Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training: Weeks 6-9

The first month of my Wine & Dine Half Marathon training is quickly coming to an end! Check out how I’m switching things up in the month of August.

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training: Weeks 6-9

Here we are, coming up on the last few days of July! The teacher in me is crying on the inside. The Disney nut in my is ECSTATIC because that means I’m that much closer to heading to Disney and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. I’ve already reserved our dining, and before I know it, it’ll be time to book FastPasses! Now, for the meat and potatoes today…

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Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training: Weeks 1-5

Well, the time has come to start training for my next half marathon! Next week, I begin training for the runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, and I fulfill a lifelong dream in the process. Ok, maybe not lifelong, but big dreams, y’all. As you can probably imagine, I’m equally as excited about the Disney aspect as I am about the race. I love Walt Disney World and I tease my husband about wanting to move to Florida so we could justify annual passes all.the.time. But instead, I settle for going every 4-6 years like most of the population.

Wine & Dine Half Marathon Training Weeks 1-5

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Now for the “fun” part — the training. The last time I went through half marathon training, I had enormous life changes going on and it just wasn’t the peaceful, mind clearing long runs I had imagined. I had just moved home to start a complete career-180 and I hadn’t found a place to live, so I was bunking it with my parents. Luckily, my mom was running the same race, so we did a lot of our training together and I’m so grateful for that! However… I felt like the training plan I followed was very aggressive for me, so I knew I wanted to do something differently for my next half.

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Best Gear for Running in the Heat

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Running in the heat isn’t always ideal, but sometimes it’s necessary. Check out this gear for running in the heat to give you an edge against the sun.

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Best Gear for Running in the Heat

On Monday, I shared some of my best tips for running in the heat. As discussed in that post, it’s important to be mindful when training in the heat. It’s also important to have some tried and true gear on your side to help you power through!  I’m sharing some of my favorites that help me be my best when running in the heat — or at the very least, spend more time focusing on the run and not the external factors making me crazy!

1 // Sunscreen & Insect Repellant

The best accessory for running in the heat is sun protection. I used to be one of those girls that never wore sunscreen (and I’m so naturally pale — shame on me), and yes, I tanned in the tanning bed. I’ve thankfully wised up and put a lot more focus on sun protection, especially for a long outdoor run. I’m also trying to be a lot more conscious of the products I use these days, so I’ve switched to organic sunscreen. I love this Sport SPF 50 by Coola! The scent is Guava-Mango and it smells amazing. Love it!

I put insect repellant at the top of the list with sunscreen because I absolutely detest mosquito bites. Those annoying little buzzers seem to flock right to me, so bug spray is a must when I’m running in the heat. Like I said, I’m trying to be more mindful of what I put on my body, so I picked up this Repel Natural deet-free spray at Target the other day.

2 // Hydration Options

Hydration is always important, but it becomes even more important when running in the heat! I’ve never been one to carry hydration with me on a run, but I’ve recently changed my tune. I run with a FlipBelt (love it), so I started hunting for a slim water bottle that might work. Thank you, Amazon! I discovered FlipBelt makes a specially designed water bottle that slips inside the belt. I got the 6 oz. size, as well as the 11 oz. and the one I use for the day depends on the length of my run. Something else I like to do is swing by the house midway through my run to refill said water bottle if it’s really, really hot!

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3 // Clothing!

Clothing is so important. First of all, wear light colors, because duh. Second of all, make sure you’re dressed appropriately, literally from head to toe! Shoes, socks, and head gear all matter. I’m LOVING my Brooks Glycerin 14 running shoes. I don’t know why it took me so long to try a pair of Brooks! I recently grabbed a couple of pairs of Feetures!, per a recommendation by Annemarie and I loooove these socks! They keep my feet dry, they’re comfortable, and I love the way they’re cut.

I also grabbed a great pair of shorts (under $15!) at Academy Sports + Outdoors the other day. They’re layered with a compression type liner on the inside that protects against chafing. And that is something I can definitely appreciate. #thickthighclub

4 // Body Glide

Sometimes, the shorts are not enough and you have to bust out the Body Glide. In addition to potentially chafed thighs, Body Glide protects my chest where my bra strap lays. For some odd reason, that’s a sensitive spot for me and the running drives me up the wall. When I trained for my first half marathon, I remember telling my grandmother I was using deodorant on my sensitive spots, but “I’ve heard about this thing called Body Glide.” She bought me some that very next day!

