marathons in hot weather

You train for months to run 26.2 miles and then you get a hot day.  Is there anything you can do? Well, yes and no.  You can’t change the weather.  If it’s a hot day, it’s a hot day and there’s nothing you can do about it.  Not ideal, I know, but unless you figure out how to fix the weather, you’re stuck with what you’ve got.

But there are things you can do to race a marathon in hotter temps: slow down your pace, adjust your racing goals, hydrate well, and stay out of the sun as much as possible.  They aren’t earth shattering tips to guide you, but they are fool proof.

Hot in Chicago patty twm

Patty ran the Chicago Marathon and the temps were pretty warm for an October day.  It wasn’t the race she wanted, but there’s not much you can do about the weather. We both know that she doesn’t do well when it’s hot because she sweats a lot and quickly dehydrates. Regardless, she still managed to have a race that she can be proud of.
She ran with her mom and crossed that finish line. At the end of the day it’s important to remember that running 26.2 miles is truly a feat to be proud of.

Here’s what she wrote about the rest of her Chicago Marathon adventure:

Patty & her mom after Chicago Marathon

I love the Chicago Marathon course and spectators though I still think the New York City Marathon is my number one.
I was on track for PR until about mile 15 and then it just got hot and started going downhill from there. Despite walking a lot in that that last 8 miles I really push myself as hard as I could during my running portions. I wanted an effort I could be proud of and not just to give up despite feeling like crap.
You can read my whole recap of my time in Chicago and the race recap on my blog!
Regardless, we are happy about Patty’s race efforts and the way she went about her training for the marathon.  We’re happy to hear she’s planning on training throughout the winter as this will set her up well for her future races.

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