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5 Final Training and Travel Tips for Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is almost here and it’s time to double check your final training and travel plans as you head to Walt Disney World® Resort for the race’s fifth anniversary festivities.

At this point I’m sure you’re prepared – you’ve rocked your long training runs, you’ve put together the perfect race day outfit, and you may have even practiced for the Finish Line Party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival.  If you’re traveling to the race from out of town here are five final training and travel tips so you can stay on track for this epic race.

1. Plan Your Final Training Runs. If you’re taking advantage of this magical race location and arriving several days early for some extra fun in the Disney Parks, there are plenty of places within the Walt Disney World® Resort to get your last training runs done before the big day. There are several safe jogging routes already mapped out for your convenience. You can look online or check with the concierge at your resort for a printed map. If you’d rather run on the treadmill there are 11 fitness centers at Walt Disney World® Resort. Again, your concierge can advise you on the appropriate facility. Remember not to overdo it, miles pile up easily when you’re playing in the Parks.

2. Squash Night Run Nerves. If you’ve never done a night race, the thought of it can be a little intimidating. If you didn’t incorporate a night run into your training there’s no need to worry, night races at Disney are big fun. The starting fireworks and the light displays in the Parks are a real treat. The course is well marked and lit so safety isn’t an issue. Also, just like a morning race your adrenaline kicks in so the late time of day shouldn’t affect your performance.

3. Test Your Tutu. Many people dress up for runDisney races. You’re likely to see everyone from the princesses to Mickey himself. Whether you choose to pick a character or simply rock regular running gear make sure you take a test run wearing your outfit so that you’re comfortable during the race. You can check out the costume rules on the race website.

4. Stop, Stand and Stretch. Whether you’re driving or flying to Walt Disney World® Resort for the race, make sure to stop, stand and stretch your legs. The last thing you want to do is get really tight or uncomfortable on the way to the race. Allot extra time on your road trip to stop and get out of the car. If you’re flying make sure to take a stroll down the aisle. Many runners like to wear compression socks when they travel before and after a race. I wore mine on my cross country trip from the Tinker Bell Half Marathon earlier this year and my legs were so glad I did. Also, don’t forget to bring your foam roller or stick with you to help relieve sore muscles.

5. Eat and Drink.  You’re headed to the Wine and Dine, right? Seriously, you’ve got to stay hydrated and fueled up while you’re traveling to the race. Be smart about what you’re eating and drinking so that you’ll have the right energy to take on the 13.1 miles through the Parks – and all the fabulous food and wine afterwards. Pack water and healthy snacks with you on your road trip, and make sure to drink plenty of water on the plane. You can check out runDisney’s official nutritionist’s Tara Gidus’ Top 10 Healthy Travel Snack for Runners.

Lorraine Robertson is the founder of and contributes regularly to as Marathon TMOM where she writes about destination running.