We’re running in the WDW Half Marathon 2012 and aren’t sure how to plan our trip. Should we fly down early and visit the parks, or stay after and visit then? Is it better to be at Disney before or after marathon weekend?
Cheryl, I’m glad you asked! This is a great question and I’m sure people have different answers. But, since you asked my opinion, I’ll share it: Don’t plan to go into the parks until after the race.
Unless you are a highly trained athlete who runs 13.1 miles on a regular basis (more than just once or twice in training!), you will most likely be tired and sore after the race. Iit’s definitely recommended to be well rested before the big race, unless you’re training for Goofy or “Dopey” and are used to doing long distances multiple days in a row. If you tour the parks like me, you most likely exhaust yourself on a daily basis – several miles of park touring a day can be extremely tiring for your body and legs, which is absolutely not recommended before a long race.
My personal preference is to fly in a day or two before the race, giving plenty of time to casually tour the Marathon Expo and get settled and rested, run the race on Saturday morning, then tour the parks Sunday on. After my 1st half marathon, I couldn’t have imagined touring the parks. After my 2nd half marathon, though, the idea seemed much less crazy. In fact, walking around felt good and helped to easy my muscles after the race. So, no need to assume you won’t tour the parks the day of the race, but, in my opinion, try your hardest not to do too much before the events!!
Happy running! Hope to see you in January!
- 2012 Walt Disney World Half Marathon 15th anniversary finisher medal and details (chipandco.com)
- Disney Marathon Training – Beating the Heat (chipandco.com)
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