Truth be told, I had my first official foray into the world of RunDisney at the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Needless to say I am no expert, but I AM hooked!
Since the completion of that run that lasted over 3 hours in the nonstop, driving rain, I’ve since signed up for more magical miles. I started out 2015 with the Walt Disney World 10K, and am heading back for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I can hardly believe that I will be tackling yet another half marathon! Perhaps it’s not so surprising.
Just recently, I read a blurb from the great Jeff Galloway who said that the half or full marathon has become a mission of many individuals in the 40+ age range. Like it or not, I fall in that category! I won’t bore you with the details of my fitness history; that’s for certain. However, I will say that I always maintained that I would never be a runner…too boring! Ha! Still, I was long intrigued by RunDisney. Why wouldn’t I be? The prospect of combining a lifelong love (Disney!) with a healthy activity was very appealing. Thanks to the persuasive powers of some very special friends, I ran (and completed!) my first runDisney race.
A humble beginner, I hope I can help some of you with a newbie packing list for the upcoming Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
How I plan to pack like a runDisney Princess!
The first thing on my list is SHOES. Whatever you do, please run in shoes you have already put some miles on. I pack my stability running shoes for the races and my Minnie RunDisney shoes for the parks. If you want to pack sandals for after your run, I recommend some with support. FitFlops or Skechers are a great example of these.
2. moisture wicking athletic socks
3. comfy (and cool) top and bottoms such as capris or shorts
4. tutu or SparkleSkirt (It IS Princess Weekend after all)!
5. clothes you are willing to throw away as you run. (It can be cold at the start and you can just peel those babies right off as you run). Some runners prefer to use a large garbage bag for early morning warmth.
6. sports bra
7. Gym Boss timer to track your intervals
8. A running belt or fanny pack. There are plenty of water stops along the course, so I find that a running belt with water bottles is not necessary for RunDisney races.
9. phone or camera for pictures with the characters
10. smartphone holder
11. small energy bar for sustenance as you go
13. baseball hat or headband to comfortably keep your hair back
14. hair ties
16. race paperwork and confirmations
I am sure I will learn much more along the way. In the meantime, I hope my packing list helps other beginners with some essentials for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
I hope to see you on the course! See ya real soon!
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