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Hot Weather Empowers Me.

Monday, July 22, 2013

It occurred to me that there is a lot of grumbling going on about the hot weather in the United States. We've even gotten several phone calls from family members in the north, with comments about how it's hotter up there than down here in Florida, where DW and I reside. "Oh, Vic, we were thinking about coming down there to cool off". Yuk, yuk.

We do get a lot of family visitors here in the winter. They come down to get warm, sleep in our freeloader suite and sponge off me and my overly generous DW. Apparently the northerners don't enjoy cold weather either.

I go with the flow. If it's raining, I train. Hot, cold whatever. My philosophy is: If I'm going to be a runner, it does me no good to be a fair weather runner. Running in adverse conditions just makes me stronger, and builds endurance. I mean, isn't that the point of hill runs and speed runs?

I realized this the very first time I did a long run in the hot weather. It was in the mid 90s and humid. I got real tired, had to slow down a lot. And there's not much room to slow down at my pace. Ironically, I felt both weak and strong simultaneously. Strong because I was doing something that few people do. I resolved to not complain about the heat, but "just do it". I don't believe I was 100% successful in not complaining, but if I caught myself thinking that way, I'd immediately reel in the bad thoughts. Besides, I knew I could cheat a little by starting earlier next long run, and lose a few degrees.

Perhaps the grumbling is just a form of small talk,"Hot enough for ya?", and not really complaining. Fine. It's just not something I am comfortable with. So, go ahead and bellyache about how hot it is. I'm going for a run.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.



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GREGGWEISBROD 7/30/2013 1:06PM

    While I was out of town recently, running at local YMCA's in the area I was staying, we had a heat wave that flooded into the YMCA's. Air conditioners were on the fritz, and I ran as best I could, but it's bloody awful in the thick humidity. My whole body simply wanted to slump into a pile on the floor. I pushed as best I could, but ultimately the runs weren't anywhere as good as I had been having, or have had since. So yeah, I too feel like I want my body to respond to all conditions, but heat may very well be my kryptonite. :-D

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/30/2013 12:04PM

    Personally, I love the heat. Just like you I just adjust my pace as needed and maybe carry some extra water. But I admit to being a fair weather runner. I don't like rain and I really don't like cold although I can suit up enough to stay warm so I did run this past winter. But I won't run in the snow, too dangerous for me. Being a natural born klutz I can guarantee that I will slip and fall and injure and / or break something.

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DARLY55 7/30/2013 6:43AM

    You have a great attitude! Weather is everywhere, we all have it, it is what it is, no sense bellyaching about it! Kudos to you for your dedication to yourself and your stamina and strength! I'm impressed!

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PMRUNNER 7/30/2013 6:03AM

    Some people just like to complain! You may have to adjust your run to the conditions, unless you run in a climate controlled room on a dreadmill, but that is a whole other kettle of fish. Training in a wide range of conditions makes you stronger and makes you less apt to get thrown off on race day when the weather isn't ideal.

I think training in the heat or cold can really help with some of the mental obstacles we put up. If we let our mind say it's too hot for me to run today, then it will be.

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/30/2013 4:11AM

    Awesome spirit! I agree, I deal with it and just tell myself "they won't cancel the race for this weather, so I don't cancel my run". That being said, I got totally soaked twice from rain in the past month. But I'm either soaked in rain or soaked in sweat. The heat and humidity here in PA has been bad this month but oh is it beautiful right now. Monday morning run was 68 and sunny with not much humidity.
I do believe that running in the adverse conditions makes us better runners.
Run on!

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BIGPAWSUP 7/27/2013 3:35PM

    I'm glad you are doing so well! Congrats on being so consistent with your running. You are BEYOND inspirational!

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TIME-4-TINA 7/24/2013 12:11PM

    When my parents or brother call me from Florida all they want to talk about it the weather. Really? Weather is weather. It happens everyday. I speak to my mother once a week. I really don't want to spend 20 minutes talking about how cold it is here and how hot it is there. It is literally the first question she asks me when I call. I mean, don't we have better things to talk about? Like, ME, for example!! ha ha.

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LANNIEMANUEL 7/24/2013 7:44AM

    i say keep on running.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/23/2013 7:42AM

    Yep! I hate to admit it around runners who grumble, but I welcome the heat. I may go a little slower at times, but I go... I soak it in. I am alive on the planet. Cold weather? Not so much... but I've run in snow when I had a reason to get out there!

If you're a runner, you run... you prepare for the conditions, and you get out there. emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/23/2013 7:33AM

    OK, OK, I hear ya. I'm heading outside regardless of what the thermometer says. I'm not even going to check the humidity. It's never good in VA in July.

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SEABREEZE64 7/22/2013 4:03PM

    Love it!

I've taken a bit of "pride" knowing I run in the summer in FL......
Well, except for today....I grumbled and shortened my run. So, lesson is..... pride cometh before one shortens one's run.

LOL

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/22/2013 1:04PM

    Agreed - also there is the difference between dry heat and wet heat...guess what 100 degrees is HOT no matter what type of heat it is.


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MEMEQ2 7/22/2013 12:56PM

    As a northerner I agree, too much complaining about the heat. I've been known to go outside and do some rigorous gardening when it is in the 90's. I just remind them that it only lasts for a few weeks so enjoy it while it is here. We just need to make the best of it and go swimming!

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JACKIE542 7/22/2013 12:18PM

    I am slower, but I try my best to keep moving. glad you get out there anyway!! emoticon

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DALID414 7/22/2013 11:53AM

    The heat and humidity are definitely energy zappers, but I'd rather be sweaty from working out, than from just sitting around!

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QUAIL75 7/22/2013 10:53AM

    Ha, ha, I live in the North East and yes, we've all been complaining about how hot it's been! I think it is partly small talk because we also talk excessively about how cold it is, how much it's been raining....

In regards to running, I've brought my running back to the treadmill, which I don't like but I just can't run outside when it's 90 degrees.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/22/2013 10:51AM

    Yes, I run even if it's in the high 90s. Of course run is a relative term. I could probably walk faster than those runs. The pace is laughable, but it does make me feel strong.
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NATPLUMMER 7/22/2013 10:39AM

    Great job!!

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KIMPY225 7/22/2013 10:15AM

    I try to make the best of every day! The heat definitely makes it harder to get around outside though

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ONMYMEDS 7/22/2013 9:38AM

    Well said. I have NEVER understood why people can complain so much about the weather. Perhaps I'm just thankful for every day that I'm alive to enjoy the day, whatever the weather conditions might be. Are some days better for running than others? Of course. But I look on the "bad" days as a challenge, not as adversity, and make the needed adjustments to enjoy the run.

Just one more thing where we seem to be in agreement.

"Freeloader suite". I love that!!

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KANDOLAKER 7/22/2013 9:22AM

    You have such a great attitude and philosophy! Can't control the weather, so yes, we might as well do what we can!

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SPEEDYDOG 7/22/2013 9:21AM

    Hi Buddy,

I live in one of the colder regions of the country, namely the Colorado Rocky mountains. I also live a 8,400 feet of elevation. Every run or bike ride includes really steep hills. The lack of air pressure means that blood oxygen level is pretty low.

However, the most brutal run I ever did was in Atlanta, Georgia. The weather was 97 degrees and 97% humidity. I thought I could rock this run because of the abundance of oxygen.

After five minutes of running I was bathed in sweat! Worse, the heat and humidity made me feel like I was breathing fire!

I did not run well. It sucked hugely! My friends from Atlanta thought I was nuts. I guess nobody runs at 5:00PM in August in Atlanta.

If you can run in the heat you are a batter man than me!

Bruce

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