DLR Half Countdown Post #4: Last Minute Details

By now, you should be ready for the race and this week is all about low running and heavy carbing up. 


If you haven't read my other posts, check them out here:

Post #1: Keeping Calm Before the Race

Post #2: What to Pack

Post #3: Conserving Energy at a Destination Race

Also, if your friends are looking for sign ideas: Race Sign Ideas

This final DLR post is dedicated to the remaining odds n ends that you may want to think about before hitting the road to hit the road. 

The Expo
I love race expos and Disney puts on some of the best in the biz. Since they have something for everyone, they are also notoriously tightly packed and navigating them can be difficult. If you absolutely need the pick of runDisney branded merch, it's best that you get there on Day 1 right when it opens. We don't collect any rD stuff (save for the magnets), so we usually go on Day 2 and by then, most of good rD stuff is gone (well at WDW races it is). If you want to enjoy all the sights and sounds, I recommend you pick up your bib/shirt/bag first and then work the aisles (also, if you want to switch shirt sizes you'd better get there early too). 
If this is your first time or 50th time visiting an expo, the biggest takeaway from visiting is nothing new on race day. That means all the cool stuff you just bought at the expo should probably stay in its bag (unless you are just replacing things you are used to such as gels, headbands, etc). Apparel is a big no-no.

The People 
runDisney enjoys a large, passionate fan base, many of whom will be holding meetups all over Disneyland property all through the weekend. Check out a few blogs, Facebook and Twitter to see if there are any you want to join.
Here are a few running groups to investigate, look at their websites or Facebook pages to get itineraries. Stop by and say hi.
Team runDisney FB Page
Pacebook Running Club

The Location
This race isn't in the middle of nowhere, it's at Disneyland! There is so much to do outside of running, make sure to experience it. Sure, there are usual E-ticket attractions to see, but take some time to just walk around and drink it all in. I, personally can't wait for Trader Sam's, Mr. Toad, Carsland, Blue Bayou, Fantasmic and the Matterhorn, just to name a few. Make sure to wear comfy shoes, though!

There you have it, gang. Keep your eye out on my Twitter posts in the coming week for the chance to win some great prizes.

Enjoy the races. Run fast, run smart!