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Old 10-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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Need help/ideas with night before wdw half-marathon! (Big 5-0 bday!)

Hi all - I'm in need of ideas/helpful hints for my DH's first half marathon at WDW in Jan. The big issue is, he turns 50 the night before running the half, and I'd really like to plan a celebration/dinner, but being new to running, I'm not sure what is realistic... Do you eat a big dinner the night before a race? Are you in bed early? (that would leave out a fireworks cruise idea...) Are there certain foods/buffets to avoid? We are meeting up with friends, and I thought Germany is a fun place to dine, but is the food compatible with running the next day? I could wait and plan something the day after his birthday, after he's run, but the other family we're meeting is doing the Goofy, so they wouldn't be open that night.

So any ideas? What do most runners do the night before a race?
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:29 PM   #2
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How considerate you are to be planning something special for your DH and his big milestone.

The race on Saturday starts very early. Disney requires you to be in your corral even earlier so your DH will be getting on a bus by 4 a.m. on Saturday, standing around for quite awhile and then running 13.1 miles. Coupling that with sleeping poorly the night before the race -- it happens to all of us -- it doesn't make for any late celebration, i.e. fireworks.

What does your DH eat before a long training run? If he can eat a big meal and then run the next day, dinner might work. For many of us, a big meal the night before a race is the last thing you want.

If it was my spouse I would tell them to wait until after the race but is just me. Your friends who are doing the Goofy will be running Saturday and Sunday. You might ask them what they suggest as they know you and your DH better.

Good luck!
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:59 PM   #3
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How considerate you are to be planning something special for your DH and his big milestone.

The race on Saturday starts very early. Disney requires you to be in your corral even earlier so your DH will be getting on a bus by 4 a.m. on Saturday, standing around for quite awhile and then running 13.1 miles. Coupling that with sleeping poorly the night before the race -- it happens to all of us -- it doesn't make for any late celebration, i.e. fireworks.

What does your DH eat before a long training run? If he can eat a big meal and then run the next day, dinner might work. For many of us, a big meal the night before a race is the last thing you want.

If it was my spouse I would tell them to wait until after the race but is just me. Your friends who are doing the Goofy will be running Saturday and Sunday. You might ask them what they suggest as they know you and your DH better.

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Ditto all of this - are you all staying a few days after the races? If so, maybe a big celebration on Sunday or Monday? Everyone has their own fueling strategy, but for me it is a bland pasta dish or pizza with not too much on it (i.e. not a lot of veggies or meats) and in bed early. For the Princess a couple of years ago we drove off property to CiCi's for me to get my pizza on Obviously not a high brow special place to take a 50 y.o. birthday boy!

Maybe celebrate his birthday with a gift basket with some fun running goodies in it? The big mantra is nothing new on race day, which I am a firm believer in (made that mistake before!), but a new pair of his favorite running socks would probably be welcome and OK for "new" on race day since they'd be tried and true. Maybe make him a bib to pin on his back that says "it's my Birthday" or "Birthday Boy" or "Big 5-0" or something? I love wishing people happy birthdays or congratulations when I see them with some sort of special event identification on the course! (remember extra pins if you go this route!)

And yeah, he'll be wanting to go to bed wicked early.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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Runners will want to eat the main meal of the day at about lunchtime-ish with a very light dinner/snack and then it's off to an early bedtime. You'll be getting up about 2:00 to 2:30 AM. Make sure that whatever you do eat that day is normal, easy to digest food that you're used to - this is not the time to try new foods, over-indulge, have drinks, or eat anything too acidic or spicy. You most likely will be very hungry sometime that day after the race - we are always ravenous a couple of hours after the end of a big run like that. Perhaps hold off on the birthday bash dinner and make it a victory dinner as well.

Great way to celebrate a 50th birthday with a half marathon!
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Old 10-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the advice so far. Right now DH has only run 7 miles as his longest distance, in his training. I know he will be increasing in the next few months. So he's not really added any fuel to his runs, except for a regular granola bar and water. If you have any advice on foods, feel free! What does Disney provide during the race?
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:53 AM   #6
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BEST bet is to make a reservation Saturday Night to celebrate BOTH the big 5-0 and first half finish. Otherwise, you will really want to celebrate for lunch or breakfast.

The ideal trip into the Disney half is to arrive on Thursday. Hit the expo where you pick up your race bib and shirt. One would chill for the rest of the day, or do a light park tour. The primary focus for Thursday would be to stay hydrated, eat a fairly normal diet and get a GREAT night's sleep.

Friday would be much of the same. We try to encourage folks to eat a light dinner no later than mid afternoon to real early evening. Personally, it is a large breakfast with Goofy, then a light lunch and a small balanced meal around 4 for dinner. Again, the mission for the day is hydrate.

Hydration note... one should aways drink about half their weight in ounces daily. e.g. if one weighs 150, they should consume 75 oz of water. Caffeine and alcohol do not count into this total. One can tell if they are hydrating well coming into a race if their urine is clear to slightly colored.

The reason for the good nights sleep on Thursday is that Friday one will not sleep well. The excitement of the race, the early rise time (and early bed time) along with hotel sounds from others arriving after parks close) will make it tough to get sleep.

Once he gets up on Saturday, he will want to follow a tried unknown breakfast. What ever he has been doing pre-run in training should be followed on are morning. Nothing new. The fast food counters and food courts open at 2 am on race morning. I would encourage him to purchase things like bagels or other breadstuffs the day prior----just in case. You can use the toaster in the food area on race morning as well as get coffee, tea, etc.

The race will have water stops about every 1.5 miles. The map shows where they are... or this map approximates them. http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/fullscreen/4106815/ water and PowerAde will both be offered at each of these stops. The race hands up Clif Shots and Cliff Blocks (fuel) at about mile 10. I would suggest bring his own fuel and eating at the intervals he has rained at.
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