It’s May in South Florida and summer is threatening to unleash its full vengeance. I longingly looked up temperatures in Fargo today. They have a huge marathon every year in May. Added that one to Google Calendar. Just a possibility. I like to keep my options open. It’s been hard to have to wait to go run once I get home. My resolve weakens, my hunger intensifies and I start thinking of reasons not to go. However, I will press on.
I make sure that my brain and calendar know that running is non-negotiable. It takes some time for my body to remember how to suffer like this.
Thought I’d share my top 3 strategies for beating the heat:
1. Plan out your evening carefully. Running around 6 puts my entire night time schedule behind. It means that when I get home from work, I put in some prep time on dinner so that maybe while I’m running the dinner can cook or at least make it easy to plop in when I get home. I plan everything out a week in advance.
2. When I come home, I change into running clothes even though I won’t be running for a couple of hours. Half the battle is getting into the sports bra. Once it’s on…your’re committed.
3. Drink lots of water but stop about 1 hour before running or you’ll slosh like a barrel of water. I keep one of those Tervis Tumblers on my desk at work. I continually refill it with a gallon from my refrigerator. It’s amazing how cold it keeps your water. I try to do three at work and 1 more at home. It’s amazing how much being hydrated improves my hot running. I don’t have those intense longings for water or spend most of my run dreaming about the ice water I’ll have when I get back.
Don’t let the heat be an excuse. Lots of people run in the winter on ice and snow. It’s my turn to show how tough I can be.