Great Places to Carb Load for a Disney Race!

Alright, fellow runners! For those of you in Orlando this weekend for the Disney World marathon and half-marathon, it’s time to decide where those all-important pre-race carbs are going to be consumed!

Carb Loading Tips: Experts say the best carbs for increasing those super-important glycogen stores come from starchy carbohydrates like pasta, bread, rice, and potatoes. You should also have some protein alongside your carbs. Try to avoid sugary options, such as fruit and baked goods.

So let’s take a look at a few of our favorite carb-tastic treats!

Dinner Carb Loading

When planning for an early morning race, it’s at dinner the night before where you’ll truly pack your energy stores. And when it comes to starchy carbs, everyone knows the king of eats is pasta!

Epcot‘s Italy is THE place to find incredible dishes that will help you distribute your energy throughout the race.

My first pick? Definitely Via Napoli. This place has incredible pizza, but the pasta selection is fresh and delicious as well.

Be warned that the options here are baked and tend toward the heavier side, so you may want to make a few special orders to lighten them up a bit.

Candele from Via Napoli

Next door to Via Napoli you’ll find the more upscale Tutto Italia. You can’t go wrong with either location when carb-loading.

Magic Kingdom
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2010 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Details Announced

wine&dineSMALLFinally — here’s the info we’ve all been waiting for regarding this BRAND NEW Disney endurance event!! The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is replacing the Race for the Taste 10K race, offering everyone — including foodies — the chance to run a half marathon at night through Disney parks and property! Cool!

The best part is, if you’re like me and can’t quite do a half marathon, you can split it up into a relay with a partner! (And if you want an even shorter race, here’s a great one: The Mickey Halloween Family Fun Run 5K!)

Here’s the deets from Disney:

Saturday, October 2, 2010
10:00 p.m.

Start: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Finish: Epcot® World Showcase
The Inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon will be run on a brand new half marathon course at the Walt Disney World Resort, and it will be run at night! Where else can you [Read more…]