Since I’ve been struggling in the hot hot heat of summer the past couple of weeks, I thought now would be a good time to share my summer running tips. Here are five pieces of advice for your summer runs!
- Start early. You guys know that I’m a big fan of the morning run, and this is especially true in the summer! If I go out past 8 a.m. things get real hot, real fast. For long runs, I’ll start as early as 5 a.m. to beat the heat. You’ll hate yourself at the start but love yourself when you finish before melting. (Related post: 8 ways to become a morning person)
- Take water. This one is kind of a no-brainer, but if you’re stubborn like me sometimes the annoyance of carrying a water bottle/backpack/belt on your run can seem like too much to bother with. Also, some weird sense of pride/desire to be a “hardcore” runner might make you think that you don’t need water on your run. Neither of these reasons really justify dying of dehydration in the heat! I force myself to carry water for any run over 10 miles in the summer. And sometimes even 6-8 miles on especially hot days. (flashback to when I lived in DC and had long hair:)
- Wear sunglasses and/or a hat. Have you heard that squinting wastes energy? I thought that was bogus until I read that it actually is true. Keep your eyes happy with a pair of sunglasses (I like my diva-style Oakleys) and your skin nice and shaded with a hat or visor. Related post: My favorite summer running gear.
- Lather up with sunscreen and body glide! Having a sunburn is extremely uncomfortable, and having chafing on top of a sunburn is even worse! Take three minutes to put on sunscreen before your run and then another minute to put on body glide wherever your skin tends to chafe, like your inner thighs and armpits. Lovely. (Instead of showing you a photo of my armpit here is just one of me in the sun)
- Go easy on yourself. This might be my most important tip. Running in the summer is HARD and HOT. So if you slow down, it’s totally okay. Whenever I see the dew point hit 70 or higher, I remind myself that it’s okay to “suffer greatly.” You’ll get your speed back when it cools down! Related post: Explaining dew point
What are your tips for running in the summer?