I bit the bullet and registered for the glass slipper challenge, and also just registered for the 5k, too!
I know a lot of newer runners sign up for this race, so I thought I would share some of my best tips with you all so you will fell a little more prepared and confident as you sign up for the race TODAY at noon EST.
1. Know the course. If you plan properly, you will know where the hilly overpasses are, where you can use a “real” bathroom on the course, and where the aid stations and med tents are located. Knowing this information can help you plan your fueling and pace for the event, and make you feel more at ease on race morning.
2. Arrive early. Not only will you have to wait for a bus or wait in traffic in your own car, but you will have to walk a long ways to get to the starting line, and then wait some more to use the bathroom before the race. I know as it is you have to wake up at an ungodly hour just to be there on time, but plan for some extra cushion just in case. No one wants to be stressed out and rushing!
3. Wear a costume, and wear it on a practice run. I have worn tutu’s for both Princess half races I have participated in, and it was a BLAST. However, I was careful to run around the house beforehand to see if there were any chafing issues, rubbing spots or uncomfortable things about my costume. (Fun mental picture eh?) You don’t want to be miserable for 13.1 miles in a costume that isn’t agreeing with you.
4. Bring your camera or cell phone for pictures. There are a ton of photo opportunities before, during, and after the race, so don’t miss out! Some people put their phone in an armband or fuel belt, but I just carry mine the whole race so I can quickly snap a photo whenever I want. I have even been known to tweet mid race!
5. Enter the correct proof of time. Disney is cracking down in 2014 on proof of time. You won’t be able to change it at the expo, and it will be checked against your race results to ensure you are in the correct corral. This is for everyone’s safety and enjoyment, and to help with overcrowding. If your time is found to be incorrect on your proof, you may be put in a back corral. Don’t risk it and lie about your time!
6. Plan for the finish. If you have family waiting for you, tell them not to crowd the finish line area where runners exit, but to meet you in the family reunion area at one of the signs with a letter on it. There are a LOT of people in a small area after the race and sometimes cell phones won’t work, so have a meeting spot ahead of time. It’s so hard as a runner to push through the spectators waiting on their runner. You are exhausted and just want to get somewhere to sit down!
QOTD: Did you or will you be signing up for this race? What princess would you run as if you were to participate?
*register today, June 11 starting at noon EST on rundisney.com