My Summer Running Essentials.
Hello lovely people :) I don't know about where you're living, but Boston is *HOT* right now. And really nice and humid too. Don't get me wrong, I love the warmer weather months - being more active, spending more time outside, and the beach, but I do find that my usual workout routine needs some adjusting. For instance, running 4-5 miles without water is no longer negotiable, it's required.
Because I personally struggle with managing running in the summer, today, I wanted to give you five of my top workout tips to help to manage the summer heat a bit more.
1. Wake up early to beat the heat - I know that this is a bummer to hear, but if it's a running day, I almost always try and start my run before 7:30AM (I know, I know). Hear me out - it's usually only in the 70's when I start my run, the sun isn't out in full force, and the humidity doesn't feel so tough. There's also something really amazing about the accomplished feeling I get checking it off my list.
2. Bring water, or map out a route that has water fountains - This is a non-negotiable for me. I'm a sweater (thanks, Dad!), so during long runs in the summer, I MUST bring a mini water bottle and/or plan a route with plenty of water fountains to stop. I find that my stomach gets EXTREMELY upset if I don't hydrate well during a long run, and since I started bringing water along with me, I haven't had any issues. This is similar to the version I use, and I promise it's not a pain to carry and run with.
3. Choose light, sweat wicking fabrics and workout gear - Have you ever tried running in a cotton t-shirt during the summer? I have, and let me tell you, it's not a great feeling. I've accumulated some favorite "hot-weather" options over my almost 9 years of running, which I've linked above. I always look for sweat-wicking, looser fit (I feel claustrophobic in tight, sweaty clothes), and lighter colors. Check out the options above!
4. Be kind to yourself - You may find that your pace slows and you feel WORN OUT after a run outside in the summer. That's OK - I've personally always been someone who struggles with running through the Boston summer, and I've come to terms with that. I accept the fact that there will be a couple of months that I take it easy, rarely pick up the pace, and focus on my breath and gratitude for being able to exercise. And really, there's no better feeling than crossing a sweaty workout off the list and feeling detoxified and fresh for the rest of the day.
5. Have a refreshing treat or drink for afterwards - The run feels infinitely easier to me when I have a popsicle or refreshing treat planned for afterwards. Check out my popsicle recipe - I've been enjoying one after a run, but a nice cold smoothie does the trick too. It's a great way to get in some healthy fruits and veggies, and also give yourself something cool and refreshing to look forward to at the end of a workout.
Do you guys have any helpful tips to beat the heat during summer runs? Hoping you have an AMAZING rest of your week!