Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Does fifteen equal twenty?

Does twenty equal twenty-five? These are the questions that I am currently asking…. why? The runners from the new club that I have joined keep making these statements that they believe running a distance in Dubai heat is the same as running that distance plus an added five anywhere else.

A lot of the runners here in Dubai have said that it is difficult to complete training runs at the longer distances. That as long as you are out for three hours, then that would be same as running twenty-two or twenty-four miles. They say not to stress too much about it all – as it is physically impossible to keep up an active marathon training program in the desert…. but also that when you head back to the US or Europe and go for a run that it is a truly wonderful experience and you can run like the wind!

Running in heat and humidity is hard. I have found that you run slower and the longer you are out in the elements the harder it is on the body. So what do you think? Do you think that not hitting my mileage targets due to the environment here will hugely adversely affect my New York goals?

I don’t really know.

4 comments:

Forward Foot Strides said...

I've never heard of that before. I'd be inclined to say no, but I'm no expert!

Blaine said...

It's possible. I'm in a higher elevation and everyone I have spoken with that has moved to a lower elevation for a marathon has said that they felt like they could run forever.

Jen Blalock said...

We run in heat and humidity in South Carolina all summer and it does improve our Fall race times: Here's an article on the subject: http://strengthrunning.com/2010/09/summer-training-fast-fall-racing/

kizzy said...

Running in heat and humidity is hard. I have found that you run slower and the longer you are out in the elements the harder it is on the body.

Agree on this;

--I prefer running without shoes. My toes didn't get cold. Besides, if I'm in front from the start, no one can step on them. ~Michelle Dekkers - saucony running shoes

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