Running in the heat

Yesterday, feeling a bit sluggish I decided to go for a run. Now, I know it's hot in Tucson, AZ (106d.) to be exact! I decided to go out anyway. I wasn't going out for a long run, nor was I going to set any records on Strava, I just wanted to get a good 5 miles in. Well an hour later, I was exhausted! Running in the heat is a totally different experience than running in the mid-west or north east. There, you are soaked with sweat after 5 miles (at least I am). Here in Tucson, you sweat, but it quickly dries! So, in your mind, you think you're not putting in much of an effort, but in reality, you're probably working twice as hard! I was semi-smart and brought some water, but 16oz wasn't enough! Next time, I'll run with two bottles. Because unlike a 1/2 or full marathon, there are no water stops! Just you, the sun, and the road! Another tip for my fellow desert runners out there. It's important to use sunscreen, but don't forget about your lips! When I was two miles away from the car and out of water, I began licking my lips - so don't forget the chapstick boys and girls!

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