I am running the Falmouth Road Race as a guest of Health Warrior, a race sponsor. All writing and opinions are 100% my own.
This year I will be running the Falmouth Road Race again (thanks to Health Warrior!), and I’ve started to buckle down with my training. Yes, I am still doing heart rate training, but one thing I am doing differently is some heat and humidity training. While I generally try to avoid running in the heat and humidity, it can be pretty unavoidable during August on Cape Cod!
How I’m Getting Ready for the Falmouth Road Race
Here are some of the things I am doing to make sure I am ready to toe the line in Falmouth next month!
- Acclimating to running in the heat and humidity. Since I generally try to avoid running in these conditions, I have started to work in runs at midday and in higher humidity conditions to get ready for what I am likely to experience on race day. Whenever you acclimate to different training conditions, make sure to do so over the period of a few weeks, gradually introducing the newer conditions and giving your body time to adjust!
- Having realistic expectations. If you’ve never run the Falmouth Road Race, I liken it to a rolling party with unbelievable scenery! Because the race is held in late August and conditions can be hazy, hot and humid, it’s important to temper your race expectations and if possible, just run it for fun (like I will be doing!). Unless you’re an elite athlete, the chances are your times will be slower– listen to your body and you’ll be fine! 🙂
- Fueling Appropriately. Whenever I am training for a race, I like to take extra care with my nutrition to make sure I’m fueling my body well. The Health Warrior chia bars have been a great between meal snack and you can cut them up into bite-size pieces for long runs!
- Hydrating Properly. I know this one is obvious, but it still bears repeating! Don’t forget to hydrate well. When conditions are sunny, warm and humid, your body will need more water to make sure that it can cool itself appropriately. There are several water stops along the Falmouth Road Race course (in addition to kind neighbors with hoses!), so don’t forget to stop and get a drink! I like to run with a hand-held thermal bottle as well, so I have water whenever I need it!
- Wearing Sun Protection. You will encounter a good deal of shade for the first 3 1/2 miles of the race course. When you reach Surf Drive, you won’t find much shade for the rest of the way. Make sure that you have applied a good sunscreen (that you’ve tested on the run!) and wear a hat and sunglasses to prevent getting too much sun on your face.
About Health Warrior
Inspired by Born to Run, Health Warrior was founded by three college athletes to help bring chia (the superfood of the Tarahumara Indians) to the everyday athlete. Having experienced the positive effects chia had on their diet and performance, they founded Health Warrior and created a line of Chia Bars and Superfood Protein Bars.
Health Warrior Chia Bars
The Health Warrior Chia Bars have chia as their first ingredient and come in AMAZING flavors like Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Cherry, Acai Berry, Mango, Coconut, Banana Nut, Coffee, and Chocolate Peanut Butter. They average 100-110 calories and are perfect for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack (or to take on a long run!). Additionally, chia seeds have more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and more fiber than oatmeal!
Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bars
The Health Warrior Superfood Protein Bars are packed with a proprietary plant-based blend of chia, quinoa, and oats (10 grams). The bars do not contain soy, whey or any GMO ingredients. You can choose from the following Superfood Protein Bar flavors: Dark Chocolate Coconut Sea Salt, Honey Almond, Lemon Goldenberry and Peanut Butter Cacao.
Sponsor of the Falmouth Road Race
For the third year, Health Warrior will be the official energy bar of the Falmouth Road Race. Health Warrior will be helping to fuel runners before, during and after the race with both the Chia Bars and the Superfood Protein Bars.
Win a Falmouth Road Race Entry
You can enter to win a Falmouth Road Race bib at Stop and Shop, along with an awesome prize pack including hydration gear and a Nutribullet blender. You will be able to sample the bars and enter the contest at the following Massachusetts stores:
- East Wareham, 2991 Cranberry Hwy, 02538 on Thursday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- East Falmouth, 20 Teaticket Hwy, 02536 on Friday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Sandwich, 65 MA-6A, 02563 on Saturday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- South Boston, 713 Broadway, 02127 on Sunday, July 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.