Running in the Heat is Fun

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who realized this…but this summer has been terribly hot.  Not just hot, but humid too.  My hair resembles an afro 99.9% of the time.  I won’t pick it out 99.9% of the time.  My level of frizz in the hair is just the descriptions I like to use…you could very well just say it was a cold winter and now it’s a hot summer.

If you are training for a fall marathon…hey that’s me, then you probably should be logging some miles right now in this miserable heat…hey also me.  Instead of complaining or telling you to stay hydrated and slow your pace, I’ll tell you what I’ve been doing to not pass out on the side of the road while also logging some miles.  While staying hydrated and slowing down your pace are clearly important I think I’ve read entirely too many posts on that and I’m sure you probably have too.

I start my outdoor runs between 5:30-6:15am every day (including weekends, unless it’s a race…this isn’t so much that I enjoy waking up that early on weekends but mostly because I normally still have to work).  If I sleep past that, you can bet a run is probably not happening.  It’s too hot to start a run right now for me personally at 8 or 9..that and I have work at 9…so that’s easy enough.

I also do loops around my neighborhood so I can stop at my house and grab water versus holding it.  The only thing I’ll hold is in my phone because I like to listen to music on about half my runs.  The other half I’ll run sans music (mostly because I eat up my data streaming Pandora).  I’m more of a double, triple…ect loop kind of person instead of out and back or one giant loop.

I also do run on the treadmill occasionally.  On days I’m outside with work, the last thing I want to do is run at 95 degrees.  I want the cool breeze of the fans built into the treadmill, some trashy tv and to zone out.  So that’s what I do.  Unlike winter where I logged morning 10 milers on the treadmill for close to two months (YAY Upstate NY weather), right now I’m logging maybe 5 milers in the afternoon.  Generally shakeout runs.  I’ve logged a few longer 10 milers on the treadmill but not too many this summer since I’m still paranoid about when I overtrained two summers ago on the treadmill and got a stress fracture.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t complain that the weather is miserable, but what I am saying is that it is miserable everywhere for everyone and I think (including myself).  Everyone is tired of training in the heat.  You can make adjustments to your training to fit in runs where it’s a bit cooler or better weather.

Questions for you:

How do you beat the heat? 

What is your favorite season?

I’ll probably complain about all of them.  Just kidding, I don’t think I’ll complain about winter this year…just summer. In my defense, I spent 5 years in -30 degree winters and those same 5 years in 100 degree summers.  I was the opposite of the typical old person migration.