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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend By The Numbers

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is in full swing and over 100,000 runners and their families have descended upon the resort.  As someone who loves some good statistics, I enjoy seeing some of these fun facts about the race weekend…

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Check out the girl power!  57% of the participants are female…go ladies!!  I think what amazes me most about this race weekend is that even with all these people participating in 4 races over 4 days, everything seems to run effortlessly.  That’s what makes runDisney races so magical and what keeps us all coming back year after year.

Best of luck to all the participants this weekend!!

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For more fun Disney facts, head over to my friend Tony’s site Disney by the Numb3rs where you’re sure to be amazed by some of the Disney stats you will find.

Mission to Marathon: Crunch Time and Taper

I think that Hannah and I are sharing the same feeling of craziness in that our lives seem to be getting more hectic by the minute!  However she is at crunch time for her marathon training on top of everything else, so I give her a lot more credit for keeping things together!  Today she is back with some great tips (and fun photos) for getting through the final push of training and onto the all important taper.  

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Part of me can’t believe a month has passed since I wrote my last post for RAD and another part of me can’t believe October was just a month ago. Does anyone else feel that tossed around and pulled in many different directions? We have had a crazy month and it shows by my constant yawning and deep urge to hibernate. The good news is that since it’s November, we FINALLY get to talk about crunch time and taper time for the Walt Disney World 2015 Marathon Weekend! Woohoo! We are in the home stretch!

In keeping with my compulsive list-making self I’ve compiled yet another two for you! First is about crunch time (those last few weeks of long training runs) and the second is about tapering and why it is important (reasons to repeat to yourself over and over when you get that “I just need to do another 20 miler” urge to give yourself a confidence boost). Oscar Bean offered to help demonstrate some of the Crunch time tips and provide motivation for resting during taper…

Without further ado…

CRUNCH TIME

  1. Seize the day … or the hour.

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Now is the time to make sure you are getting your long runs in. These are the Saturday and Sunday runs on the RunDisney site. But while you’re at it, make sure you’re getting your weeknight runs in too. If you can’t get a full 45 mins, but can do a mile or two, that’s great. More time on your feet will help in the long run.

  1. Don’t overdo it.

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While its important to get your training runs in, don’t feel ike you have to suddenly up the game and add in extra runs. Trust the plan. Also don’t try to increase your overall weekly mileage or speed up your time too quickly. Take it easy. Remember avoiding injury is the most important thing at this point.

  1. Stretch and stretch often.

Stretch

Formal stretching is important. Where you take time to roll out on the foam roller, take a yoga class, or just stretch at home, its essential to get you to race day and beyond. BUT, I personally recommend taking little opportunities throughout the day to stretch. I love stretching my calves in the shower in the morning with the hot water on my tight muscles (I have plantar fasciitis and have difficulty walking in the morning sometimes). I also stretch at work…calf stretches at my desk, touch my toes each time I get up to go to the bathroom, and make sure I am stretching out my back, shoulders and wrists throughout the day (office work can take a toll and your arms are more important to running than you may think).

  1. Keep yourself motivated.

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Whatever it is that motivates you, now is the time to keep up with it. I love reading blogs from other marathoners and flipping through quotes on quoteland.com or Pinterest.

  1. Test stuff out.

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Now is the time to test out the new stuff. New gear, wear in new shoes, try new fuel, etc. You still have time to recover if something doesn’t work, but its close enough that the clothes and fuel will react the same (similar weather, etc).

TAPER TIME!

Tapering typically occurs 3-4 weeks before a marathon and 2-3 weeks before a half marathon. These are three reasons why tapering is important and why you shouldn’t ignore the sanctity of the taper.

MAXIMUM POTENTIAL: Tapering allows your body as much rest as possible before race day. A rested body will allow for maximum potential on race day.

PRESERVE CAPABILITIES: Tapering allows your body to rest without losing your aerobic capabilities (proper tapering that is…)

RELAX: Rest surpasses mileage as the most important part of your training. Enjoy it! If you’re a race addict, then this is probably one of the only times you’ll be able to run decreased mileage (b/c you’ll turn around after your marathon and start training for another one). If you’re not a race addict, then you’ve probably been dying to get some family time/couch time/extra work/holiday shopping/etc done…now is the time!

Rest

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Here is my December 2014 Run Training Plan!

23 – Week Dec 1: Tuesday and Thursday 1 hour; Saturday 6 miles

24 – Week Dec 8: Tuesday and Thursday 1 hour; Saturday 7 miles

25 – Week Dec 15: Tuesday and Thursday 45 mins; Saturday 12 miles; Sunday 26 miles

**BEGIN TAPER**

26 – Week Dec 22: Tuesday and Thursday 1 hour; Saturday 6 miles

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Long Stretches

27 – Week Dec 29: Tuesday and Thursday 1 hour; Saturday 7 miles

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Long Stretches

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Hannah is an attorney from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She started running in 2011 while preparing for the Bar Exam as a means of helping her focus on her studying. Hannah completed her first half marathon in October 2011 at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. In 2013 she completed 13 running events including 5 half marathons, 2 10ks, 3 5ks and 3 fun races (2 color runs and a zombie run).  She enjoys setting goals and crossing things off of her “bucket list.” Follow Hannah at www.workorrun.com, where she blogs about her everyday goals and challenges.

Reflecting on my Walt Disney World Marathon While Finding Inspiration in Others

Today was the Walt Disney World Marathon and spending it at home in Connecticut was not what I expected.  But I’ve had to focus on me and my health lately and that meant less travel over the past few months.  I’ve been glued to social media for the past few days watching my friends race and cheering everyone on virtually, and of course it has had me reflect back on my Walt Disney World Marathon experience one year ago.

