Congrats! Cool that you are running a race! Following along!
So stick with your plan ... you can do the half another timeYou do bring up an interesting point though with the temps. I mean, you really never know what you're going to get with the weather and it could impact everything from how I am race day to comfort in what I'm wearing. And now you're making me think again about the half. I really don't want to do the half, but there are things like that view you're describing that make me think I should give it some real consideration. Well, that and it looks like the route for the half goes through MK. I mean, I've done a half before and finished in Disney pacing requirements, so I know I have it in me. My gut just keeps telling me I don't want to train for anything more than the 10k. I also remember how tired I was after that half and how exhausted I was on my training days where I was putting in longer mileage. We were planning on going to the parks the day of the half, and I might pass out midday if I do that and the race. Decisions...decisions!
Thanks!!! Very excitedCongrats! Cool that you are running a race! Following along!
When I ran that half back in 2015, I remember a lot of more serious runners who were doing the full marathon (it was all side by side with the half) wearing "disposable" shells for the early parts. I recall temps were in the 40s when we started and in the low 60s towards the end. I wound up wearing a tank under my shell (that I'm too cheap to toss away) and just tied my shell around my waist once it became too warm.So stick with your plan ... you can do the half another time
And yes, having learned that weather in January in Orlando can be wildly unpredictable, I’d suggest finding ways you can layer your costume if need be.
Check out the running sub-forum; there is a thread for Marathon weekend (along with all the other races) and people in there are really great with giving tips and keeping each other motivated.
Although I listen to music when I run on a treadmill, I don’t when I am outside because I want to be aware of my surroundings. Plus I find that while I need it on the treadmill to get me through my run, I don’t have that problem when I am outside.
For whatever reason, I've always been very music driven. If I'm running/walking outside, I tend to keep my volume lower or run with only one ear on. I don't encounter many areas where traffic is a concern, but bikes on the greenbelts can sometimes be an issue.Voodoo and Cookie are adorable - hope they run the same pace as you
Thanks! They are growing so fast!Voodoo and Cookie are so cute!!!
That's a great point about the shorter races being a good warm up for the half. I had so many jitters with my last half, and much of it was just being new to that race and their processes. Not sure why I picked it (oh wait...it was a St. Patrick's Day run and that sounded fun), but it was also a mixed surface run, so I went from training on the road to doing a combo of roads and trails come race day. The familiarity I should have by the time I get to the Disney half should help ease some of my nerves. I think my friend will also be heading home before me, so after the half, I can do the parks my way Not that her way is bad, but it'll be my time to hit some of the more thrilling rides that just aren't her thing.I totally get it. At DLP I do the 5 and the half because why not ? (I find the 5K a good warm up for the half - helps me get rid of jitters that I only seem to get right before a half). And really, the worst case scenario is you start the half and get swept, with the more likely scenario being you finish it and need to nap a few hours before you are ready to hit the parks on Saturday.
I think that's why I'm now OK with doing the half. The half I did locally a few years ago wasn't bad, but it also didn't have all of this fanfare and energy I'm seeing in the videos of the Disney races. Don't get me wrong, there was still a lot of positive energy among the majority of the participants and volunteers, but it was a much smaller event and there wasn't a lot of support along the race route (aside from water, etc.). I'm fairly extroverted and outgoing, so that helps, but I remember being wowed by how friendly so many (many, but not all) of the runners were on race day. That's awesome about the energy chew! Funny, but also showing the great spirit among people. Also glad you brought it up because I hadn't researched if the energy gels I previously used were friendly to my new dietary restrictions. Looks like I should be good!Awesome job signing up for the half! You can totally do it. I’ve run several halfs and Disney does it best! You’ll have so much fun on the route you won’t need any entertainment. If you’re outgoing (which for some reason I am only when I run ) you can make friends as you run. One time my brother needed a energy chew and I literally just yelled out “anyone have a spare energy chew” and someone handed him one! It was a magical moment that kept us laughing through mile 8
Thank youCongratulations on your weight loss - that's awesome!
I'm definitely going to be following along, as I've been toying with the idea of RunDisney race as the incentive for me to be overall healthier, and especially to exercise more. I've never been a big runner (only time I "cheated' in school was when I tried to convince my gym teacher I ran 4 laps when I only walked 2), but I think a trip to Disney might just be what I need to change that.