Running in the Heat

After a great 4 hours and 45 minutes of sleep last night, I woke up bright and early and headed to Bikram. I don’t know if it’s because of the temps outside, but the room was HOT today. The teacher usually opens the door to let in some air, but no such luck this morning.

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I decided to brave the heat once again and went out for a run during my lunch. I enjoyed struggled through 3.8 sweaty miles with an average 7:55 pace.

Mile 1 – 7:57
Mile 2 – 8:07 (hilly)
Mile 3 – 7:47
Mile .8 – I have no clue.

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Even though I can’t say it’s easy, I am pretty excited that I have been running a consistent 8 min pace (or below) lately. I need to put another race on the calendar…

Check out this article from active.com. It has great tips for surviving runs and races in the summer heat. Some of my favorite tips:

1. Acclimate – ease into running in hot temps and let your body get used to it

2. Run early – if possible, run early in the day so you miss the midday an afternoon sun and heat

3. Run a circle or out and back route – stash water, Gatorade, gels, etc. and you will can replenish when needed

Are you a hot weather or cold weather running person?

Any tips for running in hot weather?

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