Gold Coast - need to wear a hat?
Posted 01 February 2004 - 01:51 PM
can stay cool. Expect to be running at least 4 hours :)
Support our Australian advertisers:
Posted 01 February 2004 - 03:16 PM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 01:11 PM
You'll definitely need a hat, and maybe gloves if it's cold.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 06:00 PM
re the gloves. i was surprised at the amount of them being used at gcm 2003. really the start wasn't that cold... or is it because i'm from melbourne?
Posted 02 February 2004 - 06:44 PM
Start experimenting with what works best now.
Unless you live in Tahiti it's not 'freezing cold' and you won't need gloves(I've never understood the concept of wearing those flimsy gloves with shorts and race singlet) - just strip down to your race outfit 10 mins before the gun and jump into the pack according to your finish time. Don't be shy - wade right into the middle -I guarantee you won't be cold in there with all the nervous energy!
Posted 02 February 2004 - 07:02 PM
I'm definitely not worried about the cold! I figure training early May/June mornings in Sydney will take care of that. It's the sun I'm more worried about. I've never run in a hat before, and never run a full marathon (only a half) - so interested if the majority of people doing GCM wear a hat :-)
I note the CoolRunning hat (thanks for the suggestion) doesn't have an open top - although the description say's it's breathable. Is there anyone who's worn it in a marathon who cares to comment?
Apologies for continuing on such a mundane question, but it's amazing what you can get obsessive thinking about a marathon. I guess it's to stop thinking about the 42 km ... :)
Posted 02 February 2004 - 09:18 PM
I would recommend wearing a cap (I noticed you said hat, but I think your talking about a visor?)
Like vatman said the CR cap is good and they also have caps for sale at the GC tentland where you pick up your running kit a few days before.The best caps have ventilation holes so you wont need one with a "hole in the top" to keep cool.Both the CR and GC caps are ventilated.
If you havent worn a cap in training I suggest you try it out first. You may not like it.
if you are going to be out there for 4 hours it will be warming up by the time you finish and you may appreciate keeping the sun of your face and head.
Ian C :)
Posted 02 February 2004 - 09:21 PM
Posted 03 February 2004 - 03:16 PM
nothing like personal recommendation from people who've been there :)
Posted 30 March 2004 - 12:39 AM
Hats are great but just keep in mind that you may prefer just to wear sun screen instead. Hats can make you feel too hot during a marathon and you can't get the full benefit of tipping water on your head when you have one on. But if you plan to stop running when you drink or get water, you can probably do both. You won't usually see many elite athletes wearing one for this reason. If it gets a bit windy ( and it can) it will bug the hell out of you also.
Posted 29 March 2004 - 02:49 PM
Another advantage of a hat is, if you have slightly longer hair, it helps to keep it from flopping about your head and looking very un-cool!! :)