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Bridget007Graduate
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I am doing the Race for Life on Saturday and when I last checked the weather it says it’s going to be 26 degrees and full on sun! I have walked the course before and there is no shade!

It doesn’t start until 11.00am and I have been telling everyone the last few months that this year I am going to run it all! I am now doubting this very much as I did my usual run this morning at 9.30 and tried to run along all the shady bits and I was beyond hot 😅

Does anyone have any ideas on how to run and not get heatstroke! Or shall I just swallow my pride and walk some (probably quite a lot) of it 😬

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Ripcurlrana71 profile image
Ripcurlrana71

Yikes!!! I’d say run as much as you can but don’t push yourself too hard? It’s soooo hard in this heat and don’t want you keeling over! 😱

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

I was thinking this morning that I’m going to have to walk some of it as i felt a bit dizzy this morning 😵

Tasha99 profile image
Tasha99Graduate

Get a visor! Maybe take a sports drink? Or sports drink tablets to plop in a bottle given at drinks stations along the way? Plenty of factor 50 too 👌🏽

I’m doing one Sunday so hope it’ll be cooler too! Also not starting til later. AND it’s pacers week at the ParkRun this week so I want to push myself then too!

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Ripcurlrana71 in reply to Tasha99

Yikes to you too Tasha! Supposed to be rain on Sunday. Good luck for the weekend. 🏃🏻‍♀️🔥😊

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Tasha99

Thank you I will do all of the above! Good luck to you too for Sunday 😃

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate in reply to Tasha99

Have fun on Sunday Tasha

Oldfloss profile image
OldflossAdministrator

Cap..... water with you... and walk it :) Steady and slow and maybe a light jog over the finish line :)

Race for Life is a fun race as well as being a great one... carry a pink sun parasol...?

On Amazon?

Kofun Umbrella Lady Women Flouncing Princess Dome Parasol Anti-UV Sun/Rain Foldable Umbrella Pink

That would be fun and would keep you cool...

Ripcurlrana71 profile image
Ripcurlrana71 in reply to Oldfloss

Oooh like the sound of a parasol! Post a pic if you do Bridget007

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Ripcurlrana71

It would make a statement.. there will be loads of tutus and pink things.... :)

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Ripcurlrana71

I have order a similar one from Amazon will post picture on the day! 😃

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OldflossAdministrator in reply to Bridget007

Go you xx

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Oldfloss

Thank you 😊 I couldn’t get the Kofun delivered in time but I did order a different little pink umbrella that filters uv rays... brilliant idea of yours xxxx

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BethMay in reply to Bridget007

Good luck. Hope it cools down a bit for you. Can’t wait to see the photos 😊

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to BethMay

Thank you 😊

David_G profile image
David_G

I’d suggest doing whatever you have to do to get round! The finishing is more important than anything else. If you have to walk some (or even most) of it then so be it. Good luck! 👍🤞

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to David_G

Thank you 😊 I think I might be walking at least some! Hey ho better than fainting 😬

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over61andstilltryingGraduate

Hi Bridget007, Already looking forward to the photo! I am wondering how many times you have taken part in this Run for Life? You super star you! Bike rides, 6k runs, helpful legs, soon to be add completed Race for Life with pink parasol. Achievements unending! 😊🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️☂️Sorry couldn't see a pink one!👛👚 although a white top would reflect the sun more🌸🎀. happy running/walking to you.

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to over61andstilltrying

I’ve only done this run once before I’m doing it in memory of my mum ... 20 years in July ... she would be laughing seeing me in pink (as ordinarily I only wear black) with a pink tutu and now a pink umbrella 😂😂

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over61andstilltryingGraduate in reply to Bridget007

Aw! I am very sorry. I imagine your dear Mum was far too young. I am glad she would be laughing to see you in a pink tutu with an umbrella.

I don't wear a great deal of black, but the step from my clothes to pink tutu and umbrella is a step further than I can imagine at the moment! But this running business does seem to make a number of us do things which are massively outside our comfort zones, so who knows! All the very best for the Race for Life.

