Running in summertime means we need ways to beat the heat. It can be uncomfortable, if not dangerous, to run in extreme temperatures (hot or cold), so we need to take care of ourselves to ensure we stay healthy and safe.
Stay Out Of The Sun
The easiest way to beat the heat is to stay out of the sun entirely. I’m not promising cool temperatures, but it will feel coolER without the harsh rays pounding down on you. Go out before the sunrise or after sunset, for best results. Sure, the treadmill is an option, but if you want the feeling of the pavement beneath your running shoes, follow this plan of attack.
Get Your Hair Up
Yesterday morning, I had to pause my run because my hair came loose from my bun and clung to my neck. It was an awful, sticky, sweaty distraction, and I couldn’t continue until I got it off my skin.
Dress In Light Colors
Now is not the time for black leggings! I know they look great and keep everything in place, but dark fabric absorbs the sunlight and the heat. That is the last thing runners need in summer conditions, so stick with lighter colors, to keep things more comfortable.
Less Is More
Honestly, now isn’t the time for leggings at all. Go for shorts and tank tops, make of breathable, wicking material to help keep the sweat away from your skin. Remember that the friction of damp fabric can lead to chafing, and no one wants that! If you’re comfortable running shirtless or in just a sports bra, that’s ok, too. Just remember your sunscreen!
Make Use Of Your Location
There’s not much we can do to control the weather, but we can make the most of our location. If you live near mountains, or in higher elevations, remember that things cool down the higher you go, so switch your route to take advantage. Where I live, in Florida, running at the beach almost always guarantees a cool breeze, which feels heavenly on a hot day, even in full sun. You can even move your run into the gym to a treadmill or indoor track if need be.
Change It Up
Sure, you can beat the heat when you take it to the gym or the indoor track, but you can also mix things up with some pool running. It’s not the same, but it’s a totally viable option when you just want to get out of the elevated temperatures. Variety is the spice of life, they say, and things like pool running can certainly mix it up!
What are your tips to beat the heat?
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