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How To Plan The Perfect Racecation

by Nellie

What is better than running a race AND going on vacation all at the same time?

This was actually how I started running. I planned to run a 10k in Disney World AND have a great vacation. I’ve run races in several states since, and there are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way:

  1. Pack Your Race Gear FIRST: It’s super easy to run a race at home right? You have the familiarity of home, you know what to pack with you for your race gear the night before. Everything is right there at your fingertips. The complete opposite is true when you need to race away from home. Do yourself a favor and pack the race gear first, it makes things SO much easier, plus you can add more if you forget. This includes sneakers, tights, underwear, heating packs, even a roller if you need it!
  2. Plan your activities after the race: If you spend a few days before your race exploring and vacationing, you make be a bit too tired to run the race. However, if you run the race first, you might be walking on tired legs, sure but you can definitely make the best of it. After all, the race is the focus of the trip…right?
  3. Figure out your meals ahead of time: When I traveled to Washington D.C. for the Rock and Roll Half Marathon, I did a poor job of planning my meals. I had a really late dinner, and I was scrambling to find a deli that was open to find a banana and a tea bag for my morning tea. BRING as many of these things as you can with you. Plan your meals accordingly to how you would when you are home–include time for bib pickup, check in to hotel etc.
  4. Decide whether you want to bring guests: The one time I brought my family to a race with me it was quite disastrous. I was so worried about my kids and where they would be and what would be keeping them busy, that I was thrown off of my own running game. I have since learned my lesson and I pretty much do racecations solo but each individual person is different.

This month I am teaming up with some amazing runner bloggers to share tips about having amazing racecations. I’ve learned so much from them, check out their experienced point of view!

Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

Carly @ Fine Fit Day


How do you plan a perfect #racecation? Sharing all of my tips and tricks to make sure you have GREAT race AND a FANTASTIC vacation! Plus I'm sharing tips from my favorite #running bloggers @HappyFitMama, @CarlyPizzani and @ThisRunRecipes! #travel Click to Tweet

Have you ever done a racecation? What are your tips?

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Janine Huldie July 25, 2018 - 6:54 am

You know I am not a big runner. But if I ever did run any races it so be RunDisney as this Disney fan would totally love to give that race venue a try if I could. So, loved hearing your suggestions and still love that pic of your from RunDisney 🙂

Allie July 25, 2018 - 3:25 pm

I definitely prefer race-cations with other racers and not my family! It’s SUPER stressful, as you noted 🙂 I love having them there but oh man the logistics get nutty and you can’t take care of yourself like you need to before the race.
I also love that you noted to figure out your meals ahead of time. I’ve had many times eating my pre-packed bagel and peanut butter in a hotel bathroom so as not to disturb my sleeping family!

Tamara July 27, 2018 - 2:05 pm

My friend does this in Disney and although I’m not a runner, the thought of a racecation is the closest I could feel to one. I really love it. She goes without her family, and I think that’s probably smart. It’s her very own trip!


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