Tuesday morning, I had planned to run 5 miles. It almost didn’t happen because:
A. I woke up later than I had planned
B. Before I went outside, I made the mistake of checking my emails and I got busy answering something that seemed urgent.
C. That combination meant I didn’t get out until the sun was way up and hot. Scary!
It scared me because I don’t like running in the sun but I knew I wouldn’t have the time to run in the evening because I’m teaching in the afternoon. So I pushed through.
I ran slow because I wanted the distance, not necessarily the time. I ran to Central Park and stopped at every water fountain I saw, to drink a gulp or splash some on my face and neck. After a run around the reservoir where I paused for selfies and to rest under the shade
At 3.7 miles, I felt like that was it. I started worrying that the weather was too warm and that maybe I was pushing myself too much. So I stopped the app and started walking. It was hot and I felt like maybe It was too much for me today and maybe I could run some more later. But after a couple minutes of walking, I realized that because I was about 2.5 miles away from home, it would take me a long time to walk home so I’d end up being outside for a lot longer without eating. That was enough motivation to get going again.
I restarted the app and chugged it out, and ran home. When I exited the park, I stayed on Frederick Douglass Blvd and made sure to run on the east side of the street so I was mostly in the shade of the buildings. So that worked out.
When I stopped at the corner, I bought myself a pack of M&Ms as a reward.
So my top tips for running in warm weather
1. Wear a hat or visor to keep the sun off your face
2. Running clothes made of wicking material will keep you more comfortable than cotton T-shirts
3. Drink water often. Plan your runs around a park with adequate water fountains or bring water with you.
4. Run in the shade – trees or in the shade from tall buildings.
5. Listen to your body and stop running if you start experiencing any of these symptoms:
Skin gets clammy and sweating ceases
Be safe out there. Running is great exercise but you always want to
Eat Right, Live Right and RUNWRIGHT!