If there were a water cooler it would be the hot topic; the heat. Every one's talking about it. I go to the store and the chit chat is not about the politics, not the weather, it's only about the heat. How hot it was yesterday. How hot it is today. That it hasn't been this hot since... You get the idea.
They are right. It's hot. It gets hot early and it stays hot until late. Since our treadmill adventure turned out to be a bust via Freecycle and no decision made about the options at Play It Again Sports, I am sans running options. It's outside all the time everyday or night.
Like many of you I am not at the mercy of the weather and elements. While I know that I will get somewhat "used" to the higher temps here in Virginia, I know that I will rarely be able to simply walk out the door and run for an hour like I do in PA. Now running takes a little more planning. And sunscreen. And hydration options. And cell phones. And usually jogging strollers. Okay that last one isn't exactly new but pushing it in 100 degree weather is.
Now I remember those new things before heading out the door.
How long will I be out? If anything happens will I have enough fluids?
Suncreen? Even if I'm on the trails.
Cellphone? If anything happens I can call for a ride back.
Leave a note? Or Tell someone where I'll be.
Listen to my body? Know when enough is enough on those really tough days.
I could join the whiners and simply say it's just too hot. Instead I have been looking at my run as if it were race day. I've shown up and ran on race day in all kinds of weather! Of course several times it did cross my mind to not race but I always toed the line. That is my strategy with my daily running now; it's race day. Just do it!
Do you have summer weather running tips?
Stay safe while you are staying active.