So this is how I felt during my run today:
I was on the road by 8:50 a.m., just 20 minutes past my target time. When I left, it was just over 60 degrees and 53% humidity. It was 70 degrees when I finished. I ran the first mile at a good-for me pace, and then the walk breaks began.
I was able to pick it up for the last half mile, but this was hard. I learned quite a few things on this run.
Tips For Humid Summer Running
- When running in the summer with any significant humidity (or high temps), I need to bring water with me, no matter how far I’m running. By mile 2 I was panting and would have killed for some water.
- All of the advice I’ve read in running magazines to throw pace goals out the window during hot/humid runs and run by feel is good advice. I need to follow it. I’m not training for a race right now, let alone a time goal, so my pace doesn’t matter.
- If I want to run somewhat comfortably in the summer, I need to get up early and get out there before the sun has gotten very high in the sky. Like … maybe before 6:00 a.m., even on the weekends. Today’s conditions were nothing compared to what I can expect for the hottest/most humid days in a Wisconsin summer.
Runners World has these and more great tips for running in humidity.
On The Bright Side…
For short distances, I can run a lot faster now than I can when I started my half marathon training. Even with significant walk breaks, I beat my average time since I started using Nike+.
Based on the Runner’s World advice, I’ll check the temp/humidity every morning before I run. If it’s less than 70 degrees and below 40% humidity, I’ll consider my pace an indicator of my current abilities. If it’s warner or more humid, I’ll just get out there with a goal to finish my daily mileage.
(Hey Meg, did you see I sort of copied you with my song-based blog title?)