Wine and Dine Half Marathon Training Plans

photoThe next runDisney race on the Runs in Tutus itinerary will be the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Saturday, November 7th. We are really excited to run another Wine and Dine, and I’m especially thrilled that the race now coincides with the beginning of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! I am so excited to experience this ultimate Christmas Disney magic for the first time ever!

With the race quickly approaching, our crew has already started discussing costume ideas, dining reservations and park plans. Sometimes I get so excited about costumes and Disney magic that I forget one of the most important things – TRAINING FOR THE RACE!

For me personally, I’ve run so many half marathons that I can get away with very minimal training. I can always count on being able to finish the race with my average time as long as I do a couple of long runs a month or so before the race. I’ve decided that this year I want to avoid that trend and instead really challenge myself to break through new barriers. This year I will be shooting for a personal record at the Wine and Dine! My ultimate goal is to finish the race in less than two hours (this goal feels so much more attainable after finishing my first full marathon in March).

To hit this personal record, I’ve developed a 16 week training plan that begins the week of July 19th. From now until the first week of training, I’ll be continuing with my regular cross-training, and I’ll be running at least 5 miles a week. Once the plan begins, I will increase my mileage week by week. I plan to run 4 times a week with two days of cross-training and one day of rest.

I’ll be including my typical short runs throughout the week, but to really help with my PR goal, I’ve decided to incorporate some speed-play. I’m going to try a few Fartleks throughout my training to help increase my pace. If you’ve never heard of these, they’re just interval runs where you alternate back and forth between a faster, challenging pace and a slower, easy pace. I plan to alternate between 3 minutes of fast paced running and 2 minutes of slower paced running for my Fartlek runs.

Along with the speed work, I’ve also added a little extra mileage to my training plan to help with my PR. For a half marathon, I usually only run up to 11 or 12 miles before the race. This time, I’m going to try a couple of 14 mile runs to really push my endurance and make the race feel a little easier. I’ll hit the peak of my training the week of October 11th, then I’ll start tapering off the mileage up until the race.

If you’d like to follow along with me to train for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, you can find My Training Plan here. I realize that not everyone has the goal of hitting a personal record, so I’ve also included a Beginner Training Plan. This is more or less the plan I followed for my very first half marathon. With the Beginner Training Plan, I’d just recommend that you keep at least a 15 minute pace for all of your walks or runs. This will help you feel confident on race day, and you’ll be guaranteed to finish without the dreaded balloon ladies sweeping you off the course. Remember, the only thing that will prevent you from finishing that race is skipping your training runs!

Lastly, I just want to touch briefly on the cross-training days. There are so many fun things that you can do for cross-training: ballet, Zumba, weight-lifting, Spin, kayaking, Disney Inspired Workouts, Yoga, etc. Seriously, the wonderful world of cross-training is limitless. During our training journey to the Wine and Dine, our Runs in Tutus crew will definitely be posting about our cross-training adventures. I will also be posting many more Disney themed workouts. We’d love to hear about some of the crazy workouts you try as well!

Alright, Wine-os. Let the training begin! Do you have any specific training plans? Post your comments or questions below.

Hit the running trail and good luck!

-Amanda
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How to Make a Running Tutu (aka the runner’s little black dress)

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Given this blog is called “Runs in tutus,” you can probably guess how I feel about running in a tutu. The truth is, tutus (and Mickey waffles) are pretty much the reason I wake up in the morning. I’ve got loads of craft tips and tricks for making your race more magical, but first and foremost let’s learn how to make a proper tutu to wear to the ball.

Here are the detailed directions. You can print a shorter version of these instructions and a shopping list by clicking here: Running Tutu Quick Reference.

Step 1: Design your look

There is no right or wrong way to sport a tutu. It’s like a little black dress. Classic. I always start my craft projects by brainstorming how I want the final product to look. If I’m really in the mood to avoid doing my day job, I’ll pull out some markers and draw my tutu on a piece of paper. Pinterest is another source for tutu inspiration (and work avoidance). Here are a few questions to think about:

– Which color(s) would you like to use? Your tutu doesn’t have to be a solid color, you can alternate colors to create any look you want.

– Do you want the tutu to be sparkly?

– Are you trying to represent a character? If so, are there any ribbons or embellishments that might help your tutu look more like the character (for example felt hearts for a Queen of Hearts inspired look)?

– What kind of shirt will you wear?

Step 2: Gather your materials

You will need:

1. A coupon for your craft store! 

  • Friends don’t let friends overpay for craft supplies. If you are shopping at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s, there will be coupons every week on the website and in their apps.
    They are mobile coupons that you can search for on your phone while you are in line at
    the store. Hobby Lobby has a 40% off one item coupon every week on their app, and
    both Michael’s and Joann’s will take it. So that’s a weekly 40% off option no matter
    which store you have close by.
  • If you don’t live near a craft store, Amazon is an excellent source for tutu materials.

