Sunday, June 17, 2018

I Sure Wish it Was Hotter and More Humid!

Could it be any more hot and humid? Wait, Mother Nature wants me to hold her beer...

The weather this year has been really wacky. We had that really prolonged cold winter into spring. Then suddenly, someone turned up the furnace. It was so hot in May that we broke records. While we've had some moderate days, the heat has mostly been turned up to 11. Accompanied by 1000% humidity. I know there are some of you who call this weather "heavenly", but most will agree with me that running in the heat and humidity is not fun. The air is so saturated that running feels like I've got waterlogged shoes on my feet. Maybe I do. While the heat slows me down, science tells us that it really is the humidity that affects our effort.


Since we can't control the weather, let's have a little fun with it. I say: "It's been so hot". And you say: "How hot is it?"

It's been so hot that the birds have been eating worm jerky.

It's been so hot that the trees are whistling for the dogs.

It's been so hot that after my runs this week, I sweated so much the mosquitoes couldn't find any blood.

In fact, it's been so hot, I sweated so much that I didn't even need to work out.

It's been so hot, that I wish for hot flashes so I can cool off.

It's been so hot that it's been hotter than Dean Karnazes' balls after running across the Sahara.

Kind of cringing after that last one. I guess I've made my point. At least I haven't lost my sense of humor.



Running
The rain from last week continued to fall into this week. On Monday, I squeezed in a 4 miler between the rain drops. It wasn't until Wednesday when we had a shift in the wind. The humidity blew out of here for a day, but not soon enough for my 6 mile run. What a slog! Saturday and Sunday's runs were equally as steamy. I got up early for my runs on those days because the heat was back with a vengeance. Sunday's run was particularly difficult.  I had a 10 miler planned but ended up with 8. You might say, that's pretty good, considering the conditions but my splits tell the story. My run/walk intervals turned into walk/run intervals. I don't normally share my stats but here you go:



The conditions this week reminded me of that sufferfest aka February's Mercedes Half Marathon. All I could think is what if it's like this for RnR Chicago? My mantra will be "this is all about having fun." Repeat as needed. Oh, and there will be beer at the finish line.

Crossing the imaginary finish line aka the light pole on Monday's sweaty 4 miler. No beer. I had to go to work. 
Speaking of RnR Chicago, this week we got a peek at the medals. If you are on the fence about running this race, this bling is pretty sweet! I'm excited because so many of my blogger friends are coming to Chicago for race weekend! Think about joining us...the more the merrier!


CrossFit
Thursday was deadlift day! You all know I love me some deadlifts and Coach Sammy Jo knows it too. She pushed me hard and I lifted 175# x 3 reps before I cried uncle. I tried for a 4th rep, but my form was starting to go and I didn't want to risk injury. The rest of the workout was fun but it felt hard, probably because of my deadlifts. Still, we worked on handstand, did some toes to rings, prowler pushing, burpees, and flutter kicks. I was really sore for the next couple of days. Hurts so good!!!


Yoga
After Wednesday's slog, I did Yoga for Increased Flexibility from Five Parks Yoga. The title was a bit misleading. As Erin introduced the class, she said it was an advanced class. I'm not one bit flexible, but I thought I'd be ok. Not so much in the beginning, when we went right into reclined hero's pose. I need to warm up before I can even do upright hero's pose, so I sat on a block for that one. She threw compass pose in there and I was ready to give up. But the rest of the video was fine. Next time I'm going with Gentle Yoga.

Pretty sad attempt at trikonasana. This was on Sunday and you can just see the moisture in the air behind me.
My body just wasn't having it. 
PT exercises
While my knees haven't been bothering me as much this week, I've been pretty consistent with my TKE resistance band exercises and quad sets. I've also decided to do some hip work while I'm doing these, so there have been clamshells, bicycles, and supermans. Let's see how things go over the next couple of weeks. So far, so good!


Hot enough for you? Do you like this weather? Can I have what you're smoking? How was your week? Are you celebrating Father's Day? Sadly, we will probably be inside with predicted temps near 100 today. BTW, I'd love for you to check out my Father's Day post (in the sidebar above)! 

