Running Challenges

Hi Everyone!  Thanks for stopping by this week’s Tuesday’s on the Run discussion.  I’m linking up with Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice to talk about the most challenging aspect of running right now.  So, let’s get to it.

If you’ve been following me for a while then this one is a no brainer!  I’m sure you probably already know the answer to this.  The most challenging aspect of running right now for me is the weather.  The weather has been unforgiving in it’s relentless attack!  Ok, maybe a little exaggeratedBut, it’s true.  The last four months have been brutal in terms of running.  The heat and humidity make me nauseous, and the humidity and the pollen set off my asthma.  So basically, the last four months of running have not been the best!  But, I have kept on trying!  

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I love, love, love hot weather, but only if I’m laying in a pool or on a beach.  For me, hot weather and running don’t mix.  It’s really hard (or impossible) to run when it’s 99 degrees outside with 100% humidity! 

Heat Wave New Blog Post Run and Live HappyIf I get too hot while running, I get nauseous.  Then I can’t finish my run, or I’m having to walk to try and get my miles in.  And then my stomach would be upset all day.  All summer I had to get up or before sunrise if I wanted to get a run in.  Most of the days it was already in the 90’s with high humidity.  It was miserable, but it was better than trying to run in the afternoon or evening.  Here we are halfway through September and the temperature is still in the 90’s!  Come on! 


Since September has started, the pollen count has gone sky high!  This combined with the humidity has been detrimental to my running.  When the air is heavy and thick it’s already hard to breathe, but then add in the pollen and I’m a goner!  And, I’m trying to train for a half marathon.  The pollen affects my allergies and it triggers my asthma.  It’s really hard to run when you can’t breathe! 


Ever since this new running section on my weather app has showed up, it says “Bad Running Weather” almost every day!  The only times it’s “Good Running Weather” are in the middle of the night! This summer, I started to love running in the rain.  It’s cool and it’s easy to breathe.  I’m ready for the weather to cool off so I can really focus on training and getting in my runs.  It’s frustrating when I can’t run.  It’s even worse when I don’t feel bad, but I know if I go run I will get sick. 

half marathon training

Even though the weather is playing a huge part in my running, I’m still determined to get it done!  I’m working with my doctor and my new inhaler and allergy medicine seem to be helping!  Now, if Mother Nature would just cooperate! 


What is your running challenge?

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6 thoughts on “Running Challenges

  1. Marcia

    I hear you. It has been a brutal summer for running. Add me to camp nausea when it’s really hot and humid. I’m not a highly allergic person (so I thought) but I’ve been having problems this past month too. Ridiculous. Thanks for linking up!

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      It is ridiculous! Once September hit I was ready for cooler more bearable weather!

  2. San

    I definitely have trouble running in the heat , but at least we don’t have to deal with the high humidity in California (and I also don’t have allergies – knock on wood!). This must be awful.

    Do you have access to a treadmill and the option to run inside? That would be my go-to solution.

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      I did have a treadmill but it wore out. 🙁 I need to get a new one!

  3. Teresa

    YES! The summer heat and humidity has been especially rough this year! I can not run with the sound of my heart thumping loudly in my head!! If I don’t run early…it doesn’t get done. I think we are all ready for Fall!!

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      That sounds just like me! I am so ready for fall!

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