Running in the Heat
I actually like running in the afternoon and I don't mind running in the heat if the route is short and I keep the pace nice and slow.
Today, the heat index was topping 106 and there was a haze in the air. On top of that, the city workers were cutting the grass on the road I was running (which made the air even nicer).
It was around noon and it was seriously hot! I only saw two other runners and they really looked bad...
I have read several articles about running in the heat, so I thought I would share some of the ones I found useful:
Runner's World - Heat Advisory - This was in the last issue and covers just about everything.
Active.com - 20 Tips to Stay Cool on a Summer Run (Its by Jeff Galloway - enough said)
RunnerDude - 10 Beat the Heat Tips for Runners - My favorite Blogger.
Coach Greg - Lordy, It's Hot Out There! - My running coach.
Active.com - 6 Tips to Run Through the Heat - Only six tips so its short.
Knol - Running 101 - Running in Heat and Humidity - A little technical, but very good.
I have learned several things from all of these articles and have slowly built up my tolerance to the heat (this helped during my 50K on June 25th in Beaufort, SC - still brutal though). I also pay a lot of attention to how I am feeling before, during and after my really hot runs.
I am still learning and would never compare my knowledge with the people I listed above. I leave it up to the experts to give specific advice on this topic.
If you know of other articles feel free to add them to the comment section.