For the Love of Heat!!

And no I am NOT talking about the basketball team that got what they deserved a few days ago by learning the lesson that there are no shortcuts and you cannot buy championships … I am talking about going out for runs, for rides, in the heat of the day here in Florida.

I should also point out that unless you get up at 4:00 AM (talking to you KC) there really is NO cool part of the day here in this area. There are varying degrees of comfort, but it is over 80 by 9:00 AM and does dip below the 90’s until well after 8:00 PM. Even when it is relatively cool, the humidity breaks you out in a sweat before you take the first step, so there is no escape from it when it comes down to brass tacks.

Personally, even though it’s not ideal, I prefer running in the heat. The sweat pouring down my back, soaking my head sweats visor, makes me feel like I am actually working, even when I am running at a slow pace compared to others who read this blog (having just broken the 12:00 pace mark, I am PROUD of myself since in January I was struggling to stay under 20:00/mile). I have noticed also that when I bike or swim, or after completing a triathlon, I gain weight, but when I run I lose weight. I am not sure about the science behind this (I am sure someone on here can offer some insight) but nothing is more frustrating than biking 18 miles and burning 1800 calories, then stepping on the scale the next day and gaining 2 pounds. When I run three days in a row I have actually lost close to a pound a day. See this graph, showing the last 28 days cycle:

If you can make out the numbers below the chart, on 6/5 there was a bike ride and you can see the daily increase in weight after that, then the running workouts start taking effect and it drops back down. Then yesterday there was no run and a swim workout … boom … today I gained 1.8 pounds.

I know it’s water retention. I know. Still frustrates the hell out of me.

So today I have a two mile run scheduled up in Tampa Palms. This will happen around 4:00 PM. The temperature is around 95 degrees. I will sweat, down at least 20 oz of fluid in two miles, hopefully maintain my current pacing, and we will see how the weight looks tomorrow. I will update it in the comments section. Let’s see what happens.

One thought on “For the Love of Heat!!

  • June 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    As promised, I weighed this morning and was 241.8, a weight loss of .8 pounds. Not the usual drop but yesterday was a weird run, very low energy, and the heat was oppressive. May have retained too much fluid. Oh well … just keep at it I guess.

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