April from Run the Great Wide Somewhere, Erika from MCM Mama Runs, and Patty from No-Guilt Life.
This week's topic is running Rough Conditions. As I just finished the 2014 Wine and Dine Half Marathon which will go down as the wettest and craziest Rundisney race ever, I feel I can speak to this topic well. Add in the crazy of Avengers half (recap coming soon!) with the wind, this topic has been on my mind.
My full recap of Wine and Dine is coming later today to make up for the lack of posts lately (Expo review and Wine and Dine Half recap and Bacchus costume) so you get all the details but it was really crazy out there but I seriously had the best time!!
Here are some tips for preparing for race conditions (race, snow, cold, heat):
1. Layers are key
It is important to pack for all weather. I usually bring capris, shorts, tights, long sleeve, short sleeve, a jacket, gloves, and a hat just incase. Things can change quickly and you don't want to be caught off guard.
2. If it rains, ponchos are key
I ran the entire race in a poncho and it was a lifesaver. It kept me completely dry (minus my neck) and it was not too heavy. Since they were the Disney ponchos, they were heavy enough to stay in place but also light enough not to bother me.
3. Hats and sunglasses are great
I did not run in a hat, I had on my grapes and laurel but it still helped keep some of the rain out of my face. For the wind, sunglasses can keep the dirt and leaves out of your eyes.
4. Cases for electronics
It is important to make sure you have a waterproof (and sweatproof!) case so that your phone, ipod, etc won't be ruined. My phone was out to take pics but I kept drying it off on my shirt (since it was completely dry under my poncho) and it never had any issues. My iPod was fine in its case under my poncho as well.
5. Adjust your expectations
If it is going to be 20 degrees hotter than you except (like Dumbo!) it is best to take it easy. If it is going to be colder, it will be better for running but make sure you have proper layers.
6. Stick with your fueling plan
If it is colder than you expect, you may not want to drink and fuel but make sure to continue with your plan!
If it is warmer than you expect, take in more fluids. You dont want hit a wall or get dehydrated.
That's it for me! Make sure to check out my Wine and Dine posts below!
WINE AND DINE EXPO
WINE AND DINE HALF RECAP
HOW TO MAKE A BACCHUS COSTUME
What are some of your weather tips?