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111. Heat & Humidity Running During The Summer
HOW SUMMER TRAINING AFFECTS THE BODY
@run4prs Podcast Episode #111
Summer training can feel defeating. You aren’t able to hit your normal paces and you can feel like your fitness is suffering. Trust us: It is not! Training in the heat is just like training at altitude: You have to slow down but that does not mean YOU are slower
REMEMBER: The heat affects everyone differently. Keep a training log to figure out how much the summer weather affects YOUR body and paces. By the end of the summer and for training next summer, you’ll have a great idea of what you can expect out of yourself in certain different conditions
If you choose not to adjust paces in the heat, you will end up burned out because you’ll be doing all of your runs at too hard of an effort. Running 12:00 min per mile pace in 80 degrees is equally as beneficial as 11:00 min per mile pace in 55 degrees
Your body WILL adapt throughout the summer and those adaptations will make you faster come fall. These adaptations can take 6+ weeks so be patient
INCREASED BLOOD PLASMA VOLUME: Similar to how altitude stimulates your body to produce more red blood cells, heat stress stimulates your body to produce more plasma. With increased volume, your body sends blood to cool your skin without shunting the supply away from your muscles
INCREASED RATE OF PERSPIRATION: As you get acclimated to the heat, your body will begin sweating earlier than it did previously which improves the cooling process
DECREASED BLOOD LACTATE: Blood lactate accumulation during submaximal exercise decreases following heat acclimatization
MENTAL TOUGHNESS: Aside from the physiological benefits from training in the heat, there is also a huge mental component to it. No matter how acclimated you get to the heat, it’s still very difficult to run in and it will make you appreciate and take advantage of your 50 degree weather on race day!
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110. Bathroom Issues: Let’s Talk About It
Www.Run4prs.com for a free 7 day coaching trial. This podcast was pre recorded before a recent marathon where I had bathroom issues 😂 but this is a great topic for runners: BATHROOM ISSUES 💩🚽
We’ve all been there! As runners, we are all too familiar with digestive problems while running. It’s super frustrating to train for months for a race, only to be brought down by having to use the bathroom constantly during the race 🥴
Let’s talk about what you can do to avoid having bathroom issues on your runs!👇
☕️AVOID GOING OVERBOARD ON FIBER & CAFFEINE: Too much caffeine and fiber can wreak havoc on your digestive system! Be mindful of how much you are taking in and what amounts are okay for you to have pre-run & throughout the day
📓KEEP A FOOD JOURNAL IF YOU HAVE ISSUES: It can be really helpful for people who are struggling with food sensitivities to pinpoint exactly what it is through food journaling. The more detailed you can be, the better
💧HYDRATE WELL: Hydrating will help kickstart your digestive system and get things moving! Not drinking enough fluids can lead to constipation
🍺BE AWARE OF HOW ALCOHOL & SUGARY DRINKS AFFECT YOU: Many people struggle to feel good on the run after drinking alcohol or sugary drinks. If this is you, be mindful of when you are drinking these things in relation to your runs!
✅PLAN AHEAD-- GO BEFORE YOU LEAVE: Allow yourself enough time to go to the bathroom before your runs. It can be hard to have enough time in the morning with kids, getting ready for work, etc. but do your best with this so you don’t have issues on the run
🚽KNOW WHERE THE BATHROOMS ARE: Self-explanatory! This can save you a lot of problems if you know where the bathrooms are on your running routes
🗓GET INTO A BATHROOM ROUTINE: It’s not always possible for everyday runs to have enough time to drink enough water, eat far enough in advance, and go to the bathroom but try to do your bathroom routine for your weekend runs so you know what works for you come race day
👉Practice makes perfect! Figure out what works for you to allow yourself the best chance of avoiding bathroom issues
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109. Should you run the day after a long run? Heat acclimation training & staying motivated
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This is an ASK THE COACHES podcast
1- If you feel like crap the day after your long run is it better to do it the next day or skip it entirely?
