Wednesday, August 6, 2014

HOT, HOT, HOT!

The weather, I mean...

I follow a number of running blogs and as we are now deep into the thick of summer, I've started to see quite a few posts lamenting the summer heat. We're talking very uncomfortable runs with temps in 70's or even 80's and humidity reaching 50%! Insanity, I tell you!

If you sense a little sarcasm there, well, good job. :) It's all relative, of course. If you're used to running in the 50's and 60's and single digit humidity than I can completely understand that these warmer conditions can be a little draining. Our bodies adjust to what we encounter on regular basis. Living near Houston (Sugar Land, just to the southwest of the city) we're not going to see 60 degree running temperatures until probably November. As I've learned as a newbie runner this summer, if I want to run in the upper 70s or low 80s I have to have shoes on the road or trail well before the sun comes up. The problem with setting out this early, though, is that the humidity is north of 90% until the sun finally rises and starts to burn though the muck; and that's on the days where the sun actually does manage to shine.

I'm not complaining, though. This has actually been a rather temperate summer. We've haven't broken triple digits yet to my knowledge and I think that this is the first summer I've lived here (nine years now) that that has been the case.

As I said above, we all adjust to the conditions we live in, and when we get out of that range, our bodies notice. It just brings a little smile to my lips when I read about the sweltering conditions up east or on the west coast.