It's summertime, it's hot and in the south it is HUMID! If I could, I would run all of my training runs and races in an air conditioned room, with a fan above my head; however, this is the real world and honestly I am still trying to adapt to running outside in the heat. Last year I ran several races outside. Hot, Humid, Miserable races but I did them and I am a better runner because of it. Since I am still making the transition, there are two major things that I have already learned that I need to do.
LESS is MORE...The first thing I had to do was learn to show some skin. Now, I am not talking getting indecent, but I am talking about throwing away the over-sized cotton t-shirts and long loose capri pants. Getting rid of my safety blankets of loose material and dark colors was a HUGE deal to me, but man did it feel good! Shimmying into a pair of compression capris is not the easiest thing to do, but years of packing it all into a pair of spanx or control top panty hose made it a little less difficult. Once I had those suckers on and I looked down, I realized just how "okay" I was going to be with this. Jiggly spots were smooth and it looked like I had lost about 5 lbs instantly. As I walked across the room to pick up my new sports bra and tank top, I also realized the inner thigh rub was going to be significantly decreased (say goodbye to firecrotch!) After putting on a tech material sports bra and then a racer back tank, I was a little nervous about how much I was showing, but... the air sliding across my shoulders was like riding in a convertible with the top down and WAY more forgiving than the heavy, sweat soaked t shirt of yesterday. Now I will rock some compression capris and my RunJunkEes tank and not think twice about it.
ICE,ICE Baby... my other secret to making it through a hot race is that I ALWAYS bring my own water. I wear the CamelBak Charm and I fill that sucker up with Ice and a little bit of water. That on my back keeps me a little cooler when it is nasty hot out. I don't care how silly I look running a 5K with a hydration pack on. The ONE time I left it at home it was because I was running a Glow Run 5K and it was 8PM and I thought I would be fine. Well, that race had some very unexpected hills plus it was still 89 degrees with 90% humidity and they ran out of water. Now seeing as it was a 5k and MOST runners would be fine, I, was not. I was sweating enough to win a wet t shirt contest and saw the rest of the race course as if it was a never-ending desert, pulsing lights and dancing blow up glow people taunting me like a mirage of a dessert oasis. Thankfully my friends were waiting with water, for me at the end. So now, if it is warm out, I am sporting my hydration pack and if I never have to use it, it is way better than not having water when I need it. Plus... it is always good for dumping over a friend's head at the end of a race as well ;)
Since I am still learning to suck it up and train outside, I will definitely be checking out my fellow teammates' blogs to see what words of wisdom they have to make it easier to run in the heat.
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