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Pan Dulce2010-05-01 08:27:37 +0000 #1
When I run, for as far back as I can remember, I get VERY overheated. My face turns bright red, and I get so uncomfortably hot I can't stand it (even in 50* weather with a stiff breeze!). I can't run on a treadmill because I get so hot, even with a fan blowing in my face.

Now, I've never been much of a runner, but I'm trying to build up my endurance currently. I drink lots of water while I'm running. Will this ever go away when I get better? Am I alone in this?

I can't imagine running during the day in the summer. I think I'd die.

But that's when all the races are. I don't know what to do.
indigoiis2010-05-01 08:41:06 +0000 #2
I am also a furnace. I sweat very easily and turn red. I joked on post here that I wish I could run topless! LOL. But I read that sweating profusely is not a bad thing - it just means your body is working hard to cool you down. It sounds like you are staying hydrated which is key. Light colored lightweight jerseys help. And practicing running (maybe shorter distances) on a hot day also helps.
OakLeaf2010-05-01 08:53:07 +0000 #3
Sweating profusely isn't bad, but remember that any sweat that rolls off is wasted. It only cools you if it's evaporating on your skin.

Make sure that you're replacing electrolytes along with water. That's super important for someone who sweats heavily, like me.

When you say you drink lots of water while running, what are you using to carry your water? Consider maybe wetting your hydration pack or belt down before your run - that'll make it heavier obviously, but also add some evaporative cooling.

I don't think turning red indicates anything significant? More to do with the capillary structure in your face? Not really sure though. Obviously overheating is nothing to mess with, I just don't know if turning red has much to do with it. What symptoms of overheating are you experiencing?

I just got a pair of Arm Coolers: www.teamestrogen.com/prodDE_AC5.html and they really work. They make a base layer, bolero and leg coolers as well - something to try maybe!
Pan Dulce2010-05-01 09:41:52 +0000 #4
I actually don't sweat overly much. I just get overheated, very warm that I almost can't stand it. I almost feel like I can run naked, drenched in ice water, then I'd finally be comfortable! My face gets hot to the touch and bright red, my legs and core get unbearably hot too.

I bring along a waterbottle and just take swigs from that every quarter mile or so. I'll probably get a camelbak sometime this year, but I just don't have the miles right now to warrant it (both in running and biking).

The arm coolers are a good idea. I may get those for the races I'm going to do this year.
HappyTexasMom2010-05-01 10:00:22 +0000 #5
No solutions for you, but I get like this, too. It has gotten a little better over time, but it does seem like once I reach that point, *bam* I'm done. I get rapid breathing and heartbeat, and feel like I can't quite catch my breathe. I will almost invariably get a migraine later in the day when this happens (although last time I drank huge amounts of water and electrolyte replacement powder and I didn't; not sure which of these things made the difference or if it was just a fluke).

I don't think I sweat as much as other people do. One of my coworkers says his wife suffers from similar problems (headaches and all) and he said he thinks she doesn't sweat enough, and therefore doesn't cool off enough. I do know that I typically run a bit hot...I'm the first person in a room to be warm (and I live in Phoenix...great, huh?). In the past I had all my blood levels checked and everything was fine, but I think I might go have it done again, just to be sure something's not off with me.

One thing I've been doing lately is to wet a bandana and tie it around my head. It dries in about half an hour where I live; I haven't stopped to rewet it on my hour rides yet, but as I do longer rides, I will. It really seems to help a lot (as does leaving the house with wet hair). By accident I ended up wetting the back of my shirt and shorts (my camelpack had a leak in it LOL) and that helped a lot, too.
Pan Dulce2010-05-01 10:51:46 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by HappyTexasMom

No solutions for you, but I get like this, too. It has gotten a little better over time, but it does seem like once I reach that point, *bam* I'm done. I get rapid breathing and heartbeat, and feel like I can't quite catch my breathe. I will almost invariably get a migraine later in the day when this happens (although last time I drank huge amounts of water and electrolyte replacement powder and I didn't; not sure which of these things made the difference or if it was just a fluke).

Yes, this is me too. I usually get a headache after I run. My heart seems fit to burst right out of my chest, too. No wonder I never got into running, lol!

Maybe more water/electrolytes? Sometimes I feel all sloshy when I drink a lot of water, which leads to feeling barfy.. sorry, TMI..

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