Lori runDisney Mom


In my post last week, we looked the pros and cons of planning a Disney vacation the week before a runDisney event. This week, I will share with you some of the reasons why I like to vacation the week after my race. My race vacations have been about half before and half after, but if my schedule allows me to choose, then I actually prefer to stay after the race for my vacation.

Here are some of the reasons why:

Nighttime at the Disney Parks-- My family loves being in the parks at night. We just think that everything seems more magical in the evenings. This means that we are often still at the parks until midnight or later. The late nights can lead to fatigue before a race.

Food-- We love all of the awesome restaurants at Disney. Knowing my race is over allows me to eat foods that would otherwise be an unwise choice with a race coming up. (Hello, Mexico Pavilion!!)

Walking-- We like to hit the parks hard when we are there! This can mean walking a lot of miles in a day just at the park and resort areas. This much activity can definitely tire out your legs for an upcoming race.

Nerves-- I still get a little nervous and anxious for every single race. I definitely feel more relaxed on my Disney vacation when we are staying after the event.

Showing off your bling-- I LOVE wearing my medal to the parks after a race. It's a great feeling to know that I have accomplished something so significant, and it's fun to see fellow runners with theirs on around the parks too! Plus, it makes for some really cute pictures!

Cinderella Castle

Obviously, ANYTIME is the perfect time to be at the Most Magical Place on Earth, but if you have a flexible schedule, you may consider all of these factors for your trip!

Do you have other pros or cons to add to this list? Tweet me at @rundisneylori with your suggestions and as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask me on the Disney Parks Moms Panel!