Here we are in the dog days of summer. I assume they are called “dog days” because it is too hot to do anything else but lie around. It is arguably the hardest time of year for runners. Here in the high desert, the heat often couples with wildfire season (which is in full swing this year!). This can make it difficult to keep up with training and get in a good quality run.
My preferred way to deal with this is to beat the heat…by a couple of hours, anyway. Early mornings are my favorite time to run any time of year. The best part about summer running, as far as I’m concerned, is the sun rises much earlier. It’s especially effective this time of year, when there can be a 20 degree difference between early morning and late morning. My dogs prefer it, too, since just about any other time of day is too hot for them.
But it doesn’t matter what time we rise to run if the air quality is unhealthy. Almost every summer there are wildfires in our area at some point. At these times, there’s no other choice…but to hit the dreadmill…er, treadmill!
Last weekend following a group run in the midmorning heat, Coach Scott Young gave us a little pep talk on treadmill running. “It’s a good way to get a high quality workout…in a controlled environment.” Running in the intense heat can bring on dehydration, which sets back your training while your body’s recovering.
The downfall, Coach Scott admitted, is that running the treadmill can be downright boring. So the best way to deal with that is to find a structured workout that will make it go by faster.
Just do a web search on your favorite search engine and you’ll find hundreds of ideas for treadmill workouts of varying lengths and intensity. I’m looking forward to giving this one a try:
What do you do to make sure you get in quality workouts during the dog days of summer? Please leave a comment.