Thursday, May 30, 2013

Running in Humid Weather

Today's Workout:
6 mile run

Fun things I did today:
 
 
Ran in my Boston 2013 Marathon long sleeve shirt.
 
 
Got a manicure and pedicure. AhHhHh

 
Bought myself some carnations and daisies. I love love flowers!



Howdy friends! A fellow blog follower wrote me a message today inquiring about running in humid weather. As a native Floridian, I can tell you that running in humid weather is NEVER easy, especially when you add heat to the equation. The good news is, that your body can adapt to it and with savvy strategies, you can still get in a good workout.

Here are some tips to consider when you're running in humid weather:

1. Get acclimated. As the Spring weather subsides and Summer weather starts to kick in, gradually run outside so that you can introduce your body to the weather changes. For instance, if you've been running indoors due to the cold weather, begin to run outdoors every other day so that your body may acclimate to the humid and warm weather.

2. Lower the intensity and duration. On a day when the humidity is high, lower your intensity and run at a more moderate pace. You may consider shortening the distance of your workout to avoid pushing yourself too hard. If it's not an option to lower the intensity and duration, then opt to run indoors in a treadmill in order to avoid the humidity.

3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! The key is to avoid dehydration, so begin drinking water and sports drinks before your run.  During your run, drink about 8 oz. every 15 to 20 minutes. After your workout is finished, drink water until your pee is clear (that's always a good indicator!). For good rehydration tips visit Run Addicts.

4. Wear light clothing. Wear light clothing that allows your body to breathe so that your body may cool down.

Dri-fit tank top


5. Time of day. Opt to run when the humidity is at its lowest. Humidity levels tend to increase during mid-day and early afternoon, so try to get your run in the AM.



What are the worst weather conditions you have ever ran in?
 
 
 
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I'm grateful for the amazing manicure and
pedicure that I got today. Sanity restored!
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10 comments:

  1. thank you SO much for this!! It is going to be a huge help and definitely something I am going to pin for future reference!! I also just went out and bought a hand held water bottle to take on my runs after reading this :-) I think I was seriously lacking on my water intake.

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    1. I'm glad I could help you. Just take it easy the first few times you run. It'll take time to get used it, but before you know it, you'll be a pro at running in humid weather ;)

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  2. While training for the 2012 Philadelphia Marathon I had to take a half-day on a Friday to fit in my 20 miler due to a wedding that Saturday. At about mile 5, it begins to DOWNPOUR. I'm talking I had to stop under an overhang and put my electronics into plastic bags and put them in my Spi belt. It poured for a few miles and stopped, but by that point I was SO uncomfortable with all of my wet clothing. I finished, thankfully, but it was NOT pretty!

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    1. Ugh, running in a downpour could be such a pain! I tend to chafe when that happens so it's never fun =(

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  3. Thank you for this post Erika! Unfortunately, it already started to be very hot and humid here in NYC... I have no problems running outside in the winter-rain and snow do not scare me! But humidity does- a lot!I have to run intervals this evening and I'm already scared... I really don't know how you can handle that down in florida!

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    1. I think it's a matter of getting used to it. Just know that the weather may alter your performance. It's not you, it's the weather! ;)

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  4. The worst weather I've run in was during my second full marathon. It was raining sideways! The heavy wind and rain meant we just had to run through puddles and have our feet soaking wet for the whole race!

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    1. OoOoOo that does suck! I'm sure the drops of rain hurt your body when they fell huh?

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  5. Luckily, here in CA we don't really have humidity but we do have the HEAT! The most miserable conditions were blazing sun and heat, the worst we're CIM this past year when it was poring rain (and flooding) and a LOT of wind. I survived both though!

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    1. Patty you sound like a trooper! Way to go =)

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