All summer long, runners have been complaining about the heat. Hey, we are allowed to! It seems like heat can kill anyone's mojo, even though the degree in which it affects us pretty much depends on the individual person.
We are well into August, so I suppose it is a little late to be discussing running in the heat options, but that is what I am doing today!
The way I see it, we all have 3 Options when it comes to running when it is super hot...
Option #1: Suck it up and run outside.
We suck things up all the time, and as athletes, we must suck it up once in awhile and do things we may not feel like doing because we know in the long run, we will be happy we did. Sometimes hitting the pavement in the scorching sun is what we choose. Just be sure that if this is the option you choose, you do it safely. Here is a post I wrote a couple years ago about running in the heat: Running Through The Elements: Heat Edition.
Of course, I firmly believe there are times (at least here in PA!) that it is TOO HOT to safely run outside. Don't be an idiot. Use your judgement!
Option #2 Choose not to run, but don't complain about it.
Obviously if you have goals for yourself, it is not okay to do this all the time. Skip enough runs and you will not reach your goals. But once in awhile? Do not fret. Just use your head about it.
Option #3 Find a treadmill.
This may be easier for some runners than others. Some have treadmills in their home. Some belong to a gym where they use the treadmill during unpleasant weather conditions. However, if you don't own a treadmill and don't belong to a gym, finding a treadmill may be more difficult and costly. You could find a nearby gym and pay the daily use fee. It will probably be expensive to do that, but depending on how important it is that you complete your run that day, it is an option. Probably not something you want to do often- it would be cheaper to just join the gym than pay the daily fee a couple times a month!
How do you survive the heat in the summer? Option #1, #2, or #3?