December 31, 2014

Packing and eating tips for runDisney Dopey Challenge

Last year, Christine wrote a detailed post on packing for a multiple race weekend.  We both found several ways to make this easier and if you are traveling by airline, be sure to put everything you need for two days of racing in your carry on bag.  I cannot emphasize that enough, especially after the fiasco we had in Dublin last summer when Christine's luggage went missing for 3 days.  She would have missed the Rock 'n Roll Dublin race if her carry on bag had not been filled with everything she needed on race morning.

Here are some tips for your race packing!


And for those of you who are OCD like us, some more packing tips here:


Another post on destination race packing that includes a printable packing list!

For destination races, my suitcase or carry on bag is loaded with at least one tube of Nuun Hydration, Gatorade powdered mix, some healthy bars, perhaps Clif, Cascadian Farm or something similar.  I also carry my own English muffins and small containers of peanut butter for pre race meals.  Having the food you are familiar with is so important, especially for big races.  Eating multiple small meals each day when you are doing the challenges is also really helpful.  Most days, I was having something to eat at least 6-7 times per day. Remember that you need really high energy for that marathon and with sleep deprivation and three races in the rear view mirror your body will really thank you.

Plan your mealtimes and make dining reservations in advance of your trip so you are not looking for food at 8:00pm the night before the Mickey Marathon.  There is still time to book some of the restaurants at the Disney hotels and we find those to be relaxing, with some tasty menu choices. We especially enjoyed Wave of American Flavors at the Contemporary and The Grand Floridian Cafe last year.  Last but not least, eat wisely and save those hot fudge sundaes and new food choices until the race is complete and you are wearing those beautiful medals around your neck!
(Pam)

15 comments:

  1. I never would have thought to pack Gatorade powdered mix! Thanks ladies. Jeff and I were just talking about how much (overpriced) Powerade we're going to need to buy once we get to Disney, but now we won't have to. I'm going to re-read your packing posts again, too. I cannot tell you what a help all of your Dopey posts have been! I was tearing up last night re-reading Christine's 2014 marathon recap!

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    1. Jen I actually package it in small baggies and just dump it in my water bottle and fill. Of course I bring my own water bottle too! It will save a ton of money!

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  2. The Wave is one of my favorite Disney restaurants, I think it's such a hidden gem! : )

    Sad I won't be seeing you guys at Marathon Weekend this year, I loved getting to spend some time with you guys last year!

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    1. We love the Wave too! Of course we will miss seeing you as well, but we need to plan a race weekend in 2015......at the very least you need to come to Boston in April :)

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  3. Great tips! I will have to reference back to this next wk while I'm packing for Goofy Challenge. -L

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    1. So excited for you to do the Goofy Challenge Lacey. That was my first challenge race in 2013 and I loved every minute of it!

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  4. Oh, I'll definitely take a look at those packing tips for my next racecation! So far so good but I didn't feel as organized as I wanted for the Tower of Terror race. And the tip on the smaller, more frequent meals is a great idea too.

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    1. When you run at weird hours like the TOT and Wine and Dine, the eating part can be really hard. We have learned by tiral and error, but small and frequent seems to work best.

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    2. That makes sense. I think my next Disney race is going to be Wine and Dine so at least I'll have a little more experience with a late race :)

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  5. I'm definitely going to be using the Ziploc bags idea - I have it written down already! And I just printed your packing list since I'm hoping to start that process this weekend. Thank you for all the tips!

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    1. So excited for you Kristen and will definitely be following along!

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  6. Totally going to borrow the Ziploc bag idea! I used that when I ran a 200 mile relay before, but I'm going to do it for Gasparilla this year! 4 races in 2 days, but need to have a change of clothes maybe for the 2nd race each day.

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    1. I think for a relay bags would be critical to keep track of your own stuff! Good luck with Gasparilla!

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  7. I always pack race gear in my carry on and I've even managed to figure out how to pack for a week at Disney with just a carry on suitcase and a back pack. Also, WDW has laundry machines at their resorts, which is awesome for cutting down on the packing!

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    1. Carry on is the way to go Jamie. And I forgot to mention about the laundry machines at the resort hotels....very useful for stinky running clothes!

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