It’s summer. It’s hot and humid. There’s no getting around it. So, what should we runners do to help us get acclimated and deal with it?!
If you follow me on IG, you know during the school year I’m an afternoon runner. And most of my runs this summer have also been mid-day or mid-afternoon, so it’s HOT! If I workout first thing in the morning when it’s not as hot, I’m usually strength training.
So, here are some things I do to help me run in the heat:
- Bring fluids – I have both a Nathan handheld water bottle and a Nathan Hydration Backpack (for long runs), and I bring either with me full of water and Nuun electrolytes.
- Run a shady route – Not every single run can be 100% shaded, but plan out in advance where you’ll be running. If it’s the middle of the day, do you really want to run along an open and sunny reservoir path? (Like I’ve done too many times). Probably not.
- Sit in the steam room or sauna – My old gym had a steam room, and I looooved sitting in there for 10-15 minutes after a workout to get more acclimated. And stepping out into the slightly cooler gym feels glorious.
- Hydrate before and after – Make sure you’re getting enough water (and electrolytes) before and after your run. You’re sweating a lot so replenish your body! If you start to feel dehydrated, chances are you already are. I drink a ton of water in the summer, and it’s pretty much to go-to drink.
- Wear sunscreen – Well, I guess this doesn’t make you feel less uncomfortable while running, but it’s super important!
Any other things you do to help with summer running?