(if you have never lived in a somewhat less affluent urban area, you are missing out. We know how to party when its hot. this hydrant was jam-packed with no less than 2 dozen people until well after midnight.)
And most importantly, Tom Skilling is predicting an extra hot summer to rival 1977. (which apparently was the hottest on record? - i wouldn't know, i wasn't born yet.)
I could list a bunch of great tips for summer running - always have water, don't run during the hottest part of the day, but we all know that. I don't know what it is, but as soon as i hear "don't run during the hottest part of the day" i slip on my running shoes and run during the hottest part of the day.
You might be thinking "but wait, didn't the rockford marathon kick your ass less then a month ago, leaving you a hollow dehydrated shell vowing to never race in the heat again?" That is very true. And i won't race in the heat again. Especially not a marathon - that beast is hard enough in good conditions. But that doesn't mean i won't go on hot weather running adventures! In a hot weather running adventure, you can stop and cool off if you feel too hot, you can change your course to run in the shade, or even to splash through some water, you can run as slow as you want, whatever distance you want, and you can enjoy the path all to yourself, because most likely, other crazy runners are few and far between.
There is something about running in extreme conditions that appeals to me (despite my constant whining) - i like the challenge, and i like the feeling of conquering that challenge. It's just as much a mental exercise as it is a physical exercise - almost like a meditation. Yeah, it's crazy hot and uncomfortable, and the shortest, slowest run feels like an endurance event, but by the end you almost feel cleansed.
97 degrees? 110% humidity? 150 mph winds?? In Chicago, we call that "running weather."
****Disclaimer: I always have either my ID or an emergency contact bracelet. Or if i am really off the grid, i bring my phone. I am a badass, but i am not stupid - prepare for the worst no matter how tough you are.