Are you ready for a Disney posting blitz this week?! I know we may be overloading you with all things Disney and Cheer lately, but just bear with us one more week. Cheer is officially over until August so we promise not to mention it (too much) until then. We had a great time in Disney with our girls and will each put our own spin on our experience there. Of course I will take a fitness spin! This was my second time in Disney. The first time I went with my family I scheduled a few runs around the resort. This time we had a lot of early morning’s scheduled with cheer events and I honestly just didn’t want to worry about working out so I decided early on walking the resort and parks would be my workouts for the week. So, I kind of gave myself a Fitbit challenge, and by challenge I mean I would just wear my Fitbit around the resort and different parks and see how many steps I took each day. Easy!
Day 1: Magic Kingdom
Our first day at Disney was one where we had a lot of free time. The girls had practice in the morning so I walked around the resort. My Fitbit was on the charger for my morning steps so I’m guessing I lost a couple thousand here. We headed to Magic Kingdom around 11 and got home around 7pm. This was our LOWEST step day, yet one of the most tiring! I find Magic Kingdom to be the most waiting and standing of all the parks. The focus for us was rides so wait and stand we did! I was surprised at the lower steps this day. I feel like my exhaustion at the end of the day didn’t match my work output haha!
Day 2 we had a very early morning! The girls had to be on the bus at 6:30am to head to the Wide World of Sports. I walked to the Resort food court to grab coffee before loading the bus for a long morning of competition. We were at the Wide World of Sports from 7am until 1:30pm. This was a lot of sitting as we watched the competition and then WAITED for the results. Our girls didn’t place, but did amazing all the same! They were a little disappointed after the competition so we headed back to the resort for some down time and then to Epcot. I LOVE Epcot. It’s so pretty and the vibe is so much more low key than Magic Kingdom. Plus, there is just something nice about knowing you can get a beer! Epcot is great for walking. I love walking around the countries and deciding on what to eat (and drink). A few of us chose Germany and a few China. I also discovered my new favorite ride, The Test Track! One nice part of just being there with my oldest is getting to do the thrill seeker rides. Epcot is always a refreshing day!
Day 3: Cheer Competition, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
So, WOW, this was definitely a long day and the most steps simply because the day started at 8am and ended at midnight. I started the morning with a walk around the resort and then shopping for gifts for my girls (who stayed at home). We headed back to the Wide World of Sports at 11am to see the Pee Wee’s compete. We then headed straight to Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom is my second favorite! I love the trees and lush vegetation. I love how you feel like you are in another country and I love the Expedition Everest ride even though twice in a row is a little much for me these days. We stayed at Animal Kingdom until it closed and then went back to the resort to rest up for our party at Hollywood Studios. Pop Warner closes down Hollywood Studios for the football players and cheerleaders and treats us to a party from 8-12am! This was a late night for sure. This was also my first time at Hollywood Studios. I loved the Aerosmith Roller Coaster and all the moms skipped The Tower of Terror thank you very much. The biggest treat at Hollywood Studios was the Osborne Family Light Show. It was amazing! I think every square inch of building was covered in lights. We were SO tired after this day. I have never been awake when my fitbit entered a new day and the steps started over. I was actually a little mad since I could have made it to 28,000!
So, not bad for just walking around and having fun! I will say I felt all the walking in my body at the end of each day. I have always said walking is hard. My feet and shins were sore and my hips were achy in weird places. I thought about my friend Deborah who did a three day 60 MILE breast cancer walk last month! I asked her to share what it’s like walking 20 miles a day. She is a runner and very fit, but said the walk was very challenging. She also said it was very inspiring and I’d like her to share more of that part of the experience later, but for now enjoy her “walking thoughts” she had during her 60 mile journey!
1. Always wear a snazzy outfit – it just makes you laugh and smile even more…especially when you are walking ANOTHER 20 miles that day!
2. Band-Aid Blister are awesome!
3. Always address a hot spot IMMEDIATELY!
4. A change of socks and baby wipe to clean your feet halfway through a long walk is a marvelous thing!
5. Stretching – I cannot stress this enough! It is the biggest thing I will do differently at the next next 60 mile walk!
6. Pigeon on a wall or ground is amazing for the hips!
7. Calf stretches!
8. Achilles stretches – do a calf stretch and then bend the knee slightly.
Here is a good link I use for shin stretches: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/4-stretches-to-combat-shin-splints.html
10. Hydrate and consume calories. Everyone laughs but 20 miles each day burns through the calories! I am 130 pound and I burned about 2500 calories just walking (according to Garmin). In the sun and heat you have to eat and drink water/electrolytes! Bars, fruit, water, electrolytes are all very important! If I wasn’t peeing every 75-90 minutes I knew I had a problem!
11. Don’t be afraid of “wancing”. trust me check it out on YouTube!
12. Trick friends into your practice walks with you by promising them it will just be a couple miles or so. If you do an out and back, you have them in for the long haul!!
13. Feet up the wall is AMAZING
14.Pick walks that will get you a view of something good! It keeps you going!
And lastly always bring a solid pair of flip flops. It could be freezing rain or hot as hell I was wearing those for a week after! When I did have to wear my running shoes or boots, it felt like i was going to burst the seams of my shoes!
Definitely awesome advice!! I could have used some pigeon and feet up the wall. And I may have to look up “wancing” and try that while I snake around strollers at Magic Kingdom. Regardless, if you are planning a Disney trip or a three day hike just enjoy the journey and know you will have some solid exercise even if you leave your running shoes and weightlifting gloves at home. Now, I will say I was THRILLED to get back to the gym after we got home. Moving my body in some other way than sitting, standing, walking and eating was definitely welcome.
And I will leave you with this! If you are ever wondering what 60 miles of walking means for your feet then check out this picture of Deborah’s feet after her three day walk. She said they were swollen, blistered and itchy! Yikes!!!