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Go away summer, we’re not friends

SUN_2I’ve never really been a big fan of summer. I like a lot of the things that happen in summer, but I don’t handle the heat and humidity well. Never have, probably never will. I sweat a lot and I sweat easily. I get gross on the fast.

A perfect warm weather day for me is something like 70° and like 20% humidity, anything more than that I’m rather miserable to be around. And when it comes to running, I rarely enjoy temperatures over 60°—my favorite running temperature is 42°. If forced to make a choice, I’d always choose extreme cold to extreme heat.

As much as I hate the heat, I typically don’t have a terrible time adjusting to the warmer weather as a runner; a couple weeks and I’m good to go. I’m miserable, but my running is okay. Unfortunately, this year has been completely out of whack and I’m really struggling. We haven’t even hit the hot stuff yet and I’ve already spent the last month dying on my runs. I’ve needed walk breaks, I’ve cut my mileage, I’ve struggled to breathe, I’ve basically wanted to die.

The weather has taken a serious toll on my running and thrown me into a rut I’m struggling to get out of. I’m used to marathon training in the summer since I typically run fall marathons, but I just can’t get out of this rut. I feel exhausted all the time and like I’m working with half a lung instead of the two that I’m fairly certain I’ve got in there. Thankfully, hydration is rarely an issue for me.

I need to get out of this rut now though. I’ve got 13.5 weeks until the Erie Marathon and I’ve got a lot of work to do. Right now, I’m not even getting all my scheduled miles in and I’m running about 45 sec/mile slower than I need to be. I need to get it together.

How are you adjusting to the warmer weather?

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  1. I just wrote about this today too. I actually would prefer to train in the winter versus summer. Summer weather is just so hot and sticky…it’s really not for me at all. I do a lot of loops on my runs so I’m able to stop for water, etc.

  2. I hate running during the summer, I don’t do heat to well. The one good thing at the moment is that its light at 5am here at the moment so if I’m up I can get out and do an early morning training run, something I did yesterday morning and will probably carry on doing over the course of the summer.

  3. The best part of summer running is that by the time it becomes fall, you’re suddenly stronger than ever after fighting through the heat and humidity – right in time for the marathon!

  4. While summer running can be difficult, all I do is think about the many layers I had to wear in January/February and I was still cold and it makes it not so bad. So I’ll take summer running over winter running any day regardless of how slow I have to go. Usually it’s an early morning (6:30-7:30AM) or later evening (7:30-8:30PM) and I drink lots and lots (3 to 4 Dasani bottles full) of water all day long.

  5. Your year mark on HRT was in the beginning of April, right? Is it possible your difficulties this year can be attributed to the hormonal changes? I’m just now three months in, and have definitely been far more sensitive to heat than ever before. (I know you were at the two month mark at this time and that there was plenty more summer you had to get through last year, but were you training with the same intensity?) I was lucky here yesterday, and had seventy degree weather. I ran my first decent run since my slump began.

    Keep at it, lady, weather can’t hold you back for long!

    • It could totally be HRT. I keep discounting that because I was on them last summer too, but you’re right that I wasn’t on them that long last year. I was definitely trying to push the same intensity last year though.

  6. Summer running is craptacular, but I’m planning to try to slog through it as best as I can. I always run a half mid-Sept and I think I’d do better if I started training earlier in the summer. So… that’s my plan. I’d love to meet for a run if you need friend motivation to help! I can’t say I’d keep up but I could try! 😀

    • Yes! I’d really love to meet up and run together!! Let’s make this happen!

  7. I’ve spent my whole life below the Mason-Dixon line, so I don’t know much else. However, I broke down and bought a Nathan handheld water bottle. I fill it about halfway with water then lay it on its side in the freezer. When it’s time to run, I fill it up with water, and it stays cold for about 25min in the NOLA heat. That might be helpful, but at the end of the day, running in the heat is just a special kind of hell.

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