It’s the time of year when people ask “How do you survive summer running in Florida?” The sunshine state is known for many (unpleasant) things, not least of which is its blistering sun, high temperatures and swampy humidity. Florida runners face dehydration, sunburn, heat stroke and exhaustion, and insect attacks, and that’s just from stepping outside. Here’s how I get through it!
When the summer hits, we take our runs to darkness. Running before sunrise or after sunset reduces the impact of the sun (remember, we are close to the equator so even morning sun is strong!) and makes the high temps and humidity just a little more tolerable.
Once that sun comes up (or before it goes down), Florida runners need to be cognizant of protecting themselves: mostly their skin and their eyes. You can use a good SPF, hats or visors, sunglasses, and even dry-fit long sleeves. I don’t even attempt to go for a run without my Goodr glasses!
Yup. Even water-haters like myself know that you have to suck it up for these Florida summer runs. Summer running means drinking all the water and electrolytes, so you can stay healthy and strong.
Annoying as it may be, summer is a great time to just slow down. With the heat and humidity in Florida, you’re really not getting anywhere fast. Just be at peace with the situation. I promise it will get better come winter.
Stock Up On Ice Pops
There are few things more delicious than an ice pop after a hot run. We have a garage freezer, so it’s easy to just stock up there, and then enjoy a popsicle as part of my cool down. Personally, my favorite are fudge pops, but anything cold and sweet will do.
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Deborah Brooks says
Running outside in the summer is so challenging for me. It takes me a long time to acclimate and I will complain the entire time!
Running in the heat and humidity takes so much out of me – huge kudos to you for pushing through that Florida heat!
Zenaida Arroyo says
Kudos to you! Your Summer/hot weather is something I know I will not handle. A few months here is enough. 🙂