Stalking Mother Nature: she’s so hot; she’s so cold

Al Gore opened new worlds of stalking to the shy, curious, and flat-out creepy. Gone are the days when one lurked in bushes, trees, or other foliage, hoping to ogle passersby or inventory their actions. That mode is, I imagine, much like vinyl: adamantly adhered to by a handful of purists (or, as it were, peepers). Now we have Facebook, Twitter, fascinating blogs, and so many more options for electronic, anonymous monitoring of the object of your obsession.

Mine: THE WEATHER CHANNEL. Mother Nature is fickle and often ferocious, switching in a day’s span from torrential rains to sun blasts and back, perhaps a cold snap during lunch, and a tornado warning or two for a night cap. Most runners need to plan attire for just a few hours: the duration of their exertions. The weather in that span should hold, but run commuters face two often distinctly different climates, bookending their days. Keep these things in mind before you brave the day’s elements, be they at dawn or dusk. (more…)

By |2016-10-22T20:26:50-04:00January 19th, 2012|Categories: General|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

The Run Commuter News Roundup – January 9, 2012

Rather than post a single, interesting run commuting-related news bit every once in a while, I’ve decided to try posting a few at once in a digest format.   The articles and stories may come from newspapers, websites, individual blogs, or even buzz from online running forums, so if you know of any good stuff out there, let us know by emailing it to theruncommuter@gmail.com and it may show up in a future edition of the News Roundup.

Today’s edition is focused on the loooooong run commute…

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Land of 10,000 Stories: Man parks car, runs 31 miles to work

RIVER FALLS, Wis. – Thirty-one rush-hour-miles stand between the country home near River Falls, Wisconsin and the Eagan, Minnesota offices of Thomson Reuters. 

On his last day before retirement, Jim Simonet vowed he would drive those 31 miles no more.  Then he ran to work instead.

“I don’t enjoy traffic, no,” says Simonet, who had been commuting from River Falls to his job at Thomson Reuters for 36 years.

But his eight-hour run in bone-chilling weather was no traffic avoidance maneuver.   Simonet had a point to make about his post-retirement years: “Life doesn’t quit when you retire. To me it’s just a chance to go on to the next excellent adventure.”

Note:  You should really watch the video as it briefly documents his whole run.  This guy is inspiring and awesome!

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By |2016-10-22T20:26:51-04:00January 9th, 2012|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

Hot Weather Running Tip – Pinch of Salt

Aside from the usual changes we make during scorching summer weather (slower pace, run before it gets too hot), here’s another quick and easy tip for beating the heat.

Adding a pinch of salt to your drink and downing it five minutes before you start running helps you retain fluids better, says Amby Burfoot of Runner’s World.

Sounds good to us!

By |2016-10-22T20:26:59-04:00July 25th, 2011|Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Hot Running: Heat, Humidity and Dew Point

There is a great article in Running Times this month called It’s Not the Heat, Nor the Humidity.  You can’t read it online, but the ladies over at The Bitchy Runners have summarized it and created a replica of the dew point chart that you should check out.

I incorporate race training into my run commute.  It’s not that exciting, but it can be pretty intense based on which route I am running at the time (hills vs. flat).   Sometimes during the summer, it REALLY sucks the life out of me; almost to the point where I am worthless the rest of the day.  I always chalked it up to humidity, but after reading the RT article, I realized that what I should really be keeping an eye on is the dreaded dew point. (more…)