Thanks everyone! The hard part with running early in the morning is at 6 am it's 100% humidity...i think we have a bit of a break coming so i'm goign to enjoy those outside runs with less humidity and go to the gym and do the treadmill (eventhough I am not a big treadmill fan) I appreciate all the support!
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I myself adjusted from walking to and from work in the stuff every day. It's definitely harder to run in that weather...but by no means a dealbreaker. I compare it to a hill run or something...
It takes about two weeks for your body to acclimate to the heat and humidity. After that, it gets much easier.
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I agree with Zorbs and Papamike, go out early or late, slow down and just do what you can. Once the humidity goes down, you'll naturally find yourself running easier and faster, so that's something to look forward to!
I am currently taking some time off of running due to some injuries..but yes this has been an ongoing issue. Even when I wake up early to run, the humidity has been high even early here in NJ. My doctor told me either late in the evening or early morning but some days it's too much for me. I have some issues with breathing sometimes. I shortened my runs too..which has helped.
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I agree with ZORBS13 run early, or slow your pace. That said, I have run my normal time which is late night or early morning, and it has been tough the last few days. I have shortened my stride (slowed my pace) and just done the best I could, and that is all we can ask of ourselves.
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I totally understand. I live in Alabama and we have been dealing with this Dixie weather worse than any summer since I remember moving here. Not only is the humidity at a minimum of 50% every day, but the last 66 days straight we have gotten over 90 degrees. Our heat indexes are into the 110*F range. It is just simply miserable, and it has nothing to do with you not being able to run, it's just how things are. We don't even have 5k races around here until late September.
My tricks are: Running early (as early as possible) hopefully before it gets up past 80 degrees if it even gets that cool at night. That can be as much as 3 hours earlier, but it's amazing what you can get done in the morning so you have fewer things to do before bed (yep, you MUST go to bed earlier!). Walking when necessary, or slowing down to an almost non-existent jogging pace. Set out water bottles along my route. Run with my dog and pay attention to how he is acting. Sometimes I don't notice how much I'm pushing my limits until he says it's time to slow it down or take a break. He's much smarter than me. Mix it up. I am no longer running outside 5-6 days a week. This morning we went to the university's basketball coliseum and ran stadiums, did some strength work, and ran laps. 5 laps around the big part = 1 mile, which is boring, but it is not as miserable as being outside out of the AC at the same hour. Yesterday I swam. Saturday I am going trail running, which is much cooler even though it's only 10 minutes from my house, something about the trees keeping constant shape does it for me. I will also spend some non-run days rollerblading, which works different muscles and allows you to cool off in the breeze. Take off any cotton clothing, which clings with sweat and humidity, making you feel hotter. Think about how nice it will be to run in nice, cool weather in the fall.
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It's the humidity. You can try running earlier in the day, or go on the treadmill..or slow your pace and lower your expectations.
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I have chronic health issues that keep me from even walking in hot humid weather. smog keeps me in too so I put the air conditioning and dancing to Michael Jackson in my basement. Otherwise I have the option to walk at the mall.
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For me running in high humidity is like running with a plastic bag over my head, I just can't breathe.
I posted for help with the heavy legs. I know how discouraging it can be because I'm battling that one myself. The good news is that summer doesn't last forever!! You can run it's just accepting that in the summer it's going to be slow going. Don't give up though!!
I try to run first thing in the morning or later in the evening. I stay hydrated during the day also. I feel like i'm running through a brick wall and my legs can't keep up! It's really getting me down and since i've only been running for a couple of months I am getting pretty down on myself and thinking that maybe I can't run...
Are you making sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after? Are you trying to run really early or much later on in the day? Running in humidity is extremely hard because you feel like you can't breathe deeply enough. I really have to pace myself in order to have the breath control that I need. It's tough!!
Anyone else have an issue with this? My last two runs have felt horrible. They were both short distance (2 and 3 miles) and i felt like I couldn't finish them. Is this the humidity or just me being a baby?
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