So this weekend marks the first OCR of 2017 for most of us. Kicking off the year with Course Polar Hero Race. I'm here to give you guys a few tips on how to be successful in this race.
1 - The main reason people are afraid to sign up, and the question I get asked a lot, is it's too cold and how would I dress for it. Yes, it's cold, welcome to Canada lol But running in the winter does have it's advantages.
- Breathing in cold air makes the lungs work harder, which will make summer running that much easier.
- Running in snow is great resistance training.
- And having your face/beard all frosted up makes you look badass!
Dress like it's 10 degrees warmer. We all dress for the temperature, but when we'll be running and jumping over obstacles, we're going to get warm.
This weekend will be around -10 Celsius. Start with a base layer. If you're really worried about the cold, throw some track pants or windbreaker pants over top. Otherwise, just throw some shorts over top of the base layer pants. On the top layer, add a long sleeve. Something that can let you breathe, but also protects you from any wind. If you really want, throw a hoodie over top, or a t-shirt. As for gloves, I never use gloves in my races, but I will be wearing them in between obstacles. I trust my grip strength more than gloves any day. But if you're set on wearing gloves, people have used Football gloves. Just remember though that they aren't built for winter. For shoes, you want to make sure they're comfortable, and grip in the snow. A good pair of trail shoes and warm socks will do the trick. Studded shoes are not recommended due to the fact you're running in the stadium and some of the stairs are metal so chances of you slipping are greater with studs. Be wary of where you are placing your feet. Look at the runners ahead of you so you can see where you'd have to avoid.
2 - How's your hydration? With the race only 5 days away, your water intake should be on point. We want to make sure we're all consuming at least 2-4L a day, depending on what you do all day. If you're job is very intense and you're sweating and moving all day, you want to be drinking more water than someone who sits at a desk all day. You can bring hydration packs with you on course if that makes you comfortable. Just remember that it'll be -10 and the possibility of it freezing is high.
3 - How's your nutrition? We want to make sure we are feeding our bodies the proper nutrition to make sure we perform our best. If you feed your body junk, you won't perform at your best. Everyone has their own rituals and journey, so do what works for you.
4 - Practice obstacles. Where would you do that? OCR Academy of course! We have classes where we combine strength training and obstacles in a great workout, or come in for open gym to get practice on any of the obstacles. Looking for help on techniques? Send me a message!
If you have your own tricks you use, feel free to share! If you'd like more information, send me a message and let's get you all ready!
See you all this Saturday! I'll be one of the crazies running unlimited!
By James Drew
SGX certified coach
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