2. 6” tulle on a spooltulle

  • I buy 2 spools (25 yards a roll) to make it through one solid color tutu. If alternating colors you would try one spool of each color. WARNING: Glitter tulle comes in shorter rolls (12 yards), so you may need more than 2 rolls.
  • You will find the spools in the wedding section at Joann’s and Michael’s. Hobby Lobby has an aisle of tulle near the fabric section of the store. They cost less than $4.00 when they are full price.

3. 1/4 – 1/2 inch elastic for waistbandFullSizeRender

  • Any color will do. ¼ inch and ½ inch elastic both work fine. You will find the elastic near the sewing needles and small sewing supplies in most craft stores. I’ve also found elastic at Walmart in the craft section.

4. Needle and thread, a sewing machine, or heat n’ bond and an iron to hold together elastic waist band

  • A variety of materials can hold together a waist band, and I will demonstrate them all in this tutorial. It really depends on how much time you have, and how durable you want your tutu to be.heatnbond
  • If you have the time, hand stitching using any color thread you’ve got handy or using a sewing machine will make the most durable tutu.
  • For a quick, no sew solution you can use heat n’ bond tape. It costs less than $3.00 and can be found in most craft stores and is also sold at Walmart.

5. Scissors and a pen or marker

Step 3: Make your tutu

1. Make the waistband:
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  • Size your waistband: Grab a pen or marker, and unroll the elastic waist band. Place the elastic around your waist pulling it slightly so it fits snug but comfortably around your waist. Use the pen or marker to mark a comfortable place to cut the elastic waistband.
  • Cut the waistband: The elastic will stretch when making the tutu, so cutlay your elastic out on the table and cut the elastic approximately 1 inch SHORTER than where you put your pen mark.
  • Connect your waistband: Now it’s time to connect the two ends of your elastic. Form a circle with the elastic and make the ends of the elastic overlap by 1 inch.
  • Bond your waistband: You have two options for bonding the waistband. Option 1: Sew the ends together by hand or with a sewing machine. Option 2: Use a no-sew heat-bond product. I have used both methods on many different tutus, and they both have been suitable for a race tutu. The seam of the waistband does not need to be “pretty” because it will be hidden by tulle.
    • Option 1 Sewing: To sew by hand, thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Use and over under stitch to secure all the edges. I just stitch until the elastic feels secure. If you have a sewing machine, you can use any basic stitch you’d like. I’ve experimented with straight stitches, zig zag stitches, and stretch stitches and they’ve all worked out just fine. My advice: Keep it simple.
    • Option 2 No Sew heat bond: Cut or tear about an inch of the heat bond tape. Place the tape between the 2 ends of the elastic. Next, press and hold a hot iron on top of the elastic (right over where you put the tape). Disclaimer: Heat bond ironing procedures can vary slightly by brand so double check the instructions on the package of your tape before you start this step.

2. Make the tutu skirtcuttulle

  • Cut the tulle: You will now cut many strips of tulle to be tied to the elastic waistband. I usually cut the entire roll at once. The length of the strips comes down to your preference. I prefer a shorter tutu because I don’t like the tulle to rub between my legs while I am running (chafing is not magical)
    • The length of your tutu will be half the length of the strip you cut. I usually cut the tulle in 14 inch strips, so I have about a 7 inch tutu. For reference, the picture of the Queen of Hearts tutu at the top of this blog is an image of a 7 inch tutu.
  • Attach the tulle: You will now put everything together.
    • Stretch out the elastic waist band over the top of a chair or box. You want it to be stretched close to maximum stretch so your tutu has all the right fluff in all the right places……stretchelastic
    • You will attach the tulle to the elastic using a slip knot.
      • Fold a strip of tulle in half.
      • Slide the folded tulle under the waistband so that the folded side is on the top.
      • Grab the dangling ends of the tulle and pull them through the loop.
      • Continue to tie slipknots of tulle on the waistband until the entire elastic waistband is covered with tulle.photo

While I have pictures here on how to tie a slipknot, this step can be tricky. I made a short video on how to tie a slipknot in case you need some more detailed instructions.

Step 4: (optional) Decorate your tutu

1. Attach decorations: Tulle is very forgiving and you can use hot glue to add all kinds of fun things to your tutu. Here are some optional items you can add:

  • White pom poms to a red tutu for a Minnie inspired look
  •  A bow to the back of your tutu for a princess inspired look
  • White stars on a blue tutu for a super hero inspired look

Step 5: Wear your tutu!

Congrats! Your tutu is ready for the race! I recommend taking it for a test ride before the day of the race just to make sure you are comfortable with the length and the feel. You can experiment with what works best to wear under your tutu. Running skirts, shorts, capris, leggings, and yoga pants can all be worn under tutus. Choose what makes you feel the most comfortable.

I hope this tutu tutorial helped you make a magical race costume! I’d love to see your final product! You can send us your awesome tutu pics on twitter @runsintutus

-Christine