I would put forth a wonderfully informative and useful post on tips for running in the heat and humidity. Unfortunately, I haven’t figured that out yet. So, instead of providing insight into steps to take to make running in the heat an enjoyable experience, I thought I would share what I have learned about running in the heat from my trials and errors.
1. It sucks. There is no way around it. Sweating starts immediately, and if you’re lucky, your own smell does not catch up with you for a few miles.
2. It is a good way to lose weight (temporarily). I like the temporary feeling of being a few pounds lighter following a good heat run. Of course, I put the pounds back on once I re-hydrate. But it feels good for a little bit.
3. It gives you something to brag about. Sure, I was out there huffing and puffing, wondering if I would make it back, and whining in my head the whole time, but I was out there.
4. Things will only get better. It makes those runs in the winter, when the temps are in the teens and the wind is howling seem a whole lot more enjoyable.
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This part is pretty self explanatory. I think I quit sweating about mile 17 in the Walt Disney World Marathon. I have told myself “never again.” We’ll see. This summer is putting me to the test.
6. It could be worse. The highest temperature in July in my area was 106 last year, and the average high was 95. This year the average high so far is 87.
7. I love it — when I’m done. It gives a sense of accomplishment. As I said above, at least I am out there. At least I am putting myself through it. A few years back, getting out in the heat was the last thing I wanted to do unless in involved a lake. Now, I feel a bit guilty for wimping out at hitting the treadmill to stay a bit cooler.
Maybe one day I will have a post on tips for running in the heat. Until then, I will rely on others for that. Until then, I will continue learning through trial and error — mostly error.