Satan Called. He wants his weather back!

Man oh man.  I hate to complain, so I won’t.  I really don’t mind the heat, its the humidity that sucks balls.  Stanky, sweaty balls.  It’s not really fair when you can’t tell if you’ve dried yourself off enough after a shower, or if you’re already sweating again.  Ok, so I kinda complained some.  

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I have finally figured out just how draining humidity can be.  I just don’t feel like dealing with it, especially on a run.  It’s harder for me to psych myself up for a long run, when I know the minute I step out the door I am going to start sweating before I even start my Garmin.  

But run I must.  I can get through it, I know I can.  Trying to get myself pumped for three four mile hill loops tallying the magical 12 miles I am looking for today.  The temperature is 86, the humidity is 90%.  I’ve got two bottles of Gatorade at the ready, and will be lubing up with Body Glide before I get my shoes on.

The dog days of Summer have arrived.  Just in time for the height of my Fall marathon training.  Trying to find a happy place about it.  It’s just hard to run when you feel like you’re wading in a swamp.

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How do you deal with heat and humidity during your runs?  Any special tips or tricks to help beat the heat?  Please share.

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19 thoughts on “Satan Called. He wants his weather back!

  1. It is draining! I did an 8 mile long run today (I’m only up to 25 miles per week bc I was injured and out for 7 weeks, this is my 4th week back). Back when it was cooler, I was running 6-7 miles as a daily run int the mornings, at a faster pace, and was fine for the rest of the day. Today, I ran 9 min/mile pace and was exhausted when I got home! The heat just wipes me out for the rest of the day.

    I think drinking a post-workout smoothie afterwards helps me, or a recovery drink. Basically rehydrating ASAP and taking a little nap. But I was so wet with sweat post-run today… I was drenched… I think I’ve gotten out of a pool drier than my run today.

  2. My strategy of coping with the heat wave it is very simple. It implies hydrating pre run and post run. Post run I get some salt on the back of my hand like I would have a tequila shot but without the tequila. That is to help my body replacing the minerals. The other “strategy” it´s a sentence I learned from a canadian friend while working in the heat in Mozambique. He would always tell me when I would start complaining : ” Suck it up Buttercup ! ” By the way, very inspiring title!

    • Suck it up Buttercup is a phase I’ve heard many times. Not really something I want to hear prior to running in the 90 degree heat, but makes sense regardless.

      • Me neither. however I think besides the hydration and wearing a hat and light colours, maybe using some sunscreen, the rest is mental. that is what I meant with ” suck it up buttercup”. I think another way of beating the heat is gradual exposure.

  3. No advice but I feel you with the humidity! I wore my new compression sleeves for the first time last night and had to peel them off of me. Gross! Every week I say I’m going to start waking up early to beat the heat… but it prob won’t make that much of a difference and I’m not a morning person! I now regret complaining about it being too cold. #ncproblems

    • Beating the heat in the morning is even very difficult. Tomorrow morning may be nice. Think I am using today as a rest day, and get out tomorrow morning. Hope you are well!

    • Hey man! Didn’t realize you blog, too. You guys get the added benefit of Oceanside stickiness in the air down there. Felt it first hand a few weeks back. So moist. I know that 9 miles was tough. I did 12 yesterday at 4pm, and it was miserable. I hear that you are training for Savannah? Is that right? First 26.2?

      • Yes. Savannah Rock-n-Roll on Nov 8. First full. I’ve done a few half marathons, this will be my first full. Not sure about it, but will get it done. Raleigh is just as hot as here, but with hills.

  4. i run early mornings (usually start around 5 a.m.) you can still cut the humidity with a knife but at least i avoid the added hell of the sun! for long runs i hydrate extra and take salt tabs every hour. i also try to look at it this way … the more “heat” training i do, the stronger i’ll be for my fall/winter races. it does’t make it any easier but at least i feel like there’s some reward in it.

  5. I love the heat and humidity especially in Ireland where the summer is often short. I relish every run I do in the summer and can see the beauty of the country side whereas in winter its dark and the only light comes from my headlamp. I guess the ex South African in me can handle the heat and humidity. There’s also the plus of not having to stretch too much before a run and after because the muscles are looser,:) Grin and bear it ,it will soon be cold,dark and gloomy again..

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