Active.com’s Tips to Run through the Heat

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The heat is getting fierce and my long runs have gotten slower and more taxing as a result.  There are a few things you can do to stay safe during the hottest months of the year and the following article from Active.com lists most of the tricks that I commit to during the summer.  On my last long-run, for example, I left at 7am only to realize that this was already too late in the day.  The earlier in the morning (or later in the evening) the better.  Check out the link for other useful info:

http://www.active.com/running/Articles/6-Tips-to-Run-Through-the-Heat.htm

April 30th: Shorts!… ’cause its too hot for capris, lol!

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Okie dokie pokie…. I gave in and bought myself some running shorts to replace my standard capri running pants.  I have refused to wear shorts to run in for years because they ride up and don’t feel as comfortable as capris.  Also, I’ll admit that I’ve always struggled with my body image and my upper thighs are my trouble spot!

The unbearable heat and my new “who-gives-a-crap-what-I-look-like-as-long-as-I’m -comfortable” attitude has helped me decide to go ahead and get myself a pair.  I went for an experimental run with these non-name-brand shorts that I just bought at Marshall’s for only $12 and am pretty happy!… No riding up and my legs are able to breath.  I even felt lighter and faster, lol!!!  Bonus:  My bike ridding tan lines will now match my running tan lines.  😉  Summer, I’m ready for ya!!!!

 

April 19th: Heat Exhaustion = Lesson Learned

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When my alarm went off at 6:30am Saturday morning for my long-run, it was thundering out.  I remember that the weather report had said it was going to be a wet weekend so I decided to sleep in and go on my run at whatever time I naturally woke up…. “If its going to be an over-cast day it won’t matter what time I go running anyway.”  I told myself.

I got my lazy butt out of bed around 8:30, leisurely got myself dressed, let the dogs out and made it to the beach for my run by around 9:30.  It was still overcast and gloomy so it was PERFECT!  “I’m going to run 9 instead of 7 today.  The weather couldn’t be better.”  I told myself.  Well… at just about mile 5 the sun decided it would burn all the clouds away and the sky would turn the most gorgeously clear color blue imaginable.

Question: Have you ever felt so hot that even your clothes feel heavy?…  Have you ever felt like the sun is literally chasing you as you’re running?… yeah, that’s how I felt.  So, I brilliantly decided to speed it up because, the faster I ran, the faster I would finish.   And I wanted to get this s*%! over with NOW.

As I got to an intersection (where I very frustratingly had to wait to cross the street) my heart rate slowed and all of a sudden my head felt like staticky television, salty sweat fell into my eyes and I started to feel a little unsteady on my feet.  Thankfully, only a little ways further, I saw a fold-out table with a water cooler on top and a dog dish on the bottom.

A local real estate office had set the water out for walkers and their dogs to entice them to take a business card and check out their listings in the area…. Thank goodness they did!  I took several big gulps and waved thank you through their glass doors without really being able to tell if anyone was there to see me.  Either way, I was very grateful.  I spent the rest of my run miserably wanting to be finished but I got through it safely.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Wake up EARLY for your runs especially during the warmer months.
  2. Even if you THINK its going to be over-cast, plan out some water stops on the way!
  3. I need to start wearing shorts for my runs because the capris I wear are WAY too hot.
  4. If I were a man, I’d totally go shirtless every time I ran.
  5. Real estate in that area is VERY expensive and I’ll have to change careers if I ever want a house on the beach because this education thing is awesome and everything but not lucrative enough to buy you property near the water.