I planned a route that passed 4 water fountains and was more than half in the shade - this was essential because the heat index was over 100 degrees and oh so sunny!!!! We used a new interval 2:20 & 2 as we are moving into the interval we'll be using for the Fort 4 Fitness half marathon in September (we still haven't finalized what that will be - stay tuned). It was oh so hot so we walked a good bit of this 6 miler and did the intervals the rest. It seemed impossible with the hot temps to even put one foot in front of the other, but we did it!!!!
I would REALLY like to hear your opinion on a situation that has come up twice this week. Both Monday and today, I opted to run on a shaded path that was through the woods. This is awesome because it makes the route shady (so fab because the sun is brutal). The problem - the trees block the breeze (even a tiny breeze would be nice, but through the woods, all you get is complete stillness). The alternative is to run on a much sunnier road, but you'll get a little more air movement.
So, my question is . . . what do you think (or know) is better option when it's super sunny and hot outside:
Option 1: a shaded path with little/no air movement
Option 2: a sunny path with a little air movement
I would REALLY appreciate your opinion (or if you know some scientific rationale, I'm open to hearing it)!!! Thanks!!!!