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Running in the Heat – Plan A & Plan B


For various reasons, tomorrow is the day that I must do my long run. A day that is forecast to be one of the hottest days of the decade. The predicted high is 38C and it will feel like 48C.  The sun will rise around 5:55 a.m. and I plan to be out the door earlier than that timing my run so I can see the sunrise on Lake Ontario. I had hoped to do 15 miles but I think I will have to see how it goes and moderate my ambitions. That is Plan A. Plan B is to head to the gym and jump on a treadmill if the heat is hideous although today, there was about 15 degrees difference between the high and the low temperature. I’m hopeful . . . sigh.

Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario, March 14, 2011

I’m working a half-day tomorrow due to some evening and weekend work and I plan to take a nap before heading to work. Running in heat is most exhausting and I also have to stay awake for a fairly demanding evening, three hours of non-stop Adobe Illustrator instruction.

Hot as it is, I maintain that it is not quite as bad as some of those high humidity days with lower temperatures. I had considered running at the U of T Athletic Centre but discovered that it is closed for renovations.

My mileage goal for the week which starts on Mondays is 50. So far I’ve run, 8, 4 and 6. Even though I’m about 16 weeks out from the NYC marathon, this will be one of the more challenging training weeks.

I shouldn’t have trouble waking up early as I woke today at 2:45 a.m. Can’t figure that one out having come home from Alberta but it works well with my running plan.  I’ll be heading to bed shortly i.e. 7:30’ish and aiming to rise around 4 a.m. so I have a bit of time to relax before my run.  I guess my training tip for hot weather running is get out the door as early as possible.

Sweet dreams!

4 thoughts on “Running in the Heat – Plan A & Plan B

  1. The heat is brutal! I am in Florida and can’t wait for fall which will not set in until October here. Muh. After running just 5K in this heat makes me feel like my body is on fire. The other day I felt dizzy when I was done with my run. I feel like I can’t get enough water.

    • I’m not sure where in Florida you are but I compared the temperatures in Miami to Toronto’s record-breaking temperatures yesterday and they were very similar. The temperatures at 7 a.m. was exactly the same, Miami’s humidity was a bit higher but there was no wind in Miami. I think it was a lot hotter there than here!



  2. I’m in Chicago and this heat has been absolutely nasty. I too have a long run ahead of me but the high humidity is going to make it beyond a challenge. I’m also running NYC (good luck!) but have a marathon beforehand that requires heat training. So far, I’m not enjoying it. Here’s to hoping I’ll see the finish line!

    • The hottest race I ever ran was in Chicago. I think it was called the Distance Classic 20K. I compared your weather to our record-breaking temperatures and Chicago was one degree higher, a bit less windy and a bit less humidity.

      I chose to run the Chicago Marathon, the one year when it was later than usual, the third week of October. I think that was 2006 as it seems always to be a warm day otherwise.

      Thanks for your comment.


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