Today's topic: What is your ideal temperature/conditions for running or race day?
If I could order up the perfect weather from Mother Nature, it would consist of temperatures in the 50s, partly sunny, low humidity, mild breezes. Hello springtime and autumn!
A lot of my fellow runners like overcast skies, but I really appreciate some sunshine. Maybe not a full-out blast of sun, but patches of blue skies are great. I enjoy wearing sunglasses to run.
Weather perfection aside, I am happy to run outdoors in temperatures ranging anywhere from the 30s to the 70s.
My upper-temperature threshold is probably higher than average. Typically I like to dress more warmly than others. I might be wearing capris, a long-sleeve shirt, and gloves while others are wearing shorts. For example:
|Kim and me at the 2014 Prairie State Half Marathon|
On a side note... I have a theory that the more elite of a runner you are, the less clothing you wear (which definitely applies to Kim's running prowess versus mine). Case in point:
Let's flip over to the other end of the climate spectrum. My low-temperature running threshold has gotten weaker in recent years. A few years ago, I would run outdoors as long as the temperature was in the teens or higher. Now I'll draw the line if the temperature is below about 30 degrees. I don't mind running in the snow or in a "warm" rain, but cold rain (e.g. when the temperature is 33 degrees) is the worst, in my opinion.
I have definitely learned to appreciate the beauty of the treadmill.
I used to hate the treadmill for the boredom factor. These days, if I have the choice between the treadmill and battling Mother Nature's challenges, I won't hesitate to pick the treadmill.
Now, please allow me to reflect on my running weather history. I have run in all kinds of weather extremes.
The coldest race I've ever run was at the 2013 PNC YMCA Turkey Trot where it was a balmy 15 degrees.
I have run in blizzards and ample snowfall:
|Anne and me at the 2013 Chicago Running Bloggers Holiday Party|
The windiest race I ever ran was the 2011 Chicago Spring Half Marathon. I wasn't blogging at the time, but in short, this is a lakefront race where there is exactly zero protection from the elements. That day, the winds were gusting at 30 MPH and up and it was raining horizontally.
The warmest race I've ever run was the 2013 Strike Out ALS 5K where the temperature was in the 90s. Luckily/unluckily, I don't have a good action photo from that race. Therefore, to demonstrate my "meltdown" look, here's a picture from last year's Rock N Roll Chicago Half Marathon (temps in 80s, humidity of 372%):
Thanks to my rain jinx, I've run so many races in torrential rainfall that I've lost track of them all. Here are a couple of examples:
|The 2014 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon|
|The 2015 Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon|
The closest I've ever come to running in a veritable monsoon was at the Chinatown 5K. The rain came down in such torrents that there were ankle-deep puddles everywhere. This picture doesn't even begin to do the conditions justice:
|Natalie and me approaching the finish line|
What is that expression, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger?
What are your perfect running weather conditions? Tell me about some of your most extreme weather experiences?