Running in the heat

I can’t believe how beautiful the weather has been over the past few days – and it’s set to continue until at least next week! It’s more sun than we had over the whole 2 weeks we were in Portugal .. Though we really made the most of the few hot days. One of my favourite trips was to the ‘End of the World’ (the furthest South-Westerly point of Europe) where we looked out across the Atlantic, and enjoyed the evening sun and the cool breeze:

p1To be fair, Surrey is pretty beautiful, too. Though I don’t get to enjoy the sun quite so much from the office! On the plus side, cycling to and from work has been lovely. The only problem with the lovely weather has been all of the Porsche convertibles (or rather, their drivers). They don’t give you much space when overtaking, but man, the noise of those engines ..

When it comes to running, the heat really saps my energy. I guess I’m kind of hesitant to get outside and run in the heat because I know that it’s going to be difficult – especially as I haven’t run outside in a good month or so! (Wow, I’m a slacker). I might have enjoyed my 1hr run last Thursday, but it has to be said that running on the treadmill is much less challenging than running outside. Whilst my (budget) gym might not be air conditioned, there’s a distinct lack of hills or wind resistance!

I’ve really been meaning to get out before work, to avoid the heat. It occurred to me that it makes much more sense to train earlier in the day – not least because it gets it out of the way before the day begins! By the time I get home, it’s easy to find excuses not to run – especially when I’ve already done an hour of cardio by cycling to and from work. Another bonus is that it’s cooler outside, and much quieter – but the main reason is that races (especially longer races) have fairly early starting times. (D’oh). The thing is, I’m really not a morning person. I don’t get up hugely early – 7:30 for work, and 8:00 on Saturdays for Parkrun – and I even find that a bit of an effort!

I’d love to get up an hour earlier and go for a decent run first thing. I know that once I get outside I’ll enjoy it, and I’ll feel great knowing I can cross off a training run before breakfast (and put marathons out of my head for the rest of the day), but I can see it’ll take a bit of adjusting.

Then again, plenty of people train first thing – it can’t be that hard, surely!?

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