It’s been hot. Hawt hot. My next race is July 15th on my turf. Very excited about this one, but of course, I need to get my butt in gear because I haven’t been squeezing in the runs lately. Mostly because running in the heat is just so unappealing to me. I could do it every once in a while (like on race day), but I think I would find it really difficult to make a conscious effort to get my run on when the temperature hits stupidly hot.
A friend of mine gave me her kid’s old jogging stroller. It’s in perfect condition and is really light weight. I was so excited to take LP out for a run and actually be able to run with the Husband at the same time. Of course, the second the stroller was passed down to us, the temperature decided to stay in the 90’s. Fun stuff.
I thought running after LP ate dinner and before his bath time would be a nice time to squeeze in a run with the boys during the week. Not so much. It was still in the 80’s around 6:30 PM, the sun was setting in my eyes, and I was trying to get used to the jogging stroller. All this equated to a craptastic run. I think I was just unprepared for running in nasty, humid weather.
Fast forward to Saturday morning’s run. We decided to get in a run before the sun started to blaze. It worked out pretty well, except that neither of us are used to running in the heat. It was 80 degrees and mostly shady but the minute we were out of the shade, running in the sun really made me feel awful, but we did it! There was going to be a Sunday morning run but it was 85 degrees at like 9 AM so I was like “Um, no “. The husband didn’t put much of a fight on that one, either.
I bring up all this running in the heat stuff because I think I spent most of the weekend marveling at – no. Marveling isn’t the right word. Floored. Yes, I’ll go with floored. As I was riding to and from in my air conditioned car this weekend, I was floored by how many people were running in the heat of the day! Most without any water with them, some in sweat pants (!!!SWEATPANTSSSSSSS!!), some without a hat or a visor to shield them from the glaring sun. I was s-h-o-c-k-e-d. Really, people? First, I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the NEED to run while it is STIFLING hot. How do you breath when the air quality is crap! I really want to know. I’m not judging or anything, but I am just so damn curious behind this rationale.
Is it because you are training for a race and NEED to get in a certain amount of miles?
Just have to run?
Is it the challenge?
Is it because the heat just doesn’t bother you? Are you used to it?
How hot is too hot?
I get that most runners don’t want to halt their passion just because a little heat wave is rolling through, but I wonder if they ever consider an alternative. Like running on a treadmill inside? Or maybe swimming? Or maybe running at dawn or at dusk? Or maybe reading a book on a hammock (sign me up!). I was really concerned that some of these runners were just going to drop dead or pass out! I know the concept of running in hot weather isn’t new, but I guess since I’ve been running since October, I’m noticing it more this summer. I feel like for me, there is no need to push myself like that. I want to enjoy running and running in hot weather is just not my cup of tea. I rather exercise good judgment. I more or less know what I can handle, and I don’t think I could handle running in the heat of the day like so many of these runners were doing. I guess if their bodies can handle it, more power to them.
Yes, I know this sounds like a whiny little rant, but I really am intrigued.