How was your weekend running? | Life and style

How was your weekend running? | Life and style


Sorry for the late blog this week, turns out that sometimes when you feel feverish in the heat, it’s because you are actually feverish, rather than just hot. In fact, I seem generally to be de-acclimatising to the heat. The first couple of weeks of the heatwave were just lovely -but while I’m certainly not complaining of the continued sunshine, I’m definitely not converted to the joys of a run in 30 degrees. Running on London streets at the moment feels like running in the Caribbean, only without the cooling sea breezes, beach-based cool down and, well, all of the good stuff.

Of course, hot temperatures do affect your running – even if you are used to more tropical climates than the UK. And that’s true for the very best runners too – in fact, a cooler temperature is even better for the super-speedy as they generate more heat. Even just an easy run when the temperature is as hot as it has been recently can feel an ordeal. Personally, I find it hits quite suddenly – the first couple of miles might be fine, but there’s a moment after that where my head just instantly goes from fine to “about to explode with heat”. Dousing a cap in water can help – or just trickling it down the back of your neck. Heading for shady woodland paths is ideal if possible, but alas, London has yet to build me a special shaded tree-lined 400m track.

So, what are your tips for hot weather running, and how was the weekend for you? As always, share your stories below the line – and apologies again for lateness.



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