It’s hot, it’s humid and the sun shines brightly in the mornings. Typical summer in the south. But it doesn’t matter because I am still going to put on my running shoes, grab my water bottle, and out I will go.
No time for whining and complaining because I feel grateful for the day and for my health. There is so much to feel good about, I don’t think I have a right to complain about the weather. I have lived here for most of my life and it certainly doesn’t surprise me that it’s humid outside in June.
When you prepare for your runs on these hot summer days, do yourself a favor and don’t look at the temperatures before you go out. You already know it’s going to be hot. Try to run really early or really late to avoid the peak sun hours. Bring a water bottle with you or plan your routes with water stops.
You know how winter snow storms get the ratings up for the local news? Same thing with the heat index. It’s all they can talk about. You have to tune it out and keep running. Think about how absurd it is to think that it is healthier to sit inside and watch t.v. all day, rather than going outside to exercise for 45 minutes, an hour, even for two hours.
Focus on the positive. The weather may be hot, but the scenery is beautiful this time of year. Notice that when you are outside. When someone asks you how your training is going, the appropriate answer is “Great!” with a big smile. Because if you keep saying your training is going great and you always associate training with a smiling response, you will believe it. Even if some days you don’t feel great going out there.
Exercise is good. Focus on your training goals, turn off the t.v. and keep moving.