Thankfully, Matt and I only live 40 minutes away from Disney World so we were able to stay at our apartment instead of booking a hotel in Orlando. We ate a hearty dinner, relaxed on the couch, set our alarm for 2AM (I know...so early) and went to bed around 8. I was so nervous and anxious that I barely got any sleep, but I woke up and ate a bagel with peanut butter and transformed myself into Minnie Mouse. I had been rolling out the week prior and wearing my compression sleeves to alleviate any pain in my calves and IT band. I also decided to tape up my legs which really helped! You know that old saying "nothing new for race day" well I did everything new for race day lol and I'm glad we did because it all really worked out for us. I decided to listen to music during this half, because lets be honest, I needed every push I could get!
- If you like money and hate crowds-don't sign up for this one. It was so hectic and crowded! I was so glad that I had a half-marathon under my belt because I got a little anxious at how many people were in the race. The cost of Disney races are also super high! But I really think your moneys worth.
- SUBMIT PROOF OF TIME! If you plan on running and not walking a Disney half marathon then you seriously should submit a time. They accept 10k and Half-Marathon times and I was thanking God that I did not have to weave in and out of the walkers. When we were getting into our car and leaving (30 minutes after we finished) there were still 1000s of walkers still at mile 10! So submit your proof of time ;)
- Get on the road early! Traffic is a b**** and you will be stuck in it along with everybody else but stay calm! They do a great job at directing it since they deal with crowds like that everyday.
- Get in a porto-potty line EARLY. I waited like 20 minutes for a bathroom and it almost made me late for my corral.
- Don't stay in the parks resorts. We are lucky to live so close to Disney World and we have annual passes to boot. The hotels sky rocket on these popular weekends and the buses from the resorts get stuck in the same traffic as everyone else.
- Walk through the water stations! You will cramp up if you don't.
- Bring some energy shots like Clif blocks or stingers. They only have 1 station and that is not enough to keep you from bonking. I like to consume blocks 15 minutes before the race, at mile 5 and mile 10 to get me to the end. Don't wait until you bonk out to do that!
- Foam roll and stretch a week before and after the race. That foam roller is your BFF when it comes to running. It really helped decrease soreness and got me ready for race day.
- Dress up! You will be in the minority if you don't dress up. It was so fun to wear a tutu and run around Disney. So have fun and be creative :D