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5 // Fitness Tracker

Finally, I mentioned in my Best Tips for Running in the Heat post that I like to keep an eye on my heart rate when I’m running. I personally use a Fitbit Charge 2 and use the Fitbit app on my phone to track my miles. This works great for me and I always wonder how people ran prior to all of this technology we now have available! If you’re in the market for a new fitness tracker and on the fence about which model is right for you, check out this detailed review on the best fitness trackers by Reviews.com. Spoiler alert: They found mine to be the best HRM!

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Best Tips for Running in the Heat

Running in the heat isn’t always ideal, but sometimes it’s necessary. Beat the heat with these summer running tips!

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Best Tips for Running in the Heat

In my part of the country, today’s high is 100 degrees. Tomorrow it’s slated to be 107. Yes, ONE-OH-SEVEN. I’m not insane enough go out and run in that kind of heat (PTL for the treadmill!), but sometimes running when it’s hot out can’t be avoided. This is especially the case if you have a fall race on your calendar, as I do. A fall race means hot training runs, so it’s best to know how to stay safe so you can be your best on race day.

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I have lived in West Texas all my life, so the dry, miserable heat is all I’ve ever known. As a high school athlete, I spent a lot of time cheering, training, and running in the hot, hot sun. As a teenager, I never thought twice about it, but now that I’m older (and wiser!) I’ve learned a few things about how to beat the heat.

1 // Hydration

Hydration is extremely important when training, but that importance is only exasperated where heat is concerned. I’m not one to carry hydration on a run with me (I want to be as light as possible), but based on my last training-in-the-heat experience, I’m making amends to that. Always, always ensure that you are drinking plenty of water before, during, and after your runs. If that means dropping water on your route ahead of time, do it. If that means running by the house during your run, do it. Whatever you need to do to ensure you’re properly hydrated, do it! In my experience, when I think I’ve been drinking enough water, I could usually stand to drink a couple glasses more. 🙂

2 // Plan Your Run Around the Weather

Planning, like hydration, can be your greatest defense against the elements. As you’re looking over your training schedule for the week, look at the weather forecast as well. Plan your training for the coolest days, and if you can, the coolest time of the day. If the stars don’t align for you, don’t be ashamed to take a run or two indoors to the treadmill.

Tips for Running in the Heat

3 // Dress Appropriately

Light colors will keep you the coolest in the heat, regardless of your activity. White, light blue, and gray in moisture wicking materials are always good options. I prefer my tops to fit a bit looser, but that’s just personal preference. As far as bottoms go, I alternate between crops and shorts depending on my mood — again go for light colors. Shorts that “ride up” while I’m running are uncomfortable and distracting, so look for types that have a compression liner on the inside, or wear crops to avoid this issue completely.

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4 // Use Sunscreen & Insect Repellant

This should go without saying, but sun protection is so important! Ideally, we are using sunscreen anytime we stepped outdoors, but especially when spending 45 minutes or longer right under the sun. Another something I’ve learned from outdoor running, especially in the Texas summer, is to use insect repellant! I can be outside for five minutes and before I know it I have three mosquito bites on my legs and four on my arms. Running is no different! Just because you’re moving a bit faster doesn’t mean they won’t find ya. Protect yourself with insect repellant and keep the bugs at bay!

5 // Let Go of Your Pride

Finally, a good run is not determined by running the entire distance without stopping. A good run is determined by how you feel during and after completion. It’s 100 percent OK to talk a walk break, scheduled or unscheduled, during a run. Let yourself take the break when you feel like you need it, don’t beat yourself up over it, and jump back in when you feel ready. There is no shame in walking! (I’m saying this as much to myself as to anyone else.)

Another good tip is to keep track of your heart rate. This can be done with a fitness tracker, or just by tuning into how your body feels. I find that my heart rate rises much faster when the temp is higher, so to keep myself from spending too much time in the peak zone I either have to A) slow down, or B) take more walk breaks.

Question: How do you survive summer runs?

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