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  1. This weather sucks! I even got up earlier today to run and still suffered. It was cool to run along the lakefront since it’s been months since I’ve run there.

    The RnR medal is cute! Keep me posted on the blogger activities for that weekend. Would love to join you all.

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    1. I think we're going to plan a lunch on Saturday. I'll let you know where and when!

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  2. I'm so excited to be submitting my link for the first time. I wrote the post earlier today but am just now linking to this post and Holly's, so I think I've done it right. Will check out other people's too.

    I hate humid weather when you sweat but it won't evaporate. Ewwwwww.

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  3. LOL at the trees whistling for the dogs.

    Those are really cool medals! I wish I could come up and run with you guys but I'll be sweltering down here trying to increase my mileage so I don't die come October. I've been working on those run/walk intervals too - I know I'm going to need them in the future.

    I love deadlifts too! They're my favorite! I'm not really doing them since I'm just doing basic strength and I miss them. Maybe I need to add a deadlift day into my routine? Hmmm...

    Um, excellent form on those toes to rings! Those are so hard!! And I wish we had prowlers at my gym. It's small and was mismanaged for a while (new owner now) so they don't have a lot of really cool equipment.

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    1. I wish you could join us in July. You could swelter just as easily here as you could at home. Plus there's bling and fun people!

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  4. Love worm jerky, and your tank crossing the "finish line" is gorgeous. Started to follow you on IG after Darlene's, love seeing the crossfit photos.
    I'm not a summer person, although I love lazing outdoors. It's just way easier to warm up than cool down.

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    1. I kind of like the 10k medal too! Wish that was the one for the half.

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  5. Aren't those Chicago medals awesome? When I ran RnR Chi in 2014, the temps were similar to this weekend....but that's not a race I plan to "race" anyways. Although I embrace the heat, this weekend almost had me white flagging it...almost ;-)

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    1. I considered a bike ride instead of my long run today. Actually, I laid in bed and weighed all my options. Including bailing on the run. As much as it sucked, I'm glad I didn't.

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  6. I love warm weather but the humidity (not the heat) is really what's killer in the summer here in MD. Drenched all the time. This Saturday I had a great run because it was warm but humidity was below 40% which felt amazing after a lot of reallyyyyy humid days. And thanks for reminding me that I should do some hip/glute band work today :)

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    1. I have kind of been slacking on that the past couple of days but I'll get back at it tonight. I really noticed a difference on my run today. Hooray for happy hips!

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  7. I am really worried about running this summer each year it seems to get harder for me with the humidity. Those medals are great can't wait to score a few of my own!

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    1. I loved the bean medal last year--so it's fun to add another one to my collection!

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  8. Humidity is my life and it sure makes me feel like I'm not a runner...bah.

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    1. I felt like I wasn't a runner today. At least after mile 4, I did. It makes me so mad that I can't have good runs in the heat.

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  9. Those medals look awesome! I hope to run a race in Chicago someday!

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  10. I love the "so hot mosquitoes can't find my blood" LOL. I feel the same way!

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    1. They were trying to eat me today but there wasn't anything to give.

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  11. I'm enjoying the warmer weather but I don't think its been as hot here as its been for you. The humidity can really make it feel rough out there.

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    1. This weekend was rough. We're going to get a day or 2 of relief before going back to the furnace again.

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  12. The trees are whistling for dogs .... hahahaha. It was so humid this morning, I was glad to have an excuse to ride my bike instead of run. I can make myself run at dawn, but I never would have gotten out the door after church today-- and church got out at 8:45.

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    1. I considered riding my bike today. I just wanted to run. It was probably not the best choice but I made the best of it.

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  13. I'm not complaining about the heat after such a terrible winter! Granted, I'm not out there running in it...but I did go to an outdoor music festival most of the day yesterday and it was soooo hot!

    Glad your hip/knee is feeling better...those exercises are so helpful in preventing a ton of issues!

    Thanks for hosting the link-up!

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    1. I am complaining because we went from freezing to burning in a week. Can we just have a little moderation?