Marathon training or training for any long distance events can be a stress on the body. The right amount of stress is good because it triggers adaptations.
We need to have recovery from the stress for the body to repair and create the adaptations from the stress. It is common to be sore after a hard effort like a long run. However, you shouldn’t be so sore that you can barely move/walk without pain the next day. You want to have some fatigue in the legs. If it is so bad where you feel you cannot even walk normally after, I would suggest cutting back the long run distance/duration a bit and perhaps trying some back to back longer runs.
You may not feel like you want to run the day after a long run but an active recovery day even like a brisk walk or a 20-30 min very slow recovery run is great for many athletes. It can help you learn to run on tired legs.
2-How to not feel dizzy after a hot half marathon
Whenever it is hot outside, your body has to work harder to stay cool. This is often why running in the heat can feel so much harder than it does in cooler temps. It can also be way some people feel nauseous or dizzy or super out of it after a run in the heat. The blood is being diverted away from certain areas of your body like the brain or digestive tract and going to your muscles. Sweating also causes you to become dehydrated quickly.
It is important to heat acclimate if you are planning to run a race in warmer weather, you need to train in warmer weather. Do your long run when it is scheduled instead of moving it to the cooler day. Do workouts in the heat, etc.
If you don’t train in the heat, you can’t expect to perform well in it or even be able to safely run in those conditions. I would recommend a sauna if you don’t have access to hot weather. Or consider not doing races in the heat if you are not going to train in the heat.
3- Since a lot of the coaches have already accomplished so much, what are your next future goals?
Many of our coaches have been running for over 10 years at a competitive level.
For Ben & Jason, they are in their mid-30s and ran competitively in high school and college. They set some extremely fast times in the shorter distance events. Speed in the 1 mile and below tends to peak in the 20s. As we age, it can be hard to maintain the same motivation knowing that we will never be as fast as we once were.
4- For run/walks if your easy pace is X does that mean you run is X or that your total pace is X
Your easy pace is the overall pace you run even with your walk stops. Let’s use this example.
Sally runs a 10:00 pace for a 5k. Her 5k pace is 10:00. This is NOT an easy effort. This is as fast as she can run for 3.1 miles.
If she wants to go on an easy run or easy run we want her to average between 12:00-13:00 pace for that easy run. If she is going to make these run/walks or take some walk breaks in her runs up a hill or something, we still want to keep the running portion of it around 12:00 pace. It’s okay if the walking pulls your average pace down to 15+ min pace.
5- How to transition from 5k/10k training to the marathon and keep that speed during base building of marathon training?
5k/10k training may look a lot different than marathon training because of the weekly speed workouts. A lot of athletes may be worried about transitioning from one distance event to another after a big breakthrough.
108. Marathon pace, race day weather & fueling
1- Hard days hard: what do you eat in between your workout & lifting session?
Depends on when you do it. Ideally it would be a gap of a few hours. In this case, eat protein right away and then a meal. Maybe a snack before lifting
If you lift right away after, I would drink a shake while you are lifting or eat a bar
Important to know that exercise sometimes suppresses your appetite. It won't hit you until later. Make sure you fuel.
2- Can I run a half marathon 2 weeks after 26.2?
Typically the recommendation is 1-2 weeks off after a marathon, but with races coming back, sometimes people want to do all of the races. You may be in a situation where you want to run a half marathon 2 weeks after a marathon and wonder- what will this be like?
3-How to prepare for a higher altitude race
How to prepare for a high altitude race when you live at sea level. Get there a week ahead of time. Go to altitude to train. I don’t usually recommend people at sea level go to altitude to race and expect to run super fast. Make sure you stay hydrated and adjust expectations
4- What is the best fuel for your first marathon
Fueling can be weird the first time you go into those longer distance races may be the first time you are also fueling. A lot of the advice out there is to ‘experiement’and ‘find what works for you’ but this was not helpful advice for me. I struggled finding my own fueling plan for my first 10 marathons! The best approach is to start fueling on training runs very early in training.
