This summer, the biggest tip I can offer any runner is “listen to your body.” All across the country (and world), we are dealing with record highs, and it takes its toll. There is glory in heat exhaustion, which makes my advice to do everything in your power to avoid summer side effects.
Seriously. Just do it. When it’s this hot and humid, there is no point in pushing the limits. You’ll only end up hurting yourself, and it’s just not worth it. Ease up on your pace, and walk if you need to. You’ll be able to speed up soon enough.
Take It Inside
If your body tells you it’s too hot, take it inside. I hate the treadmill, but there are some days where toughing it out just doesn’t make sense.
Change It Up
Running is my first love, but if your body says “enough”, it’s ok to change things up. Switch to something indoors or to a water based sport until the temperature drops again, making regular activity safer.
If your body says “rest,” go ahead and rest. This kind of heat can be absolutely draining, and you might need more time to recover from doing just about anything. There is no shame in that game. You’ll be back in fall.
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How do you listen to your body in this weather?