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It's too damn hot!!!

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 08:44

Well, I done it!!

It was 36 degrees and I ran 7km (with a bit of walking when I just couldn't take any more) in 56 minutes!   It was horrible!!   I would normally do about 8km in an hour so I am relatively happy with myself but I had to walk too much IMO.   I fell straight into the pool on my return home (fully clothed) and done my stretching in the pool.

I need to try and run in the morning - it is still 26 degrees at 7am but that is better than 36!   Trying to fit it in before work is going to cause problems but I need to try as I almost died on that run!

It's too damn hot!!!

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 19:37

It's 40 degrees today!!!! More in the direct sun......too hot, I judpst can't!!!   Humidity is at about 70......we need a big thunder storm!!!

Andi, I love maiden name is McLean so I go back for the clan gathering now and again!!!

Tangfastic you are right I want to try........

It's too damn hot!!!

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 21:33

I know it's hot in th UK just now too, but where I live in France I'm dying!!! We live in a micro-climate between the Alps, the Vosges and the Black Forest!   It's 22:30 and still 32 degrees, it's 32 degrees at 6am already and I'm Scottish and don't do heat!!!  

So I'm swimming but i's been 2 weeks and have no idea when I will be able to run again! BTW I tried to run last week and after 5km almost died......and I had my CamelBak, a hat and was running in the shade (mostly!!)......

I'm worried that when I go back to running I will be starting from scratch again....I only started running in March!

Wondering if I should get a gym subscription and run on the dreadmill.....

Heart Rate Zones

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 10:45

Thanks Fiona, I will check out the information on this site and try to work it out from there!   I mainly want it to make sure that my heart is not going to explode whilst running.   Eventually, once I've lost weight and I'm fitter, I'd like to do some fartlek training; but that will have to wait for a bit yet!!

Heart Rate Zones

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 18:18

Hi Everyone,

I got a new Garmin Forerunner 610 and have been using it for the last few months; but just the GPS part.

I want to start using the heartrate monitor but I am a bit confused.

I have calculated my heart rate zones - I think!

But in the Garmin config it is looking for 5 zones so I am a bit confused.    Does anyone have one and could help me?

Resting HR = 63

HR MAX = 220-39=181

HR RESERVE = 181-63=118

THR LOWER = 118x0.6 + 63 = 133/4

THR UPPER = 118x0.8 + 63 = 157/8

THR = 133/4 + 157/8 / 2 = 145/6


If I have made some stupid mistakes in my calculations please point them out!!

Garmin are looking for 5 Heart Rate Zones in an order with Upper and Lower Limits.....a bit confused!!   I have read the book but it's not making massive amounts of sense.

At the moment I just want to make sure that I am in my target heart rate zone, then eventually I will work up to working at pace, etc....but that is way off in the future!



Finally I can see a difference.....

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 22:31

I play prop forward, I'm 38 and been playing for 21 years - I keep meaning to retire but every season I get a license!!!  I've only been running since March but I can already feel the difference!

But my body is taking much longer to recover!

How fast is too fast

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:14

I wish my problem was making my slow runs slow enough 

I dream of running at under 8 min per km nevermind jealous!

Good luck!!

From Couch to Marathon...and back again!

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 19:01

Welcome Roz!!   I used to horse ride ages ago - had my own horse for about 8 years but had to give him up because of work; gutted!  

Anyway, good luck with the running!!

I'm still a newbie - started running in March - so it's tough sometimes but I'm sticking with it and I get a lot of encouragement from this site.....mainly just from reading other people's posts and realising that I'm not the only one struggling!!

Finally I can see a difference.....

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 18:56

I gave my body a week off after a particulary grueling rugby tournament last weekend - could barely move for 3 days never mind run!!   I keep having to remind myself that I am not in my 20's anymore or even early 30's but the 40's are just around the corner!!

Anyway, getting my behind out the door tonight to go for my run after a week off was tough BUT I scraped 4 minutes off my PB for 5.2km.   That's an average of 43 seconds per km.....couldn't believe it.

I can finally see a difference between my short runs (5.2km) and long runs (8 and 10km) - before today I was running everything at pretty much the same speed!! 

Tonight was the fastest I have ever run - which is still pretty slow (8.17 per km average) but I'm pretty darn happy.   So I am going to do another 2 weeks with 10km being my long run then I think I may just up the ante and add 2km onto that.....

Just wanted to share......if I need a good kick up the bum I always read this site to find my mojo again!

Running in the heat

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 08:06

I am in Alsace in a total micro-climate but luckily in the country.   I have tried running in the forest as the trains give some respite from the sun but that route is only 5km so for my long runs it's not great and the mosquitoes......ouch!!!   I currently run along the canal - less mossies but absolutely no cover from the sun.....

Would wearing a hat be a good or bad thing?   I'm thinking it would help shade my face from the sun but keep the heat in my head.....not sure which is the lesser of two evils.....

I would love to run along a coast, unfortunately we are in the most landlocked part of Europe.....oh well.....I may have to get up a 5am to run!! :O)

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