COLLEGIATE CONTRIBUTOR: MICHELLE*
The September 11 post featured an interview with Michelle that provides background for her discussion, which began with a September 14 post "Finding Time to Run". Check back on September 28 for her 3rd and last post.
"'CLIMATE' CHANGE" When the time comes for me to go back to school it causes me to think about changing my fitness routine. Moving from the Midwest to the deep South is a completely different ballgame for running and fitness. The increases in heat and humidity force a change in running habits for a couple of weeks, until my body becomes accustomed to the temperatures and change in air.
There are a couple ways in which I’ve learned to cope with a different ‘climate’. Running early in the morning before the heat of the day, or at night after the sun sets. Running at different times of the day than I would run at home in Ohio, to manage the temperatures we get in New Orleans, is the only way to be able to run outdoors!
My advice to others dealing with this situation is to test yourself. Find your limits in the different weather conditions. In this way, you’ll figure out when running works for you. Start slow and build up mileage to see how you are feeling; use cross training to build up tolerance.
Another way to deal with the instances when heat and humidity mess up your running schedule is go to the gym! Running on an indoor track or on the treadmill is a great way to stay fit while beating the heat.
*Earned Runs is pleased to introduce our first ever guest contributor, TULANE UNIVERSITY junior MICHELLE D. To get into the swing of the Back-To-School theme and to kick off the new academic year, Michelle will write on three topics of interest to students. She is pursuing a business degree as a “Green Wave” fan at the New Orleans, Louisiana institution, with a dual major in Marketing and Management.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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