Start with an easy run. Try something like a gel or apple sauce or dates. You should really try any type of fuel. Some people like the more natural options. I find the huma gels more convenient and enjoy the flavor/texture of it.
Fueling every 45 min. Start with small sips of the gel and get water after. Fueling should be done on runs over 90 min for optimal performance. You CAN do long runs and race marathons without fuel, but fueling can help you perform better.
5- If you don’t go MP on long runs- how do you figure out your MP
We typically do not advise people to go marathon pace for their entire long run because MP is the upper end of your aerobic zone. It’s the fastest pace possible to still be in the aerobic zone. This trains your aerobic system just as well as an easy run.. But it puts even more stress on your ligaments, muscles and joints. When an athlete is building endurance, it’s better to do most of your long runs at just an easy pace because it’s already a huge stress on the body.
Then the question comes in: how will my body know what pace to run on marathon race day? Within the marathon training cycle, you will be working at a lot of different paces usually around threshold pace *which is faster than marathon pace*. This will get you in the best shape possible. As you get closer to the race, learning what marathon pace is and running at it will be important. I like to add in pace specific work starting 4-5 weeks out. These steady state efforts don’t have to be anything crazy long or fancy. One could argue that it’s actually better to break it up into intervals to train your body how to hop in and out of marathon pace. You want to train your body at what the pace is. A lot of athletes struggle with this because it is such a comfortable pace. You will likely want to run faster than MP when prescribed as a workout. Sometimes we will call these steady state runs and make them 5-7 miles in duration on a random Wednesday.
10:40 pace for her 20 miler in training
11:30 pace for the marathon race day- raining then got up to 90 degrees
107. Myths About The Long Run
20 MILE LONG RUNS: Are they necessary❓www.Run4prs.com
There is a MYTH in the running world that every marathoner needs to complete multiple 20 mile long runs or even one 20 mile long run to finish a marathon. This is just NOT the case! Long run lengths are different for every single athlete based on...
✅TOTAL WEEKLY MILEAGE: Your long run should not be more than 33% of your total weekly mileage! If your long run is 50% of your total weekly mileage, it's going to take you that much longer to recover from it. You likely will not be able to do quality workouts during the week if you are running 50% of your weekly mileage in one run! Long runs are HARD on our bodies and we need to respect the recovery that comes along with them
✅3 HOUR RULE: We like to cap long runs at 3 hours max! Research has shown that your body gets the most physiological aerobic benefits from runs between 60-90 min in duration AND that runs over 3 hours start to have diminishing returns. The risk for injury becomes much higher! This means that many athletes should incorporate back to back long runs instead of one 20 mile long run
✅PACES/TOTAL TIME PER WEEK: If Athlete A's easy pace is 12:00 min/mile, and they run 40 miles/week, that is going to be around 8 hours of training/week. If Athlete B's easy pace is 9:00 min/mile and they run 55 miles/week, that will be around 8 hours of training/week. The long run for each athlete will be DIFFERENT so we don't break the 3-hour rule or the 33% of total weekly mileage rule. The mileage is DIFFERENT but the total TIME is the same! Don't get too caught up in the miles. The body doesn't know what a “mile” is!
OTHER IMPORTANT NOTES:
👉Marathon training is NOT just about the long run. The entirety of the training plan and your consistency with it is what’s most important to reach your potential
👉It is far better to go into a marathon undertrained than overtrained. It’s just like “The Price is Right” or the game Blackjack. It’s better to be a little under than it is to be over! We always think we could do more, but “more” might be what puts you over the edge
106. Race Day Mind Hacks: Answering Your Questions!
We are doing a different format of podcast today. You may be used to the standard 1 topic podcast where Jason and I chat in depth about 1 topic but today we are asking YOU to bring your questions & we answer them. We talk about a variety of topics. We ask the audience on IG what questions they have and we answer in a podcast forum allowing for a greater discussion of the question than on an IG story. We love to help runners achieve their goals and grow a better understanding for the sport.
1- Mental Strategies for marathon day: How to break up the race?
