Quit Your Bitching, Minnesotans!

Everywhere  you turn lately, Minnesotans are bitching about the heat.  YES, it sucks.  YES, it is insanely hot and HUMID (78 when I ran at 5:30 this morning; high later will be 97 with heat index making it feel like 115).  But it is what it is.  It doesn’t need to prevent you from getting  your workout in.

Cindi’s hot weather running tips:

  • Get up insanely early and get your run done before the sun rises.  It makes a HUGE difference.  It will make your run bearable.
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  All day long.  Before your run.  During your run (carry water, even if you normally don’t).  After your run.  In the middle of the night.  And not just with water – use NUUN.  Drink gatorade.  Replace those electrolytes that you are losing like crazy when you sweat.
  • Adjust your workouts.  Slow the pace down.  Run easy.  If you are doing speed work, do shorter intervals or less intervals or rest longer between intervals.
  • Listen to your body. If you aren’t responding well to the heat, back off.
  • Change your attitude.  Instead of bitching about the heat, embrace the heat.  Think about how EASY your running is going to feel when the heat and humidity break.  Running in these conditions sucks now, but it will make you stronger.
If all else fails, think about those runs that you did in January and February, when you were bitching about how insanely COLD it was.  Better yet, go back and watch slide shows of running in the cold.  That should cool you down.  Here’s one for you:  my post-blizzard run, in pictures, from December 12 of last year.
This morning’s workout:  5.75 miles in 48:00 (8:23) with 2 of them hilly and at marathon pace (and since Coach ran with me, pace was pushed and the MP miles were 8:11 and 7:50;  Woot!)
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3 thoughts on “Quit Your Bitching, Minnesotans!

  1. We all like to complain…it’s too hot, it’s too cold. What else is new, right? It is brutal this week though. I agree, the earlier the better. Once the sun comes up, you’re toast.

  2. Lora

    I’m just tired of the extremes in Mother Nature this year! Agh! But I agree — run before the sun’s up!

  3. Ha. You must be talking about my complaining about the weather. Give me -30 any day of the year. You can only take off so many clothes. I agree though, when the cool weather comes we’ll be flying.

    I can’t wait to see how your new training turns out. Keep up the hard work…

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