Heat Wave

I got to run outside today! Hooray! And the temperature was in the double digits (barely, it was 11)! Plus there was no wind! So it felt pretty darn tropical. 

Based on the fact that 11 felt "warm," to me this morning, I am starting to worry about race temperatures. 

Let's compare the forecasts for Maine and New Zealand. It looks like we finally might get above freezing here on Sunday. 


While in New Zealand it won't get below 76.


My poor, white, vitamin D deficient skin can't wait to soak up some sun, That warmth is going to feel great when I am sitting on the beach, but I think it is going to be a major bummer during the marathon. I don't ever handle heat well and I am not even a little heat acclimated. 

All I can think of is my second marathon which I ran in Virginia Beach. I trained during the New England winter and then it was 85 on race day. I crashed hard at mile 16 and I spent the last 10 miles just trying to move forward as I threw-up and tried not to pass out.

My plan is to really hold back pace wise during the first half to avoid frying myself, start drinking my Nuun early and often, try to stay in the shade as much as possible, and throw water on my head at the rest stops. Hopefully that's enough!

Have you ever trained in the cold for a warm weather race? How did you deal with the heat?? Help me!

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  1. Ha ha - I totally felt like it was a heat wave yesterday at 8 degrees with no wind! Aren't we crazy!

    I trained in the cold for Dallas, and then it was in the low 60s when I ran it. I have no idea why I did so well and felt so good, but I really followed my fueling plan and took my electrolyte tabs. Do you have something like that?

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    1. I am going to feel need without all my layers! Hopefully I have the same experience with racing in the warmth! I have Nuun and Hammer electrolyte tablets. I am going to use them both.

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  2. The biggest suggestions I have are as follows: Do a shakeout run or two when you get there to get acclimated to the temperature. Use salt tabs and such starting 24 hours before. Start slow. Wear less clothing than you think you need.

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  3. Also not sure why it's showing as unkown but the above was from me, A Healthy, Happier Bear (www.healthyhappierbear.com) @healthyhappier

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  4. I've just done the opposite and have been training in the Sydney summer for the winter Tokyo marathon this weekend. I went from running in 80+F weather to the low 40s here in Tokyo. On an acclimatization today it seemed WAY easier running in the cold, but I don't want to give myself some false sense that I can push too much harder. And FYI, depending on where you are in NZ you could have 3 seasons in a day. During the Queenstown NZ race we had pretty cool weather at the beginning of summer.

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    1. Chris- what did you think of Tokyo? I always find it an easier transition from warm to cold than the other way around. They said to expect it to be cool at the start, but then to get quite warm during the race so I will be layering!

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