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The last 10 mile run is complete, which can only mean one thing: the half marathon is days away. If you are reading this thinking, “Ahh, a running post. I’m not going to read this.” Please do read! Because the irony is I’m not a runner either — that is until the magic of Disney got me. If you, by chance, have followed my blog posts, less than a year ago I had never run anywhere but to a shoe sale. However, thanks to the magic of the mouse, I will have run 3 half marathons in less than a year. I will confess, I do teach Jazzercise, and I’d much prefer to dance my way to health than run. I’m so bedazzled by Disney that I’ll even run as an excuse to go there.
I have met some wonderful people at Disney running events and I look forward to seeing them again and again. It’s this really wonderful community that is so neat to be a part; I have even been at non-running events and seen the people I met waiting for the races to commence.
While I am no expert, as a novice runner I’ve learned a few things along the way that may either help make your run more pleasant or may motivate a pre-runner to get in there with us (by the way, most of what I have learned has come from some wonderful people who took time with this tenderfoot, thank you!).
My success strategies for completing a half marathon at Disney World:
- Above anything else – BELIEVE YOU CAN!
- Wear layers of clothes that you can strip off and throw onto the side of the road once you start to warm up. There is a TON of waiting around time and it’s cold. I went to Goodwill and bought layers & washed them. I won’t be looking too good, but I’ll be warm and at 4:00 in the morning.
- Some runners like to wear garbage bags.
- Bring hand warmers from Walmart or Bass Pro Shop. Spread the love and bring extra – make somebody’s day.
- Drink water at every water station.
- Eat the yucky gel they give you on mile 8 or 9.
- Smile at the people around you.
- Have something warm to wear when the race is over.
- BELIEVE YOU CAN!
Am I the only one drawn to running by the power of Disney magic? If you are too, you can confess below in the comments section. I would love to know that I am not alone, and I would really love your advice too. I’ve registered for the runners retreat, and I will report back on that. I hope to see you this weekend!