Originally posted in September 2010, when I was still walk/jogging with Team in Training. I still am not a huge fan of running in the heat but I’ve since learned how to survive with less mental anguish.
The Heat Factor
I have a big issue with running in the heat. I’m not talking about 90 degree weather either. An unshaded 70 degrees can be very problematic for me. And it’s really just an attitude issue as I’ve been well instructed and am well practiced in the art of hydration and whatnot.
To illustrate what I mean, here are my feelings on two separate 6 mile runs that were one week apart:
Hot run: Bonelli Park, San Dimas, CA. 8/21/10.
Approx. start time:8 am.
Approx. temp at start:70 degrees.
Approx. finish time:9:20 am.
Approx. temp at finish:77 degrees.
These are other important factors I realize I should mention:
Shade: Varied with long stretches of treelessness.
My feelings during the run: I am so over this! Running is stupid. People are annoying. I don’t want to go any further. It’s so hot I’m taking my shirt off and rocking the sports bra and I don’t care what anyone says.
Cool Run: Dockweiler Beach, Playa Del Rey, CA. 8/28/10.
Approx. start time:9 am.
Approx. temp at start:63 degrees.
Approx. finish time:10:20 am.
Approx. temp at finish:63 degrees.
Shade: Overcast so it wasn’t an issue.
Terrain:Completely flat.It’s the beach.
My feelings during the run: I was born to run! I kick butt. I’m going to run 7 marathons next year, piece of cake! I should do this every day. I could keep going for miles. I could do a marathon right now!
You can compare and contrast for yourself the temperature & terrain differences between the two. The point is, the heat factor is a big one for me and my race attitude. I am considering altering my chosen races based on what the weather is likely to be that day.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can do about Phoenix & San Diego (the only two full marathons on the schedule). They’re the cheapest for us to do and the most conveniently spaced but unforgivingly hot. My two worst runs look to be my two longest. God help me. God help us all.