8/26/2016 – 10 AM run, sunny & hot, 6 Miles easy
Ran a heat run to acclimate myself for the upcoming Annapolis ten milers this Sunday. Weather was sunny, hot, 80+ degree, but not too humid.
In this weather, cicadas was having a blast. As I ran through the neighborhoods, I was immersed in a sea of cicada hymns. And the heat reflected off the asphalt making it feel like I was in a sauna. I could see my sweat dripping off the bream of my hat as I took another sip out of my water bottle.
Heat, humidity, and hill add levels of difficulties to a run. The Annapolis Ten Miler is famous for its 3Hs.
Mental preparation is every bit as important as what I do for the running gears and probably more. It is the hidden dimension of a runner’s training that gives him or her the mental edge to push through a hill or the last few yards or miles.
For my run today, I found that shades were my best friend. They offered a respite from the sun and a chance to recharge my mental oasis. I didn’t go out of my way for them but embraced the opportunity when it arises. Luckily, there was also a breeze from time to time.
How do you cope with a heat run? What strategy would you use?