Handling Hot Long Runs

Handling Hot Long Runs
Do Not Let the Hot Weather Damper Your Training Spirit 
Chicago weather can be very unpredictable. Use these last few long runs as practice for a potentially hot marathon day. If we have an especially warm or humid day in these last few weeks of training, be sure to do your scheduled run. Do not avoid your run, thinking that the October race day will be cool. The Chicago Marathon got cancelled after a few hours in 2007 due to hot temperatures with high humidity, so very hot October weather is a very plausible situation. You need to train in the heat and humidity in the event we have another very hot Chicago Marathon race day. However, if the relative humidity and temperature meet in the extreme danger section of the above chart, it is wise to train indoors. After all, the race would be cancelled under those conditions anyway.
Keep your head up during these last few weeks of training, even if the heat and humidity make your runs tougher than they have been thus far. Think about how far you have come, especially if this is your first marathon training experience. Even if you have to slow down your pace, don’t worry. Just remember all of the things you have already accomplished and the major milestone you are about to conquer in a few weeks. Remember all the people and causes you are raising money for, and do not forget all of the family and friends cheering you on and donating money to your fundraising pages.
Also, remember that it is ok to slow down on hot, humid days. Pace yourself by listening to your body. I always preach the conversational pace for long runs (i.e. you should be able to carry on a conversation while running), and the long, hot run is no exception. However, your pace may be even slower than usual, so be sure to make yourself feel comfortable with that even before you head out for your run. Your long runs will, on their own, be chances for you to slow down a bit from your shorter distance pace, but on a hot day, you will have to slow down even more. This will mean more time on your feet. Think of it this way, the longer you are on your feet, the more you are building your endurance. The slower, longer effort you put in during a very hot long run is definitely helping you, even if you do not feel full of energy at the end of it.

Hot, humid days usually lead to humbling training runs. However, know that you are teaching your body to push while under difficult conditions. You are going to feel super strong if your race day turns out to be any less difficult than your hot training runs.

Ordinances that Criminalize…


We want to applaud the Human Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for standing up against ordinances that criminalize homelessness. Attorney’s  for the Justice Department argued that homeless persons sleeping outside are having their 8th Amendment rights violated by ordinances against them.

“Sleeping is a life-sustaining activity — i.e., it must occur at some time in some place. If a person literally has nowhere else to go, then enforcement of the anti-camping ordinance against that person criminalizes her for being homeless,” the filing stated.
“Criminally prosecuting those individuals for something as innocent as sleeping, when they have no safe, legal place to go, violates their constitutional rights,” Vanita Gupta, the head of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice, said in a statement.

To read the entire court document click here.

To learn more the criminalization of food sharing and public sleeping from the National Coalition for the Homeless click here.

Education is the key…

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.
— George Washington Carver

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School will soon begin for the children sheltered with their families at CCO. This year CCO has partnered with Santa Program to help fund raise for new shoes for CCO’s school-age children. CCO shelters over 100 children, many of whom need shoes to begin their academic year right. Please help us meet this need by visiting Santa Program’s website. You will find more information about the ways your gently-used shoes could go to a child in need or you could make a financial donation toward school shoes.