Saturday, April 16, 2016

Warmer Weather

Up here in the great state of Minnesota, temperatures are finally getting warmer. Today the temperature on my long run topped out at 76 degrees Fahrenheit.

One nice thing about warmer weather is the potential training benefits. Awhile back I posted a link to a Runner's World article entitled, "Heat Stress, Plasma Volume, and the Benefits of Dehydration." It gives a great rundown of how heat training can lead to training benefits similar to those of training at higher elevations.

Heat is somewhat relative. Here in Minnesota where we've been training in weather between 25 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the past two months, and even colder weather the three months before that. After running in cool and cold temperature for the past six and a half months, doing a long run in 70 degree weather can be miserable if you don't slow down and bring something to drink.

The very hot Afton 50k
Though training in the heat can be beneficial, it's also important to take precautions when running in the heat. Heat exhaustion is rare, but can still happen. Here's a good article on how to avoid becoming overheated from Runners World: "Running in the Heat."

The main takeaways from this article are:
  • Plan ahead
  • Don't over drink
  • Wear as little as possible
  • Don't do hard workouts in the heat of the day
  • Slow down

Run well.

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