Berlin Marathon Training Week #5 Day 4 A Hot Run in Fresno

Location: Fresno, CA.

Temperature: Sunny, 93 degrees

Type of Run: Medium-long

Length: 9.18 miles

Type of route: Mostly flat

Time: 1 hour, 1 minute, 57 seconds

Pace per mile: 6:45

Average heart rate: 163

Reason for Run: This was a medium-long run intended to build endurance and boost weekly mileage.

How did I feel? Decent. It was very sunny and hot at 93 degrees. My pace was a faster than what it should’ve been given the heat so I cut the planned 10-miles short a bit. Because I’m traveling, I didn’t have my camelbak for water which I would’ve worn had this run been at home. Running in the heat is not easy though it does have surprising benefits despite its difficulty. As you can see, my heart rate was quite high for the pace. This was due to the heat as my body had to work harder in the hot weather. I wouldn’t recommend a beginner train in hot weather due to risk of dehydration and other heat-related illnesses.  This should be done by more experienced athletes who understand how to properly hydrate and pace in the heat. You have to know your body and what it can and can’t tolerate. This is done through experience.

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