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  14. Yes the weather is hot but I won't say it sucks because I was tired of what seemed like the prolonged winter. You did a good job getting your workouts in despite the heat!

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    1. I'm trying to get acclimated--I've got a half in July and what if it's like this then?

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  15. I can't run right now, but I remember the days of training hard in the heat and humidity and it's tough. I'll say that I'm in no hurry to run outdoors again post-injury, but the heat and humidity will just get worse where I live. It's been quite mild so far this summer, as hard as it is for me to believe that... you did a good job of getting workouts in with the hot weather and doing crossfit and yoga, at least some of that is indoor so you get a break from it then!

    Those R&R Chicago medals are pretty cool... I love when races give sneak peaks at the bling. That's one way to stay motivated when the weather is rough.

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    1. It's so odd this year because I think we're having a hotter summer than you guys so far! I'm just trying to make the best of it.

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  16. As always, it takes a few days for your weather to make it out over here.

    I had all sorts of plans to get out there really early tomorrow, so it would just be hot instead of incredibly hot . . . but with another draining day going to my folks, I know that's not happening. Or at least I highly doubt it.

    Back on the treadmill, most likely (if it was just an easy run I could do it outside
    but it's a tempo).

    Anyway, hope RnR Chicago cooperates with you! And no, obviously, I do NOT like heat & humidity! Only insane people do. :)

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    1. I hope this heat just fades before it heads east. I pretty much wouldn't wish it on anyone except our president.

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  17. It's good to hear you knee is feeling better! The humid seems to suck out the energy needed for running. I walked a lot today too. It's pretty humbling to see one's pace plummet so quickly. We'll just have to water ski instead!

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  18. It is hot enough for me. I'm glad I'm not training for anything I'm really passionate about. Running is definitely taking a back seat in this stuff.

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    1. Yep, I'm just putting in the miles so I can go the distance for RnR. No pace needed.

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  19. Lol'ing at your heat "observations". (An actual observation I have from the heat/humidity: so many bugs stick to my sweat and drown in it - gross!) I'm with you; not a fan of the heat and humidity. Although since I got back from South Florida this week, even the Atlanta humidity feels kind of mild.

    Nice week of workouts, and I'm especially impressed with those deadlifts!

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    1. I feel bad complaining because i know the Floridians have it so much worse. But seriously...how much worse can it be?

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  20. I had a rough week of runs. I wish I could blame it on the weather but I don't think so. The pollen can suck it though! I usually don't get bad allergies and I've been hit hard this year. My eyes and throat are so itchy. And the sneezing. Ugh!

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    1. Fortunately, the pollen count is low right now--silver lining!!! I hope you feel better.

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    2. You clearly sent your pollen here. Glad you're having some relief

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  21. Actually....I do like hazy hot and humid! I like sweating when I run. Makes me feel like I accomplished something. And now, all I can think about is Dean Karnazes! :)

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  22. RnR chicago is my bucket list, maybe I'll start saving for it now and run it next year!

    Did you send that heat and humidity to PA? It is going to be a spicy one this week here too!

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    1. I'd be happy to send it your way if you'd like!

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  23. Great well rounded week! I could have used a few more weeks of "spring".

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    1. Same here. Seriously, we went from really cold to really hot all in one week in May and we haven't looked back. Much.

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  24. Sorry to hear about it being so hot and humid over there. Last week wasn't bad over here but the temps this week will be hot, close to 90s. Great job with your deadlifts!

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    1. Do you get the humidity with those 90s?

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  25. I feel like you would fit right in here in Hong Kong where it only takes about 2 seconds to be dripping in sweat because it is so hot and humid! I remember how hard it was to try to run in this kind of weather and it's not fun. I have been enjoying my at-home workouts and swimming. Lots of swimming!

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    1. I don't like this humidity at all! I guess I better stop complaining and get used to it because it's going to be one of those summers.

