Boy it is HOT outside. But that's no excuse. As Bill Bowerman once said, "There is no such thing as bad weather. Only soft people".
That said, there a few things you can do to help ensure a safe and enjoyable run in this heat and humidity.
First make sure you run early or you run late. Get out there before work or get out there after, but don't wait until the middle of the day to log those miles. It's not only dangerous, but chances are those high noon high heat runs will not be the best quality. Get out early in the morning and you can push your limits just a little bit further.
Second, and I cannot stress this enough...STAY HYDRATED. Drink early and drink often. If you plan on doing a morning run then you should be drinking A LOT the night before. And if you are doing an evening run then make sure your Nalgene bottles never leave your side at work. A hydrated runner is a happy runner!
By planning which races you want to target in a given year you will be better able to balance your training and your lifestyle. Suddenly work, kids, social commitments and all of your other passions will become more manageable when you sit down with your iCal and plan your week/month/year. Training is hard enough as it is without adding the extra stress of feeling overwhelmed. Plan ahead and, just like Liz Lemon, you can have it all!
With a new year comes new responsibilities. When you are first getting started, preparation is the key to motivation. Until your running has become a habit (and it will!) 50% of your effort in the first few months goes toward just getting out the door, with 25% going toward covering the distance and 25% toward maintaining intensity. In other words the first step of your run will be the hardest.
There are a million excuses not to go for a run and so do yourself a favor and start eliminating as many of those as possible. The night before you run your gear should be laid out, your bottles should be filled and most importantly...your alarm clock should be set! The less time you spend searching for your Asics in the morning the less likely you'll be to throw in the towel.