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Running in the HEAT!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Question to all runners out there~ how hot is too hot to run a race?? I'm signed up to do a 5K tomorrow (Sat) at 9:00 A.M.. But we like most of you are going through the hottest temperatures I've seen in along time! The humidity is what seems to get to me! Now as I sit here writing this blog it's already 75, which doesn't sound extremely warm but 97% humidity!!
I'm really torn because I would really like to do it but I'm a little nervous!
This seems so funny to write this blog considering a few years back running a 5K was not even a passing thought let alone contemplating running in extreme weather!! I'm so glad I've come this far!!
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    Did you decide to run the race? How was it?

    I personally do OK in the heat, but I live in the south and so most of my exercise is done in the heat, so I feel I have built up a tolerance for it.
    3301 days ago
    If you absolutely must run that race, take it easy, don't push yourself. I find running in the heat unbearable. I will do it, but only when it's my day to run. Otherwise, no way!
    3303 days ago
    Hi Rose,

    I agree with BrewMasterBill. Resistance to the adverse effects of heat and humidity are individualized. I can run when it is hot and humid. I don't enjoy running in heat and humidity but I can do it.

    I really can't offer you any advice.

    How have you responded to heat and humidity in the past? Do you think you can handle it? Do you want to race when the conditions are bad? Racing or not racing is up to you.

    3303 days ago
    I stayed inside when it was in the 90s and high humidity. As long as you take it easy and hydrate, you should be ok.
    3303 days ago
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    I'm doing a 5-miler tomorrow morning. I am just making sure I am hydrated, taking my water bottle with me and taking it really slow. I think you will be fine, just don't push yourself.
    3303 days ago
    I would drink water, lightly during and lots after. And listen to your body, if you feel sick slow down or walk.
    Have fun!
    3303 days ago
    Hydrate well, and run it very slowly. Don't worry about your time; save that for the next race!
    Good luck. emoticon
    3303 days ago
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    Well, if you decide to do the race... Good luck! Just don't expect the fastest time ever and drink lots of water!
    3303 days ago
    It's highly individualized. You can acclimate to the heat, but if you're not acclimated, it's pretty miserable the first few runs. Morning runs usually aren't bad since it's the coolest part of the day. Also, your level of experience plays a factor. If you're a new runner the heat could drain you considerably. Experienced runners that are acclimated to warmer temps won't be logging PR's but probably will get through the race just fine. Making the assumptions that you've got a few races under your belt, it's in the morning and you're only doing 5K, I don't think there is too much to worry about.
    3303 days ago
    I'm not sure how to advise, but yes, hydrate well. I was reading an article in Runners World last night that suggested drinking an extra 20oz water a few hours before, and a slurpy or something similar that's really cold about 1 hour before.

    8 miles on my training plan for tomorrow, but I was thinking of cutting back to 5.

    I guess the main thing is to know why you're running tomorrow, and take good care of yourself for it. :) Oh, and HAVE FUN! :)
    3303 days ago
    Since the temps are usually not too high in the mornings, I usually still do my races when they are on the schedule. I have just learned not to expect a great race time. The heat and humidity always slows my pace down considerably. The good thing about running when it's hot though, it in the fall when the temps get cooler... I always seem to be able to increase my speed.
    Just make sure to hydrate well!!
    3303 days ago
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