Beat The Heat: Warm Weather Racing Tips

Photo: Luis Escobar

Lower Your Core Temperature

Most people don’t have access to an ice vest (like Deena Kastor did before the start of the 2004 Olympic marathon), but you can get a lot of benefit by keeping bags of crushed ice on your body before a race. Keep the ice around your waist or simply lie or sit on a bag of ice will simulate the effects of an ice vest. Holding something cold in your hands can help lower your temperature a little bit (see sidebar), but it can also tell your brain you are comfortably cool, able and ready to race at a high level.

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