iRun ISSUE05 2015

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CAST LISA TAMATI Athlete, coach, motivational speaker CHRIS KOSTMAN Ultra athlete, race director for Badwater Ultramarathon DEAN KARNAZES Endurance athlete, speaker and best-selling author DR. CHRIS MILBURN Racer, ER doctor with part-time practice in sports med Cape Breton Regional Hospital, NS JIM WILLETT Endurance adventure runner and personal trainer coachrunjimmirun.



ou won’t see this sweaty cast seek shelter from the elements. Hot or cold, they all run to extremes and in extremes. But heat really ignites their passion and training. So take in their words of wisdom and stay safe when the heat threatens to set your running shoes aflame. iRUN: What does your hot weather training look like? DEAN KARNAZES: I run in my big, puffy winter ski parkas to help elevate my core temperature. I also do

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sets of sit-ups and push-ups inside the sauna at the gym. I get some funny looks doing these things, but I can take the heat… LISA TAMATI: It’s all about taking the heat! Preparing for a desert race like in Death Valley or the Gobi Desert or the Sahara, I run with extra clothes on and with a backpack if I’ll be carrying one during the race, and I’m in the sauna a lot too in the few months leading up to the event. DR. CHRIS MILBURN: Here in Cape Breton I relish the few days that hit 30 plus so

I can get out on the bike and/or run in the heat of the day. Rather than avoid the heat I embrace it and try to acclimatize to it, so I try to go in early afternoon or suppertime. CHRIS KOSTMAN: I live in Southern California, which is a desert unless you’re at the beach, so I can heat train about two-thirds of the year outdoors. Right now I’m getting ready for the Hamptons Marathon in NY on Sept. 26, and then the Badwater Presents Mustang Trail Race, an eight-day stage race in Nepal.

iRUN: When did the heat catch up to you? KARNAZES: In the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile race across California’s Death Valley in the middle of summer—the hottest place on earth! The first time I ran it, I passed out along the roadside at mile 78, severely dehydrated and electrolyte depleted. TAMATI: My hottest race was also the Badwater. But my worst experience was running a 333K nonstop race in Niger, one of the poorest and most dangerous countries on


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