Temperatures are finally beginning to climb (63 degrees this morning), so it's time to start the "heat acclimation" process. For the past few years, I've done whatever possible to avoid heat, including running as early as possible and making fellow runners suffer by seeing me run shirtless. This year I'm following the example of my running friends from warmer climates by confronting and embracing the heat. That will include measures such as scheduling my runs for later in the day, avoiding shaded areas, and wearing extra layers (wore a LS technical today). Hopefully this will help to reduce the degree that my race performances suffer when we get hit with a warm day.