Thursday, September 29, 2011

What to Wear Running in Humidity

Temp: 70 and above
Humidity: 70 and above
Distance: Anything longer than what it takes you to warm up

What to Wear
Post run, I'm glowing with sweat
- Lined running shorts made of a quick-dry fabric. Why? Nothing is going to truly make you cool when it's really humid. Good shorts will feel lighter (ie cooler) and will stay a little drier so they won't chafe or cling to your body. The lining is key because cotton underwear can turn a good pair of shorts into a hot, wet mess.
- You have two options on top. Either no shirt (ladies, this means just a sports bra) or a light-weight, loose singlet or tank.  I recommend keeping your shirt on if you're going to walk/run; if you want protection from the sun; or if the temperature is closer to 70 and it's the end of the day (short days can mean cold on the way home).
- Sweat bands. I like having something to wipe my brow and nose on. If I'm not wearing a shirt, I sport wrist sweat bands. When it's really hot, the terry cloth ones get pretty gross, so look for something wicking like Lululemon's.
- I generally skip sunglasses when it's humid because I want to be able to wipe the sweat out of my eyes with minimal effort. This means I wear a hat. It's protection from the sun and will soak up some of the forehead moisture.

Most important, bring water or know the location of your water fountains. It's easy to get dehydrated in these conditions.

Lastly, be easy on yourself. For every five degrees above 65, you can expect your pace to drop by 30 seconds. Don't worry, autumn is around the corner and your humid weather training will pay off at the Turkey Trot.

Happy running!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Walk, Don't Run

It's almost 2012. It might not seem like it if you just started something new, like the school year, but I'm about to end something big and for me, as the street doomsday men like to say, "The end is nigh."
On January 1, 2012, I will no longer be a runner. I'm giving it up for the sake of still being able to walk, bike, play tennis (gently) and do yoga 10 or 15 years from now. Maybe cord blood stem cells will return the knees and ankles of my teens to me one day, but for now, I'm preparing for the worst.
And for all who know me, yes I have wondered what I'll do with my blog; what will I do to stay fit; how will I work out my inner demons and excess energy. And yes, I am worried I'll gain a lot of weight.
As I go through the 7 stages of mourning (I'm a preemptive mourner - when I was a kid, I would cry for hours about my grandparents death even though they all were very alive in Colorado), I keep getting sucked into bargaining. I think, maybe I'll just ease up, only run once a week, only run a mile or two, only run slowly. A friend who is a physical therapist offered to look at my stride. I'm taking her up on it because hope is another stage. Maybe she'll see something I can change that will allow me to continue...
The reality is, in fewer than 4 months, while I may still sometimes run, I will no longer be a runner and, despite getting a jump on the mourning, I'm still going to be shocked.

And now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go lay out my gear for tomorrow's run.