Although Louisville experiences four distinct seasons, summer tends to come quicker while fall lasts longer, and the relatively short winters bring more rain than snow. March is usually the wettest month; October the driest.
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- Prior to race day drink plenty of water and electrolytes
- Put your PR hopes on hold – set realistic race expectations. Slow your pace, walk or rest when you need to.
- Clothing – choose lightweight, venting, mesh, wicking clothing in light colors (avoid black and cotton).
- Wear a light, venting runners hat and sunglasses
- Wear sunscreen
- If you do not feel right during the race, stop at the on-course medical stations
- Utilize the available hydration on the course including water and electrolytes. Don’t be afraid to slow down through the aid stations so you can drink. There will be misting/cooling assets along the course as well for runners to cool down should you need to.
- You can only get wet once.. Accept the fact you are going to get wet. Your shoes, your legs, your body is going to get wet. It’s ok to get wet, have fun with it!
- NO cotton! Do not wear cotton socks or cotton layers; instead wear lightweight moisture wicking socks or layers to keep moisture off your skin.
- Wear a hat or visor. The brim of the hat or visor will keep water out of your face and make visibility a whole lot easier.
- Fight chaffing! Make sure you apply plenty of Body Glide or Vaseline on parts of your body where you would normally chafe or get blisters — such as your feet, inner thighs, underarms, sports bra lines.
- Trash bags are your new best friend. Waiting outside in the rain before the start of a race will leave you soaked, instead take a big trash bag cut armholes and a neck hole and stay dry. You can toss it after you get moving.