Update: one of the comments raised another reason too good to leave out, and my 4.5 mile run in even worse humidity this morning gave another.
Yesterday, I did a 5k run in 28 degree (82 Fahrenheit) temperature. Humidity was at 50%, which actually could’ve been worse (this morning humidity was 95% and anybody who would run in that is not human). This is probably the hottest weather I have ran in before, and a series of particular notions rose continuously over the course of the experience that I wanted to share.
I know that for you seasoned folks living in countries with warmer climates, 28c is nothing. To a Scottish person who is lucky to see 25c at the height of summer, however, I may as well have been in a furnace. It was awful and there are months of this heat to go (not that I’m complaining; I love the heat. Unless I’m running).
Why running in the heat SUCKS:
- The air feels like it’s literally trying to suffocate you. It does this by refusing to enter your lungs easily, resulting in you sucking it in as you try to keep your oxygen on par with the energy you’re expending. Doing so makes you breathe more heavily, which raises your heart rate, which makes you need to breathe more. But the air is so hard to breathe, so you gasp it in harder… and so it continues. This stupid heavy air cycle is more reliable than the thumping of your stupid heavy legs as you plod onwards.
- The possibility of vomiting. This may just be me, but any time I finish a run and feel like I’m going to puke I can guarantee that the run was on a hot day.
- The possibility of fainting. This also occurs just after you stop running. Somehow, your head felt fine – until you stopped running. Now you’re going to collapse, probably while vomiting.
- The sweat. Oh, the sweat. I’m a sweaty person; I’m sweating right now while sitting in my cool basement apartment wearing shorts and a vest because the hot laptop is on my knees. But in this forsaken weather, it’s like my skin is a river. And people have to see me like that.
- It slows you down. My average pace drops a full minute per mile in this stupid heat.
- The more you run, the hotter you feel, the slower you run, the longer the run. The longer the run, the more you run, the hotter you feel, the slower you run. Basically, runs in the heat never end.
- Humidity makes your sense of smell better. I learned what time the garbage truck goes along a certain street in the morning and I get up earlier so I can avoid it. Rotting plants are another offender – and if you check the comments, you’ll find something even worse from Marie, who described running along a molten lava lake of poo.
- Seeing or hearing sprinklers that tease you with watery coolness. Every now and then I’m lucky and get to run through the spray of someone watering their grass early in the morning. Usually, they’ve positioned them so the water doesn’t reach the pavement so I’m just on the outside of the spray, staring pathetically as I lumber past.
It’s basically this:
Got more reasons? Add them in the comments below! Because I’m sure there are plenty more.