Tips for Running Multiple runDisney Races in One Weekend:
I’m not sure if there necessarily is an art to running multiple races in a day or weekend, but I do know it takes months of training and planning to make your races a success. Here are my tips for running multiple races in a weekend – assuming you put in the effort into training!
Get Your Game On: Or mentally prepare for your races. What I’ve learned from running multiple races on the same day or consecutive days is you must be mentally prepared for the long haul. The trick is to take each day at a time, with the emphasis on the last and longest race. So remember to pace yourself through the weekend, keeping your eye on finishing the weekend injury-free and smiling. And remember it is not advisable to run all the races for time – choose 1 race as a goal race and the others run for fun!
Layout Your Race Outfits: When packing for the trip, it makes sense to lay out your running clothes/costumes and fuel for each day so nothing is forgotten. I bring a pair of shoes for each race, cut my KT-Tape strips, count my bottles, count my NUUN tablets and ACCEL Gels, and prepare my race belts. I also pack each day together so when I arrive at my hotel everything is race-ready.
My race check-list:
- Hat/Sweaty Band/Bondi Band
- Chapstick – remember to put into race belt
- Deodorant – I use a double mixture for races – Ladies Speedy Stick & Ban (roll-on)
- Sports Bra
- Costume top or tech shirt
- Costume bottom or tech skirt
- Sports watch
- Road ID
- Wrist sweat band or towel
- Bib on Race Belt – gels, bottles of NUUN
- Compress sleeves or socks
Be Prepared for Anything: Anything will and can go wrong, so I like to be prepared and bring the following with me to the race: KT-Tape, BioFreeze, Glide, Advil, Sunblock, Ban Aids, blister powder, foam roller and stick. When running multiple races it is important not to injure yourself prior to finishing – especially when a Challenge medal is involved!!! Remember it’s best to tape, use BioFreeze PRIOR to the onset of pain. I also wear compression socks and always, always, always roll, roll, roll to flush out the toxins after each and every race. Both compression socks/sleeve and rolling help aid recovery. If you can schedule a massage the 2nd to last race that’s key as well!
Rest & Relax: runDisney races are amazing and I love enjoying the Disney Parks post-race. When running runDisney it is important though not to explore the parks at your normal touring speed. Maybe the day of your middle race is a pool day instead of a touring day. I always park tour while on a runDisney weekend, but I take it slow. Slow your speed to a more leisurely pace, enjoy yourself, but please take time to sit, relax and recover. Also, remember to turn in early for the night earlier than normal – you have a race to run tomorrow!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: Hydrate prior to the races. Hydrate post each race. If you are going to partake in an adult beverage, remember to replenish your fluids. When traveling to the race, bring water with you in the car, on the plane, or train. Carry water on your person at bib pick-up, through the expo and ESPECIALLY while park touring! Drink early and often!!!
Plan Your Fuel Wisely: The rule is nothing new on race day. That being said, remember to pack your breakfast or make sure it’s available at your hotel. If you are racing multiple days, pack for each day and don’t be shy about packing extras. Remember you are running multiple races on multiple days so it is vital to fuel and fuel properly. There’s nothing easy about running multiple days – sleep, fuel and hydration are the cornerstones to a successful race weekend. Remember to take special care when selecting your dining reservations. There’s nothing fun about the runner’s trots. Nothing.
What’s your favorite tip for running multiple races?