Today, I’m linking up with Erika, Patty, and April for their weekly link-up called Tuesdays on the Run. This is my first time joining the link-up and I’m excited to share three areas where I focus my attention when I am training and racing a runDisney Challenge.As a past participant of the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge (10k + Half Marathon) and the Glass Slipper Challenge (10k + Half Marathon), I have come away with a few tips for those of you that are looking to explore “challenge” race experiences. Fair warning: This is only the tip of the runDisney iceberg when it comes to challenge races since runDisney also hosts the Dopey Challenge (5k, 10k, Half + Full Marathon) and the Goofy Challenge (Half + Full Marathon) and other 10k and Half marathon challenges to include the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge, Pixie Challenge, and Rebel Challenge.
My Top Three Tips for Running a runDisney Challenge
1.) Double Your Fun: In my experience, to double the fun on race weekend I double up on some of my training runs. Proper training will help you conquer your goal of running a runDisney challenge event by prepping your body for the fatigue and to mimic the experience of race weekend. Now, if you aren’t ready to run those days back to back, I would consider still getting in some mileage and walking or doing a run/walk combination. Plus, proper preparations will allow you to really enjoy all that runDisney has to offer its runners.
2.) Hydration and Fuel: Whether you are running your runDisney events in Florida or California, proper hydration and fuel are the two keys to making your race weekend a success. For me, the humidity and temperatures in Florida always kill me. I make sure that I am replenishing electrolytes during the events as well as after each race as we play in the parks. I know that it can be difficult to manage your needs at Disney, especially if you are traveling with family. But, please make your food and hydration needs a priority, especially on those challenge weekends! And, in speaking from experience, save those exciting treats as your post-challenge reward!
3.) Goals: Decide how you want to approach your race weekend before you get there! For me, if I am running for time in one of the events, I am definitely not running for time in the other challenge event. For example, at the Glass Slipper Challenge this year, I wanted to see where I stood in the 10k. I opted to not stop for photos and push myself on Saturday. The next day, I opted to stop for as many photos as possible with my husband and took it easy during the Princess Half Marathon. And, hey, if you want to do the opposite or take it easy both days, do what makes you happy! Oh, and I’m super envious if you have the wheels to PR in both events during a challenge weekend!
I would love to hear your favorite tips for taking on “challenge” races. I know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tackling more than one race in a weekend. So tell me, how do you train for challenges? And, what are your best recovery tactics?