Beat The Heat: Warm Weather Racing Tips

Weather in May and June can be hit or miss here in San Diego, and luckily this weekend is offering lots of sunshine! Race Day is predicted to get warm, so take note of these tips for running in warm weather:

Set Realistic Expectations

Unseasonably hot conditions are not ideal for setting a PR or hitting aggressive time goals. Take note of course time limits and consider a race day strategy that allows for a comfortable and safe finish: Slow your pace, walk or rest when you need to, and consider switching down distances if you are registered for the marathon or half marathon.

Before Race Day

  • In the lead up to race day, make sure you are drinking water and electrolytes to keep your fluids up.
  • Remember to complete the Medical Information on the back of your race bib.

On Race Day

  • Take some salt. Before your race, add a salt packet to a cup of fluid and drink it. Salt packets will be available on course at all medical stations.
  • Don’t over-exert yourself. If you’re feeling uncomfortably hot, slow down.
  • Make use of on-course shade and water. Additional cooling resources will be added if necessary but be sure to take that water, and take a break in shaded areas along the route for a quick breather.
  • Consider switching distances. If you’re running the marathon you can decide to drop down to the half marathon before the race, or at the split point on course, without any advance action.
  • If you don’t feel right, stop at a medical station to get checked out or see any race or city official on course who can help you seek assistance.
  • Be aware of additional communications and updates while out on course.