Running in Seattle

Seattle: The Public Market

I’m beginning to think that the sport of running has less to do with strength, endurance, and will than it does with your body’s ability to dissipate heat. When I went running in Seattle I ran twice as far as I normally do, climbed lots of stairs and ramps–and I was less tired. The difference? Lower temperature and humidity.

After I run in Baton Rouge I continue to sweat even after a cold shower. In order to cool down I have to supplement the shower by sitting under a fan for half an hour while drinking crushed ice. In Seattle a regular hot shower was sufficient.

It occurs to me that most of the very fast distance runners I know have a very high surface to volume ratio for their bodies (i.e. they are very thin).

In the future when I run in Baton Rouge, I plan to strap freezer packs to my wrists and neck. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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