Running in heat – and other musings

Summer…

Actually heat.

I remember last year.  When the heat got above 65 – 70 degrees, I was shot.  I had the hardest time adapting.  My pace dropped about a minute or more per mile.  I would get so frustrated and down.  The hotter it got, the slower I got.

I then found out that running in the heat is similar to running at a high altitude.  I learned to start slowly to allow my body to get used to the heat and then try picking up my pace.  I used my app to tell me my pace, not so I could make sure I was going fast enough, but to make sure I was going slow enough.  If I started to fast, I would hit a wall in a dramatic fashion and just have to stop.

Yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far for me.  It was above 80 degrees and sunny.

I did not start slow enough yesterday.  I ran well until about mile 3 and then had to walk a bit.  Fortunately I was able to recover pretty quickly and it didn’t affect me much.  I still ended my run with an 8:12 mile and an overall pace of 8:43.  Not bad for an old man.

I learned from last year that as the heat and humidity go up, I need to not only be careful to not over do it physically, but I need to drink more water (I drink about 96 oz in the winter and 120+ oz in the summer).

I am really interested in how apple cider vinegar (ACV) will help my summer runs.  I still feel it working for me, even an month after starting to take it.  I tried everything in the past from chia seeds, to a bagel, to energy supplements and have never felt they affected my running at all after a few weeks.  Taking 2 tbs of ACV in the morning with water (before I eat anything) and then 2 tbs in the afternoon before my run has made me feel so much better and stronger.  One day I would like to do a study on what helps most, running up a mountain road every week or ACV.  I honestly think the ACV has had a larger impact on my running since I ran the mountain about 5 times and didn’t notice a huge difference until after starting the ACV.  I also wonder if I was just missing something in my body that ACV fills.  Honestly, for me to run 5 miles in the heat and the last mile at 8:12 pace is nothing other than a miracle.  Even my hip is better – not perfect, but much better.

So that is about it for today.  My musings.

Oh, one more thing…

When I started my run yesterday I could feel that my legs were still affected from my 11 mile mountain run on Saturday.  They didn’t hurt, but had a good feeling of fatigue.  I can’t explain it, but they are getting so much stronger then ever before that I know one day, they will take me to Boston.

Keep running.

Tom

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6 thoughts on “Running in heat – and other musings

  1. Nice run on the first “hot” day of the year 🙂

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can check it out on my most recent blog post 🙂

  2. I am going to have to look into the ACV. I have been meaning to actually. This is a great post. Slowing down does make a huge difference. I remember when I was just starting to get back into running and had my first “hot” day and I couldn’t understand why my body was failing me.

    • I agree. I know 80 degrees isn’t hot, but it is when you are used to 60 degrees. A 20 degree difference is huge as you get above 60 degrees. Anyway, thank you. Remember to get unfiltered or organic ACV. Orange juice is a good chaser I’ve found out.

  3. My heavens I remember your posts about running in the heat last year, you are a rock star! Things are supposed to warm up this weekend, low 80’s, but thankfully the evenings will be much cooler. 🙂

    • I hoped that this post might help others who haven’t hit the warm weather yet. I was such a complainer last year during the summer LOL. Hopefully I’ll do better this year. Good luck with your summer running!!!

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