Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Heat Wave

As you can tell from my post yesterday, we had a surprise heat wave last week here in Israel.  The temperatures reaches the upper 80’s to low 90’s.  Near the end of the week it was closer to the mid 90’s.  At night, it felt great.  This is my favorite kind of weather to run in.  I love hot weather.  In the summer, in the middle of the day when it is over 100 outside, I have no issue heading out for a run.  I will take this over 40 any day.

Hot weather in early March, is not something to go overboard on.  My body is not used to the heat. After a few months of cold weather, this kind of weather can be a shock.  My personal experience is I need 2-3 weeks to get used to the temperature change.  To get ready for my runs during last week, I drank a little more water during the day.  I also made sure to get outside for at least 20 minutes in the middle of the day to soak in the heat. 

This will also mean, when I go out for my run, I will take it easy.  No speed work and I may do less miles.  This is where running without a watch really helps. I focus on how I feel rather than on time.

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