By Cool J
As a follow up to my earlier post about our upcoming marathon tomorrow in the crazy heat, I would like to share this article with tips for running a marathon in the heat. Enjoy!
Tricks for running a marathon in the heat
Pour water on you as much as you canYou’re going to need to adjust your pace to account for the temperatures. Stating out too fast and overheating is not the strategy to run your best race and stay safe.
Don’t look at your watch In 2007, I ran in the very hot and infamous Twin Cities Marathon (the same year they closed Chicago because of the heat). The biggest mistake I made in that race was getting frustrated by looking at my watch and not having a backup plan. Every mile I was running slower and slower because of the heat, but I was actually gaining on the entire field (which is a good reference point for your performance when time is out the window). However, because I was so stuck on my watch and my paces, I defeated myself mentally and forgot to just compete and run to the best of my ability.
Focus on what you can control Finally, in the days leading up to the race, just focus on the elements you can control. Yes, the weather is going to be warm, but you can’t change that. What you can have an effect on is how you prepare. Eat right, get mentally prepared, strategize your hydration plan, and implement some of the tips I mentioned above. While the time might not be a PR, you will perform your absolute best and walk away from the race knowing you gave it your all what will be a memorable day.
I plan to try to utilize some of these tips tomorrow!
How much to drink
Don’t be afraid to adjust your pace