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  26. As you know, I've been out of town for Grandma's so I missed the heat and humidity here...which is not to say I didn't experience it in Duluth. It poured the day before the race and then threatened to rain the entire day on race day. The temps were in the 50s and the humidity was in the 90s. I did catch some rain between miles 12 and 13. Did I mention I've never run in the rain? And of course I didn't train; you can imagine how well all of that worked out for me. The skies opened up again about an hour after the race. At least we got it in--I really thought (? hoped) they were going to cancel. Those Chicago RnR medals sure look sweet! You will have a blast, regardless of the weather!

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    1. Hey, finishing is winning. I DNS'd Grandmas last year and I'm still mad about that!!!

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  27. we had a record breaking May as well... kind of insane. I'm the one who loves heat but it has to be DRY heat and otherwise please turn the heat and humidity down and give me my favorite cardigan! I remember my summers in Chicago though... especially when I was older and having to go to work. I would get up, sweat my way to the shower, cool down in the shower, come out, dry off, start sweating again. Of course I wasn't a runner then, so I didn't know just how awful humidity could be.

    I find it funny you say you are not flexible and then I see you doing handstands :) shows me what I really know about flexibility I guess ! (I don't do any yoga, I'm really not flexible and my balance is sh*t).

    I wish I could go to Chicago to meet you guys! Sadly the flight is just way too much. I'm thinking about Vegas. But I just don't know yet.

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    1. I wish you could join us in July. It's going to be fun. Hot, tho...

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  28. Sounds like there is quite a bit of suffering going on in all of that heat and humidity. I wouldn't know....lucky if we hit 65. I would like any one of those cool medals but first obstacle, I am not running right now, and next is I about died in the Chicago Heat in October last year, I couldn't imagine running in July!! Love the How hot is it.....hilarious! Hope things cool off a bit for you...

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    1. I'm sure you guys want warmer temps, but I'll tell you, it comes with a price here.

      Maybe next year?

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  29. i'm glad your knees aren't bothering you much- all that hip work really helps!

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    1. Yep, and you just reminded me to get at it this morning!!

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  30. I'm consoling myself that if I have to heal from a fractured pelvis, at least it's when our temps are in the mid-90s with heat indices in the low 100s. (Not much comfort, to be honest, I would far rather be able to run.)

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    1. I totally get that! I'd rather run in this weather than be sidelined. I shouldn't complain.

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  31. Such crazy weather! Meanwhile, we’re having a little cool off. It’s been 60s and DRY the last few days in the morning. It won’t last long, though, 112 is forecast in a few days. (My favorite was the hot flash one, because so true!)

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    1. I'd love the 60s. 112, not so much!!! But it's a dry heat.... (I know I keep saying that...)

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  32. The hot weather hasn't hit yet. It's supposed to today. I'll let you know if I survive.

    So I haven't run any hot races yet.

    Though I would love to get to Chicago someday......

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    1. You seem to do well no matter what the conditions! I thought you were coming for RnR Chi?

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  33. Oh my goodness, we have been experiencing this heat and humidity too! It's an extra challenge on the trails because the bug spray seems to sweat right off and the mosquitoes come buzzing.

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    1. The mosquitos are winning here too. Ugh!

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  34. It's been crazy hot here, too. We're supposed to get rain this week, so I'm hoping that will cool things down a bit.

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    1. Here too and they're calling for a cool down. I'm looking forward to it.

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  35. It's even been humid in Boulder! Normally I can't feel it, and only know it's humid based on my hair. I have felt the humidity the past 3 days. It's odd.

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    1. Oh, don't even get me started on my hair...lol

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  36. Sorry about your weather. Running in humidity is soooo hard! I notice you wear a lot of Ink n Burn. I think they are kind of pricey but are they worth it? Must be if you own so many pieces. I work with the husband of one of their designers but I don't own any...yet.

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    1. I'm an ambassador and we get a decent discount. Yes, it's pricey but the quality is amazing and there's a huge resale market. Plus it's made in the USA. All good.

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  37. Ugh you know I'm no fan of this weather. I like your last comparison though hahaha. I feel like if it got any hotter I'd literally melt. It seems like everyone suffered on their long runs this weekend...that makes me feel kind of better knowing it wasn't just me. I hate feeling like I can't get my long run in, but this weekend I just wasn't on form.

