The countdown to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon now stands at 66 days and this week i’ve been considering how I will cope with:-
The time difference!
We leave for Orlando on the Thursday with the run being on the Saturday night at 10pm. Our flight goes from Gatwick at around 1pm and is around 9 and a half hours. Florida is 5 behind the UK so when we land it will be around 5:30 instead of 10:30. 10:30 is past my bedtime. I can already tell that i’m going to struggle on this first evening. The plan is to stay up for as long as possible…. till atleast 11pm in Florida time if I can. I remember on our last trip we booked an ADR at Planet Hollywood for about 8.30pm on our arrival night. I was exhausted, the meal sucked because I felt sleepy and light headed. However I was fine the next morning and for the rest of the holiday! This trip, we are going to take it easy at our hotel (The Wilderness Lodge – eeeeeeee so excited!!!!!) have a quick service meal, a little explore, maybe a drink in the bar, but generally just chill in the hope that staying up will be a little easier this way.
After the first night i’ve always been fine when we’ve previously been to Florida with the jet lag usually being much worse when we return to Britain. And whilst we have a couple of days to get used to the new time zone what worries me is that Saturday night is going to be SUCH a late night. My body is used to bed between 10-11pm. The half marathon doesn’t even start till 10pm and it’s going to take us at least 2.5 hours which means we won’t finish till gone midnight (probably more like 1am by the time our corral actually goes). Plus we want to experience at least a bit of the after party which goes on till 4am. An early night is not an option here, and i’m worried my body, which may not have recovered from changing time zones and then being forced to run 13.1 miles will not take kindly to being kept up until 4am in the morning!
So the plan to stop this happening…….
That’s right… NAPS. I plan to nap on Saturday afternoon, and whilst the jury seems to still be out on whether coffee is good for you or bad for you when it comes to running, I might have a sneaky coffee around 7 or 8pm. That’s still like 3 hours before we start running, so its ok right?? I guess we will have to wait and find out!!
We also plan to start ‘training’ our bodies to withstand staying up later. From now on at the weekend’s (cause i’m not staying up late on a week night) we’ll be aiming to stay up later and later so our bodies learn to cope (can’t believe how sad that sounds – i’m only 26 for crying out loud)!! Hopefully by race day our bodies might be a bit more used to late nights. We might even try few late night training run’s so our bodies knows what to expect come race night!
Any tips for beating the jet lag and getting used to running in a different time zone?? Let us know in the comments!