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HM this weekend, worried about the heat

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May 2012
8:50am, 23 May 2012
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Nellers
Plod, yes agreed you do expect warm weather in may but you also expect a few weeks of warm weather to acclimatise a bit before your run. That's notbeen the case this year so I can see Nelly's dilemma.
May 2012
9:17am, 23 May 2012
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Doctor K
Mick's put what I would have said -drink at every station and if you want to be more secure carry some. Have a nice easy start and enjoy the weather, condtitions are rarely perfect in any race just do the best you can.
May 2012
12:53pm, 23 May 2012
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NellyMarcos
I have done this race every year for 4 years its my local one, its been as early as April 15 and I think this is the latest one, like Nellers said it would be just good if it gradually got warm but in this country we go from cold to heatwave in a week. I will still enjoy it I know that. I may do a race later in the year, already have a 10k in September so may look for one after that. I really like the wet hat idea, but may just throw water over my head! There are a couple of fountains on route, may just go for a swim! ;)
May 2012
1:02pm, 23 May 2012
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fleecy
Bit of a bummer about the hosepipe ban: friendly locals giving you a shower is usually the only good bit about a race on a hot day :) Don't forget the suncream!
May 2012
1:05pm, 23 May 2012
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Battlecat
I did Edinburgh marathon on both hot years so here's my tips:

1. Hat
2. Suncream
3. Water
4. Have at least on sports drink - you need to replace salt & electrolytes too
5. Get in the shade where you can
May 2012
1:09pm, 23 May 2012
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NellyMarcos
Oh just thought there is sometimes a chap with one of those garden sprayers full of water, fingers crossed. I thought they had lifted hosepipe ban from the torrential rain we had a fortnight ago?
May 2012
3:33pm, 23 May 2012
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monsenb1
Sheffield half Nelly? :) I'm doin that too. Hopefully with the nice early start it wont be too bad by the end, and we might even get a cooling breeze..But agree with what all the others say. Run a little slower, a small reduction is pace helps a lot..and obviously more fluids, but there is the danger of taking on too much liquid..
May 2012
3:35pm, 23 May 2012
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Old Croc
think about dehydration during the week also - not at last minute
May 2012
5:47am, 24 May 2012
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NellyMarcos
Yes it is Sheffield. Am already drinking more as aircon has been stolen at work, no windows! I always try and drink a bit more leading up to any race, but on the day I think it helps to stay cooler rather than drinking too much, you just end up sloshing round!
May 2012
7:58am, 24 May 2012
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Labwalker
This is a great thread, I am doing my second half next weekend. Mull of Kintyre. Thanks for all the experience. And thanks Nelly for starting thread.

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