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The Reason Running in Chicago is Harder Than The Middle East

Jordan Mendiola

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For the past 334 days of my life, I have been deployed overseas with the U.S. Army taking on missions out of my comfort zone. One of my biggest things to adapt to was working out overseas, sometimes without any air conditioning.

After being back home for a few days, I’ve stuck to my running regime and going either every day or nearly every day for a few miles at a time.

The reason why running in Chicago differs from the Middle East is because of the humidity! My kryptonite when it comes to running is the humidity, and although the days reached as hot as 120 degrees Fahrenheit over there, running was still doable.

All it may take is to adjust from running from 8 am to 6 am, or 7 am instead. This weather is phenomenal for a day down by the pool or Lake Michigan, but for running, it’s a grind.

I’m not much of a complainer when it comes to running, something I love dearly, but right now, I’m going on a rant. Although the weather may say it’s only 89 degrees, it feels like 110 due to the humidity factor.

Weather can be deceiving that way. One of my friends recently told me that “at least we’re not in Texas or other hot places,” and to be honest, it was more manageable over there!

At the end of the day, running comes to your self-awareness and knowing your strengths just as well as your weaknesses. To anyone fighting the humidity and still going for a run deserves a special medal. Never in the past year have I taken a water bottle on my runs until now.

Hydration is key, but so is the location you’re running!

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