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Never in my life did I think I would run a marathon.  I’m not built like a runner.  I’m short, stocky, chubby, muscular…all of the things a marathoner is not.  But when the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon was announced, I registered.  I didn’t train properly and I was sick for the race, but I finished.  It was one of the hardest and most painful things I’ve ever done in my life, but I am so proud that I did it. This non-marathoner IS a marathoner and nothing will every change that.  You can read about the days leading up to the race and my marathon recaps if you want to relive all the painful fun moments with me.

SO WORTH IT!

SO WORTH IT!

After the race, I knew I never wanted to do that again.  People kept telling me I would change my mind, but I knew and still know that that marathon was my one and only.  But then today happened and I thought maybe, just maybe I will do this again one day.

How can you not help but to feel inspired by these runners?!?!

There’s Ashley who ran her first marathon today and raised over $2,700 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society…all this with a smile on her face.

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Nichole who completed her first Goofy Race and a Half Challenge…I remember running the 2012 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler with her which was her first big race.  Now look at her!

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Kim who finished the Dopey Challenge after completing her final chemotherapy treatment just last week and a long battle with breast cancer.  Makes my struggles seem minuscule…

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And then there is my runDisney inspiration, Amanda.  She didn’t complete the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge last year and set out with fire under her ass to conquer Dopey this year.  Guess what she did and I couldn’t be prouder!

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I watched my friends and RAD readers run that race with smiles on their face and enjoying every magical mile.  I found myself reliving all of the good things about the marathon instead of the bad.  Running through Cinderella’s Castle, hugging a goat, seeing B and my Mom at mile 16, running down Hollywood Boulevard, getting that medal at the end…all such wonderful memories!

Who knows if I will ever run a marathon again, but the reality is that I probably won’t.  I just don’t enjoy the distance.  But I do know that I will be back at WDW Marathon weekend to run in one of the races and to most definitely cheer on everyone who inspires me out there.  I don’t regret not going this year because it was the right decision for me, but I am sad that I didn’t get to hug my best friend at the finish line and cheer on ALL the amazing runners who ran throughout the weekend.  Thank you all for being RAD!!!

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Heat Advisory for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

WDW Marathon Heat Advisory

What would a Disney race weekend be with out a heat advisory???  With temps having been around freezing in Orlando this week, this is a little hard to believe, but alas it is true.  runDisney has issued the following statement:

Jon Hughes, Race Director, and Dr. James Scelfo, Medical Director, would like to welcome you to the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. As the runDisney team makes final preparations, we want to remind you of important weather related preparations and information.

Due to warmer weather than anticipated, we encourage all participants to closely monitor their pace and not overextend. This may not be the event to attempt your personal best. We encourage you to be well-hydrated prior to the races and maintain fluid status with alternating water and electrolyte based hydration options throughout your race and entire race weekend. Slow down and ask for assistance at any signs of heat illness. Heed these warnings seriously.

Please review the race program for more details, but as a reminder all medical stations will have the appropriate flag color displayed according to existing heat conditions:

  • GREEN FLAG – Good conditions. Enjoy the event but stay alert.
  • YELLOW FLAG – Less than ideal conditions. Participants with high risk of heat stroke should withdraw.
  • RED FLAG – Potentially dangerous conditions. Heat injury is possible. All participants urged to slow their pace and hydrate adequately.
  • BLACK FLAG – Extreme and dangerous conditions. All participants advised not to compete. Course may be shortened and no times recorded.

All of us at runDisney hope you have a safe, magical run. See you at Epcot®!

Looking at Weather.com, temps will be increasing through Saturday and then dropping back down again for Sunday.  Good news for all you marathoners.

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While the temps don’t seem all that high, you have to factor in the 85% and higher humidity and it can be down right oppressive.  Just remember to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE and take it easy during the day.  Don’t go crazy with park touring!

Good luck out there!!!

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runDisney Race Update & Tower of Terror 10-Miler News

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It is quite incredible how popular runDisney races have become.  Even with the addition of new race lengths this year, each weekend seems to be selling out in record time.  Disney “race season” hasn’t even begun and there are only a handful of races that are open for registration.  Here’s an update:

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

  • All events SOLD OUT

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler – 88% Full
  • Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run – 52% Full

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

  • Wine & Dine Half Marathon – SOLD OUT
  • Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K – 51% Full

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

  • Walt Disney World Marathon – 64% Full
  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon – SOLD OUT
  • Walt Disney World 10K – SOLD OUT
  • Disney Family Fun Run 5K – SOLD OUT
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – 66% Full
  • Dopey Challenge – SOLD OUT

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend

  • On Sale July 9, 2013

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend

  • On Sale June 11, 2013
  • Limited registration available for the Princess & Tinker Bell Coast-to-Coast Challenge

As you can see there aren’t many options left if you’re planning on running Disney this year!  If you’re looking for a longer race in 2013, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler looks to be your only option left.  This will be the 2nd year of this race and it looks like Disney has been listening to our feedback from last year’s race.  Check out this video that was released today:

I’m so glad to hear that they are improving on the entertainment from last year since that was severely lacking.  Check out my race recap for more info…now if only they could guarantee it won’t be so hot!  Today is the last day to register before the price increases to $165 tomorrow, so get too it!  The medal is so worth it 🙂

I love that the elevator moves!

I love that the elevator moves!

Make sure to go to www.rundisney.com for more information on all the races or to register for an upcoming race.  See you there!

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