January 7, 2013

It's the Final Countdown

Until the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, that is.  Here are some of the ways we're getting ready - mental, physical and logistical....don't underestimate any of these groups when you're getting ready.  They're all equally important for your race prep! 

Mental Prep:
- Remember all the training you did
- Come up with a mantra...I got this, I am awesome, I own this race, Be the course, Own the course, etc...whatever works for you and use it when the times get tough on the course.  I have been known to (out loud) yell at myself when I needed a pick me up...
- Visualize the course and watch fun youtube videos of past marathons...the one below is my favorite (yes, it's a little long but is SO inspirational)

Physical Prep:
- Get enough sleep and spend time "unplugged" to get quality rest...it works!
- Focus on eating well - lots of carbs, lean proteins and fruits and vegetables. Cut out processed foods as much as possible.
- Concentrate on adequate hydration. Cut out alcohol.
- Taper taper taper! It can be tough to reduce the amount and intensity of physical activity

Logistics Prep:
- Key documents: airline tickets/boarding passes, Magical Express documents, race waivers, proof of time
- Resort information including hotel and dining reservation information
- Pack ALL of your race stuff in your carry-on...heaven forbid a checked bag is lost and you're without your race day duds and your sneaks.
- Bring any snacks or fuel for pre-race or on the course.
- Don't forget starting line gear - throwaway clothes for keeping warm, trash bags in case it rains, etc.

For a race weekend packing list, you can find our Wine and Dine list here.

What are your final race prep tips?
{Christine}

15 comments:

  1. For those trying to print waivers (like myself) there is a problem with the system. All of the birth dates are jumbled up so when you try to search for yourself it will say "not found". Me and my husband discovered this yesterday. I don't know if it is fixed as of this morning. Is anyone else having this problem?

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    1. This seems to be a problem and do not worry as you are not alone. On Facebook yesterday, there were loads of people writing about this issue. Surely runDisney is working on this trying to get it fixed as quickly as possible. We were lucky and both got our waivers printed prior to the snafu.

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  2. Tapering is hard but so important, enjoy resting those legs!

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    1. You are correct and I think actually my legs are enjoying the break from normal training!

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  3. Going taper crazy over here! Can not wait to get on the plane on Thursday and get to some warm weather to relax before the big weekend.
    Great tips, I also plan out my nutrition fuel for each day and make a list of what should be in my checked bag at the races.

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    1. We agree about going crazy with taper. We will be in Florida very soon!

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  4. I must be a TOTAL sap. I cried through the whole video. What a great hubby! Makes me want to seriously bite the bullet and say what the heck...it's only another 13.1!

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    1. Both of us are teary with that video too!

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  5. Loved the video. I laughed, I held back tears, it was awesome! So want to run a runDisney race.

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    1. Jennifer, You will not be disappointed. We love the races at Disney!

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  6. I had intended on adequately training for the half marathon but a series of sicknesses (flu, bronchitis, etc) has kept me from running for almost 2 months now. I am finally feeling better, but am extremely worried about being swept since I never trained past a walk-run of 5 miles. Are there any tips for finishing the race this weekend without being swept? Also, I am in corral D, should I move to a slower one?

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  7. Under no circumstances do you want to move to a slower corral. This earlier start will give you some extra time on the course. However, it is important to move to the side of the road whenever you are walking so you do not impede the runners when you are using the Galloway run/walk method. Good luck and let us know how you do.

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  8. Hey ladies, I was the underprepared runner from last week, and I just popped in to say I did it! I was slow, there was some pain, but I finished and loved the race. I can not wait to be able to do one again and be properly trained.

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