Race Week Routine

 

Good morning! Today is a big day, we start our trip to Disney World for the runDisney marathon weekend! Dogs are being taken care of, house is being watched, and we are going to hit the road this afternoon. We will drive halfway and spend the night somewhere around Tallahassee and arrive in WDW around lunchtime. Cannot wait to see all my friends and be in my favorite place.

I wanted to share with you all what my plan is this last week before the race as far as workouts, diet, hydration etc. go because it is so important! It’s not just about the race, but also about preparing your body for what you are about to put it through. (AKA torture.)

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1.) Hydrate Not only is this a good idea leading up to any race, but marathon weekend is going to be quote warm this year with highs in the low 80’s, so hydration is especially key. I am using a phone app called Waterlogged to keep track of my H2O intake.

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2.) Eat Healthy Of course this is important all the time, but especially now I have been focusing on eating more natural foods, and making sure I get ENOUGH calories, because my body will be burning through a lot of them this weekend. I have cut back on desserts as well.

3.) Stretch I am under strict orders from my chiropractor to stretch, stretch, and then when I think I am done stretch some more. I have incredibly tight hips and hamstrings which have caused other injuries so I am taking the time to really work on this. (Also foam rolling)

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4.) Slow my workouts down. I don’t want to be tired or sore, so yesterday was my last day of lifting weights before the race. I will do plenty of walking around WDW prior to the race so I am pretty much done with actual planned workouts until race day. I also don’t want to risk pulling or hurting something!

5.) Stay Well. I have been washing my hands like crazy and drinking EmergenC every single day. I am careful about touching door knobs and also about touching my face. I carry hand sanitizer everywhere, and I will be bringing a can of Lysol to WDW with me to spray down the handles, knobs, etc. in my hotel room. This girl is not taking any chances!

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I also wanted to mention that I hope to see some celebrities at marathon weekend! The field will include Television celebrities Drew Carey, Joey Fatone and Colin Cowherd, as well as running legends Bill Rodgers, Frank Shorter, Joan Benoit Samuelson and Desiree Davila. Heck yes!!! I am going to keep an eye out for all of them!

There will also be a couple renewing their vows on course, they got married during the race ten years ago in 2003! How cool is that? There are plenty of other cool stories to follow as well during the weekend, so follow hashtags #GoofyChallenge #WDWhalf and #WDWmarathon to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

QOTD: What do you do to prepare for your races during the week before?

Comments

  1. Yay! I’ve started packing…I’m not leaving until Thursday night. I have also been drinking emergen-c every night! Tuesday was my last run. I also need to stretch…

  2. Great tips Heather! All of us should be doing what you are doing under the wellness tab right now during cold and flu season. Best of luck in your races!
    P.S. I covet your water bottle-sorry :)

  3. UGH 80 degrees. I hope we will be OK. I’m really worried about those from snowy areas who are used to running in freezing weather. Last 2 mile run will be tonight. Leaving Friday! Yay!!!

  4. Oh man, I’m so jealous! I feel like I know so many people going down there (and quite a few of you are running the Goofy – woohoo!).

    I work on hydration big time, eat healthy foods, and make sure to get plenty of rest. I also seem to take ages to make packing lists and get all of my race stuff together.

  5. Luckily I’m not doing a race, but I’ve already had a head cold :-/ Good luck with everything this weekend

  6. Have a safe trip down there and hopefully I will get to see you at some point during the weekend! I can’t believe it’s almost here!!!!

  7. Safe travels!

  8. Good luck Heather. Long time reader, first comment.
    Enjoy your time at Disney!

  9. good luck this weekend!!
    I try to rest and stretch and hydrate as much as possible leading up to the race.

  10. Good luck this weekend! This was my first marathon years ago and I want to do the Goofy Challenge at some point. Lots of pictures! :)

  11. Wishing you a fast and fun race!

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