Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How to run in warm & humid weather

Undoubtedly, Miami is the capital of the sun and of warm weather. It is a benchmark for beautiful people, boating, beaches and a place to have a good 'ol time.





When I think of Miami, these are the images that I picture in my mind:



While the weather may be conducive for these things, it is also a downfall for other activities such as, running. Today, I woke up bright and early only to find that the temperature looked like this: 


It was warm and terribly humid. I prepared myself accordingly by dressing like this: 


And I drank plenty of this before, during and after my run: 

I actually held the bottle in my hand for 6 miles and then I stashed it in the bushes in order to pick it up on the way back at mile 12. 

After 20 miles...


I was tired and slightly dehydrated. I immediately drank H20 and Gatorade G2 after the run to replenish the electrolytes of my body:


Lessons of the Day: 

  1. Acclimate to the warm weather by running as early in the day as possible. Try to get out there before 10:00 am. 
  2. When it's warm, you may need to monitor the duration and the intensity of the run. You may feel fatigued and extremely exhausted because of the heat and the humidity in the air. Try to take it easy and don't push too hard. 
  3. Hydrate before, during and after a run. I usually drink a liter of water before my runs. During a run, I'll either hold a bottle or wear a water belt. Then, after a run, I drink water continously by taking a water bottle wherever I go. I'll simply sip throughout the day. 
  4. Wear clothing that is light and that will allow your body to breathe. 


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