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Train Like a Princess With runDisney

Calling all Disney Princess Half Marathon runners! It's time to start your training for the February 2018 event, with only a few months left until race day. Kick your training into gear with these helpful tips from Olympian Jeff Galloway, our official runDisney training consultant, inspired by some of our favorite Disney Princesses.


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Watch out for the poison apples.


Don't make the same mistake as Snow White! Low or non-fat foods with carbohydrates and protein are a must before any sort of run. Prior to a short run (under one hour), enjoy just a small snack like fresh fruit. Running for longer (90 minutes or more), your body will need something with more carbohydrates such as a bagel with peanut butter. Preparing for a race the next day? Avoid eating a larger meal the afternoon or evening before.


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Make sure hydration becomes part of your world.


Just like Ariel and her finned friends know, with a little H2O, life is the bubbles! Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout training, increasing during the week leading up to the race. During the 48 hours prior to a race, drink at least 4 to 6 ounces of water every hour you're awake. Hydrating during the race is also important – stop at every water stop if possible, aiming for 3-6 ounces of fluid every 15-20 minutes.


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Every princess needs her beauty sleep.


While you won't need decades of sleep like Aurora, resting up like a sleeping beauty is a must the days prior to your race. Relax and rest the last two days prior to the race by reading, watching TV or even listening to music.


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You could go running and racing and dancing and chasing…


Want to improve your overall fitness? Break out of your running routine (or tower, like Rapunzel) and try cross training on non-training run days. Stretch your muscles out during a yoga class or try other activities that won't tire out your calf muscles.


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A good sole can make all the difference.


Don't lose your sneaker when the clock strikes midnight! Proper running form, just like proper running shoes, is important to your training success. For an efficient running technique, keep your feet low to the ground without lifting your knees, maintain an upright running posture, stay light on your feet and adjust your stride to feel smooth and comfortable.


For more running tips from Jeff Galloway, visit here. To download training programs designed for each runDisney race, visit here.