Run and Revs and too much heat

4 Sep

Have been feeling a bit under the weather lately but my friend wanted to run so it motivated me to get out of bed and to go. I then did a revs class afterwards so I am feeling somewhat tired now!

Run wise, we went later than normal (6.20am) and spring is definitely on its way here in Brisbane so I found the warmer heat hard today and had to rest a little bit and ended up doing 9.5k whilst my friend did 11.5k (an extra lap round the lake). Although I didn’t run as far we did a really good speed around the lake and I felt really good so all that speed work is starting to pay off 🙂

Coming from England the heat here in Brisbane really seems to get to me. I have found it hard since I moved here to adjust to the climate and where the girls I run with seem to find the heat ok I find it just makes me tired and lethargic so I think early morning runs are the order of the day or later at night at the gym.

Do you struggle with the heat?

One of the guys I used to train with in London always said to me when it gets warm, all bets are off – slow down, take on water and accept that you might not do as good a training session or race time as you had hoped to.

Easier said than done I know as everyone wants to push but I have had a number of occasions in the UK where I have ended up in accident and emergency on a stretcher because I didn’t take this advice, overheated and collapsed – one was very embarrassingly in Sainsbury’s supermarket and when I came to all I could hear was someone shrieking ‘can we have a first aider to aisle 2’ and whilst that was going on someone was trying to shove a mars bar down my throat!! A Mars bar of all things  – why not some lower calorie snack !! 🙂

Here’s a few extra links to websites that give advice on running in the heat that you might find useful: running in the heat tips for running in heat

Cool Running – beat the heat

Please feel free to share any words of wisdom that you have experienced with running in the heat.


One Response to “Run and Revs and too much heat”


  1. Toe nails come and go…. « The girl that runs - September 23, 2010

    […] Heat has always been an issue for me, but moving to Queensland, Australia has multiplied how it affects me. So I tend to now run early in the morning or at the gym or at night and drink lots of water. I’ve done a couple of races here that have been on the warm side but have just slowed down. I wrote a previous post about heat and if it is something you struggle with check it out. […]

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