Heat. It’s what’s for dinner.

Nice little article about the effects of heat and humidity from Gina Kolata in the New York Times yesterday. It mentions the Mini 10K I ran in last month, specifically how the conditions conspired to bring the finishing times to their lowest in 10 years. I feel somewhat vindicated now.

The forecast for this weekend is typical July in New York: oppressive steamroom with thunderstorms. I’m off to do a tempo run on the treadmill this morning, the first of many runs I’ll do inside in the coming days.

3 Responses

  1. Eeesh. Although there is so much to despise about California, the weather where I live is an enormous blessing.

    Do you find that treadmill runs affect your training (other than boredom)?

  2. The treadmill actually offers some advantages over road running sometimes:

    - For recovery runs, I can force myself to run slow.
    - For tempo runs, I can force myself to run fast. :) (And there are no stoplights, people blocking the path, hills to throw off the pace, etc.)
    - It’s also pretty good for barefoot (or, in my case, sock feet) running. I try to do a mile or two of this every once in awhile to strengthen my foot and ankle muscles.
    - It’s a good way to try out a new pair of shoes that I’m not sure about. If they don’t fit right, I can stop the run and I’m not 8 miles from home.

    And, of course, during foul weather like this weekend, the treadmill *is* my training.

  3. I was at that race myself. As a volunteer. If just standing there sauteed my skin, then I can only imagine how all of you were feeling too!

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