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I have to admit I immediately fell in love with Disneyland and although I hadn’t planned on making it an annual trip this will be my third year in a row heading out to California for the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend!
When the Dumbo Double Dare (doing the 10k Saturday AND the half marathon Sunday!) was announced for 2013 I was excited for the chance to run through the parks 2 days in a row!
There are a few additional things you’ll need to take into consideration when running back to back races – some logistics, your race plan and between race recovery.
Let’s start with what you need to know as far as runDisney is concerned.
Need To Know
Race Bib – you only get ONE!
When participating in a two race runDisney challenge you will be given ONE race bib to wear for BOTH races. That means, don’t lose it and don’t throw it away after the first race!
Wristband – don’t forget to get it!
After you cross the finish line of the 10k on Saturday be sure to stop by the Dumbo Double Dare tent to get your 10k finisher wristband! In order to receive your Dumbo Double Dare Challenge medal after the half marathon you MUST have both your Dumbo Double Dare bib AND your 10k finisher wristband (on your wrist!).
**This information and more can be found in the Official Event Guide**
It’s usually a good idea to go into every race with some sort of race plan. Are you racing for time? Stopping for character photos? Running with friends?
When doing back to back races it’s especially important to have some sort of plan to pace yourself through two days of racing (and of course your training should include back to back training runs!).
When it comes to runDisney races my plan is ALWAYS to have as much fun as possible and not worry about my time! For a challenge, I typically make day one a REALLY fun run and then focus a little more on day 2. (This works especially well in Disneyland since almost ALL of the 10k is in the parks and a lot of the half marathon is on the streets of Anaheim.)
Last year a group of friends and I dressed up as the characters from Cars for the 10k and pretty much stopped for a full on photo shoot in the middle of Cars Land!
This year I’ll be doing the Dumbo Double Dare with my husband who will be running his first half marathon! Our plan is to wear a simple costume (which I’ll reveal a few days before the race!) during the 10k and stop for as many picture as possible, and then focus on getting him through is first half on Sunday!
Between Race Recovery
When running back-to-back races it’s particularly important to allow your body to recover between races!
If you’ve trained for any sort of distance race before, you know how important it is to fuel and hydrate properly before, during and after your race. If you’re doing back-to-back races it’s even more important, be sure to re-fuel and re-hydrate after the first race so you’re ready to go the next day!
You can read my full post on R.I.C.E. (Roll. Ice. Compression. Elevation.) for Runners (HERE), but here are a few added tips for R.I.C.E. between races:
- Roll – spend some quality time with your foam roller after each race, and if you’re traveling, invest in a travel size foam roller or massage stick, there are plenty of options available and you’ll be glad you have it to work out your legs between races!
- Ice –ice bath or spot icing can really help keep any inflammation at bay when you have another race coming up! (Hotels make this even easier since most have an ice machine on each floor!)
- Compression – never underestimate the powers of compression socks &/or pants! (I shamelessly wore mine around the parks last year between Dopey races.)
- Elevation – lie with your legs up the wall for 10-15 minutes for a gentle stretch and some easy muscle recovery and relaxation! (Full Legs Up the Wall Post HERE!)
Making sure to allow your body plenty of rest leading up to and between races is key to completing back-to-back races! This can be especially challenging if you’re racing at Disney with the early morning wake up calls and wanting to spend your non-racing time at the parks!
Be conscious of not spending all your time on your feet leading up to and between races so you don’t exhaust your legs! Spending time at the pool or at some of the longer seated attractions is a great way to give your legs a break and save them for running! (And beware of the Disney Feet!)
With appropriate training and some extra planning and recovery back to back race challenges can be a great experience – and who doesn’t love an extra medal!
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