It is time for another installment of the Trey's Top 5! And this is the toughest week of all for my top 5. As we talk about snacking, there is probably no easy way for me to get this down to five, but I will do the best I can. Marathon weekend is a great time to experience with snacking. If it is before the race, you never feel a need to fill up over big meals and if it is after the race you will certainly want to snack!
For many, these might be easy picks and for others you might find that some of these are out of the way, but worth the effort to find them.
#5 - Sleepy Hollow
Our first stop will take us to the Magic Kingdom and we will visit Sleepy Hollow in the Liberty Square area. A must in this location is the Waffle Sandwich. They have a few options to choose from including the Nutella and Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich as well as the Sweet and Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich. This is a great location for snacking. Take your pick.
#4 - 50's Prime Time Cafe
Next we will take a visit over at Hollywood Studios and enjoy a snack at the 50’s Prime Time Café. You don’t even need to grab a table for this next snack but just stroll over to the bar and enjoy one of the best milkshakes you will ever have. So many shakes to choose from but my favorites are the PBJ and the Peanut Butter and Chocolate. The good news in Disney is that calories don’t count!
#3 - Aloha Isle
We go back to the Magic Kingdom for the next two snacks. I recommend at some point during your stay you make it to Aloha Isle and enjoy a dole whip. Plenty of good flavors to choose from, but my personal favorite is the vanilla and pineapple swirl. There is nothing quite like this cool soft serve goodness while walking around the park.
#2 - Plaza Ice Cream Parlor
We will stay at the Magic Kingdom for this one and I recommend this is a post-race snack and not a pre-race snack. Head over to the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and enjoy an Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich. Two enormous cookies with vanilla ice cream in between. UNREAL!
#1 - The Writer's Stop
For number one, we head back over to Hollywood Studios and visit an out of the way location called The Writer’s Stop. This place is a hidden gem and so is this snack. It is the carrot cake cookie. It is quite the experience. One of the best snacks you will ever have.
So, there is my Top 5 and now it is time to cheat! I do have a few honorable mentions I just have to throw in. First, fresh popped popcorn on Main Street just tastes better than any other place on the planet. If you find yourself in Hollywood Studios around the Starring Rolls Café you have to try the Butterfinger Cupcake. In Epcot at the France pavilion you have to stop by L’Artisan des Glaces for some incredible ice cream. Finally, also in Epcot make sure to visit Karamell-Kuche for the caramel popcorn.
Let’s get back to the course…
Last time we left off at mile #20. This is one of those points where you will start being thankful for where you are at on the course. You will see runners heading into the Wide World of Sports Complex so you will be thankful you are done with that. Not too far down the road you will take a left hand turn back onto Osceola Parkway. You will get an opportunity to grab some water hydration here. Do it! After you make the turn you will soon hit mile #21.
You are straight and flat on Osceola Parkway. I used to really hate this road. Before they changed the course for the 20th anniversary, there used to be an out and back on this road. I dreaded that part of the race. Many times there is a DJ in this area trying to keep us going. You will soon take a right and have a little downhill onto World Drive. A little bit of bad news, you will have to make up that downhill soon but don’t think about it. You are not on World Drive long as it is about a 1 mile stretch. We will leave off right here as we will hit mile #22 about halfway down.
This can be a tough little stretch. I don’t know how you train and prepare on distance, but many runners stop at 20 miles in training. This is personal preference, but I always feel better knowing I have run 22 or 23 miles in training. This extra distance does not bother me. So think about your training and what you need mentally. Honestly, on the physical side 2-3 extra miles does not really do anything. However, the marathon is not a race about your legs. The marathon is a race mostly between the ears. Do what you need to do mentally. This stretch of road is always littered with runners who went out too fast. Be prepared!
Are you getting excited yet! I can barely stand it! I can vision these things in my head and I am ready to go!