runDisney has become a tradition of sorts for me. I’ve said before that I’m taking a “break” from Disney races and that I don’t plan on doing them for a year or blah blah blah. Yeah, that never actually happens.
Being that I constantly have a Disney race on the schedule, there are a lot of things that have become a tradition when I go to runDisney events.
- Hugging Wookiees: I can’t do a Star Wars race without a giant Chewie hug. I tried- and failed. I just love large hairy wookiee hugs.
- Dressing “up” to run: in my Disney collection? I ran the Tower of Terror 10 miler as Ursula, the Disney Princess 1/2 as the Little Mermaid, Star Wars Dark Side with Chewie and Darth Vader inspired outfits, Wine n Dine 10k as the Mad Hatter and the most recent Star Wars in a Yoda inspired outfit. Yep, dressing cute at Disney races is my thing.
Road Race Traditions:
There are a few of these- mostly related to my outfits and pre-race shopping! For example, at the expo, if there is a headband company (Sweaty Bands or Sparkly Soul, anyone?) I ALWAYS purchase some prior to race day- and usually wear one on the morning of my race. I know, I know, nothing new on race day. But this theory seems to work for me- every time I’ve done this before a big race I’ve had a PR! Of course there’s my outfits- if you’ve seen me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of Pro Compression socks and Skirt Sports skirts.
Other than that? Jumping shots. I love doing a jumping shot after a race when I’m rocking my medal (s).
My OCR traditions are more group related. There’s always the group photos, taken before and after the race. We are usually doing something nuts or not paying attention to the camera.
Annnnnddd then there’s the post race beer, fireball and oh yeah, dancing the Wobble. This literally happens at EVERY OCR- and if they don’t play the song you’d best believe that one of us is requesting it! It’s an OCR tradition.
These are some of the things that make racing so much fun for me. It’s not always the race itself, but the memories surrounding the event that make it an unforgettable part of my running journey over the last 3.5 years.
What are some of your pre and post race traditions?