Tag: Heat

Be Like the Cool Kids

It’s summer and the competition and temperature on the trails is heating up. Summer ultras have the added benefit(?) of being long enough that athletes often need to run during the peak heat of the day. Most of us know,...

How to Run in an Inferno

Heat is the runner’s enemy. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to mitigate the ill effects of hot weather and maintain consistent performances even as temperatures rise. Think of running in hot conditi...

Heat Stress

By understanding the physiology behind thermoregulation, we can be better prepared for our summer events. Here’s what you need to know about what causes body heat to increase, heat loss mechanisms, why athletes perform w...

Heat Training Basics

Think you can’t handle the heat? Actually, you can, but it will take committing to some heat training before your race and then playing it smart on race day. High temperatures are going to slow everyone down, but they’ll...

“The One Thing” for Heat Preparation

By July 1993, Marshall Ulrich was well established as one of the best in the sport, a veritable King of Badwater who seemed to handle the heat better than almost anyone around. I was well established as a self-assured in...

Racing in the Heat

As we get into the middle of summer, many races involve running in severely hot weather. The most experienced runners use several tricks to deal with this, which are most evident at two Californian races renowned for the...

Training and Racing in the Heat

As ultrarunners everywhere ramp up their training for their summer goals, it is a good time to discuss and strategize for training and racing in the heat. This is a complex topic, and scientists’ understanding of the var...

The Heat is On

Having just finished an hour-and-a-half session of Bikram yoga, now seems like a good time to write a column about dealing with the heat. Many runners don’t like it when temperatures rise, but as my high school cross-cou...