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    1. I felt like I was literally melting yesterday. I'm not one to get woozy or anything but yesterday it happened.

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  38. I'm off running for a few more weeks (Im 3w postpartum) but not missing it today - it's 90+ and humid! I'm also not a fan of this weather - I agree with you. You are amazing for still being so active!

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    1. It's been a struggle pushing myself in this weather! It's going to cool off now--hopefully, I'll get some redemption.

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  39. oh yes, the weather this week was very toasty! It seems like it was pretty warm everywhere - I guess summer is really here now, which makes me sad lol (give me cold weather running any day)!

    I give you a ton of credit for doing a run outside yesterday. just walking tot he gym I thought I would melt! I really hope that RnR Chicago is not like this.

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  40. The hot weather has kicked in and I swear I'm having a harder and harder time dealing with it every year! I'm thinking the 10K at RnR is looking pretty good right now instead of the half if this heat keeps up!

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  41. Awesome work on those deadlifts! I've started doing those and have new admiration for them. 175# is impressive!

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  42. I'm sure you don't want to know that it was absolutely delightful here on Friday and Saturday (59° and low humidity when I started my run on Saturday morning). We're paying for it today, though, with high heat (mid-90's and really high humidity). I love that you're wishing for more hot flashes so you can cool down. LOL

    Thanks for the linkup!

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  43. I def feel you there! The high today was only 90 which feels cool to the last few days where it was over 100*. I will take heat over cold, but I am looking forward to my next 2 trips where the weather will be less humid and much cooler!

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  44. We've had the humidity - rain, rain, rain! Not the heat though...maybe if I blow really hard it will send our cooler temps your way? Pretty sure that's how human-caused climate change works. (If only.)

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  45. I always enjoy your posts! It’s hot here in NC this week, too. The only way I can workout is around sunrise, when it’s this hot. I don’t do well in the heat. Or the cold, for that matter! ��

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    1. I got up early but certainly not early enough! Next time, I rise at dawn!

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  46. You are not making me miss Chicago one bit! I'm sorry it's so gross there. We've been hot here in Denver, but it's amazing what 90 and no humidity feels like compared to what you're experiencing. Hang in there, soon it will be -30!

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  47. It was a real feel of 105 degrees yesterday when I was able to get ready for my run. There was no way that I was going to run outside in that disgusting mess, especially after my nasty fall on Saturday. I'm not the biggest fan of running the treadmill, but its on days like yesterday when I'm incredibly thankful that I have access to one.

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    1. I considered the 'mill but I do want to acclimate for RnR Chicago, hence my need to run in the heat.

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  48. This weather is for the birds...or something that wants to be baked alive. We have not been breaking records, but it has been hot hot hot. I'm excited to see the metals for RnR Chicago! So fun!

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  49. Sorry to hear about the heat and humidity! It's hot here (90's all week), but at least it's drier. Love the RnR Chicago medals. I will have to get out there one year to do it!

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  50. Isn't it funny how the Midwest weather can be SO cold and then SO hot?! At teeny ball and tee ball today, I had a hard time keeping our baby cool in the 90 degrees and humidity. He spent most of the games just in his diaper while the rest of us sweated our faces off. I'm not crazy about this heat but I'm not crazy about -40F either... maybe I need to move to a more temperate climate?!?!

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  51. Summer running is tough. I've found that anything below 80% humidity is still okay for me even though I'm a bit slower, as long as the temp is also reasonable (so up to the high 70s/low 80s). Once the humidity gets higher, especially with temps above 80, it gets tougher. Of course there comes a certain temperature threshold that's miserable no matter what the humidity.

    Our air here in Charleston is particularly swampy, with dew points consistently in the high 70s, which is considered "don't run" weather for someone with asthma (and we don't get much of a break from humidity, even in the winter). But I run anyway.

    Right now it's miserable - temps in the 90s, real feel over 100, humidity in close to 100%. I have a long run tomorrow and I'm thinking of doing it at 3 am because it's only supposed to be 90 degrees then. Sigh.

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