Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon: Prepare for a Warm Weather Race When Training in the Cold
Because A1A is host to people all over the world for our Fort Lauderdale half marathon and marathon, a lot of people will not be training in Florida, a warm weather climate. If you are training in city that is cold, here are some tips so that your body is ready to run in Florida.
The key to being ready to race in warmer weather when you are training in cold weather is to get acclimatized. Runners who are already used to running in warm weather start sweating earlier and more intensely than runners who are not acclimatized. This allows their bodies to cool themselves more efficiently, which keeps their heart rate and skin temperature lower. Being acclimatized will allow you to run faster and with less effort.
It takes about two weeks to become acclimatized, but, unfortunately, not everyone can make that happen. As long as you have a treadmill, you can work on getting acclimatized. Your indoor runs should be as close as possible to the date of your Fort Lauderdale half marathon or marathon.
You do not have to train solely indoors, but, about three weeks before your race, move indoors for at least three of your runs. Make sure at least one of those is a long run. The week before your race, you should aim for three short runs indoors.
As always, be sure to stay well-hydrated. The day before your race, walk around Fort Lauderdale or go for an easy run to adjust to the change in temperature and climate. You can register for the A1A Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon , here!