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Heat training

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Jun 2015
5:57pm, 26 Jun 2015
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Fleece and Dust
The problem with English weather is it's really bloody unpredictable! I've run in Italy in the summer and after a week or so it started getting easier, but then I came home and it was August and 15c FFS so then you lose any benefit and if race day happens to be freakily hot then you're a bit stuffed. You're right, you do adjust to different temperature ranges over the seasons.
Jun 2015
6:15pm, 26 Jun 2015
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mblnFERCr
Blood volume increases (more plasma) and sweat concentration reduces as you become acclimatised to the heat. If you want to read loads about it, google 'heat acclimation*'.
*It's what the 'merkins call acclimatisation for some unknown reason
J2R
Jun 2015
6:48pm, 26 Jun 2015
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J2R
Very interesting, mblnFERCr! I followed up on your Google suggestion and came upon this: http://fellrnr.com/wiki/Heat_Acclimation_Training. Having seen the 'Fellrnr Heat Suit', I feel positively sane again!
Jun 2015
6:53pm, 26 Jun 2015
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mblnFERCr
The suit is cool (ahem), but I think the take-away from most articles is expect to do less well when it's hot, even with acclimatisation the stress on your body is increased - so be good to yourself :)
J2R
Jun 2015
9:26am, 30 Jun 2015
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J2R
I'm booked in to do a city centre 5K race late Saturday afternoon, and the temperature is forecast to be 27C! I think I'd better get started on the heat acclimation/acclimatisation (please delete as appropriate)..
Jun 2015
9:30am, 30 Jun 2015
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Autumnleaves
There is an article in the new issue of RW that talks about acclimatising for hotter race conditions.
Jun 2015
9:38am, 30 Jun 2015
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Gobi
it's sunny so go running
Jun 2015
10:11am, 30 Jun 2015
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mblnFERCr
Suffered pretty badly wth heat at the Giants Head mara on Saturday. After the first 8-10 miles I just had to back off. The humidity was the real problem, my shirt was soaked, but nowhere for the water to evaporate to.
This article *may* be better than the RW one : http://www.theendurancestore.com/blog/blog/2015/04/28/beat-the-heat-this-summer-part-1/. But I guess with the RW one you could also beat your 5k pb in 5 easy seconds or summink ;)
J2R
Jun 2015
1:41pm, 30 Jun 2015
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J2R
Yes, humidity got me too at the weekend. I was well down on my target time for a 10K. I knew it wasn't going to go well when I was already a bit sweaty and uncomfortable just doing an easy warmup jog around the playing field before the race. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get drier heat on Saturday.
J2R
Jul 2015
4:16pm, 1 Jul 2015
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J2R
Did an easy paced 5 miler in 31C just now and it wasn't too bad at all, confirming for me that humidity rather than heat per se is the real culprit.

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