It’s race week and there could not have been a better time to finally find my hot weather groove. Since I’ve made my mid-summer adjustments, I’m feeling much better about this weekend’s upcoming race, Rock n Roll Chicago. Not only will I be traveling to a fun city, have more runner friendly weather than here in Virginia Beach and check another state off my list, I actually think I’ll enjoy myself.
This summer started of much warmed than last and I really struggled through some seriously tough workouts that shouldn’t have been. I was pretty close to resigning myself to suffering through the next 70 days of torture when I decided to make some changes just to see if they helped. Hey, things couldn’t get worse!
Originally I thought all of my problems were related to hydration and my higher than last year sweat rate. I was wrong. Not completely, hydration still plays a big part in a successful workout, but the real source of my problems (I’m pretty sure) also included food. In cooler weather, I can eat my chia seed before a workout and not have my muscles fight the food for fluid. This doesn’t work for me in the heat at all. Neither does fasted running. The extra energy I use to cool myself when it’s hot makes an easy winter fasted run twice as hard.
My most important summer adjustments are moving my daily chia intake to after my workout and making sure I eat. Even my easy afternoon runs with Team RWB Virginia Beach requires me to eat something pretty solid about an hour beforehand. In addition to these seasonal training changes, finding and using this calculator that advises pace decisions based on the ‘feels like’ temperature was a huge help. It gave me a lot of reassurance that my summer adjustments aren’t a bump in the training road but a necessity that won’t hurt come fall.
I’ll be taking my summer adjustments to Chicago this weekend and instead of just fighting to finish, I’m looking forward to a successful training race.
What kind of summer adjustments have you made this year?