Backwards instead of forwards

Living on the north east coast of England never thought I'd ever be asking this question but.... what do you do about the heat??!!?? I graduated from C25k in march and have worked up to my first 10k run 3 weeks ago. I had a bit of Achilles strain so did a couple of short 2 and 3 milers while it recovered. This week though I've really struggled - can't run half a mile before I grind to a halt Tonight was my third try - only managing 2-3 mile run/walk. It can only be the change in temperature. I started in the winter and havnt running n in the heat before Anyone got any tips for climatising myself?


Debbie xx

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  • Early mornings, late evenings, slowing down, careful route choice - and perhaps a buff or some such to keep the sweat from dripping into your eyes.

  • Thanks for the reply

    I'm not sure I can go much slower tbh!!! I'm thinking if I switch to very early morning to maintain my fitness then start to do the odd run later in the day. I've registered for the GNR in sept so I've got to get used to the warm somehow 😬

  • Hydrate beforehand rather than during/after. It's still important to take water for a long run, but I've found it's all about pre-hydration. Also keep an eye on the weather report. It was still quite hot when I started running at 7pm last night but by 8pm the temperature had dropped significantly. Before 8am is good too. If the only time you can fit in a run is when it's warm then find shady routes among trees or near water, and keep it short, saving longer runs for the next cool day/or a day when you can run at a cooler point in the day. Enjoy 🌞🌞🌞

  • All of the above, plus I have also soaked my hair before running, run with a wet buff on my wrist so that I can cool my face as I run, and (depending if I'm running with my heart monitor strap or not) run with a wet t-shirt :D

    And it's England. It won't last :(

  • These are good tips! :) Except the bit about it not lasting :(

  • Your grinding to a halt may not be the consequence of heat alone.

    All of the above, but as a lifelong sufferer from hay fever I observe many people reacting to pollen allergies at this time of year. My wife gets what she calls her Wimbledon cold........mmmmmmm, I call it hay fever. Even if you get no cold or other allergic symptoms, your breathing may well be affected by pollen. I actually got one parkrun PB at this time of year after taking a nasal spray beforehand.

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