Check out the forecast this week…
Lately I have been getting up at 4:45 to run. It sucks, but it’s too hot to run outside any later in the day. It’s even worse when I wake up at this hour on a weekend!
As a native Texan, I’m actually quite used to the heat (to an extent). Back when I was playing tennis competitively, it wasn’t uncommon for me to play several 2-3 hour matches over the course of a day. Also keep in mind that it’s 10+ degrees warmer on a tennis court due to the surface that is being played on. Trust me, 3 hours in 110 degree heat is rough.
Growing up in Texas, I’ve learned a lot of things for myself, that’s for sure.
- The most obvious is to hydrate. Not right before you run (unles you want to make a pit stop), but over the course of an entire day. No matter what you’re doing, keep that water bottle handy.
- Along the same note, eating properly will prepare your body to perform in tough conditions.
- Don’t skip a workout because of the heat. Go swim laps at the pool or take advantage of one of those free 7 day gym memberships (I know I’ve done this). The possibilities are endless.
- Plan accordingly. Be aware of the temperature, humidity, wind, and other conditions. If running in the morning isn’t your cup of tea, head out when the sun sets. Plan, plan, plan!
Don’t get me wrong, I actually love the summer months. It just takes a little bit of adjusting. I typically run less and cross-train more, but change is good every once and awhile right?
How do you plan in the summer months?