It’s safe to say that unless you live in Jamaica or southern Florida, the weather that you train in is far from the weather you experience on race day in Negril. While the race does start at 5:15 am, and it is dark, the temperature still hovers in the mid 70’s. You’ll also need to keep an eye on the humidity as well.
When training, if you can, try to do your runs during the warmest part of the day when the sun is at its highest. Make sure that you are drinking enough fluids, not only water, but also Gatorade or another electrolyte drink of your choice while training. The nutrition you use on race day should also be the same nutrition you use during your training- gels, gummies, raisins, etc.
Start hydrating a few days before the race. Be sure to drink a lot of water as you begin to acclimate to the weather. If you have the time, be sure to get in a short run a day or two before the race. It will give you an idea of what to expect on race morning. Remember the longer the distance you are running on race day, the longer you will be on the course.
On race morning, drink water before the race. Take advantage of the water and Gatorade that is provided on the course. When you finish, be sure to take advantage of the misting tent, the ice baths, the fresh coconuts, and lastly, take a jump in the Caribbean.