Running in the heat

I am sat at my desk as I write this looking at data and feedback from athletes I coach on their weekend's training and racing and one factor stands out above everything else - the hot weather! As runners in the UK we tend to be pretty bad at adapting to changes in the weather. We have our plan, or the run we have intended to do and regardless of whether its 30 mile an hour headwinds, 30 degree heat or knee deep snow we judge our success or failure on whether we have hit the paces or intensity we had planned for. Running in hot weather feels hard because your body pumps more blood to the skin to cool you down and increase sweat rates. This in turn reduces stroke volume and the availiblity of

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