Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 21, 2015
    Emily from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Faith! Is there any heat issue when running the Tinker Bell or Disneyland Half Marathons in May and September? (I flew through L.A. in March and it was already quite warm at 6:00 am!) if so, any tips for preparing for and handling the races? Thanks! :)

    Welcome back, Emily! 

    Temperatures in California can be pretty warm in both May & September. In fact, three of the last four Disneyland Half Marathon Weekends I have participated in have seen above-average temperatures and humidity - usually more of an issue for September than May. Luckily, having those warm weather race experiences does help me to relay some tips for warm weather running. Plus, I have to train all summer in South Carolina; hot and humid! 

    • Hydrate early, hydrate often! Not just while you are running, but for the week leading up to the race and especially 48 hours before you travel. 

    • Use Jeff Galloway's run/walk method to allow your body to gradually warm up and to keep you from overheating. 

    • Slow your running pace! Especially if race time temps are higher than 60 degrees. This will also make it easier to take in your race experience. 

    • If you plan to wear a costume, consider one that has removable layers so you can stay cool as you warm-up. 

    • Eat a lot of water-based fruits. Watermelon, cucumbers and cantaloup have a high water content that help to not only provide important nutrients, but also hydration. 

    • Pack a few salt tabs in your fuel belt. Just in case you begin to cramp and need the sodium.

    • Take advantage of all the on-course water stops and alternate between Powerade & water.

    For even more running tips by Jeff Galloway, select the highlighted link. Of course, please reach back out to me for any additional questions you may have. I'm here to give you my tips and advice, too. 

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Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

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