In this episode, I share 10 tips that every runner should know when it comes to running in the heat. I’ll share why running in the heat is difficult and what you can do to minimize the impact that warm temperatures has on your training. I’ll also cover early warning signs of heat illness like heat stroke and exhaustion. Plus, at the end of the show, you’ll hear from Scott Jenkins, one-half of the Jenko brothers, to get a post-run report of their trip across Iceland to raise money for cancer research. This is a follow up to RunBuzz Episode 54 when we first spoke with Scott about his journey to run across Iceland.
The following signs and symptoms and first aid come from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. You can visit their page for more information on heat-related illness here.
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Before we get into the ten tips for running in the heat, I think it is also important to know why we slow down on hot days.
It isn’t just the heat or our mindset, there actually is a physiological reason why we slow down.
When it gets hot out, we sweat. Our bodies cool down through sweating. Actually, it is the evaporation of our sweat that cools our body as heat is transferred during the evaporation process.
When our body heats up, some of the blood that normally goes to our muscles and organs gets diverted to our skin. Our blood contains fluids, like plasma and water that our skin cells need to sweat. As a result, our bodies fatigue faster since not as much is made available to our muscles. This is why it is difficult to run on warmer days.
I go into this in more detail in the episode and even how this ties into our fueling and how this redirection of our blood impacts our body's ability to utilize fuel.
While this is important for runners to understand, I’ll save it for the podcast.
Now let’s get on to our 10 tips…
They did it! They ran 205 miles across Iceland. Be sure to listen to how their journey across Iceland went.
To support the Jenko brothers and their mission to fight cancer by raising money for cancer research, check out the Jenko brothers on Facebook.
Be sure to listen to episode 54, where I feature Scott and their adventure to run across Iceland
Have a great week!
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