Disney Marathon Training – Beating the Heat

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If you’re registered for any of the upcoming Disney races – Disneyland’s Half Marathon in September, the WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon in October, or WDW Marathon Weekend in January, you may be finding motivation difficult in the summer heat.

For those of you, like me, that don’t enjoy running on a treadmill, there are other options and tips for beating the heat.  As I recently read in a Runners World Magazine, the heat can be incredibly dangerous.  Make sure to stay extra hydrated, try to do longer runs in the early or late hours when the temperatures are at their lowest, and go slower than you may think necessary.  High temperatures put runners more at risk for extreme dehydration or even heat stroke.

Other options include finding other activities to remain active and continue cardio training while avoiding the outdoor heat.  Swimming laps or water running (with a floating belt and all) offer challenging cardio while still being refreshed.  Biking, spinning classes, and other intense cardio will help you maintain or build endurance while not necessarily being as intensely uncomfortable in the hot months.

Good luck to everyone training, or considering training. There is still plenty of availability for Marathon Weekend in January, and the Disneyland half is sold out, but the Wine and Dine half marathon is 97% full!!  If you’re hoping to run that race, make sure to sign up ASAP!

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