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Ideal racing conditions

Tuesdays on the RunToday I'm linking up with Erika at MCM Mama Runs, Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and Patty at My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

The topic for today is racing window of comfort... what are your ideal temperature/conditions for race day?

I'm a little bit like Goldilocks... not too hot, not too cold, I like it just right.

Lately I've ran half marathons in the following conditions at start:
46, low humidity - way too cold
70, high humidity - warm, sticky, pretty hot at finish
64, high humidity - nice at start, warm at finish

I tend to like warmer versus colder. I find that I run better when the temperature is at least 55 degrees, any colder and I'm miserable. I like the feel of 70's when the humidity is low. With that being said, I really don't care for it when it is too hot either. At about 85 degrees is about the max I can stand with the humidity we get.

My ideal racing conditions would be temps between 55-70, lowish humidity, little to no wind and sunny.  Will I ever get these... who knows... but I'll definitely keep trying.

Comments

  1. I'm with you - I like things on the cooler side with no humidity. I don't want the sun beating down on me though. Here in SoCal, there is very little shade anywhere we run. So even in cool temps, the sun makes it pretty warm.

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  2. Janelle @ Run With No RegretsMay 24, 2016 at 3:45 AM

    I like running in similar conditions, but I'd rather be colder than warmer during a race!

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  3. I like being a bit warm rather than cold. I hate being cold while waiting for a race to start!

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  4. I would much rather be warm or even hot than cold any day!

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  5. I'm in awe of those of you who can tolerate heat. I'd much rather run cold than hot. Humidity drains me.

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  6. That stinks! I've got lots of tree cover.

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  7. I think living in the TX heat has just heat conditioned me.

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  8. I can't stand to be cold... well, ever!

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  9. I think I'm just heat conditioned from living in Houston for 8 years.

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  10. I have not had perfect race temps in a while! I am do some

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  11. My ideal running weather is about 65-70 with no humidity though allergies really affect me so usually when the weather is really nice like that, I'm kind of out of commission with allergies.

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  12. Yup, count me in as a Goldilocks, too! I agree, I would rather have it warmer than colder. Cold makes my muscles act all wonky.

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  13. Yes! A perfect race day is something to look forward too.

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  14. I can imagine... it gets real tough out in the spring and fall with the different types of pollen.

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