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Published June 27 2011

Wagner: Runners must adapt to summer as well

For many runners, summer brings a double-edged sword. While we’ve finally shed winter layers of fleece and softshell jackets, many runners dread heading outside in the warm months.

“I’d rather run in the cold than the heat,” the refrain often goes.

Our bodies, acclimated to the North Country’s colder extremes, just don’t handle warm weather running that well. On the other hand, skipping workouts isn’t much of an option, particularly since consistent training is among the most important factors to better and faster running.

That’s why it’s important to hydrate before, during and after a workout. Wear comfortable clothing. And like many found out during last month’s Fargo Marathon, prepare for higher humidity – even when the temperature isn’t alarming – like you would for a hot-weather workout.

Loaded with talent

There’s no shortage of talented runners in the Fargo-Moorhead area, especially if you look back at the last several months. Some notable performances:

Earlier this month, at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, area runners produced some amazing results.

While I noted performances in a couple blog posts last week, it’s worth repeating the half marathon personal records set by a trio of F-M runners:

Eric Loeffler, who finished 28th overall at last fall’s New York City Marathon, ran a blistering 1:05:55 half June 18.

In the women’s race, Lisa Dyer and Clare Kazmierczak finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Both of Moorhead, Dyer ran 1:19:49 and Kazmierczak clocked 1:21:37.

And, in April, at the Boston Marathon, Meg Grindall of Moorhead qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, set for Houston in January.

Race location

For those signed up for the Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Fourth of July races, you’ll want to take note of a change in location.

The venue for the annual event, now featuring 5K, 10K and kids’ races, has switched from the MSUM campus to the Bluestem Center for the Arts, 801 50th Ave. S., Moorhead.

It’s a good move for the race, which now gives runners a less congested course, and great exposure for Bluestem.

Just be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there, pick up your packet and warm up before the 8 a.m. start.


Forum News Director Steve Wagner writes a running blog, which can be found online at runningspud.areavoices.com. He can be reached via email at swagner@forumcomm.com