Although it might FEEL like nighttime when the alarm goes off for most of the races on the runDisney calendar (3 AM wakeup call, anyone?!), there are currently two Walt Disney World events that turn traditional race convention on its head and start hours after the sun has gone down: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.
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Both events are highly themed, feature world-class entertainment on course and end in spectacular after-parties that are sure to make the run worth every mile…but for those who train during the daylight hours, or are more accustomed to early morning races, adjusting to the idea of a race beginning at 10 PM can be a bit of a challenge…especially when it’s taking place at one of the most fun places on Earth!
Having had run both of these events – and with one just days away, I thought I’d share some of the lessons I’ve learned firsthand about getting to the starting line rested and ready to run. Some of the tips are “common sense” ones – but others are ones you may not have thought of, and one – well, let’s just say I learned it the hard way, so you won’t have to. As always, I welcome your feedback, tips and questions in the “comments” sections below so you can be sure that you’re in the best shape you can be before conquering your next race!
TIP #1: Relax
Okay, this one might sound like a “duh” tip, but hear me out…you’re at Walt Disney World. Whether it’s your 1st trip or your 100th, it’s likely that you’re excited and want to experience all the magic you can on your trip. You might reason that the race doesn’t start until 10 PM, so you have all day to spend at a theme park with your family, then change clothes and throw down some miles, right? Well…maybe – but probably not! If at all possible, I recommend scheduling an “easy” day – this could mean enjoying the pool at the resort, enjoying a brunch at your favorite WDW restaurant, or maybe even some light shopping at Downtown Disney. Basically, do what you can to take it easy. And if your schedule allows, consider visiting the race expo the day before, so you don’t have to worry about walking around and tiring your legs – they’ll thank you halfway through the race!
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