Last year about this time I swore I would never train for another fall marathon again. I let the heat beat (and discourage) me. This year, I"m not letting the high temperatures stop me!
Run as early as possible. I tried late as possible but that became more and more difficult as temps continued to fall in the high 90s at 9:00 p.m. I don't like running by myself in the dark so I figured out I am most comfortable and in my mind most safe beginning at 5:45 a.m.. Wear my Fuel Belt. Even on short runs. Have water on hand no matter what the distance is. Drink often. Not just when I feel like I need to. Take the community pool key. My morning routes are planned around having the option to swing by the pool to refill water bottles. Run through sprinklers. There are a lot of sprinklers on early in the morning! This is not only cooling it's fun and good for a laugh at yourself.
Remember to alter my expectation of pace. Jeff Galloway suggests adding 30 seconds per mile slower for each 5 degrees of temperature increase above 60°F. This same logic would apply to humidity. Plan a short run with the option to go longer if I can and want to. This morning I started with the plan of 5 miles. I felt good and it still wasn't too hot so I ended up running 8.
Yes. It was hot. I was slow. It was humid. But, my attitude about summer training runs is...I'm not letting the heat stop (or discourage) me!
You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand. ~Martine Costello
See you tomorrow for Fitness Friday!
Question: If you follow a running/training schedule do you make up missed miles?