Coping With The Frustration Of Virginia Heat – Intro

Training in a Northern Virginia Summer

Running in the Virginia summer heat

Just can't beat Virginia heat.

My wife and I just got back from a wonderful vacation in California’s Russian River Valley – a bike tour combined with wine tastings.  I’ve never visited Northern California, and the scenery was absolutely breathtaking, particularly along the coast, as those of you who’ve been there know.  (If you haven’t been, it’s worth the trip!)  The terrain is rolling – gently to aggressively – and some of the hills we climbed were a bit more than I’d anticipated.

The weather was spectacular – a foggy 50’s in the morning warming to the mid 80’s in the afternoon, with perfect cloudless blue skies and brilliant sunshine.  The air was so clear, it was like wearing high contrast glasses – the colors and details simply “popped.”  It’s also the “coldest” July in anyone’s memory (wasn’t it Mark Twain who said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco?”), but we found it a wonderful change of pace from the HHH (hazy, hot, humid) weather here in Northern Virginia.  Now, I’m not complaining about the heat (a promise I made and intend to keep, as much as possible, after this winter’s historic snows), but heading out into the murky air for a short run today was torture.  I immediately wished I was back cycling in the cool dry air through the redwoods or along the Russian River.

Which brings me to the point of this month’s ramblings – dealing with Northern Virginia’s summer elements.  The fact is, exercising outdoors in the HHH of Northern Virginia”s summers can be unhealthy, in addition to being simply uncomfortable.  “Code Orange” days and aerobic activity just don’t seem to go together well.  We constantly advise our customers to exercise mindfully and prudently, but it’s awfully tough these days if you simply *must* get those workouts in!

So this month we’re providing a few tips to minimize the discomfort. It’s mostly “common sense,” but we all know how enthusiasm can too often overcome common sense. Hopefully you’ll read carefully and BE SAFE WHEN YOU RUN!

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