So, my next long race will be a 12-hour overnight here in Las Vegas, in July. Since I’m from New York and have exactly zero experience running in the desert in July, let alone for 12 hours, overnight, it seemed like a good idea to get out there and get some heat training in. Today was Day One and it was brutal but instructive. Here’s what I learned:
1. BYO sweat. You will not feel your body produce a single drop of sweat, but you will come home rimed in white salt crust. Bring water to pour over your head and into your sports bra to avoid overheating.
2. Sunblock. And more sunblock. And more.
3. Thick shoes. The asphalt is blistering hot.
4. Lip balm. If you do not wear a lip balm with a decent spf, your lips will react by trying to leave your body.
5. Run on empty–or nearly empty. It’s a terrible strategy to run in the heat on a tank filled with roast beef sandwich and potato salad.
6. That tightening sensation in your chest is not a panic attack. It is just your body trying to convince you that you are dying and should stop running. You’re not actually dying. Pour some water into your sports bra and keep running.
In my next post, we’ll discuss a few ways you can tell if you truly ARE dying, and how to avoid that. Till then, happy running!