Racing Disney: Undertraining-A Cautionary Tale

Racing Disney: Undertraining-A Cautionary Tale by Guest Blogger Addie Clark


Hey there Main Streeters! Today, I want to tell you a cautionary tale. After the WDW marathon weekend (congratulations to all participants, btw), I saw a lot of people in the TMSM Fan Nation on FB express interest in one day participating, but not being “runners”. And I saw a lot of people encouraging them to simply walk the races. Now, even though the RunDisney races ARE walker friendly (don’t get me wrong, I plan on walking part of the races), I don’t want anyone to have unrealistic expectations. And so I present to you: Undertraining – A Cautionary Tale.

10885139_10155189430305106_6833298374002174556_nAddie at the Miracle Match Marathon Waco 1/24/15

The date was November 30, 2014 and I was about to run my first half marathon. Up to that point, I’d only been racing 10Ks but I had done one 13 mile training run…back in August. But a 10K is just slightly less than half of a half marathon, I thought. I can do two back to back 10Ks and then a little more. How hard could it be? I was nervous before the start, but I figured it was just because this was my first half…I decided to ignore the nagging voice telling me that I wasn’t    prepared. However, about halfway through, I discovered that little voice had been right. I was severely under-trained. By the time I had finished the 10K distance, my body was ready to quit and I had to walk the last half of the course. I hadn’t been prepared at all and was among the last to cross the finish line…which had already begun to be broken down. It was disheartening. I wished I had trained more and worried that if I had been at Disney, I might have been swept from the course. Which would have cost me my much sought after bling.


Now, please don’t let this cautionary tale discourage you from running an event at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Instead, use it as motivation. Here are a few fun reminders:

  • There are training programs for EVERY event on the RunDisney website. Even if you just want to walk the half marathon, use it to make sure your body is prepared to walk 13.1 miles. It is a lot further than you think it is.
  • Make sure you train at at least a 16 min/mile pace. Jeff Galloway, the official runDisney trainer who makes the above mentioned training plans, suggests 15 min/mile to ensure you don’t get swept in case you want to stop for anything.
  • Don’t stress if you miss a couple training sessions, but make sure you are making time to get as many in as you can, especially as the race approaches. You’ve made the monetary commitment. Make the mental commitment as well.
  • Don’t forget to have fun. You are in Disney after all.

Until next time Main Streeters – happy running!


TMSM is very excited to publish the first in a series of  runDisney articles by Addie Clark. Please keep an eye out for more of Addie’s articles as she prepares for her upcoming race! If you missed the first articles in Addie’s series make sure you catch up on them by visiting

Images in article are from runDisney and Addie’s personal FB page that Aut raided.

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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