Monday, July 9, 2007

Hot Fun in the Summertime

Not that I even need to say anything about how warm it is today, but man, it is warm. This of course means that it is especially important to keep your body's safety in mind. How well do you respond to this weather? Not only is hydration important, but proper mineral and vitamin balances, e.g. potassium and sodium, are also important to monitor. If you don't feel like running at the time of day we normally run is good for you, by all means run earlier or later.

I'll be away for a couple of days so I will be missing tomorrow night's workout. Kip will be in charge, and we've discussed our options for running if weather is obnoxiously hot. The workout is going to be 16x400, which shouldn't be too bad. If you want, you can break it into 4 sets of 4x400, taking a slightly longer recovery after each set. It would be a good idea to gradually get faster throughout the workout. For instance, run the first 4 at 77, then 76, 75, 74 or you could look to get faster through each set, so go 77-76-75-74 and then do it again. You don't want to just rock out the same pace the whole workout, while this has a time and a place, it is extremely boring and can be counterproductive. If the weather is really bad, look to do at least 12 repeats.

I will also not be around for this Friday's run at the park, but don't let that stop you from going. I may come back Saturday night, if that's the case I will probably look to do a run in the park Sunday morning. Maybe this time I will even be sober for it.


OnceARunner said...

Summer is meant for putting in the miles and getting into shape. In the tradition of the ancient Bantu runners, I declare my return with a haiku.

though from far behind
the herd I will reel back in
to run, race, pounce, soar

Think about it.

kipchirchir said...

Bantu runners were no good at distance running. The nilotes, who are known as the hunter gatherers have always been superior in long distance running. Pay attention!