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.