Some people struggle in this warm weather which is fair enough. Throughout the winter there were similar posts regarding cold spells, darkness, snow, ice….
The thing about outdoors is, and it’s irrelevant which country you live in, you are at mercy of the elements. There is no point complaining, weather is just being, well, weather and we are the guests at its party. I have learned to run in any conditions and some at times are terrible. I cannot deny that some of my early morning winter runs were far from any fun whatsoever. The pain in frozen fingers, ears hurting, first couple of km just trying to get the heart going to warm up the rest of the engine. And the north wind is bashing you hard.
Then there is contrast, high temperatures, humidity, difficulty breathing, dehydration and cramps. What to do, then?
I simply prepare and run. If it’s raining hard in mid January, I will wait for a gap in the clouds but will still try to run. Summer’s the same. I have 16k scheduled for tomorrow, forecast is around 30C so I’m drinking lots of water today, eating sensibly, doing calf/thigh/lower back/Achilles stretches and will do it the same way as I did 15K last Saturday. This time I will probably carry some water with me, last week I didn’t so I laboured a bit towards the end. But if I knew I would suffer, If I was aware that the heat could hurt me (I LOVE heat btw), I just wouldn’t run. I would do cross training or simply rest, but I wouldn’t subject myself to anything that would take the pleasure and fun away. Ok, when I was doing the preps for half marathon I had to go out in the winter no matter what but that was my choice, nothing is written in stone, nothing has to be done in our world.
The point is, enjoy – don’t suffer. Can’t stand the heat? Don’t run in the heat. Run in the gym or wait for cooler weather. Winter? The same deal. If you miss a few runs or few weeks no damage will be done, you will get back to where you were easily. The lack of joy led some people to believe that running is hard, pointless, not taking them anywhere, which is all wrong. Time it right, prepare, get ready and hit the road, your body will recognise what you’re doing and repay you in due course!