Climatizing to the Summer Heat/Humidity

Living in the mid-west the transition from Spring to Summer has not been gradual. In early May we were running temps 10-degrees below normal, but by the end of the month this had change to 10-degrees above normal. I've taken to running in the early morning to avoid the heat of the day, but the humidity at that time is nearly as oppressive (90%+). How do others maintain training during this transition period?

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Comment by Mark Lofquist on August 6, 2010 at 5:04pm
i found this to be interesting - using dew point plus temperature to judge affects on your running performance.
Comment by Ron Morgan on June 19, 2010 at 8:06am
Picked up some Hammer E-Caps at the local bike shop. I also mixed up some Chia Gel w/ Hammer HEED. Today's long-run was the first one in a month were I didn't start feeling light-headed by 12 miles.
Comment by Eric Orton on June 16, 2010 at 9:37pm
Hey Ron - Look to use some kind of electrolyte pills, as gatorade will not cut it in that heat. Just not enough sodium in drinks.
Look at Salt Stick tabs for example.

Comment by Ron Morgan on June 16, 2010 at 6:45pm
Comment by Ron Morgan on June 16, 2010 at 3:17pm
I've been wearing a hat, more to keep the sweat out of my face than anything else, but I'd forgotten about the electrolyte replacement. Guess it's time to replace the water with gatorade in the camelbak. Thanks.
Comment by Eric Orton on June 16, 2010 at 1:54pm
Hey Ron - Obviously, be sure to stay hydrated, but even more important be sure you are replacing your lost electrolytes. As this has a huge affect on how well you are able to hydrate (not the other way around) and perform during your runs. Your body will adjust to the heat, but until this happens, you will need to back off on your normal paces because of the heat. Do not expect to run as fast at the same level of effort that you do in lower temps - heat is a killer and equilizer.
Be sure to wear a hat to keep the sun off you and dumping water over your head is a great way to keep your body temp lower.
Hope this helps - E

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