The heat and humidity are more of a challenge than I thought it would be. Check out the bad photo of the condensation on the door this morning – you know it’s sticky out when you’ve got condensation dripping from the door. Today I was scheduled for a tempo run – 1 warm up mile, 6 miles at 6:50, then 1 cool down mile. Well, 0.2 miles into the 6 mile tempo part, I knew there would be nothing good coming out of it and that 6:50 was unattainable for me. Here’s why, at 5:53 AM it was 73.0 °F, the dew point was 71.1 °F and the humidity was 93% with calm winds.
I’ve had my eyes open for what heat does to you when you run – here are a few links:
- From competitor.com – Running Hot: Part 1 – good article on what happens to your body
- From competitor.com – Ask The Experts: Should I Adjust For Heat & Humidity? – advice to slow down
- From active.com – Summer Runs: How to Acclimate to the Heat – good info on what to expect as far as how much slower your times will be
- From everymantri.com – How to stay cool when the racing gets hot. – Some ways, kind of unpractical, to get used to the heat.
Here’s the coolest link I found – WeatherUnderground – historical weather data for basically anywhere. Here’s what the weather was like last year from 7/5/09 – 10/3/09 – note how the averages drop off!
Here’s my stats of me falling apart this morning: