If there is ONE thing you should know about me it’s that I’m a red-headed Mexican.
Therefore, some of my ancestors came from the desert.
Therefore, I love dessert. (?)
Therefore, I have a very spicy temper.
What were we talking about again?
Oh. Running in the heat.
I LOVE California.
I love it 70% because of the weather, 20% because it’s totally normal to eat kale chips here and 10% because self serve fro-yo has been around forever and is available on every corner.
But even though I LOVE hot, dry desert-y weather – it’s not ideal to run in. The weather is going to be HOT for the LA Marathon. The forecast is predicting 83 degrees.
NOTE: 55 degrees is the ‘ideal’ long distance running temperature! So, it’s important to adjust your goals and be smart about running in the heat.
5 Tips For Running in the HEAT
1. Stay hydrated! The easiest way to check your hydration is to make sure your pee is light yellow – not dark or orange or blue. If it’s green see a doctor. If you are color blind text me a picture of it and I’ll let you know my thoughts.
2. Dress in light clothes, sweat wicking clothes. Plan your running wear before the race or long run according to the weather. Also – sweat can equal chafing, so lube up!
Britney knows, sometimes less is more…
3. Wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
4. Walk through the aid stations to make sure you are getting fluid. Dump a cup of water on your head if you’re extra hot. If you are running solo – plan your route where there are water fountains or places to refill.
5. Readjust your goals. Slow down. Have patience with your body and realize heat will make the distance more challenging. Running in extreme temperatures is no joke, so be respectful of the distance, your body and the weather.
Seriously. Even the Boston Marathon had a heat advisory in 2012 and let runners defer if they wanted. That year Geoffery Mutai – the defending champ even dropped out at mile 18.
And in 2007 the Chicago Marathon was extremely hot and Runner’s World referred to it as a melt down.
Extreme weather, be it hot or cold can be hard on your body – be smart and safe.
Question: Do you love your home-state?