Marathon Series: Running in the Heat

Wednesday 27 May 2015 by

Wanstead Flats, London, Marathon, Running, Fitness, #HoBFitness

Welcome back to week twenty four of my Marathon Series, as I blog my way to a marathon – from beginner to 26.2 miles. This week, we’re talking about running in the heat.

Now the temperature is heating up, running in the heat is a given. But it’s drastically different to running in the cold, wet or dark, so there a few points to remember.

Hydration

Start with most obvious. Make sure you’re hydrated – you’re going to burn through a lot more water than normal, so remember to drink more than normal. Drink before and after, and top up during the day. You’re going to need it (if you get a headache, you’re not drinking enough!)

The right kit

Wearing the right kit makes all the difference – make sure you have shorts and a top that don’t get you too hot when running, but also that they don’t rub raw.

Remember ice

Ice baths are the absolute worst. But when your legs are burning up from a long run, there’s nothing quite like giving them a dunk in an icey bath (just remember to stretch properly).

Stretching

The heat will make your muscles super stretchy, but it also means that you could risk injury by not stretching properly as they will get stiff as quickly as you cool down. Give yourself a few extra seconds of stretching each time.

How do you cope with running in the heat?

Don’t forget to let me know how you’re getting on, using the hashtag #HoBFitness. And check back in a soon when we’re talking about picking the right marathon for you.

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