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It IS the humidity

Humidity, Virginia weatherIn the middle of summer there’s a lot of bellyaching about the weather. It’s so hot.


I’ve usually been able to go with the flow with no issues. Last summer I was running in the middle of the day during lunch. Low to mid-90s were the norm.While it would be hot, there was a huge element of satisfaction after the runs.

This summer I’ve transitioned back to being a morning runner. Generally, the temperatures haven’t been so bad. Besides a few nights that didn’t escape the 80s, it’s been in the low to mid-70s for my runs.

But damn … the humidity at 6:30 a.m. this summer is a new experience for me. I don’t know if this summer is more humid than average, but I feel like I should just take a bar of soap with me and go ahead and clean myself in my own sweat.

There’s been an odd satisfaction when I finish each run, but for the past week or so I am drained at the end of the day. I’m finding myself taking a look at how I’m hydrating and whether or not I’m doing enough. Nutrition wise I think I need to examine things a bit closer to make sure I’m not missing something.

Next time you hear someone say “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” they’re right.

How much summer is left? Waaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!

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  • Coco (Twitter: @got2run4me) says:

    You know how much I LOVE this! :-)
    Coco´s last blog post ..Wet In The City

    July 21, 2012 at 11:19 am
  • Jen says:

    tell me about it. its even humid here in Upstate NY…today was rather nice though! looking forward to crisp and cool runs this fall!
    Jen´s last blog post ..Happy Birthday Chris!

    July 21, 2012 at 11:21 am
  • Mary D (Twitter: @Marieko) says:

    Did 11 miles this morning (Louisiana) and the humidity was no fun here either. But it is nice to get the long runs over with so you get to relax the rest of the day.

    July 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  • steena says:

    It’s a little entertaining to see you “wah” about the heat this year! You’re tough though, and fall will be here soon.

    July 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm
    • David H. says:

      I’m not “Wah” about the heat. It’s the humidity!!

      July 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  • Phil Settle says:

    I think there may be something to this “humidity” thing. My upper intensity stuff has seemed a bit weak this summer and humidity makes for a great scape goat. I’m looking forward to fall already.

    July 27, 2012 at 4:40 pm
    • Chris says:

      I normally really enjoy running in hot weather (90+ here in the ATL most days). But you’re right, the humidity kills. I’m still trying to figure out hydration before and during my run. I carry my 25oz Camelbak bottle with me on runs and no matter what length I run, I always seem to run out too soon.

      August 2, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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