Monday, May 23, 2016

Perfect Race Weather

Ask a group of runners what their favorite running weather is and chances are, you'll get different answers from each of them. For this week's Tuesday on the Run, we're talking about our favorite racing weather.

Before I continue, I'm linking up with the Tuesday on the Run blog link up, hosted by My No-Guilt LifeMCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice. When you're done reading here, go check them out!

Now that summer is on its way, most runners will agree that summer is not usually a runner's favorite season. In fact, I try hard to avoid most summer races. And here in San Diego, summer can last through November! I usually end up doing a race in September that all but kills me (Noble Canyon 50K, I'm looking at you). I just don't do well in the heat. I kind of run warm to begin with so when the temps soar, I'm miserable. And when there is no shade whatsoever, as there usually isn't anywhere in San Diego County, I'm doubly miserable. 

For me, the ideal race conditions would be overcast, no more than 50 degrees at the start and no more than 65 at the finish. And the sun only comes out as I'm crossing the finish line. Wow, that would be awesome. I also do not like to run when the humidity is high. I was not a good summer runner when we lived back east. Humidity is like my kryptonite. This year's San Diego Half Marathon had pretty ideal conditions and I ended up having a pretty good race. But the race is in March, so chances are high for good weather. 

Before SD Half Marathon - overcast and chilly

After SD Half - sun just coming out but not too warm!

What's your ideal race temps? Do you like to run in the heat or cold?

10 comments:

  1. I like warmth - 65 on up is ideal for me!

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    1. So you must love summer running! That's awesome!

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  2. I agree with you. I can't stand running in the heat, it's a real struggle for me. I can be really rough in May and in September, but all you can do it your best on race day! I'd love to run in SD at some point!

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    1. Exactly - you can only do what you can do when it's hot. I always have to just keep my expectations low and do my best just to muddle through. You should come out to SD sometime for a race!! But only November through July :)

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  3. I am right there with you. I run hot as well and humidity is soul sucking to me. I can be happy very cold but once we get above 60, I start to struggle.

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    1. Yes! And add the blistering sun and I'm done.

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  4. Summer actually IS my favorite season for running because I have more time to dedicate to it which makes it more enjoyable! I try to get up early before it gets too hot though. I wish there were more races held during the summer! I have a few 5Ks on the books but nothing long distance!

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    1. I hear you on having more time in the summer. But I'm definitely more inclined to be a cool-weather runner!

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  5. I think Revel Mt. Charleston Half was ideal weather for me. 40 at the start. 55-65 on the course. 70 about .1 from the finish with the sun coming out just in time for my finish line photo! Perfection!

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