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.

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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!

Xoxo,

Meg