• On Mar 19, 2016
    Michael from CA 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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    I just signed up for the runDisney Half Marathon in September, on the training plan I noticed it has a half marathoner running up to 14 miles for beginners and 17 miles for goal runners. Is that normal to run farther than the event during training?

    Hi Michael!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    The official runDisney training expert is Jeff Galloway.  As a former Olympic athlete, lifetime runner, running coach and running book author, he really knows his stuff!  I have asked him advice personally before and the one thing that stuck with me is that training (for most people) is really all about getting the time on your feet.  You don't have to be fast, and you can use run/walk intervals, but you have to get your feet and legs used to running for long periods of time.

    The additional mileage is there to really get yourself prepared for the distance.  Some training programs have you go beyond the distance, while others stop you short.  It's really a personal preference.  I have trained with both.  One thing I will say about races that I trained for by running longer than the race distance is that my confidence level was much higher for those.  Running success can depend a lot on mental attitude.  Knowing that I have recently run farther than race distance really helps me be less nervous on race day and in turn, helps me to enjoy the whole experience more.  

    I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  
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I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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