Summer days are upon us. It is hot and humid here in the Southern USA. Since my next marathon is in September, I have no choice other then running during these hot summer days. On my last running session, I ran during the coldest and the hottest days. The only difference is that during cold days, I was able to put on a lot of heavy clothes and run. But during warm days, it is hard to do so. After some point, there is no more to take off.
Here are few suggestions for some of you hardcore runners. I am not only giving you a suggestion, I promise that I will live by what I say (most of it 😉 ).
1) Drink plenty of water, or run with a water bottle. If you choose sports drinks, there’s no problem with that either. Just keep yourself hydrated.
2) Wear light clothes: Heavy cotton clothes are not breathable through. Try to wear breathable clothes. If you do not have one, go to the closest Wal-Mart, they have a very good selection of breathable clothes (if you still have questions , please post your comment, I will point you to the right direction)
3) Wear sunscreen: I am bad at putting on sunscreen. I have not found a good sunscreen for myself. I was told that there is sports sunscreen. I will have to look for it. I use what I have around the house. I am using 30-50 spf.
4)Wear a hat.
5) Try not to run during the hottest time of day: One nice thing about summer is that days are getting longer. Enjoy the long days by running early in the morning or in the late afternoon. Once a week, I run during the middle of the day. As a runner, I was told to train ourselves in any condition. We never know what condition we will be on race days. Once a week, I run early in the morning. On most of my weekend runs, I start early.
I hope these tips will help you keep you cool and keep on running. As runners, we never stop.
Have fun. Do not let me hear you saying “I am not running because it is too hot”… 🙂