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2010-01-05 11:26 AM
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This is my first marathon, and the weather and my lack of training over the past week has me more than a little concerned. Looking at the forecast it looks like 28 degrees and a 15 mph wind. Any tips for cold weather running?


2010-01-05 11:35 AM
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The traffic IS pretty heavy.  If you leave around 430-445 and prepare to be in the car for about 20 minutes for a 1 mile drive, then you'll be fine.  I'm gonna leave my resort around 440 and expect to be in the parking lot around 515.  I've done this race for the past six years so I have my routine down pretty well...but if you've not done it before, allow yourself more time to do your bag drop and all that stuff.  The race doesn't start til 6, people stream into the corrals until right before the race, you're not gonna be late.  It just gets a little more difficult for you to get thru "unhindered" the later you get there.

Cold weather running...my suggestion is to go to Target or WalMart and get a cheap pair of sweat pants and a sweatshirt you can drop on the course.  You'll get warm as you run.  They donate all the dropped clothes to charity so you'd be doing a public service to someone as well as keeping yourself warm for the beginning of the race.  The expo will probably sell two- or three-dollar throwaway gloves you can use as well.  Other than that, consider wearing running tights for the whole race if you think you may still be cold even after you drop your throwaways.

As always, keep an eye on your hydration...when it's cold, your sweat will evaporate faster and you won't realize how fast you're losing fluids.  Nutrition is as key in cold weather as in hot weather.

2010-01-05 1:34 PM
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Then&Now - 2010-01-05 12:26 PM This is my first marathon, and the weather and my lack of training over the past week has me more than a little concerned. Looking at the forecast it looks like 28 degrees and a 15 mph wind. Any tips for cold weather running?

Goodwill, is another place to get good cheap throwaway clothes.  And, prepare these clothes so that you can take them off while you are running, or take them off before the start.  For a while, I would cut the pants, and then either duct tape or pin the clothes back together.  Then you can just rip them off while running.

These days, I just remove the pants before it starts.  You wouldn't wear the pants very long anyway.

A cheaper alternative to a throwaway top is to get a trash bag and cut holes for your arms and legs.  It is surprisingly warm.  You will find some people running pretty far in these bags.

 

2010-01-05 1:36 PM
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Q - 2010-01-05 9:58 AM

I always laugh to myself because I have to get up earlier for this race than for an Ironman.  I've learned over the years to NOT stay on Disney property (I stay just offsite) and just drive to the race site around 5am on race morning...this way I don't have to be up as early. 

I've seen bad traffic too, and have gotten nervous a couple of times but in the end we always got there with plenty of time to spare.  It's just nice to get there early when you are still new to the race.

Anyway, this is the first year I am staying on the Disney property.  I can still drive to the race from there, right? 

2010-01-05 4:25 PM
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Yes, you can drive from Disney hotels - I think I am doing the same.  I figure if I leave the hotel around 4:30 I should be OK.  I don't think I'll have to check a bag at all so I can just walk right to my corral.

I bought gloves at the dollar store and will probably go get sweats tonight.  I'm also going to get hand warmers I think - I'm not used to this cold anymore!  I;ve never tried the garbage bag thing but I guess it can't hurt.
2010-01-05 4:31 PM
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Then&Now - 2010-01-05 11:26 AM This is my first marathon, and the weather and my lack of training over the past week has me more than a little concerned. Looking at the forecast it looks like 28 degrees and a 15 mph wind. Any tips for cold weather running?

Doug, once you run a couple of miles, you should be fine in your shorts and shirt.  It's the waiting for the start that is brutal.


2010-01-06 6:57 AM
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I ran in the cold for the first time this morning.  Wore tights and was still comfortable when I finished at 4 miles.  What is everyone wearing.  Will I get too hot in tights?
2010-01-06 7:05 AM
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Weather report now says 27 at the start!  I think I'll wear my tri shorts (I always run in them) with some kind of throw away pants over them so I'll have the choice to take them off if I get warm enough.  The coldest I've run in lately was 41 last week - I was warm enough to take the pants off after about 1/2 hour but I ended up leaving them on since they weren't throw aways.

I'm not sure about my top - probably a short sleeve with a long sleeve throw away and a throw away sweatshirt over it.  That way I can get rid of a layer at a time to get used to the cold!

I'm also wearing a running hat (which I don't usually wear because they make my head too hot), throw away gloves and maybe some kind of headband to cover my ears if I can find one today.
2010-01-06 7:59 AM
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Tights won't be too hot.  I ran my last 50K in them in 45 degree weather and was never more than just a little warm. 

My choice will be tights with tri shorts over them (and compression socks under) for the lower body and a long sleeve running shirt with my Marathon Maniacs jersey over them.  I'll start with sweats and shed them during the race.  Still debating on hat.  I'll get super hot in a wool hat...so I'll probably just stick to a running cap.

2010-01-06 10:03 AM
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Haha... I leave the cold to go to the cold.... not fair!  28 at the start is close to being one of my coldest races... should be fun.  Just wear layer... it helps!

2010-01-06 11:33 AM
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We're coming from Vancouver Canada, these temps don't worry me!! It's 5 degrees this morning!!! anything above 20 will be toasty!!!! What's everyone all excited about?? *hehe* see you all there, hope all the travels are safe and hassle free!!


