I’ve been trying so hard. I almost fainted yesterday when running, after only about 4 miles. I think I had some sort of heat exhaustion… in 85F. Awesome. A group of us were running on the boardwalk, and I started to see my vision go blurry and I COULD NOT BREATH. I was seriously gasping for air. Thank you humidity.
The reason I’m sharing this is because I had coffee with a friend (actually a grande, extra hot 1/2 sweet white mocha. Thank you Starbucks!), and she told me she’s been having trouble running in this weather they call summer. Heat index of about 105F and 99% humidity (I made those numbers up, but it feels like whatever that is).
A bit of background on me: I grew up in Canada. A 90F day is celebrated by everyone taking off the day and going to the lake. Or bridge jumping. We act like we’re dying of heat. We have about 6 days of that per year.
Back to this weather they call summer in Virginia. And how to run in it? We’re thinking of restructuring our summer goals, and for me that means to scaling back to running about 2 miles every day, instead of running 3 or 4 miles every other day. That way I’m still staying fit (so I can still go to the beach) but I’m not experiencing heat exhaustion.
And when the weather drops to 65F, I will cry with joy and go on a 10 mile run.
How do you run in the summer (please don’t say treadmill!)? How do you survive the heat?