Somehow the weekend always ends up busier than the week. I have a three day weekend, since the daycare is closed today, but we have a full day of speech, errands, and swimming.
The weekend runs happened. Nothing too big this weekend or next. I had 16 Saturday and ran all kinds of paces, but none to be too proud of. Sunday I had a fantastic pre-dawn run with Pancake at Brushy Creek. We saw tons of deer and hummingbirds. It was a beautiful morning, and we had a nice 7 miler together. Then, headed home to Greek yogurt pancakes, and the Olympic marathon (Meb is just amazing…what a smart race he ran).
I’d like to talk about the heat though. So many running friends scale their miles back over the summer. I get it…it’s hot out there. My approach is to meet the heat head on. It’s a fact of life Texas running is brutally hot about 6 months of the year. That’s a long time to hate it. I much prefer a 60 degree morning, but you work with what you’ve got. Early morning running helps a ton when it comes to avoiding the heat, but you end up with 75-80 degrees, and the highest humidity of the day. You won’t find me out running in 101 degrees at 5pm, but I try to avoid dropping runs over the summer due to heat. I just slow down and don’t worry. It is depressing to see some of the times I produce, but the conditions are what they are. I take a few extra calories with me on the long run, and make sure I always have some kind of electrolyte drink and not just plain water. I know there is a lot in the running press right now that electrolyte drinks are not needed, but in my experiment of one, I KNOW I get headaches later in the day if I only drink plain water.
One reason I love a fall marathon is that it keeps me motivated all summer. 20 mile runs are a lot better on a 50 degree day than starting at 5 am and it’s already 80 degrees, but all the hard training works to your advantage later when it cools off. It’s pretty amazing the difference the temperature makes in effort. In another experiment of one, I translated my heat running into running at altitude. It pretty much put me right in the mix with Colorado natives, and I felt no effects of the altitude since it was only about 60 degrees.
All this rambling is just a plea to my fellow Texas runners not to let the summers get you down. I admit last summer with 110 degrees days and no end it sight was an exception…that was awful. But this summer is a typical summer: hot, humid, and the whole month of August is around 100. But…it’s mid August. We don’t have long. Hang in there, keep running, slow down and bit, and enjoy the fact we have fantastic running trails in the Austin area.
And…it’s a great excuse to enjoy lots of water!