Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This Heat Will Be The Death Of Me

This morning I woke up, had a Larabar, put on my running clothes and headed outside only to find the sky looking like it does in the Harry Potter movies when a dementor attack is imminent.  I even felt a few raindrops on my arm.  I went right back inside expecting the sky to open up and pour at any second.  After I had taken off my running clothes and settled on the couch to do some work, I realized that I could, in fact, have done my run because no rain seemed to be forthcoming.  The weather is not my friend.

As a result of my morning run fail, I had to run 3 miles in the hot evening sun.  It was not fun, and I admittedly paused my Garmin a few times to catch my breath in the shade at the greenway.  A lot of running bloggers talk about how you run slower when it's hot.  It has something to do with your body using your blood supply to cool you down instead of using your blood supply to power your muscles.  I totally get what they're talking about now.  I keep trying to run at the same pace I was running when it was cooler and it doesn't work.  I end up taking breaks I shouldn't be taking on short runs which results in whiny blog posts that I know no one wants to read.  I need to just accept that my already slow pace is going to be slower in the hot weather and adjust my running accordingly.  Maybe if I do that I will be able to run longer distances without stopping.  If that doesn't work I'm going to look into the Jeff Galloway run-walk-run method. Since he builds walk breaks into his plan I wouldn't have to feel bad about taking breaks anymore.  It's something to think about I guess.  

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