Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WWU - Tips For Running in Hot Weather

1.  Don't.

You might think I'm joking, but seriously, it's just too freaking hot to have a good run right now.  I can power through a lot, but when it's 80 degrees at 6:00 am, with 100% humidity?  Running is going to be hard, so hard, and you're going to feel pretty terrible.  So hey, take it easy.  Run a little, but at this point, why push it?  I think you can see where my weekly update is going, but just in case, this is what I did last week:

Monday:  Woke up early and drove to The Woodlands to get my car in for service.   It's a 140 mile round trip, on a lot of country roads.  I was tired when we got home.
Tuesday:  Celebrated my freedom (and America's birthday) by sleeping in.
Wednesday:  No running but moved furniture around, so I'm counting that as weight training, ha!
Thursday:  No running
Friday:  No running
Saturday:  I ran!  It was a rough go for the first 1.5 miles, until I made a turn and finally got a breeze.  A smaller group of Renegades meant we all ran solo, although people were ahead of and behind me, so although I ran alone, I really wasn't alone.  Three ridiculously hot and sweaty miles later, I was glad to be done.
Saturday night:  It was shady in our front grassy area, so Jeff and I went out and tossed the Frisbee around for a while.  Shade does not equal cool, however - it was still 97 degrees when we did this, at 7:30 pm!  Fun times, I'm getting a little better at throwing to my target as well as catching the disc, so practice is paying off.
Sunday:  Slept in with a dog and a cat.

At least this week, I did go run yesterday morning with Jeff, but only for 2 miles because it's just stupid hot right now.  Pretty much every summer ends up going like this; it's hard to make myself go outside and run when it's so hot.  At this point, I'm just counting my non-running days as building up some recovery for when I start increasing my miles.  And while I miss running more in theory, when I actually get out to run in this weather?  Not so much, ha!

CC and I were shoe twins on Saturday - you can see us from a mile away with these bright yellow shoes!

15 comments:

  1. I really feel for you. I seriously cannot imagine dealing with what I dealt with this morning on a regular basis. 4:45 - 76 degrees - 97% humidity - and what seems to matter more around here, the dewpoint was 72 (anything over 60 starts to feel uncomfortable). UGH. At least around here I know it doesn't last long... So, kudos to you for doing anything at all in those sorts of conditions.

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    1. I think it's the "regular basis" that starts to get to me - we are talking months of this, and as you know, it's just not much fun!

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  2. You're making good decisions not to run in that heat!

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    1. Thanks - I feel a bit bad for not keeping up the nice 5 mile base that I had, but I'm doing the best I can right now.

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  3. Haha! Don't is right. I'm so glad today is a running rest day. It's supposed to be in the 90s with high humidity. Ugh.

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    1. Ahhh, nothing like prefect timing when it comes to a rest day and weather!

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  4. Our heat index was 104 yesterday! I walked in the house. I'm probably not going to walk outside for several more weeks.

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    1. That's what our heat index has been as well - it's ridiculous, isn't it?!

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  5. I'm very glad you aren't running much in that weather. I'm glad I won't have to read a WWU where you had to go to the ER for heat stroke :)

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  6. I had intentions of beginning running this summer to train for the rock n roll half in December. Once I realized how badly that would end I decided to wait until the fall/winter to start running/training. I'll be ready for rock n roll 2018 :)

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  7. Humidity is a killer on a run!!!!!!!! Good job for getting in the 3 miles!!!!

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  8. It's not the temp but the humidity. I keep forgetting until I get out there.

    You doing great just trying to run.

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  9. Exercising in the heat is no fun. Heat + humidity is like hell.

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  10. Your tips are spot-on! Running in that kind of weather (or even a slightly more mild version of it, as we have in the Midwest) can be so difficult and frustrating. I'll be counting the non-running days with you. Is it fall yet? :)

    I took an Orangetheory class yesterday and realized the reason my legs felt so fresh, and why I could run so long and fast on the treadmill, was that I unintentionally took a week off from running! Oops. But it's just not appealing to me at all in this weather.

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