Disney Marathon Training – Final Race Preparations

With Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend right around the corner, runners all around the world are finishing up their training and getting ready to start packing.  Marathon Weekend officially begins on Thursday, January 5th, 2012, with the opening of the marathon expo and the races begin Friday morning with the 5k and first day of Family Fest Kids Races.

Near the end of endurance training begins tapering – shortening the distance in your long runs and allowing your body to rest to be prepared for the big race (or races, if you may be running Goofy or any other combination).   Hopefully by now, you are comfortable with your shoes, running gear, and any other equipment you may need for a long race.

One good thing about Disney races is that, if you so choose, you can skip bringing your own water bottles on the race.  Constantly along the race are hydration stops – both water and an electrolyte beverage- if you’re really picky, it may not be the brand you’re used to, but it can still save the hassle of wearing a belt!

Another issue with a Florida January race is weather – what to wear?  Forecasts are predicting to be around 76 degrees with lows in the 50’s/60’s, but it can always be colder in warmer!  Florida in January is not known for it’s predictable weather – a few years ago, the racers dealt with sleet, rain, and incredibly cold weather!

Having to be outside and lining up an hour or more before race time can cause stress of what to wear for the running – but don’t fret.  If you choose, you can wear extra layers that you don’t mind donating to charity – shed them on the course when you warm up, and VoluntEARS will collect them and donate them to local charities.

Hope you’re excited for the race and maybe we’ll see you there!






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