Running During Hot Summer days

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Summer days are upon us. It is hot and humid here in the Southern USA. Since my next marathon is in September, I have no choice other then running during these hot summer days. On my last running session, I ran during the coldest and the hottest days. The only difference is that during cold days, I was able to put on a lot of heavy clothes and run. But during warm days,  it is hard to do so. After some point, there is no more to take off.

Here are few suggestions for some of you hardcore runners. I am not only giving you a suggestion, I promise that I will live by what I say (most of it 😉 ).

1) Drink plenty of water, or run with a water bottle. If you choose sports drinks, there’s no problem with that either. Just keep yourself hydrated.

2) Wear light clothes:  Heavy cotton clothes are not breathable through. Try to wear breathable clothes. If you do not have one, go to the closest Wal-Mart, they have a very good selection of breathable clothes (if you still have questions , please post your comment, I will point you to the right direction)

3) Wear sunscreen: I am bad at putting on sunscreen. I have not found a good sunscreen for myself. I was told that there is sports sunscreen. I will have to look for it. I use what I have around the house. I am using 30-50 spf.

4)Wear a hat.

5) Try not to run during the hottest time of day: One nice thing about summer is that days are getting longer. Enjoy the long days by running early in the morning or in the late afternoon. Once a week, I run during the middle of the day. As a runner, I was told to train ourselves in any condition. We never know what condition we will be on race days.  Once a week, I run early in the morning. On most of my weekend runs, I start early.

I hope these tips will help you keep you cool and keep on running. As runners, we never stop.

Have fun. Do not let me hear you saying “I am not running because it is too hot”…  🙂

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Speed Training

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Everyone should include speed training as a part of their weekly training. I also suggest that you should go to a track. Running speed on the road does not work the way you want to do.

This is my 4th week of speed training. I will have to see how I do on my next 5k to see the improvment.

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Still running after 1500+ miles and 34 races

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It has been a year and half since I started to run. Here I am after 1500+miles and 34 races, still running!I have not looked back ever since. Instead, I am looking forward for more marathons and 5ks/10ks to run.

My 1500+ miles included places like Kathmandu (in Nepal), Toronto (in Canada), Edinburgh (in the UK) and across the USA (Atlanta, Birmingham, Omaha … etc).   I plan to run in more countries/cities around the world.

My 34 races included two half marathons, two full marathons and many 5ks-15ks.  It has been a life changing experience for me.  I also collected many medals and other prizes from these races. 

I hope to run in coming days, months and years. Maybe… Maybe I will  run ’till I’m 100!

My PR for 

– 5k –  21 Min

-10k – 45 min

-15k  – 1 hr 12 min

-Half Marathon  – 1 hr 44 mines

-Full Marathon – 3 hrs 51 min.

Here are my race stats:

Race Date Race Name  Distance Time
5/1/2009 CASEY’S CAUSE 5K  5k 21:30:00
4/24/2009 UAB Dollars for Scholars  10k 47:33:00
4/18/2009 Statue To Statue  15k 1:12:26
4/4/2009 High Country 5k 21:55:00
3/28/2009 Rumpshaker 5K 5k 21:26:00
3/14/2009 Perseverance Run 5k                  21:52.9
3/7/2009 Knights of Columbus Run  5k 22:27:00
2/28/2009 Adam’s Heart run 10 k 46:19:00
2/15/2009 Mercedes Marathon 26.2 miles 3:51:00
1/31/2009 Brenda Ladun Conquer Cancer Run  8k 0:34:09
12/1/2008 Jingle Bell Run 5k 0:26:51
11/30/2008 Atlanta Thanksgiving Marathon 26.2 miles 3:51:00
11/1/2008 Vulcan 10K 5k 45:33:00
10/25/2008 JSU 5k 5k 21:18:00
9/13/2008 Sobriety Run  5k 21:35.6
8/23/2008 Liberty Park 5K  5k 21:32.4
8/1/2008 University of Montevallo 5k  5k  21:00:00
7/26/2008 Retro 5K Run 5k 21:14.1
7/4/2008 Peavine Falls Run 8.2 Mile 1:04:03
6/21/2008 Stampede Run Stampede  5k 21:20.6
6/7/2008 Perseverance Run 5k 21:44.6
5/24/2008 Spring Scramble  5k 21:25:00
5/10/2008 Zoo Run  5k 21:49:00
4/25/2008 UAB Dollars for Scholars  10k 48:50.7
4/19/2008 Statue To Statue  15k 1:13:03
4/12/2008 High Country  5k 22:33.0
3/30/2008 ING GA Half Marathon 13.1 Miles 1:44:47
3/22/2008 Christ Church Run To The Cross 5k 22:52.7
3/9/2008 PASSING ON THE BLESSINGS  5k 23:48.8
2/23/2008 Adam’s Heart Run  10 miles 1:19:09
2/10/2008 Mercedes Half Marathon 13.1 miles 1:48:51
1/12/2008 Red Nose Run 10 mi 1:22:01
12/15/2007 Meadow Brook 5k 5k 25:50:00
11/17/2007 Samford PhiMu  5k 28:50:00
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Garmin Forerunner 405 Vs. 305

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I am thinking about upgrading my Garmin Forerunner from 305 to 405. Here is a link for the Garmin Forerunner 405 : http://www8.garmin.com/ces/forerunner/index.html

In the last few weeks, the Garmin 305 has been giving me trouble.  At www.REI.com, they are having a sale for the 405 from May 1st to May 10th.

The Forerunner has helped my running. It is one of the best running items. If you can afford one, I suggest you to get at least a 305.

 

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