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Training for a RunDisney Challenge

Are you thinking of signing up for the Glass Slipper Challenge? Or maybe you just registered for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge and now you’ve got to start training? I’m teaming up with Run The Great Wide SomewhereMy No Guilt Life and MCM Mama Runs for Tuesdays on the Run blog link up: Training for a RunDisney Challenge.


My Glass Slipper Challenge Bling

RunDisney has several challenges available to sign up for, with the ultimate a challenge being Dopey: 5k, 10k, Half and Full Marathon. While I haven’t done Dopey YET, I can share my best tips from when I trained for the Glass Slipper Challenge this year:

  1. Utilize Free RunDisney Training Plans. Even if you don’t stick exactly to their plans, it’s a great guide to train for consecutive running days. Former Olympian, Jeff Galloway, produces quality training plans for RunDisney that they provide for FREE.
  2. Don’t Overdue The Parks. It’s so tempting to spend all day at the parks in between races. But that 2AM wake up call will hit you like a ton of bricks if you aren’t well rested. Return to your room after an early dinner and “drain your legs” before bed (Here is How).
  3. Listen To Your Body. Since you have multiple races days to complete, it’s not about pushing your body to the edge. This probably isn’t the best time to PR. If your body needs a walk break- DO IT! It could be worse tomorrow if you don’t.
  4. Practice Your Challenge. I did a mock Glass Slipper Challenge on my treadmill before the big event. It’s a smart way to gauge how you’ll perform on race weekend.
  5. Splurge on Race Retreat. Having a place to set up prior to the races that is climate controlled will be a huge value to you. They also offer pre and post-race snacks or breakfast. This is a great food option that is close to the finish line. That means less walking to a place to sit!
  6. Give Your Body Time to Recover. This past March, I took time off from running anything longer than 4 miles. I ran a 5k race and let my body truly recover from the challenge. It can be a lot on your body to train for consecutive running days. Go back to a normal running routine after the challenge.

I could go on and on but those are my top tips for training for a RunDisney Challenge. I would highly recommend staying on Disney property too. You’ll be able to sleep in a (tiny) bit longer and get to a shower and breakfast quickly. The more convenient things are for you, the better! It’s all about conserving your energy for multiple race days. 


MUST take all Glass Slipper photos!

 In September, guest bloggers and friends will be reviewing the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge for me. Keep an eye out for that! 

MCM Mama Runs

Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

I love challenge races, but haven't ever done a Disney one. I've taken time off after every one I've done so far though to let my body heal. This fall will be interesting when I do 6 half marathons in 6 days in the middle of marathon training, so I won't be able to take much down time.

Kimberly Stroh

Wednesday 24th of June 2015

6 halfs in 6 days! Wow! I can't even fathom that. That sounds worse than Dopey. I wish Atlanta had more challenges.


Tuesday 23rd of June 2015

I love disney race weekends and have done most of the challenges now. They are great fun but I think i'm done. My aging body just can't take it

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