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.