Racing in the heat

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Jul 2013
1:58pm, 19 Jul 2013
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RiversideRed
I really don't enjoy running the heat, and I'm not very good at either - I find I have to slow down a fair bit and overheat very easily.

Question is, I'm supposed to be running the Arley Hall Half Marathon on Sunday and it's obviously going to be a tad warm.
I wanted to do this as a test to see if my speed is improving, but I don't think I'm going to be able to go flat out in this weather - or if I do I don't think I'll last the distance! So.....Do I:

a) Stop being a wimp and go for it;
b) Back off and treat it is a training run;
c) Don't do the race but get up early Sunday (5am) and do 13.1 training-race from home.

Oh and Arley hall is a 2 and a half hour drive so I was going to travel Saturday and stay overnight, so there are the costs to factor in as well against staying home.

Thanks for any advice to aid in my decision!
Jul 2013
2:01pm, 19 Jul 2013
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ultrapaulo
A
Jul 2013
2:07pm, 19 Jul 2013
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Spleen
A. No need to treat it as a training run, just listen to your body. You will probably find that you finish about five minutes slower than you thought you were going, but never mind - not every race can be a PB.
Jul 2013
2:09pm, 19 Jul 2013
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Sazzleflip
A
Jul 2013
2:10pm, 19 Jul 2013
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Curly45
The best way to get good at something is to do it more...

A from me too :)
Jul 2013
2:18pm, 19 Jul 2013
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mushroom
C and then A :-O
Jul 2013
2:21pm, 19 Jul 2013
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simbil
c) if it's a speed test, so long as you can motivate yourself to run hard on your own and have a well measured course. Otherwise (a) ;)
Jul 2013
3:24pm, 19 Jul 2013
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RiversideRed
If by well measured you mean mapping it out first on Mapometer then yes... :-s
Doesn't look like I'm going to get out of it then!

Mushroom - I want to survive the weekend!!
Jul 2013
3:25pm, 19 Jul 2013
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minardi.
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Jul 2013
3:27pm, 19 Jul 2013
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wildebeast
a youve paid for it so do it, but adjust your targets accordingly

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