Is everybody ready? I am!!
So I did my dress rehearsal last week and it went really really well. It consisted of 3.1 miles on Monday, followed by 10 (well really 11.5 by the time I ran/walked back to the car) on Wednesday and 20 on Thursday.
I ran my “half training” with my sole sister up around my favorite lake (the place I ran my first 50k) and it flew by. Not only was my pace great, but we had some fun goofy photo shenanigans. 🙂
My 20 miler was a little tougher, which was completely expected. But I just stayed calm, ran easy and then when mile 16 hit, practiced the run / walking I know I’ll be doing at WDW. And still, not a bad long run pace.
So, taper is upon us. A runner’s frenemy… sure, who doesn’t want to sleep in on a Sunday morning. But this is also where you Question Everything.
And by question everything I mean it… did I run enough miles, did I run hard enough, should I get in one more long run, am I really going to be comfortable in that skirt for 26 miles, will 3 gels be enough or should I pack 4? Why in the world did I think this was a good idea?!!?
But, those of us who have done this before…we all know we’re fine. And those that haven’t? Don’t worry…It’s all faith, trust and pixie dust from here on out.
So what’s left? Well, we have bibs and corrals and runner tracking signup; course maps and expo vendor lists (buy everything!) and the 10 day weather forecast. I think we’re just waiting hopefully for a merchandise preview (bring out the Dooney!!)
At this point the weather looks awesome. Which makes packing easier. Oh yeah, better start packing. So what are my essentials?
- Race outfits – this year is Minnie Mouse, Merida and Mike Wazowski
- Sneakers – Brooks launch and Asics Gel Pursue
- Hammer gel – Montana huckleberry. I only use them for the marathon, so they should all fit in my allotted carry on liquids bag. 😉
- Running Buddy – this year I’m bringing my bib clips, my buddy 7 pouch and my red buddy clutch. (Race buddy & parks buddy)
I seriously would not run Disney without them. How about you? What can you not Disney without?
And wow, just think, next week I’ll be posting my blog from the airport as I get ready to head to the most awesome place ever. 🙂 to my fellow Disney runners – see ya in a week!