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?