The status board in front of a local community center says “85 degree” as I glanced up while running this morning. It was hot. Sweats was dripping down my eyebrows as I pressed my soaked legs forward.
My run would have been a doozie if weren’t for the shades along the way and a slight breeze gently perking me up from time to time. And of course the bottle water I brought, even it tasted warm, was a life saver.
I knew it was going to be hot but took it as a challenge that I am no fair weather runner. But it was no joke – the heat really doubles the efforts at any distance. Therefore I kept my pace low to be on the cautious side. Dehydration or over heating would be not fun.
On that point, I drank like a water buffalo rest of the day to make up for the fluid lost during my 8 mile run. In the coming months, I need to hydrate more before my run, especially on a hot day like today. And perhaps wearing a hat or headband to keep the sweats away from my eyes.
What would you do differently on a heat run?