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Summer Training Tips for Runners

Summer Training Tips for Runners

Let's be honest, it's kind of annoying to slow down as we adjust to the heat and humidity. It takes a toll on the mind, but I wanted to tell you guys a bit of the "why" behind slowing down during the adaptation period.

Here's how:

Thermoregulation: Running generates heat due to muscle activation, and in hot weather and or by running faster, this can push our core temperature higher than we have been used to the past few months. Slowing down reduces the heat production, giving our sweat glands a chance to catch up and cool us down effectively. Yay, sweat to save the day. We will talk about clothing, hydration and sunscreen in the future.

Heart Rate Control: When it's hot, our heart rate naturally increases. This does aid to pump more blood to the skin for cooling (your skin is your biggest organ btw). By slowing down, we reduce the workload on our heart, helping it maintain a happier rhythm. Slow down, let your heart adjust and adapt. Thankfully our bodies are amazing machines that can adapt, we just have to give them the time and care they need to do so.

Remember, it's not about speed, it's about smart running!

So next time you're out in the heat, embrace the slower pace and be okay with your speed work not being 100% accurate as we adjust. (I had to deal with this today.) Your body will thank you for it in the long run. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and keep moving forward