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Sweating it out literally

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

Temperatures of 90 plus degrees are not unheard of during this time of year. It is summer, afterall.

July 16, 2009

The high today recorded at the airport was 91 degrees, whereas at McCormick Observatory it was 94 degrees.  This is only the second time this season we've seen temperatures reach 90 degrees or better. 

According to Ricky Patterson, at McCormick Observatory, the last time we hit 90 degrees at the Observatory was June 26th and before that was June 2nd.  Ironically our warmest stretch was at the end of April, where April 25th, 26th and 27th saw temperatures 94, 92 and 91 degrees respectively. 

So with days over the past few weeks where the mercury barely climbed into the 70s, this shouldn't feel that bad.  I mean it is summer overall.  In fact, our warmest high average, climatologically, happens July 20th - July 23rd where the average high is 89 degrees.  With that being said, it doesn't mean we have to like it.  I had a few people come up to me today and ask when the heat will go away?  My response "It's summer, it should be warm!"  However, during my run this morning, it was HOT.  I should have paid attention to the 8:00 am temperature and dew point, but of course I was determined to get in my run.  I figured it's just a little heat.  But it WAS hot out there.  I carried my water with me and alternated between taking a sip and then dumping some on my head and neck.  That did help a bit to keep me cool during my 4.5 miles.  I was glad when I got back to the track that I had strategically placed my 2nd 24 oz. bottle in the shade and quickly drank that.  I know that I probably shouldn't go running when it is that warm so early, but I figured I'd be done around 10:00 am, which I was but still it was quite warm out there.  Note to self... Suck it up and get up earlier!

That's the second time this week I've run in humid conditions.  The first, was back on Sunday.  I was up in Baltimore, visiting my parents and my dad and I ran in a 5K, the Pikesville 5K (suburbs of Baltimore) for those who are wondering.  We got to the race location around 7:00 am (even though the official start was at 8:00 am).  Daddy likes to be early.  So we were walking around in the shade and it really felt quite nice.  So at the beginning of the race, we were chatting and saying to ourselves "hey, this isn't bad."  Then for the last mile, the sun was shining directly in our faces and because the water station was crowded (Dad and I had our own bottle of water) we opted not to dump some on our heads to cool us down, so we continued to run.  When we finished the race, I poured the rest of my water on my head to cool me off and then drank an entire 16 oz bottle of water right there.  It took me awhile to cool down and in fact, I had a horrible headache the rest of the day because of it.  By the way, Dad beat me by 12 seconds, but then again due to my compartment syndrome I had to stop and take off my shoe and wake it up, right before mile 3, so I'll give it to him. Haha. 

So you would think being a Meteorologist and knowing the weather I would be smarter to NOT run in the heat.  But here's how I look at it.  The Women's Four Miler Race is September 5th.  Last year we had sunshine and humid conditions.  I would rather train my body to run in the humid conditions that be surprised by it come that September day.  I have been training smart by hydrating before, during, and after my runs.  I also, do a majority of my run on shaded paths and always where a hat.  So if you are going to exercise out in the heat, be smart about it. 

There is some good news though... The front pushes through tomorrow, so temperatures will cool to just near 80 degrees for the weekend, meaning The Women's Four Miler training program looks to see nice conditions, once again.

Enjoy!

~Stacy

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