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Welcome back Kimi!
The summer heat is similar where I am - I'm just starting out and am exclusively using the treadmill. My dad, a seasoned runner, is doing the same even though he runs very early.
When it cools down just a bit (that is, early morning temps below 85) he'll head back outside and I just might try it myself. If it's cool enough in the mornings/evenings you might try changing when you run.
Next goal: 156 lb (BMI 32) by 12/31/12. Start the new year at my wedding weight!
The bike is a great cross-training tool for runners. I was reading "Runners World" magazine yesterday, and thought of you when they did their poll called:
Forecast: 90+ degrees. What do you do?
75% ran early in the morning or late at night
15% ran anyway
7% hit the treadmill
2% cross train
1% took a rest day
The 2% cross trainers really surprised me. I thought that number would be higher.
I don't have a treadmill, but I do have a stationary bicycle. When I can't get up early to avoid the heat of the day, I use it as a cross-training day and do a challenge hill workout. I think I read (or was told) that you can substitute 10 minutes on a bike for every mile you would jog/run in an outdoor workout. So if I'm due for a 5 mile workout, I substitute a 50 minute bike workout - gets the cardio working good!
Teri - Lexington, KY
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
Hi Kim, and welcome to the Rookie Runners!
A great tip to get your run in during the hot summer months, is to get up early and just get it done. Otherwise, in those types of temperatures, you will need to move your runs indoors onto a treadmill. Another option is to do water jogging.
Good luck, and come join us on our main thread.
Hi fellow Rookie Runners. I'm Kim and I've been here at SP since 1/3/11; however, I have just begun all over again. I eliminated all of my previous goals, as well as anything I've tracked, and set new goals for myself. I feel really good about it and am completely motivated about reaching my new goals. It's pretty hot where I live - right now it's about 106* & it's only going to get hotter. It's not uncommon for it to hit 110* - 114* - and I am not able to run in those temps. If there are any other suggestions I would readily welcome them. Thanks.
Kimberlynn from California
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