (pastfacesfuture at yahoo dot com).

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