“It ain't the heat; it's the humility.”
Mother nature definitely has a sense of humor. Only three weeks ago, I ran my first race (10K) in the cold and snow...and for my second race this Sunday (half-marathon), we will be in the midst of a heat wave. To be honest, I'm
terrified a little worried. On Monday, we went for a run at 5:30pm and after 5K I couldn't continue...I was soaking wet and I was only wearing a sports bra and shorts. Today, we needed to complete 10K, our last run at race pace before R-day. We waited and went around 7:30pm (morning wasn't possible). It was still in the high 20's (80's), but there was some cooling wind and it was bearable. So we did it...and although it wasn't too bad, I still find it much more difficult in this weather. Thank goodness many of you have written posts with lots of advice to help us run in this weather. Thanks bloggers (I know I should have remembered who's blogs I got this information from, but I didn't think of it at the time)!
The not-so-good news:
I've never done a half-marathon before
I'm from Québec, Canada...my body reacts well to cold and snow, but it only expects heat in July
I'm a newbie, this is my first week ever of training in the heat
It feels like any water I drink goes directly out through my pores (I sweat like crazy)
I don't do Gu
The better news:
I'm used to running with a fuel belt - with four bottles (28oz. in all)
I'm used to eating sports beans and drinking Gatorade
I use the 10/1 method, so I have a few breaks along the way
Race starts at 9am, so it should be a bit cooler
I've survived my training runs this week
SO, I choose to not worry too much and just do the best I can. I will not worry about my pace at all and I will focus on listening to my body and keeping hydrated! I've been drinking water all day over the last few days and will continue doing so. I plan to focus on carbs over the next three days...and I'm going to avoid fiber and dairy as much as possible. Finally, I'm in bed by 10:30 and will continue until race day and beyond. If there's anything I haven't thought of...please let me know. I am grateful for any advice I can get. My main goal, is to complete my half-marathon and avoid pain. I am getting so excited!!!
Thanks everyone for your encouragement throughout my training.
Wish me luck!