Is 2015 the year you will tackle your first runDisney race?
Maybe you’ve already put some thought into where you’ll celebrate your accomplishment once the race is over. But what about before the race? You might have some questions about what’s available to nosh as you prepare to make your way to the starting line.
With Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend upon us, we thought now might be a good a time to show you some items that are typically available across Disney World Resort food courts — just some simple eats that might be similar to food you’ve eaten prior to training runs at home.
One thing all Disney races have in common (well, the daytime races, in any case 🙂 ), is that they start EARLY. And you’ve got to get there even earlier. Your resort food court can be a great place to grab a few items the night before your race to have at the ready as you get dressed in the morning, or even bring to the race staging area to eat while you wait for your race to begin (at long last!).
Now, for many readers familiar with Disney Resorts, this info might be old hat. Then again, maybe it’s your first time visiting as a race participant, and you may never have looked at Grab and Go selections very carefully. So, here’s your chance to check it out!
A note before we begin: items may vary across resort food courts, but the photos below (taken at Art of Animation’s Landscape of Flavors and Pop Century’s Everything Pop) are intended to give an idea of items that are typical around the food courts.
Be sure to check out both the bakery cases and refrigerated sections of the Grab and Go areas.
While the bakery cases are bound to have primarily dessert-style options, you can often also find muffins, bagels, and in some cases, plain white bread.
Spreadable toppings may be a little more difficult to spot, but pouches of peanut butter (not refrigerated), cream cheese, and Smart Balance (refrigerated) are usually not far away.
The refrigerated section holds yogurts, mixed fruits, veggies, and hummus snacks.
I’ve never had milk prior to a race, but I’ve heard that chocolate milk has a great reputation as being a terrific post-race recovery drink.
Your resort may have a selection of Vitaminwater brand drinks, and possibly sports drinks like Powerade.
No matter where you are there is, of course, plenty of regular bottled water.
There are options outside the cases, too. Can’t say I’ve tried it, but I wonder if “Uncrustables” would be a suitable option around four in the morning ;)?
If you’re eating in your room before departing, cereal might come in handy.
I’ve often found granola bars at resort food courts, but Landscape of Flavors is the first place I ever saw these Odwalla “Superfood Bars” in particular.
Whole fruit options feature oranges, apples, and — a runner’s best friend — bananas.
Oh, and there are a few celebratory AFTER-the-race items, too, if you are so inclined…
My pre-race go-to is typically a fairly high-protein granola bar, a banana, and a bottle of water — super easy to carry to the waiting area, and filling without being overly so. That said, I am by no means a running expert or nutritionist, and every runner is different. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to experiment with what works best for you before the big day. You’ve worked hard… now it’s just time to show up, and ENJOY!!
We here at the DFB wish all you runners lots of luck, and many miles of fun and magic! We’re rooting for you!
Are you participating in a runDisney race this year? Please let us know with a comment… and good luck!!