Are you an experienced runner with a dozen of half-marathons or marathons under your belt? Or perhaps you are a novice runner looking for a challenge? Whatever the reasons are behind your choice to read up on marathon running challenges, it is vital to known what you might face before you take off on another impressive adventure in your life.
When it comes to weather, there is no escaping it. There is also no denying that it affects many aspects of a half-marathon race. Whatever the situation is, remember that running long distances is firstly about competing with yourself and only then with others, so take unexpected or difficult climate conditions as a challenge and not as an obstacle. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your run in any weather.
Living in cold climate and training for a hot race
If you live in a place where it’s usually chilly, the chances are it will be difficult to perform at your finest in hot climate. In general, hot weather is known to universally slow runners down. There are a couple of ways to get yourself adapted to the heat. First, put some warmer clothes on when you run. Overdressing might sound counterproductive, but it will help your body get used to losing fluids. Put on a hat or a scarf and you will sweat equally as much as if there were 10 more degrees outside, just don’t get dehydrated!
Another option is a treadmill. The temperature at the gym is usually significantly higher than outside, thus it is beneficial to incorporate more treadmill runs into your weekly routine. Still, don’t just wear a thin shirt, wear a sweater over it! Don’t forget sauna (or a steam room). Those are available for all members at most gyms. Try to not only sit there but bring in your mat and do some stretches or some yoga – nothing hardcore, because the heat is extreme, but something to help you get used to moving in the heat. Most importantly – always drink a bunch of water. Drink as if it is really hot outside; when you run a race in hot weather, your body will automatically demand for more water and if you’re not used to drinking solid amounts, you might shock your body during the run.
It is a lot more difficult to prepare for rain, fog and other more unexpected weather changes. In these situations, make sure you have appropriate outfit and try to get the best out of your run without getting frustrated; think of the time you will be able to tell a story of how you finished a half-marathon in pouring rain!
Long distance running and climate change
It is true that warm weather affects beginner runners a lot more than elite and professionally trained athletes. However, the constantly rising temperature levels in our planet is a concern for all. The cause has attracted a lot of attention over time, and runners are among some of the most active members of society to advocate preventing global warming; not only does it threaten their ability to perform but also the overall well-being of the planet. Numerous long-distance runs are organized to raise awareness regarding this issue, and it’s a great cause to dedicate your run to!