PREPARING TO RUNDISNEY LIKE A SUPER HERO – PART 3
It's hard to believe, but Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend is less than a month away! As Austin and I begin to finalize our plans and finish up our training, I wanted to stop by with a final pre-race update.
Our training schedule has been going pretty well. We haven't been perfect with logging every single run, but with a busy sports schedule we decided to be okay with missing one every now and then. Our priority has been making sure we get the long runs in every week. The miles are definitely getting easier as our race gets closer … we are so excited!
We have recently begun my favorite part of runDisney race preparation. Dining reservations are being made, theme park plans are being mapped out and running costumes are starting to take shape.
Dining - Austin is a much more adventurous eater than me, so he took on the responsibility of choosing where we dine. He has researched menus and even listened to some podcasts about food at Disneyland Resort. We are celebrating our 10K with a brunch at Goofy's Kitchen, have dinners reserved at Carthay Circle and Napa Rose, lunch at Blue Bayou and will be going to the World of Color Dessert Party one evening. Most reservations can be made 60 days in advance, and I found it very convenient to make them using the Disneyland app on my phone.
Park Plans – This is only our third trip to Disneyland. Even though we visit Walt Disney World frequently, Disneyland feels like a totally different experience. It offers so many unique attractions and I love knowing that I am walking around the same park where Walt Disney once worked and played. Austin and I have really enjoyed looking at maps and planning out our theme park days. We're also very excited about the special holiday celebrations taking place during our trip!
Running Costumes – One of my favorite things about runDisney races are all the creative costumes people wear. Austin and I are planning to dress up in honor of our favorite super heroes, while still keeping it comfortable enough for running. It's been easy to find athletic wear that goes along with our theme. We are planning a dress rehearsal on our last long run to make sure it all feels good for 6.1 miles. It's never a good idea to wear anything new (especially shoes) during a race. We also plan to take old sweatshirts to wear in the morning in case of cooler weather. They can be discarded once we warm up, and runDisney will collect all clothing items along the course and donate them to charity. That's a win-win!
When you're traveling to a race, it's really important to remember all essential items. I learned that the hard way! Here is a checklist that I now use as I pack my suitcase.
Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend is so close! Not only am I super excited about the race and visiting Disneyland, but I know that Austin and I will be making memories I will treasure forever. I will definitely stop back by the runDisney Blog with a recap of our race weekend!
Lori is a member of the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel representing runDisney. She is here to answer your questions and help you plan your runcation.