Ok, maybe running doesn’t suck. Running in Virginia in the summer sucks. Yeah, that’s more accurate.
After a June of lots of rain and lower than average temps, suddenly summer has arrived in Virginia. Highs in the high 80s, low 90s. Humidity at 80-90%. Dew Points higher than 70*.
It’s like running in soup.
I don’t run well in soup. I have difficulty breathing. I can’t cool down. My heart rate sky rockets. (And, yes, all of this is normal, according to Runners World).
So, how am I surviving it? (My usual answer would be the treadmill, but mine needs repair. Boo.)
- Running slower – I’ve been leaving Garmin at home so I don’t feel bad about how slow I am.
- Running shorter – 30-45 minutes is max these days
- Taking walk breaks – I pretty much have to with the hills around my house
- Running earlier – I ran at 11:00am on Saturday. It was a feels like of 96* with a high dewpoint. I plan to avoid doing that again.
- Carrying nuun, even on short runs – yes, even on a 30 minute run.
- Not running – I admit this is often the answer for me. I’ve been focusing on cross training with weights and workouts on the stationary bike. Running will still be there when the humidity goes down.
This weather is nothing new. It happens every summer. I don’t have to like it, but I have learned to live with it.