How to Prepare for the Disneyland Half Marathon17 February 2014
We trained for four months, we stuck to our schedule, we had our race-day prep memorized by heart, and yet everything changed when our plane landed in Anaheim. My rookie race-day mistakes cost me a better time at the Disneyland Half Marathon and more comfort along the course. Despite the obstacles, I'm really proud I accomplished a long-time goal of mine! With that achievement comes a little finisher wisdom. Here are a few words of advice for future first-time Disneyland Half Marathon runners.
I left my playlist in the dust and tried to harbor the energy of the experience, something I'd never done before—especially for 13.1 miles. I changed a BIG part of my training program: where my energy came from. It wasn't about missing Nicki Minaj's beats, it was about consistency. I didn't listen to the advice! My mind wandered, the heat wore down my motivation, and I couldn't concentrate on my running rhythm the way I normally do. I slipped behind a pace group I normally could've beat to the finish, I slowed my pace more than I should have, and I didn't stop for brief stretches that I always work into my playlist early in the run.