Summer is right around the corner, the sun is shining bright, and it’s officially shorts season in the running world. With that comes the tan lines we all love to hate. My tan lines are a constant being a resident of South Florida. They just never go away. I am literally 10 shades darker than I was before I started running outside last year.
Truthfully, I am somewhat excited not having to wear a whole lot of clothes on my runs, but this heat will be the death of me I swear. Last Thursday I made the silly mistake of running in capris. Just a few minutes into the run I was cussing the gods. My body just could not handle it. It was extremely hot and humid. It was way more than I wanted to deal with. I am now wondering if I’ll survive. To think that it’s not even summer time yet and I’m already dealing with this scorching heat. I definitely will need to make some adjustments so I don’t die of heat exhaustion during my runs from now on.
With that said, I thought I’d put together a list of what to do to stay cool during your runs in the heat.
- Wear appropriate running clothes: shorts, sleeveless shirts, even just running with your bra if you’re comfortable enough with your body. Bottom line is the least amount of clothes you have one, the more comfortable you will feel. Stay away from anything that’s dark, long and tight. Wear light and loose fitting clothes.
- Don’t wear cotton on your runs. Make sure your running clothes are Dri-Fit material. It will help keep the sweat away from your body. Cotton is your enemy.
- Bring enough liquid for hydration. Whether you like water, or sports drinks, just make sure you have enough of it because your body will need to consume more liquid than usual during this time of the year. You can either bring cash like I do to buy more water when you run out, or just plan your route in areas where there are water fountains. Trust me, you don’t want to run out of water and still have a few more miles to go.
- Plan your runs when the sun is not completely out. Run either early morning before the sun is fully out, or at night after sunset. Although I’m not a big fan of running at night for safety purpose, if you’re trying to stay cool, this might be a good option for you.
- Wear a visor and shades to keep the sun away from your face.
And don’t forget your sunscreen, it should be your best friend this running season.
Hope this list will help you stay cool on your runs as we are approaching the hottest season of the year. Let me know if I’ve missed anything.
What are your tricks to stay cool during your runs? Share below.
In the meantime Stay Healthy, Keep Running and Stay Cool my Friends!