Running in the heat!

One of the things i’m most concerned about when it comes to running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World in November is that despite the fact that it’s a night race, there is a good chance it’s going to be hot. When I say hot, I don’t necessarily mean hot for Florida hot…. but hot for an English-girl-living-in-Wales hot!

We are lucky if our summers in Wales average 18 degrees celsius and we’ll probably class it as a heatwave if it gets above 20 for a couple of days!!

The average temperature in Florida in November is around 15 degrees celsius at night…. that’s almost as hot as our usually non existent summers!! How are we going to cope with that??

Today’s temperature where we live at 10am this morning was 15 degrees celsius according to accuweather (with a ‘real feel’ of 17 degrees – don’t ask me why!) and we decided to go for our 4 mile scheduled training run and see what running in this kind of heat may end up feeling like….

Pretty lucky that we get to run past this view even if it is boiling!
Pretty lucky that we get to run past this view even if it is boiling!

The good news:

  • We did manage to do our four miles! It was hot and sticky and particularly bad when the sun was out from behind the clouds, but we managed it.
  • We managed to get a good idea of the kind of clothes we will probably need to wear in Florida. I wore shorts and a tank top today and that felt good, I definitely wasn’t overheating, so its good to know that these types of clothes will work well in the kind of heat we may experience during our half marathon.
  • It wasn’t too bad when the sun was behind the clouds even though it was still warm. This makes me optimistic that the half marathon won’t be too much to handle because its a night race so despite the fact that it may be hot, that big ball of fire will be safely out of the way!

The bad news:

  • Our pace did drop a little because of the heat. Not enough to cause us any particular worry, but there was a difference. We were sensible however, and did intend to run a little slower because it was warm, so it wasn’t as if we weren’t expecting this. Hopefully with more training we’ll be able to improve our normal pace somewhat and then any slow down because of heat will be less of an issue anyway…. just really don’t wanna fall behind and get swept on race day because its too warm!
  • I’m going to have to re-think my fuelling strategy somewhat. I was planning on taking a few mini mars bars with me during the longer runs to use as fuel (not being a big fan of ‘energy’ gels/bars/drinks as they mess up my stomach). However, i’d forgotten that CHOCOLATE MELTS IN THE HEAT. Today’s mars bar just managed to make it into my belly before melting… but thats because it had been sat in the car awaiting our return rather than in my pocket during the running. It definitely would be a melted mess in that kind of weather if i’d taken it with me!

Hopefully, the nicer weather we have experienced today will continue a bit throughout the summer and we will be able to train some more in this kind of heat to get our bodies ready for what it could be like. However i’ve heard that at last years Wine and Dine Half Marathon it poured with rain the entire race, so it just goes to show that you never really know what you are going to get, even in somewhere like Florida!

People who run in high temperature/ high humidity places I salute you! I don’t know how you do it!

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11 thoughts on “Running in the heat!

    1. Good to know 🙂 Hopefully as it’s a night race it won’t be too bad, it just worries me sometimes that I won’t have had much of a chance to prepare in the heat as it’s barely ever hot where we live, but I hope as long as we are sensible with our pace and staying hydrated we’ll be alright 🙂

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      1. Yeah I’ll definitely be a bit of a shock for your body having come from near winter temps, but being night will be a bug help. How many days before the race are you arriving?

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      2. We arrive on the Thursday evening and the race is the Saturday night, so a few days to acclimatise which will be good 🙂

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  1. When we did the half marathon in Florida in January 2013 we were fine until the sun came up – then it felt like we just sort of melted. Heat def has a massive impact and you need to take care out there to stay hydrated etc but everyone’s in the same boat. And I think arriving thursday allows time to acclimatise both for time zone and temperature. I might be tempted to go for a very short little jog after arriving just to see what it feels like! You’re doing great, keep it up!

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  2. When it is really hot here, I find pre cooling before the race helps a lot. I also will have a slushy or cold icy drink midway on run just to keep the temp down. Works like a charm. Also, don’t forget chafing stuff. Nothing quite like being chafed in the armpit or inner thighs!

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    1. Thanks for the tips 🙂 will definitely take them on board! What do you use to stop chafing? Is simple vaseline ok?

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