Whether the weather is fine, or whether the weather is not;
whether the weather is cold, or whether the weather is hot;
we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not!
These pictures are from a 6:30 am run on Sunday morning. I was drenched in sweat when I finished and I had to peel the pack away from my body. I thought, goodness, I should wash this thing. I feel like you can almost see the heat in The Picture. I was hoping to do a longer run, but I settled for 4.6 because it was so hot. I know I’ve said this before but I think running in the extreme heat and humidity is harder on the human body than running in the cold. And according to Runner’s World I’m not too far off with that theory. In an article on Running in the Heat, “Every 5°F rise in temperature above 60°F can slow your pace by as much as 20 to 30 seconds per mile. ”
This week Kansas has been a scorching, sweltering, blazing hot, humid Jungle. On Monday, an excessive heat advisory was issued because the heat index was around 110. It was M-I-S-E-R-A-B-L-E. I feel like I keep looking at the weather waiting for the wind to change to bring some relief to these oppressive temperatures.
I didn’t run Monday or Tuesday, but then I did a short run Wednesday evening. I had done a gym workout and was going finish up with a quick run. It was 5:30 and the sun was still high in the sky. There were thunderstorms building to the east and the humidity was around 70%. Since I don’t have a smartphone or a GPS watch right now, I committed to 20 minutes. It took a significant effort. I walked twice for about 20-30 seconds each time. I think I ran about 2 miles, maybe 2.25. That was the max I could do. All I could think was How did I ever run in Florida??
I’m sorry because I feel like all I’ve done is complain about the heat all summer. I guess after living in Mississippi and Alabama for the last 3 years, I feel like I’ve had my fair share of warm weather. But since it is still only the middle of July, I guess I need to make my peace with the heat because I know there is at least a month and half before we see anything like fall temps. And no matter the weather I’ll keep running, I’ll just be slower and sweatier than if it was cooler.
How is it in the rest of the country? Is it hot at your house too?