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