I found my breaking point.

Last night on my run I found my breaking point:

Feels like 93 degrees + 66% humidity + no breeze.

I was doing my normal, easy loop around the beach …

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I made this! It’s kind of fancy, right? : )

…when my heart started bursting forth from my chest. Not in a good way, but in a super dramatic HOLY COW I’M PUMPING WAY TOO FAST kind of way.

I had four easy on my training plan but ended up calling it a day after 3.5 and walked the last .5 home.

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I HATE cutting a run short. So annoying!

I should have started out slower knowing that it was ridiculously warm out but I was feeling good … plus, I think of myself as a tough hot weather runner : )

Oh well, there’s always tomorrow!

I stopped to take this 10 second vid when I needed to give my heart a brief rest:

It’s MY beach at sunset (when it still has a feels like temp of 93 degrees! Fun!).

Despite the heat that nearly made me stop-drop-and-roll I know I’ll be back for more of that view very soon.

Totally off topic but how funny is this?!!!?!?


I could literally watch that gif all day. The Shaq bit cracks me up!

What is the hottest temp you’ve ever run in?

Do you ever run in the middle of the afternoon during the summer? (Is that safe?!) 



  1. June 24, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Cutting a run short sucks! Considering the weather and how you were feeling, clearly it was the smart thing to do. Wow I still can’t believe people just LIVE at the beach. To me, that is like LIVING at “vacation” haha. I wish getting a music teaching job was easier because me and Paul and the cats could just pick up and move to Hawaii. I am sure they need music teachers in Hawaii, right?? I guess I would have to finally learn to play the ukelele. Okay, last summer was a really hot and humid one in PA. PA is normally pretty hot and humid but last summer was real bad. There was one day where I was DETERMINED to get my 5 mile run in. This is how I had to do it. Take water, run for 15 minutes, then go inside and cool off in the A/C for 10 minutes. Repeat 3 times. I should have just gone to the gym but I was being stubborn.

    • June 24, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      Yes! I bet teaching music in hawaii would be so fun!

      I like your system with the AC! I just may need to do that on speedwork nights so i don’t end up flat on the side of the road!

  2. June 24, 2014 / 9:27 am

    93* plus 66% humidity is no joke. I’m sure that feels like 110* out there. That pic is super fancy, it’s awesome. With that humidity, no wonder your heart was pounding out of your chest. Remember it’s a training run and endurance training in the heat. Nothing wrong with coming out strong and trying to power through. Your body will be ready over the next couples months when the weather is even worse.

    OMG copy cat with the video lol…that is an awesome video. I’ll never get that here in AZ, love the beach and ocean.

    Hottest temp has to be around 107* but very dry. Yes I’ve tried running in the middle of the afternoon, it safe if you hydrate really well but you have to be a bit crazy to even try lol.

    • June 24, 2014 / 4:38 pm

      I know you’re right about my body adapting … but mostly I just hope that it’s never “feels like 93” at 730pm again. Usually it’s a cool 88 degrees by that time, haha. That sound silly but that extra 5 degrees cooler really makes a difference. I know you know what I mean!

  3. June 24, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Ah, now you get how I feel in the summer! I’m always amazed by people who can power through the heat without their heart doing crazy things. Heat affects me really quickly. I’m glad you decided to play it safe!

    • June 24, 2014 / 4:39 pm

      I totally thought of you as my heart was trying to jump out of my chest! I spoke too soon when I said the heat doesn’t affect my heart! hah!

  4. cheryl
    June 24, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    Those rare days when it hits in the low 90’s here, I typically use the treadmill or go early in the am. They are few and far between here though. I have been getting up and going running early (630) this week and it has been in the 50’s…later in the summer, 60’s, and the crazy hot days, low 70’s…so bearable. I don’t like running in the afternoons because of the sunscreen–it always gets in my eyes, and slimy–yuck!

    • June 24, 2014 / 4:40 pm

      Wow that weather sounds really, really nice!

      I’m with you on the sunscreen. Even the kind made for athletes still burns my eyes a bit.

  5. June 24, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    Back when I was younger and lived in TX I used to run in the middle of the afternoon when it was 100 or higher all the time. Now just the thought of that makes me a bit nauseous.
    I think you were smart to stop when you did.
    And, thank you for sharing the video – I could watch waves on the beach all day!!

    • June 24, 2014 / 4:41 pm

      WOW! you were so hardcore running in 100 degrees in the middle of the day!!

      I could watch them all day too. Some nights it’s so hard to stop myself from just plopping down in the sand and taking a nice long break 🙂

  6. June 24, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    It was probably smart of you to listen to your body and stop when you did. Sometimes the heat wins. At least you have some seriously beautiful views!! Last year when I did my first duathlon (56 mile bike and 13 mile run) it was 95 degrees by the time I got to the run. We were having unusually hot weather. The only thing that saved me was the ice and cold water at every aid station. Otherwise, I would have thrown in the towel. It was my slowest half marathon ever.

  7. June 24, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    I know how you feel re: cutting a run short! I have been doing that a lot lately. But, the humidity is a killer! So, well done for listening to your body hey.

    Thanks for the video!! So peaceful. Ahh, I felt like I was there. Beautiful.

    I am not sure re: the safety of running in the hot, midday summer sun, but it doesn’t sound too fun? When I was in Brazil, in Rio, in 2006, there would be HEAPS of ridiculously buffed guys running in the hottest part of the day up and down the path on the edge of beach. Posing running yes, but still running in that heat?? I thought they were crazy. (And show-offs, haha…)

  8. June 25, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Ouch! You have to be careful with that. I ran in temps in the 90’s before. One time, a couple of years ago, when I did I had to walk most of this 3 mile route and I started to have weird chills. When I got back my heart was pounding hard for way longer than normal. All I could do is sit in my air conditioned room and cool off. It scared the crap out of me.

  9. June 25, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    Just the fact that you survive in Florida amazes me. You have heard me whine…humidity kills me. I have run in 90 + degrees, but it was ugly – last summer i got very nauseous and light headed a few times. This summer I have worked around it, I am just not as willing to try. You know I always avoid being in sun because I’ve had Basil cells removed, so I have never run in after noon except all winter 🙂 Summer is really early or really late. I love the video 🙂

  10. June 26, 2014 / 1:21 pm

    With the humidity being so high, I have to work out in the early morning or it’s just too much. Either that or I run at the gym, but that’s just so boring sometimes!

  11. July 2, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    i hate cutting a run short too! it’s super deflating. but seriously, you did the right thing. it’s has been ridiculously hot here in FL. ridiculous.

    i heart that gif!!!!!!