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Walt Disney World Marathon Training Tips

Running the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2019? June starts your 29-week Galloway training. Here are some marathon training tips (not to do) for your first marathon.


It’s getting close y’all.

Your 29-week Galloway plan for the Walt Disney World Marathon training starts in June.

January 13, 20189, is closer than you think. Yeah, I’m being that guy. But it’s only because I care and want to make sure you are prepared for those 26.2 miles!


Running the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2018? Today starts your 29-week Galloway training. Marathon training tips (not to do) for your marathon training.


Walt Disney World Marathon Training Tips

If you’re following the Galloway plan, it will be up on the runDisney website soon. It’s typically put up in late May or early June. And yes- it’s already May. Can you believe it?!

But this post is about what NOT to do when it comes to marathon training. Unfortunately, I speak from experience.


I ran my first marathon in January 2016. It was the best thing I’ve ever done… once it was over. If you’ve got the time, I’ve got the race recap here.

Get healthy, they said. Running will make you fit, they said. Run a marathon, they said. It will be fun, they said! But how do you train for a marathon correctly? I have no idea- but here's our list telling you how NOT to train for a marathon.

NOT a smoothie! HA! That’s a finish line margarita, folks.


It was NOT the best thing ever while I was doing it. Mostly because I wasn’t really ready for this.

I put the miles in.


And I had nutrition down.


And I had hydration covered.


I didn’t have it all dialed in, and I know it. Heck, I knew it then but wasn’t willing to admit it while I was on the course. I knew if I admitted it, I wouldn’t finish and that was just not an option.


I wasn’t sure I was getting back up after this one. That lie down was most welcome!


What Not to Do When Marathon Training

So where did I mess up?

  • I waited too long to commit to the distance. I respected it, don’t get me wrong, but I was too scared of it to fully jump in until early December. Then I put a lot of miles on my body in a short period of time. Don’t do that. I managed to finish and didn’t get injured, but it was dicey.
  • I didn’t even try to eat healthy during my training. It was the holidays, and man, who wants to watch what they eat then? A marathoner. That’s who.
  • Don’t underestimate hydration in the weeks leading up to the race. I knew the course would have plenty of hydration for us, but I did not pay attention to the weeks leading up to the run. I landed in Florida feeling the humidity and knowing it was too late to do much about it.

The next time I run a marathon, you can bet your favorite running shoes I’ll be better prepared.

I’ll be prepared and I’ll follow this marathon advice next time- from smarter runners than me!

But here’s a few things NOT to do for your first marathon.


Running the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2018? Today starts your 29-week Galloway training. Marathon training tips (not to do) for your marathon training.


Do you have any extra marathon training tips for someone running their first marathon? How did your first one go?

Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)


  • Lauren says:

    I’ve definitely been considering a marathon, but then I took like 2 months off of running. And I know I’m not ready for the commitment yet. I’m trying to get nutrition, etc. on point and keep up other workouts this summer. Then, see if I can keep a commitment to a half marathon training (because I never FULLY) do. THEN maybe a marathon. Maybe.

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Patty Holliday

Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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