The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is now only 59 days away eek! This week we have been thinking about:-
how we are going to fuel for our race whilst in Disney World.
The temptation to eat like a complete PIG is very real whilst on vacation; especially to somewhere like Disney World which is full of such amazing food options (it’s not all burgers and fries you know) and the second I cross that finish line I fully intend to stuff my face with all of Disney’s delicious treats – it is called the Wine and Dine Half Marathon after all and takes place during a food and wine FESTIVAL. I mean 90% of the reason I signed up in the first place is because of this – I fully intend on enjoying it.
But even I realise that in the days leading up to the half marathon I need to be very sensible about what I eat. We arrive on a Thursday night and the run is the Saturday night so sensible food choices need to be made on both the Friday and Saturday so that we can ensure we are feeling good for the half marathon.
In training we have found that rice or noodle based dishes tend to work for us a fuel for our long training runs; giving us enough energy and avoiding any stomach issues. This is why we have booked an advanced dining reservation for Tokyo Dining at EPCOT for the Friday night, as many of the dishes are rice and noodle based.
We are also planning on getting some Mongolian Beef and Rice from Sunshine Seasons in EPCOT for lunch on the Saturday as we have had this before and know it to be tasty and not hard on the stomach.
As well as being sensible with what we eat we also need to be sensible with the amount we consume. Portion sizes in the USA are considerably bigger than they are in most places in the UK and the portions at Disney are certainly larger than we would cook at home. Therefore there is a real danger we will over eat as we have paid for the food and won’t want to waste it. We aim to get around this by sharing some meals (such as the Mongolian Beef) so we are consuming the right stuff but not too much of it!
As far as the actual race is concerned we are planning on bringing some of our usual fuel with us on holiday; clif bars and clif shots. As we are used to these now I don’t foresee any major problems and we will continue to use them during and after the race in the same way we have during training.
Any tips for fuelling on a racecation? Let us know in the comments!