Running in this heat! =/

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    Jul 22, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    I can't seem to run more than a mile/mile and a half in this humidity without stopping... And usually after walking for a minute or two I can pick right back up again but I can't for some reason in this heat. icon_confused.gif Probably because of my asthma... I've thought about running with a water bottle but that seems like it'd be more annoying than helpful.

    What do you do guys do to run in this heat? I feel lazy not running just because of the heat, especially when I see other runners out, so how do you guys deal with it? Whether you have asthma or not I'm curious. icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 22, 2011 11:24 AM GMT
    Just the usual—plenty of water ALL DAY, every day; taking it a little slower when my body starts to drag, getting a little more rest. Stay cool!
  • Ironman4U

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    Jul 22, 2011 11:28 AM GMT
    Run early in the morning to avoid the hottest part of the day. Run trails instead of roads...asphalt is not your friend when it's 100 degrees outside. And stay hydrated; run with water or sports drink.
  • rnch

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    Jul 22, 2011 11:30 AM GMT
    one, WHY are YOU running?

    you should be inside an air conditioned health club, lifting weights and working on adding some muscle mass....you need weights, NOT cardio.


    just my opinion.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 22, 2011 11:35 AM GMT
    Try running in the coolest part of the day,mornings and evenings,and lots and lots of water!I always take it with me.It was a nuisance at first but you soon feel the benefits!
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    Jul 22, 2011 11:50 AM GMT
    OneFish saidWhat do you do guys do to run in this heat? I feel lazy not running just because of the heat, especially when I see other runners out, so how do you guys deal with it? Whether you have asthma or not I'm curious. icon_smile.gif

    I realize you may miss that runner's high you get, and so need to run, rather than bulk. An indoor alternative may be a good answer as mch suggests, at least until the heat passes, although weight training may not give you your high, so do cardio instead (you can begin to try resistance, too, however). I also agree that running on pavement, especially if not fully shaded, can be like running on a frying pan, adding to both the air heat and the radiated heat you experience.

    Asthma is a factor in your ability to run, especially in the heat. And you should take a water bottle or perhaps a Camelback. I often had to run in hot summer heat in southern States in the Army, and I handled it by gradual acclimatization during which I didn't force myself, light or no meals within a few hours of running, and again, plenty of water. I also spent time each day in the gym sauna, which also seemed to adjust my body to tolerating heat better.

    But don't overdo it. Even in the Army, once the "wet bulb" temperature got into the mid-90s most organized running stopped, though some individuals like myself might continue. And if you must run at high temps, try to run with someone else, not alone. A heat injury may render you unconscious in a place without immediate help.
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    Jul 23, 2011 3:08 AM GMT
    Alright thank you everyone, I guess it's just common sense stuff. icon_smile.gif Went running today and it was a lot better than usual, stayed off of pavement as much as possible. I was going to bring water with me on my run today but decided at the last second not to... Going to bring it tomorrow and see how that works.

    rnch saidone, WHY are YOU running?

    you should be inside an air conditioned health club, lifting weights and working on adding some muscle mass....you need weights, NOT cardio.


    just my opinion.

    Well I'm actually a swimmer, and I run to train for swimming as a cardio alternative because I don't have full access to a pool right now, unfortunately icon_confused.gif (on top of the fact that I just like running).
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    Jul 23, 2011 3:25 AM GMT
    You should always be well hydrated, especially if you are running in high heat since you will be evaporating more fluids...I use the below in my long runs, not only does it pack the need water, etc. I can carry other items along my runs as well.



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    Jul 23, 2011 3:28 AM GMT
    uombroca saidYou should always be well hydrated, especially if you are running in high heat since you will be evaporating more fluids...I use the below in my long runs, not only does it pack the need water, etc. I can carry other items along my runs as well.



    rec-packs-fairfax-black-dark-gull-grey-s


    That looks like a really bad swimsuit for "special" people. What? Oh, shut up, you all were thinking the same thing.
  • mybud

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    Jul 23, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    Dude...I run about 40 miles a week...I was having problems running because of the heat also...I did several things that helped me....I've been eating a home made protein bar about 30 minutes before I run...I needed the nutrition and complex carbs for energy...Dehydration will zap your performance...with these hot temps. I push water all day...I drink at least 1 1/2 gallons daily...Running with a water bottle is a royal pain in the ass...Go to a sporting goods store...tell em you want a water camel....It's like this water container insulated and you wear it kinda like a back pack...it has a watering hose you clip on your t-shirt....When thirst hits....BAM...suck up the water....Nice talking to another runner....BUD