Yesterday I almost published a post titled „Beaten By The Heat”, where I’d complain about the heat and how it keeps me from exercising. Today I’m glad I was too busy last night and didn’t post it. I really don’t like being negative on my blog.
We’ve had an insane heat wave for almost a week now. Temperatures have been around 85 – 93 °F (29 – 34 °C) – feels like 105 °F (40 °C) – during the day, and up to 75 °F (24 °C) at night. Ok, some people might laugh at me right now, but you should know that most buildings don’t have an AC. My office has one (hallelujah!), but my car, my apartment, and my gym don’t! Why? Because we normally don’t need them, but these temperatures are far from normal for this area! So exercising, especially running, has been a challenge lately, and I have to admit, that I skipped a lot of planned workouts.
But not today! This morning I decided to face the heat, so I took an early lunch break at 10 am and went to the nearby riverside trail. Shade, yeah! And I carried some water with me today, that’s a first. Well, it was still awfully hot. After 3 miles things got really tough and I had to walk a few times, but I finished my run.
- Distance: 5.0 miles (8,0 km)
- Time: 1:01:00 minutes
- Average pace: 12:11 min/mile
- Feeling: Sweaty and proud
Goodness, that was the slowest run in ages! But I’ve realized that this is not the time to set new personal records. Instead I’ll focus on maintaining my current fitness level, and save the challenging training plans for cooler days.
How do you handle the summer heat?