I am going to preface this post by saying that “I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THE WARMTH.” After this winter, I vowed that I would not utter a negative word about the warmer weather when it finally arrived. The super warm weather has not arrived, but the humidity has!
It’s amazing what a difference the humidity level can have on an average run, let alone a race! 😉 I put a list of helpful tips together for running in humidity that is arriving for most of us:
- Don’t overdress! I can’t tell you how many times I see people out running in the heat and humidity, and they are WAY overdressed for the temperatures. Always dress like it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer. There’s a great what-to-wear tool that Runner’s World put together HERE.
- Hydrate– Make sure you are well-hydrated before your run. While it’s great to take water along with you, it’s even more important to make sure you are hydrated before you head out.
- Slow Your Pace If Needed— LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! I put this in caps because it’s so important for so many different reasons. If you are feeling sluggish or overheated, take a walk break or slow your pace. It’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down. If you don’t listen, you will find yourself in a lot of trouble. Run by feel, not by pace or time.
- Head Indoors— Sometimes it’s just too hot and humid, and you need to head indoors for a workout. I know it’s not most people’s favorite, but you gotta do what you gotta do! Here are some great treadmill workouts.
- Exercise in the Early Morning or Evening Hours— If the humidity is high and the temps are high as well, try heading out for your run in the early morning hours or in the evening after the sun has set. When the humidity is very high, lower temps can make it much more bearable.