It is officially summer in Washington, DC. As usual, we kind of skipped the whole spring thing. Less than two weeks ago, I was putting on a light jacket at night when it was time to walk the pup. The current “feels like” temperature is 98.
Yesterday morning I tried to beat the heat by heading out for my run at 9 am. I beat the heat but the humidity clubbed me over the head and dragged me at a slightly-faster-than-walking pace. It was like wearing a wet blanket.
I made it through about 3 miles and ended up walking the last mile home. Apparently, I can’t just wake up and go for a run in this kind of heat and humidity. I’m going to have to plan much better for fueling. I normally have really salty sweat but yesterday I sweat so much I felt like I ran out of sweat. I guess maybe I can try mixing some Gatorade with my water or eating a few Chomps or Stingers while I get ready. I definitely can’t go out on empty and just power through when I’m exerting so much extra energy to move through the heavier air. On the bright side, I was moving so slowly that my heart rate stayed super low. So… there’s one bright point!
How do you prepare to run in high heat or humidity? I’d love some suggestions of ways to feel less beat up by the summer weather.