I know these people exist. I follow some on Twitter. I even know a few in person.
They run better in the heat. And/or, they enjoy running more in the heat. Riiiiight.
Here are my theories:
- These people naturally have lower internal temperatures than I do, and they don’t need to sweat as much to maintain said temperatures.
- These people have learned to photosynthesize, so they generate more energy the sunnier it is.
- These people aren’t actually people, but reptiles (cold-blooded!) in convincing-but-lightweight human suits.
No matter why they are the way they are, I’m jealous of these weirdos.
When it’s in the high 80s or hotter and humid, I finish runs caked in salt and drenched in sweat. I learned over the weekend that I need to start wearing dark shorts or skirts so I don’t appear to have wet myself. Exhibit A:
And, I no longer live in a place with central air. I never had it until a few years ago, but my last two apartments spoiled me. We have a unit in our room, which makes getting out of bed — and into the swampy hallway — tough. I have trouble convincing myself that a run outside is a good idea when a walk 15 feet to the bathroom leaves me glistening.
I’ve also had some issues with long runs, in that I need to drink hot coffee beforehand in order to, um, run my lightest, but hot coffee is, you know, hot.
Whine whine whine complain.
I know I’ll pine for these long, sunny days when the winter shows up again. So, future self: Take a look at that photo and remember that summer has its downsides, too.
I need to pull out all the stops to get my training back on track this summer: Rinse off with cool water before putting on my running clothes. Bring water (that’s been in the fridge) on every run. And, find some way to drag myself out of bed (and the air conditioning) before the heat starts to get really crazy.
Anyone have any surviving-heat-and-humidity tips? Please, share.