A Good Stinkin-Hot Run

Well, I was looking forward to a warm run today.  I wanted it to get really hot, so when 3.00 pm rolled around, it thought 300 pm to 500 pm would be the best time to do a training run. (in the heat).

Here I go, I park my car in La Broquerie, MB, hitch up all the necessary stuff to my waste, e.g. a water bottle of juice mixed with Gatorade, and an extra can of – yes – you are right, a can of Red Bull for the last KM or two.   I knew the humidity was very high, so I wanted to be careful, and just go out and feel my body – to see how it would react to the hot environment.  It was nice and warm as I rounded the east entrance to La Broquerie, MB. heading west on the left side of the highway.  Several drivers in the cars passing me looked at me as if, “Why? – Do you have to run now? “

So, my experience in running in the Sahara Desert (or the Death Valley experience) kind of came back to me, and I loved it.  Heading north past the dairy farmer on the right, I felt that the air was beginning to feel tight. There was NO WIND at all.  It was simply a sheltered area – all the way to my turn around point of 5 km along Highway 210 running north.   I was “listening” to my body – feeling it – watching my heart monitor occasionally – and the pulse was quite low (105 – 110 beats per minute).  That part looked okay.  I was drinking every 10 minutes, just to make sure all would be okay. I looked around me to see where I could go if I had to go for shelter / or shade.  There was a corn field to my left and there were many trees where I could go for shade.  These trees gave me the NO WIND – totally calm setting. The heat was now coming off the pavement creating a ca.  40 degrees plus temperature.   It was great. However still short about 15 degrees of the Death Valley temps. The bones feel good and the muscles are loose and flexible.  A CN train comes from the south and I wave to “him”, and he greeted back with a short horn.  It will probably be in BC going past my brother’s place at Tappen in 2 days.   I love trains, especially long ones with 4 engines.

Coming back running “home” now, I began to feel my legs, getting heavy.  The breathing is tight, because of the high humidity – which I Like to think is good training – as if running at high elevations.

Now I was conscience of my fingers beginning to swell.  There are several symptoms that you must notice when running in extreme heat.   My fingers will swell, and when the facial cheeks begin to tingle, that is a clear indicator to me, that I am beginning to experience Oxygen Debt.  Once you get cold chills in the heat, or you get dizzy you better find some shade and slow down or quit.  Cool off and drink lots, and stay out of the sun.   I had left my back-neck kind of uncovered, but I managed.  It is better to cover up the skin as much as possible.  I have a desert “long tail” running cap that covers the back of the neck. Today I had forgotten it at home.  I wore my UV black compression arm sleeves to protect the arms.

Then the last km was good too, rewarding myself with some Red Bull, and my energy level was managed quite well. The core body temp I am sure was up a bit, but nothing dangerous.  The heart rate was slowly climbing up to 128 – 130.  Remember I was running very slowly. 

 I don’t recommend running in the extreme heat for inexperienced runners, however I find that it is good training.

I won’t tell you about my clock time for those hot 10 KM, for that is not that important.  My training load was 136 as per Polar Monitor. Happy running in warm Manitoba.

Albert Martens    July 30, 2017

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