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to over61andstilltrying

She was ... and she was always laughing 😊😊 at least everyone else there will be in pink so I shouldn’t stand out 😃😃😃

DeeRunning profile image
DeeRunningGraduate

Cap, sunnies, water, sunscreen, breathable fabric, and as little clothing as you're comfortable not wearing 😀 Start out super slow and see how you get on on the day. There's no shame in walking 🙂 Hope it's a great day out for you.

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to DeeRunning

Thank you ... I will be wearing pink which is bad enough but not brave enough for shorts 🤣🤣🤣

DeeRunning profile image
DeeRunningGraduate in reply to Bridget007

Pastel pink would work! Nice n light.

When I'm running in the heat, I find I often don't realise how fatigued/dizzy or overheated I am until I stop running and start walking. It's like the momentum (such as it is at slow jog lol) carries me along. I know everyone's different, but if you do run, perhaps you could try running for 10 mins or so then a 1 min walk break just to see how you're feeling. Then run again if you're up to it?

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to DeeRunning

Yes that’s what happened yesterday I thought I was ok then after about 28 minutes couldn’t run anymore and stopped and was quite dizzy and thought I hope I make it back to the car 😬😬 thank you I will try to run and then walk.

DeeRunning profile image
DeeRunningGraduate in reply to Bridget007

Yes it's scary how heat exhaustion can creep up and the dizzies hit out of nowhere. Run safe and have a lovely day on Saturday 👍

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to DeeRunning

Thank you 😊

Fabulous450 profile image
Fabulous450Graduate

Bridget run/walk Race for Life, you're doing an amazing thing! Have a great time whatever you decide to do on the day, you will be amazing! 😁❤️

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Fabulous450

Thank you 😊 after this mornings run I think walking is definitely going to be on the cards ... it was just felt so hot and when I looked at my car thermometer it said only 24! 😅😅

Irishprincess profile image
IrishprincessGraduate

Keep yourself well hydrated the days before, dunk your head and wrists in water just before you run, wear a hat and sunglasses, run slowly, walk if you need to (loads of people will)

Then, cross the finish line, pick up your bling and ask everyone to feed you grapes and long cold drinks the rest of the day 😋😎🍹🍺

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Irishprincess

I like the sound of that .. especially everyone feeding me grapes and cold drinks 🍸 🍹🥂🍹🍸🥂🍹🍾🍾😃😃

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BethMay in reply to Irishprincess

Now THAT is doing it in style 😂😂😂

Saartjie profile image
SaartjieGraduate

Somebody earlier on here said they had cut an old t-shirt and made a type of scarf that they soaked in water to keep them cool. They said it worked a treat!

in reply to Saartjie

Sounds good right now!

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Saartjie

Thank you .... That sounds like a good idea I could keep soaking it on the way round 😃

BethMay profile image
BethMay

If you put ‘cooling towel’ in search box on Amazon ( other online retailers are also available- for now anyway 😉) you’ll see some towels that you can soak in water and they keep cool for a while x

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to BethMay

Thank you I will have a look 😀

Dexy5 profile image
Dexy5Graduate

Well done for doing Race4Life at the weekend Bridget. Your mum would be very proud of what you’ve achieved on c25k, and doing the race4life.

Have a great day and adjust your running to suit the conditions. Sunglasses, hat, suntan lotion and water and I love the idea of that parasol. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😎🏅☀️🧢☂️

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to Dexy5

Thank you, she would 😊 Yesterday I was feeling a bit disappointed as I knew I wasn’t going to be able to run it all but I’m looking forward to it again now 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🚶‍♀️🚶‍♀️😀😀

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ccarter100

Be safe! You have many runs behind you and ahead of you, so no need to prove anything today. This weekend, it Is supposed to be 95 to 98°F here in the Northeast states of the US. I am trying to get my runs and tomorrow and possibly Friday morning, and avoid the weekend completely. Good luck!

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to ccarter100

Wow that’s really hot! 😅😅 thank you for your advice and you stay safe too 😎😎

Hi Bridget, I thought I had replied to you yesterday but my reply must have been burnt up by the sunshine. Enjoy your run with your pink parasol and your lovely Mum will be proud and laughing down from her pink cloud. Keep cool!

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Bridget007Graduate in reply to

That’s lovely I will think of her up there on her pink cloud chuckling away 😊😊😊

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