Summer is finally here in NH! It’s about dang time! We had a hot and humid weekend. I’m not complaining at all since it doesn’t last forever. Plus, I’m just plain sick of being cold. I don’t even mind the constant sweating either. Well, maybe that I could do without that. 🙂
Since I usually run first thing in the morning, the heat and humidity aren’t an issue. It’s always comfortable. On Sunday I didn’t get in a run till the middle part of the day. It really didn’t seem like it was that warm so I took off without even thinking about it. Within a 1/4 mile I was sweating buckets. I had only planned on doing a few miles so it didn’t really bother me too much. When I got home I saw that the temp was actually 85 degrees with full sun. Yowza! My face was beat red for hours later. Summer is here!
Over the years, I’ve found a few tips that have helped in dealing with the heat of summer running.
- Run as early as possible in the day or in the late evening after sunset. I prefer the early morning hours. I’m naturally a morning person so this works best for me.
- Hydrate. Before, during and after. You’ll be sweating a lot more so you’ll need to have to replenish what you’ve lost. Plan a route that has water fountains accessible, stash water bottles along the way, use a hand held bottle or fuel belt. Don’t forget to continue to drink after exercise with plain water or an electrolyte drink.
- Slow Down. Your body isn’t going to perform like it does on a cool spring day especially at the beginning of summer. It takes about 2 weeks for the body to acclimate to hotter temperatures. Give your Garmin a rest on the really hot days and just go out for the fun of it.
- Wear the right clothes. I love my all black workout clothes but they just aren’t the right choice for a full sun 85 degree run. Choose loose fitting, breathable clothing that wicks the sweat away. Just say NO to cotton anything!
- Wear sunscreen and Body Glide. I sweat a lot so I need a sunscreen that is going to stay put on my face and not sting my eyes. I really like Neutrogena Sport Face 70 spf. It holds up well and doesn’t burn. Since I do sweat heavily, Body Glide is my BFF. Case in point, my nasty foot blister. Apply it everywhere!
Most of all, have fun and enjoy yourself but use common sense! Most of us only get this weather for a few short months out of the year. Before you know it we’ll be complaining it’s too cold so live it up!
For more tips on summer running, give a listen to Sarah and Dimity’s podcast on Solutions for Summer Running.
What are your summer running tips?