So winter decided to really arrive just a few days before Spring, just to mess with us. My problem? It’s been cold in these parts. Like really, really cold. My other problem? My next half is in New Orleans. I guarantee you it won’t be this cold.
I’ve tried to run hot, here and there, in a maybe vain effort to get used to running in heat. Because I don’t run well in heat. The jury is still out on what race day weather will be. I know it’s going to be quite warm our first few days in NOLA, which will be a welcome change from what we leave behind. It looks like it might cool down a bit on race weekend, but that remains to be seen.
Slightly overdress for my runs
Not so much that I’m in danger of getting heatstroke, which is probably impossible considering our weather lately, but enough that I’m warmer than I really want to be.
Granted, I can do that without meaning to — the difference is that where I would unzip something to cool down if I got too hot normally, I just leave it all zipped up and sweat it out.
Dress warmer than I have to on the treadmill, too
With an early March blizzard, I was forced onto my treadmill more than I wanted to be. I didn’t wear my skirts or a tank — nope, I went with tights, sometimes even fleece lined tights, and a tee instead of a tank.
Not every time, but more often than I really wanted to. The workouts were hard enough without overdressing!
Step away from the fan
I have a small fan on my treadmill and it’s always going if I’m running on it. Except when I’m trying to train for a warm race while it’s cold.
Vacation first, race last
When I first started traveling for my half marathons, I was cautious — usually I’d arrive a couple of days before the race and put the vacation portion after the race. I worried about doing too much before the race and not racing well.
As you get more experienced running and racing, while it’s still certainly possible to overdue it before the race, you’re also able to handle more activity before the race.
This is what we did before my Phoenix half, and it worked out well for me. Yes, I was hiking, I was running at elevation — all before my race. But my race went really well and again, I was able to adapt (a little) from our cool Northeast temps to the hot Southwest temps.
What I wanted to do: Hot Yoga
Seriously, there’s a place super-close to my home. But a) no time and b) never do anything new before a race. I may have been doing yoga forever, but I’ve never done hot yoga. and c) no time!
Another nice option would have been hanging out in the sauna at the place where I swim (assuming they fixed it) but see a & b above.
Instead I’m going to settle for an Infrared Wrap again. I highly doubt that it helps in heat acclimation, but it sure feels good and does a body good.
So let me know in the comments:
Have you ever tried to prepare for a hot race?
Any heat acclimation tips for us (it’s too late for me this round, but someone might benefit)?
What was your favorite racecation?