Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TNT (Tips 'N Tricks)--Jogging at WDW


While it can be hard to squeeze in your morning run before all those miles of walking around the parks, Walt Disney World is a great place to keep up your training, work off a few treats, and get in a little quiet time.  The link above will take you to Disney.com where they highlight the designated jogging paths at the resorts.  Ask when you check-in and the cast member should be able to provide you with a map or at least some additional information on their specific property.

I've run at most of the resorts we've stayed in over the years.  I have three favorites.  The first is Port Orleans.  The path is by the water, wide, and well-shaded.  I love Port Orleans anyway and a jog is a great way to take in the atmosphere.  The photos in this post are from Port Orleans Riverside.  The second is Old Key West.  I'm also a little biased here since this is our home resort for DVC, but I love the Key West vibe.  I enjoy examining the details of the buildings and landscaping while on foot.  It's not on the official website, but I have run from OKW to Downtown Disney and back by way of the path to Saratoga Springs.  My third favorite is the Boardwalk/Beach Club area, mostly because this is nearing the end of most Disney races.

Be especially careful to listen to your body when on a run at WDW.  I know that sounds hokey, but you're most likely in a warmer climate than you usually train in, on your feet more than usual during the day, and not eating and drinking like you would at home.  Drink more water and consider these as easy miles.

Where do you like to run at Walt Disney World?  Any funny stories from your jogs while on vacation?

3 comments:

  1. I'm working on the C25K with hopes of one day being able to go for a job while at Disney. That being said, with all the walking we do, I'm not sure my feet could take a run as well!! My thighs, however, could use a jog or 12 after all the Mickey ice cream bars I eat!!!

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  2. The trail at the Poly is my personal favorite, but I think I'll give the Port Orleans trail a shot after reading your post!!

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