Hey there, Tavel here… with a little ‘run-cation’ advice!
Back when we signed up for Disney’s Glass Slipper Challenge in July 2014, I thought training would be the tough part. After all, running a 10K on a Saturday and a half marathon on a Sunday requires fitness, endurance, long runs and tons of laundry. But it’s not the miles that keep me up at night, it’s the squirrels!
Remember Dug, the talking dog in the movie “Up”? He walked along, intent on his mission, until suddenly, “SQUIRREL!”
I live in North Carolina, my race partners live in Washington DC, the races are in Florida. We’ve taken care of the big decisions like race registration, airfare, lodging, even made some dining reservations. But I can’t stop the squirrels, the “what abouts”! You know, “what about” breakfasts, “what about” meals for my left-behind family, “what about” coordinating my headbands to my shoelaces!!!!! It’s like I’ve opened a new pack of post-it notes and covered the inside of my eyelids with decisions to make before I sleep at night!
So to kick off 2015, I offer a squirrel catching plan: 40 days of pre-Run Disney organization, one week at a time. If you haven’t already, set up transportation and lodging first (absence of those will really keep you up at night!). And if you have already have accomplished a task for the day, then you have time for an extra long run! Get a fresh notebook or file on your phone – let’s catch some squirrels!
Day 1- COSTUMES: Decide on characters for costumes. Don’t stress how to make that costume a reality, just pick the character! Print a favorite look, watch the movie, just pick!!!
Day 2- PARKS: You’ve got your travel days set, now figure out how many days you will spend at the parks. Research ticket prices at Disney for single park and park hopper choices. Do this sitting down and prepare for sticker shock!
Day 3- DINING: Three meals a day, snacks. Make a simple list outlining each meal time, marking where you think you will eat. We are flying in on Thursday, arriving mid-day, so my Thursday notes are:
– Breakfast – home
– Lunch – airport*
– Supper – reservations at ‘Ohanas.”
The star next to my lunch will remind me later that I need to pack that with me. My Friday notes are still a work in progress:
– Breakfast – hotel*
– Slupper (late lunch that doubles as early supper)– 2 p.m. reservations at Tusker House
– Evening snack – ??????
You get the picture. Don’t worry as much as specifics, just fill in what you can (i.e. counter service at the park, sit down meal off site, and in a pinch “?????”),
Day 4- TRANSPORTATION: Hopefully, you know how to get to Orlando. Now, how are you getting to Disney? Book Magical Express, a shuttle, or rental car.
Day 5- BACK HOME: If you haven’t asked off from work, it’s time! I teach three Jazzercise classes a week, so I will be lining up subs, offering to trade days (which will help with my GSC cardio training!).
Day 6- PACKING: Race costumes are only a few hours of the day! Figure out how many days you will be gone, noting what you will be doing each day. My plans look like this: 4 park outfits, 2 travel outfits, 2 race costumes, dressy option for first night, PJs and swimsuit. My partner in Eat-Craft-Run crime has decided we need matching, original shirts for each day – I reminded her of our three new event shirts, so we’ve narrowed the originals down to two.
Day 7- MISC: During your long run this week, think about your running shoes. If you are doing more than one race, you might want to pack at least one other pair of school. Find an additional pair of shoes now that works for you, then start rotating them in so they will be broken in (but not broke!) by race day.