Ask your average human what the ideal temperature is, and you’ll probably get a response of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Ask your average human who enjoys distance running the same question, and you’re likely to get a different response of somewhere around 15-20 degrees cooler.
We runners love us some chilly air. And the science backs us up on this point. Runners’ performance has been shown to decrease when the temperatures rise above the “perfect running temp” of 55. And the further away you get from that ideal temperature, the more your performance decreases; when it’s 65, you might slow down a bit, but if it’s 85, you will slow down a lot.
So, since it’s heading towards July and getting warmer every day, I guess we just have to stop running until fall. Bye!
Wait! You actually CAN run in the summer heat, as long as you take a few precautions:
So, bring on the summer! I’ll see you on the roads. I’ll be the one drinking lots of water, wearing my sweat-wicking singlet, running at an easy pace, early in the morning, on my way to the beach.