Monday, April 16, 2012

Running in the Heat

I am not good at running in hot weather.

Today was a very hot day for the time of the year in this corner of southern new England. A few miles north of here in Boston they were running the Boston Marathon. The temperature reached the high 80's in the afternoon. The organizers even took the unusual step before the race of warning runners about the health dangers of running in this heat and offering a guaranteed place in next year's race for any entrant who decide not to run.

About 22,000 runners did start the race and, of these, about 800 sought medical assistance along the route and about 50 were taken to hospital by ambulance, but thankfully I haven't seen any report of fatalities.

It reminds me of April 2007 when I ran the London Marathon. That was also an extraordinarily hot day for marathon running, many of the runners were hospitalized or received treatment on the course, and one did die.

I am not good at running in hot weather. I feel like there's something about my physiology that makes me feel the heat more than most folk. I certainly sweat more than most folk. Maybe it's something genetic. Perhaps my so far unproven theory about my being descended from Vikings?

I had a bad experience with running in the heat while training for that marathon back in 2007. I wrote about it at Running Where Einstein Sailed. I was supposed to do a 25 mile training run but had to cut it short at 16 miles because of the heat. The temperature was 82 degrees.

I have been loosely following the marathon and half-marathon training programs produced by Jeff Galloway. His advice is that when the temperature rises above 60° F, runners should slow down by 30 seconds a mile for every 5 degrees above 60° F. I should remember that more often.

Today I felt like I needed a run. I hadn't run for a week because I have been suffering from the Dreaded Man Cold. I still have a bit of a cold but I was missing my regular runs. It wasn't as hot here today as it was in Boston but was still pretty warm. I adopted a strategy that I have found helpful on hot days; I went for a run in the woods. There aren't many leaves on the trees yet but it was still cooler on the woodland trails than on the open road. I carried a bottle of water with me. I ran slowly. I am not good at running in hot weather but I felt good after an hour or so of jogging in the woods.

To celebrate my return to running I took Tillerwoman out for lunch at our local clam shack, Evelyn's, which has just opened for the season. We sat outside by the water and feasted on stuffies and other local delicacies.

Beer is good.

But I am still not good at running in hot weather.


Baydog said...'s the tan coming along?

Baydog said...

Thanks for saying Carnegie Lake and not the other way around. The lake is way much better for rowing and running alongside than it is for sailing.

Skippy said...

What the hell is a stuffie? Looks delictible. Is that a cohog shell?

Tillerman said...

Stuffies are baked stuffed quahogs. They are delectable but are not deductible.

O Docker said...

I don't understand why you are getting my weather and I am getting your weather.

But this supports my theory that climate change is caused by a surfeit of old men running around in the woods wearing silly nylon running pants.

Tillerman said...

I wasn't wearing my silly nylon running pants.

O Docker said...

Well, that supports my other theory that climate change is caused by a surfeit of old men running around in the woods with no pants on.

Tillerman said...

I think you are confusing cause and effect. The surfeit of old men running around in the woods with no pants on is caused by climate change.

O Docker said...

No, I'm pretty sure THAT'S caused by a surfeit of young women running around in silly nylon running pants.

Astrid said...

Probably not cause your from England and Vikings fought with England and they were from sometimes Russia,Sweden,(my country),Norway,Denmark,Iceland, Latvia,Lithuania,and Estonia. I'm russian and swedish. ru blonde and blue eyed? I am really blonde and grayish blue eyed. ( I Used to have the bluest eyes could get)
so if anyone here would be a Viking, it would be me.

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