Summer Running: Not Having A Blast

So this is how I felt during my run today:

June 15 Run Photo

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.

June 15 Pace Chart

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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+.

June 15 SplitsI used to be excited to run a 14:41 mile. Now, I can clock that even while walking a decent portion of it.

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?)

4 thoughts on “Summer Running: Not Having A Blast

  1. Hey, thanks for the link! I’ve been having a really hard time adjusting to the heat/humidity this summer. It sound like you still have a decent run, especially with the adjustment for the heat.

    It’s great when you realize that your slow pace is faster than your fast pace used to be, isn’t it?

  2. Haha yes! I noticed that! Awesome! I’m not going to lie, I enjoy coming up with titles.

    Summer running….sigh. Remember when we thought winter running was tough? I figure if we can survive summer running then if I ever want to do a Run Disney race I will be prepared for it.

  3. i always check dew point, which i believe is slightly different than humidity and an even more accurate indicator of how easy/hard it is to run. looks like a hot one out there! go you for tackling the heat and humidity 🙂

    1. I’m thinking about downloading the AccuWeather app on my phone so I can see their “Real Feel” temperature. And also thinking of getting a treadmill for the basement 🙂

Comments are closed.