A hot run in July

Another great run today, but it was HOT! Wow, very hot — but that’s exactly as it should be on July 4th. In one sense, the heat feels good. It seems to keep my muscles loose and limber. I notice that the little discomforts (I won’t say pains) and tightnesses melt away in the heat. But in another sense, the heat drains my energy!
I try to run on shady streets or along the water for a sea breeze…that works until you have to turn around! Any other heat strategies? Any ideas from you hot weather runners out there? How about from our Bikram yoga practitioners. How do you do it?


  1. Bikram yoga teaches 26 postures during a 90 minute class in an 105- 110 degree room. The heat helps protect your muscles so you can stretch deeper and advance faster than with regular yoga. The hot room takes some getting used to but sweating that much does wonders for your skin, releases toxins from the body, and I always feel really accomplished after class. It also trains the mind to remain calm when breathing gets hard as well as to relax and breathe deeply.

    Founder Bikram Choudhury puts it like this:
    “Think of the blacksmith. If he wants to hammer a hunk of metal into a beautiful sword. the first thing he has to do is put it in the fire. When the iron is glowing red and completely soft, he brings it out and slowly starts hammering it and shaping it into a strong, resilient, razor-sharp blade. It’s the same with yoga. Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body if you want.”

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