I used to run frequently, but a relocation and new job have eaten up most of my free time for the past year. I used to live in Texas and I suppose I adapted to running in the summer heat; however, I now live in Central Florida and the humidity is considerably higher here.
Does anybody have any tips for adjusting to running in the humidity? Even in the morning when the temperature is 75ish, the relative humidity is around 95%.
My only advice is to try and get your workouts in as early as you can. I deal with a similar issue in St Louis from time to time. Make sure you are properly hydrated and scale back your intensity a bit if you feel the humidity getting to you. Though, during our recent heat wave I retreated to my treadmill in the basement because it was just too hot outside.
I've never found a good way around this, except, like temperature, your body tends to adjust over time. Also, it seems that RH is highest when temp is lowest. That seems to make sense - higher temp, less dense air, same amount of moisture, lower RH.
I have been battling the summer heat and humidity here in South Florida too. My strategy is to run early before the sun comes up, keep it slow, and keep it short. I am just trying to keep my base ability there during the summer so that when the "cooler" weather comes in October, I don't have to start from scratch.
Learn to recognize the signs of heat sickness.....lightheaded feeling, nausea and chills, sudden stopping of sweat. Been there done that...I grew up in Florida!
I would rather battle the heat than go to the "dreadmill". Can't stand it!
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Great advice from the others...and the bright side is that you will be better prepared for the fall season. Running in the heat/humidity really does benefit overall endurance, but that it probably another reason why it also produces additional challenges.
Try one of the running bandanas/headbans designed to reduce core body temp. Those can make a difference along with increasing hydration (add pure lemon juice to water). Also, it is important to increase Vitamin C levels along with electrolyte supplements that include sodium, potassium and magnesium. The combination should get you through.
Wishing you all the best.
pKPanther34. I live & train in South Fl. I have found that being properly fueled and running as early as possible is the only way around this brutal summer we are having. I did 22 miles Sunday morning. that was my longest run to date. I started running at 3:45 to get a jump on the heat and humidity. staying properly Hydrated and adding electrolytes makes all the difference in the world. It your body is not recently use to our type of humidity. I suggest you start out running short distances 60 to 90 seconds slower than your normal training pace. short walk breaks will also help. iuse several products by Hammer nutrition that have helped me. I suggest you check out their website among others that have plenty of good reading on running in high heat and humidity.
THE GOOD NEWs IS when you run in "normal" temperature you'll find your endurance and times are usually much better than you anticipated.
I'm a slower runner. My half marathon race pace is around 9:45. Training for my first Marathon in October my current training pace on long runs varies between 12:00 - 13:00 minutes depending on our current temperature and humidity. it's more about covering the distance this time of the year.
I also use the dread ill to do some of my speed work.
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Jan.7,2012 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Orlando FL 02:09:14 PR
Oct 7 2012 Chicago Marathon Chicago Illinois 05:17:43
Feb 10, 2012 Rock N Roll Half Marathon St Petersburg FL
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Oct 31,2011 Fl Halloween Halfathron 02:18:22
Sept 4, 2011 Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll Virgina Beach Half Marathon 02:28:20
April 30,2011 Country Music Half Marathon Nashville TN 02:56:02
Thanks for all the advice. I ran a little earlier this morning (before the sun came up) and managed the humidity a little better. August seems to be the worst month for humidity here, so I'll just ease myself back into running more slowly.
In the spring I run during the hottest time of the day till it gets over 85 then I start running early.
Another trick when it gets over 95 run one mile fast- 5k race pace- then stop rest three min. and start running normal speed.
Run 3-4 miles at 10k race pace. Don't run slow all summer.
Run out and backs. Its easer to finish fast if you are going towards the barn.