We’re talking heat and the insanity that comes with running in it.
Tell us your hot weather running tips. How do you do it?
When It’s Africa Hot
As you know I live in Arizona. Or as I call it: the sun. These pictures, however, are from vacation in Texas.
Running in the summer is just dumb.
I’ve come up with a couple of strategies to make it as tolerable as possible.
Spoiler: all this is of the “duh, really?” type of advice. But if you happen to be new to running or new to hot weather, maybe some of this will help. And reminders don’t hurt anyone.
1. Dress the part.
I live in tank tops once the temps hit 80. Makes a huge difference for my comfort so I embrace the less is more approach.
2. Seek shade. And shades.
The sun is the enemy. How do you fight back?
Cover your eyes and slap on a hat. Seek out a shady trail or route to help keep you out of the sun.
3. Hydrate like it’s your job. But know your job.
You want fluids on board. Yes. But there is a real danger to over-hydrating.
So don’t do that.
Best advice: drink to your thirst. If you are running over an hour you should have water with you or available. If less than an hour you can most likely drink when you’re done.
4. Run after the sun goes down.
Temps drop off a bit and you don’t have that sun beating you up.
Plus it’s kinda peaceful early in the morning or later in the day.
5. Be a kid every chance you get.
You see the sprinklers running in your neighbors yard? Run through them.
Maybe even change your route so you can run through them a couple of times.
What? It’s a free cool down. And so worth it when you’re running in this:
That’s after 8:30 at night. In Texas. In humidity. Gross.
Even with all my tips in place, it was still effing hot. So I did what any smart summer runner does:
6. I slowed down and ran less.
Cutting back on the pace and the mileage was the right move tonight. It’s not always an option, I know.
But sometimes it’s the best option.
Do you have any out of the box suggestions for hot weather running? I’d love to hear them in the comments!
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)