Message Category: Running Tips/ Training Topic: Running in Hot/Humid Conditions
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I live in St. Louis, MO & here's what I do Terri Rebmann 8/10/00 8:41:12 AM ET
In St. Louis, it is very common for the temp to be in the high 90's (F) with extremely high humidity. On really hot/humid days I pack (or drop off at points along the run) lots of extra water and/or sports drinks and slow my pace by about 15-30 seconds/mile (not on purpose, but when the humidity is that high you can barely breathe or move--your whole body feels heavy). I wear clothing made out of CoolMax (a material that wicks sweat away) and a hat to keep the sweat out of my eyes. Even with all of that, I still sweat like mad and it's not uncommon for me to lose a few pounds of water weight on my runs. If it's a really long run (anything over 14 miles for me is really long), I sometimes loop by my house around 1/2 or 3/4 of the way and change clothes & shoes quickly so I feel a little refreshed (not something you could do on the day of the race, though); that way I'm not running in soaking wet clothes.