Struggle with the bigness of marathon race day and by mile 19-20 I hit the wall
When we do most of our training runs it’s usually first thing in the morning with a clear mind. We are done around 19-21 miles. It can be hard on race day to go that extra 5-6 miles when you have never gone that far mentally. Many runners find that they ‘check out’. Things that can help you stay mentally tough and get that extra edge
1- Doing a puzzle or hard game before a run
2- Running in the afternoon for some runs
3- Doing difficult tasks or running in adverse conditions
4- doing something very hard before a run where you are mentally checked out
2- I think I have a stress fracture: How do you know and how long should you take off?
This person suspected they had a stress fracture. What should you do if you think you have one?
Looking into what caused it to avoid it in the future: nutrition, etc.
Taking the recommended time off 6-8 weeks usually- sometimes more
Starting back with run/walks or alter G treadmill
Always do every other day running
3-I struggle to get under 10 min pace miles. How much faster can I conceivably get?
It depends on what you are hoping to accomplish. If you want to run a 5k under 10 min pace, I would start by adding in speed and tempo work. Start small and grow to 20% of weekly mileage at that pace. Looking at weekly mileage. Looking at nutrition and strength. The little tweaks go a long way. Go slow with changes.
Training specifically to the event you hope to run. Even some sub 4 hour marathoners don’t run under 10 min pace outside of races or hard workouts
4- How can we keep efforts easy with the hot temps and humidity?
For easy runs in the heat, it can be a challenge because everything feels HARD. Your HR may also be elevated. It actually takes 6+ weeks to heat acclimate. Some of the best things you can do is to train at the coldest times of day. Go shaded. Stay hydrated. Go early before it’s hot. Stay consistent. Understand that adaptations take time.
Go off effort. Maybe slow down 30-60 seconds per mile. Even on some easy runs you may feel it’s just a lot harder. Staying hydrated is key!
5- Is it okay to include workouts into my long run keeping 20% hard and 80% easy?
It is fun when you get to a place where you can start to add in workouts into your long run. The 80/20 rule we usually talk about is in regard to weekly mileage. We don’t want more than 20% of total weekly mileage to exceed an easy pace. This means if you are training for a marathon running 40 miles a week, only 10 of that should be a ‘hard workout’. When you break this down into 2 days it could be a weekday workout like 4x1 mile then during your longer runs you have 6 more miles of pace work you could do. The 6 miles of pace work might look like 2 x 3 mile @ marathon pace within a 13-14 mile long run.
We typically don’t want to add in pace work into long runs unless the athlete has gone this distance several times before.
Great podcast, some room for improvement
Love this podcast. I’m training for my first marathon and have accessed the history of episodes to help me gain some deeper knowledge of running. The one thing that I struggle with is the pace and breath of the host. She always seems very rushed and very out of breath. I’m not sure if she’s nervous or just coming off a run! Some episodes are better than others, I’ll continue to listen, but just one piece of feedback!
Sounds like a valley girl from Minnesota
I have tried to let this grow on me because the topics of the show always sound super interesting. The host sounds very valley girl and is all over the place but if you can get past that, the info is almost all her opinion and not based on real science or research. I was just listening to the one on various recovery methods and there were several times that they would say “there are lots of studies out there” that say X. Well, just because it’s a study doesn’t make it a good one. You have to look at good studies with good methods if you want to make decisions or opinions on methods based on their results. Sorry. I want to like this but just can’t get past these things.
Rambling and repetitive
I’m not sold on this podcast and will probably unsubscribe. I like the topics they cover, but the host seems unprepared beyond a list of questions. The guest (usually the same person - at least in every episode I’ve listened to) answers her question, then the host (does she ever introduce herself? I have never caught her name) repeats what he said and rambles on, saying the same thing in a slightly different way. Each episode could easily be half as long.
Additionally, most episodes begin with an intro about sharing the secrets to become a better runner, but most of the rambling answers arrive at the same conclusion - get a coach. If you’re looking for a free resource to learn more about running or already have your own coach, there are better resources out there.