The Heat Index of the North East is Nasty for a Run

I woke up around six in the morning yesterday, and it was pouring rain. So, I had a quick, healthy breakfast of an Atkin’s bar and a Diet Dr. Pepper, as I waited for the weather to clear.

It would have been better to run into the rain, because as soon as it stopped, the heat blasted and the air was thick.

I felt like I was going to puke from running in this heat.

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The temperature was probably about 90 when I was out there, and so with a relative humidity of 70% (I don’t actually have any idea how to calculate that, so I’m just guessing), it felt like 105 degrees. This is based on the NOAA Heat Index chart.

Anyway, it reminded me of my high school soccer practices and two a days in the humid August sun. Sometimes, I’d puke from the running in those elements, and I felt like that today.

So, it’s going to be a necessity to get out earlier, or head to the gym for the treadmill. While I dislike being inside, the upside is going for a jump in the pool at the gym after.

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