2010-01-06 11:35 AM
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By the way, if anyone running the 1/2 on Saturday sees a clown running with a 1/2 of a Mickey Mouse on his head, its me, a fellow BT'er, come say hi! You can't miss it. Chris
2010-01-06 4:52 PM
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I am thinking about wearing a light compression shirt UNDER my Kenya singlet.  A cap that can be exchanged for a visor (my wife will meet me on the course).  Sticking with my shorts with built in compression shorts.

I will show up with a nylon warm up suit that has holy pants.
2010-01-06 6:46 PM
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Stay warm, everyone!  Trying to figure out here how (and where) I am going to manage to actually see my DH during the race without freezing.  With a 6 and 4 year old in tow.  Any pointers on spectating?
2010-01-06 7:13 PM
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HI kids. I'll be there doing goofy. I'll be wearing a Degree Wellfit Tri kit on sat and covered from head to toe on sunday. Hope to see some of you out there!!

2010-01-07 7:10 AM
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dinabean - 2010-01-06 7:46 PM Stay warm, everyone!  Trying to figure out here how (and where) I am going to manage to actually see my DH during the race without freezing.  With a 6 and 4 year old in tow.  Any pointers on spectating?


Did you look at the marathon website - they have some kind of spectators tool that shows where they can go to watch the runners.  My DH will be there with a 4, 6 & 8 year old as well- I told him to just go to Epcot and see me at the end.  It's going to be too cold for him to drag them around to a bunch of spots.  We have park tickets so he'll go into the park, get us some fast passes while he waits and then can take the kids on some rides if they get antsy.

Oh, but if you do decide to go to different locations I know they open Magic Kingdom for spectators so they can see you in the park.


2010-01-07 8:25 PM
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Good spectatin' locations (easily accessible by car)...

Mile 9...right by the Ticket and Transportation Center where the runners will come thru the MK parking lot, under the bridge over Seven Seas Drive and towards MK (large amounts of people here, get there early...go to Polynesian resort and tell them you're picking up runners or going for breakfast, depending on time, they'll let you in).

Mile 13...on Floridian Way at the corner of Seven Seas Drive as runners pass the back of the Polynesian and the entrance to Shades of Green (people just LINING the road here!!).  If you went to Mile 9, you can walk here from there to see your runner again.

Mile 18...in the parking lot of Animal Kingdom.

Mile 21.5...on Osceola Parkway where the runners make a U-Turn and head toward World Drive.

Mile 24...on the walkway by Yacht/Beach/Boardwalk (lots of people here too).  If you went to Mile 9 and 13, drive to this place (go to Boardwalk resort and just tell them you're going for lunch, they'll let you in, park and walk down to the water) and you'll see your runner a third time.

None of these places are IN a park, so no need to either get there super early or buy a ticket.  I worked for the RAT for three years...need shortcuts or inside info for race day?  Ask!



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2010-01-08 8:40 AM
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My husband will be running and I will be spectating.

This is his first marathon, so it should be exciting.  I will be hitting the view spots at miles 4, 9, 12-13-ish and the finish line...plus trying to stay warm.

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2010-01-08 9:18 AM
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I was supposed to do the half with my wife but nagging injuries are forcing me to DNS.  However I'll be there supporting her and the BT crew.

So, when the half enters the Magic Kingdom do they allow spectators into the park to watch then run thru the castle for example?  I have season passes so tickets are not an issue.  Just did not know if they open the parks that early.
2010-01-08 10:36 AM
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Yes they do but you have to be there early.  Best bet is to contact WDW and ask what the procedure is and what time they open it.  I think it's pretty early.  407-824-2222 is the switchboard, just ask the operator who the best person to speak to about early MK entry on race day is.

2010-01-08 11:25 AM
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Is anyone planning to run with the disposable camera that came in the goodie bag? I plan to run with an UnderArmor Cold Gear top, and I'm toying with the idea of adding a cycling jersey rather than a running singlet on top of that. With the cycling jersey I would have some deep pockets in the back for the camera, gloves, skull cap, etc as I warm up. Curious what others were planning to do.


2010-01-08 2:08 PM
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I know a few people are planning on running with the camera.  My other half (Talk2MeGoose) Brian is one of them...he's running for fun, I'm running for Boston.  

BT GET-TOGETHER???

I was still planning on having people over on Saturday night around 6pm.  If there is enough interest, I'll do it...if not, I'm gonna go out to dinner.  Does everyone already have plans for a pre-race dinner or would a BT thing be on anyone's wish list for the weekend?  I'll provide pasta and salad, bring your own additional items if you like.

I'm at Celebrity Resorts on Palm Parkway (just off Disney property over by Downtown Disney), it's about 10 minutes from any Disney resort.  Lemme know if you have any interest...otherwise, I'm heading to Cariera's Cucina Italiana on Dr. Phillips Pkwy at 6pm.

2010-01-08 2:35 PM
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Jeff, I'd love to come but it will be too hard with my family and friends from out of town coming to FL.  As of right now I have reservations at the nice Italian place in The Swan, but I'm thinking I may just get a burger somewhere!

I'd like to run with the camera since we're making this a very slow/fun run, but I don't think I'll have room unless one of my friends can fit it/  Last time I put it in my fuel belt but I'm sick of wearing that so I'll only have the pockets on my tri shorts which hole my Gu Chomps (those things are big!)
2010-01-09 11:52 AM
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Ok dinner reservations for me! No worries Amy hopefully I will see ya out on the course somewhere tomorrow. Good luck...you can do it!
2010-01-10 8:48 PM
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Hope everyone was able to stay warm (enough) and push through!  Spectating was a miserable cold slog, so I can't imagine how rough it was to run it.  Record lows, woo hoo!
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