I woke up on Saturday morning at 6am for no reason at all. Not in my game plan, I knew I needed to store some sleep up since I wouldn't be getting much between Saturday and Sunday. So when I realized how early it was, I promptly rolled over and took a nap! hahaha :)
I had started putting my race stuff in a small suitcase on Friday but had to finish packing on Saturday before heading out to Disney property at 5pm to meet up with my friends at the hotel. The race started at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday and RunDisney suggests you be in your corral by 5:00 a.m. With such an early start we decided our best plan was to stay on property Saturday night so that we could take the Disney transportation to the starting line.
I put the finishing touches on my overnight bag with all my race gear in it and I moved on to making sure the food bag was all set. As most other runners can sympathize with, once you have a tested pre-race routine you try to stick with it, regardless of being away from home. My pre-race breakfast that doesn't give me tummy troubles is an english muffin with peanut butter and a banana. Thank goodness although there was a hotel stay involved, it was still local for me so I could easily bring my toaster with me. I also packed some low calorie Gatorade and Nuun hydration tablets in my bag. The Nuun was for my Saturday hydration and the Gatorade was to put in my bottle for during the race on Sunday.
Once I got everything set, I headed off to lunch with my husband. I had a chicken Caesar wrap to try to avoid eating anything that would mess with my stomach too much. We decided to go see a movie since I didn't have to leave until 4:00 p.m. to head to the hotel. We ended up seeing "A Good Day to Die Hard." It was entertaining but clearly not best movie ever haha. After the movie we took a quick detour to Target because I wanted to see if I could pick up a pair of black capris for less than a million dollar. The Champion C9 line at Target is great to pick up pieces for a costume since they are fairly inexpensive but yet still tech friendly. I was planning to dress as Minnie for the race and I only had gray options to wear. I was able to find a pair of black capris so it was a successful stop.
Not long after arriving home, I headed out to Disney's All-Star Movie Resort. We checked in at the hotel and found out we were staying in the Toy Story section. I took a few pictures in the room and of the courtyard area on our way to the resort's food court for dinner. Here are just a few....
Once we got to the food court I ate a ridiculously carbed out meal. I decided to go with their more homestyle offering option (Majestic) over either the Italian (Lyric) or Burger (Roxy) options. The Italian had a spaghetti with meatball option and a chicken alfredo. Sometimes I have acid reflux issues with tomato sauces and I almost always have tummy troubles with alfredo so I didn't want to risk it at all. At Majestic they had a meal option where you picked your protein and 2 sides. I selected salmon with brown rice and mashed potatoes. Now don't get me wrong, I know better than to get 2 carb sides even with a race tomorrow but I was being indulgent. I didn't eat all the brown rice and I figured it would be more beneficial than eating the veggies which would have only provided me fiber without a carb benefit. And the chocolate cake? shhhhhhhhhh, there is no chocolate cake, you are imagining that, just focus on the giant water behind it.
During the first half marathon, I had some issues with cramping. Prior to the second I had some salty tortilla chips the night before and whether it helped or it was my imagination or just better hydration, whatever, I was sold. So I totally salted my mashed potatoes like there was no tomorrow...err or like I wanted to retain water for tomorrow haha.