Death Valley Days = Badwater Training Gut Check

This past weekend was the LA Marathon, and since the Clif Bar Pace Team handles the pacing chores, DB and I were out west.  What better opportunity, we thought, to add in a visit to Death Valley, and re-visit the course we’ve now played on six different times. I’ve written before about what it’s like to run in Death Valley, specifically about the time that DB and I created our more » Read more

Acclimate to Summer Heat to Improve Performance in Fall Races

Most runners loathe running in the heat.  Don’t even talk to us about humidity.  It sucks.  We hate it.  We do everything we can do avoid it.  With very few exceptions, the only runners I know who enjoy the heat are short distance runners (5k and under).  Above that distance, most of us cringe (and complain excessively) when we see a weather forecast with warm summer temps and thick summer more » Read more

Hot and Salty – Running in the Heat!

Living in a place of perpetual summer, you’d think it would be easy to adjust to running in slightly hotter weather…but it’s not.  I’m not complaining mind you, but when you acclimate to Hawaii weather, any change, warmer or cooler, seems drastic.  So after turning down the air conditioning  I’ve come up with a short-but-sweet plan to beat the heat over the next few months. Related PostsDon’t Chase The Pace: more » Read more

5 Things That Are Harder for Runners to Do in the Summer

Yeah, it’s the summer! No more complaining about each run producing a load of laundry! We forgot about Yaktrax! It’s the time of year when all we really need is to cover our naughty bits, throw on a pair of shoes and go. Even though we don’t have to track down a safe ice-free route or find some other idiot willing to brave sub-zero wind chills to keep us company more » Read more

Five Ways to Welcome Summer

  American author Tom Robbins once wrote that summer weather can often feel like “an obscene phone call from nature.” He’s got that right!  Like a lot of you, my Baton Rouge running group and I “got the call” from nature a few weeks ago. We’ve officially gone into summer survival mode: we will run outside no matter how hot/humid it gets, but we recognize that we have to take more » Read more

5 Reasons Running During a Heatwave Makes You a Badass

 Hot hot hot. Wooooooooooeeeeee! Has it been hot and humid everywhere this week! Yuckity yuck yuck yuck. Even with extreme heat and mugginess, or “the soup” as I like to call it, our training plans don’t care. We have workouts to get in and mileage goals to meet! Armed with Mint’s tips for safely getting in the training during heat waves, many of us sucked it up and got it done more » Read more

Running Fashion Police: Running Tops for Every Temperature

Dressing for summer running is easy: less is more! But if you live in the northern US like me, you’ve probably realized that it’s officially fall, and that means A+ running weather!  But it also means the temperature is fluctuating like crazy. I often marvel at the differences in how runners dress for weather. A few weeks ago I was enjoying a run on a dry 50 degree morning wearing more » Read more

5 Tips For The Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are upon us, and most of us humans are struggling to keep up with the heat ourselves.  But what about man’s illustrious best friend?  We’ve discussed the benefits of canine bodyguards this week, but are we doing everything we can to make sure that our pups are staying safe in the heat of the summer months?  Read on, Salty runners, for our five top tips more » Read more

Running Fashion Police: Going Shirtless!

In honor of the first day of summer, Mint gave us some great tips for staying cool. I’m here to continue that conversation by telling you to take off your clothes! That’s right ladies, we’re going shirtless! But first a little mood music: Related Posts5 Guidelines for Wearing the Shirt From a Race You Did Not Run Style: Brighter = Faster The Waterproof Color Run! Bike, Boy or Bunz Second more » Read more

Hawt! A Runner’s Guide to Surviving Summer Heat

It’s just a little hawt out there! Image via hardworkinghippy It is going to be a sizzling hot summer.  During late spring we already saw marathons cut short and cancelled.  Now, as summer begins to descend upon us, it promises to be a brutal one.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling of the bright, warm sun on my face during a midsummer day. But the runner side of me more » Read more

Update to our “Hot Marathons” Post

The Madison Marathon was ultimately cancelled.  Below is the detailed explanation the race sent out to participants.  I think they handled the situation very well.  The forecast only got hotter for Sunday (actual high for race day was 94!) and they seemed to at least try to soften the blow by allowing the runners to run the half and providing a credit of $20 towards next year’s race.   What do more » Read more

Hot Marathons: Know When to Walk Away, Know When to Run

Today, we are going to channel some serious old school:  Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler. You’ve Got to Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Fold ‘Em, Know When to Walk Away, Know When to Run… Why?  The Madison Marathon is on Sunday.  Yeah, I know.  Madison Marathon + Kenny Rogers = What?!?!  But hear me out. Related PostsWisconsin Marathon – Mint’s Sweet Redemption Marathon Training Arsenal: Catch Up on more » Read more