Admittedly, Summer is my 4th favorite season for running. Sure I love the freedom of flip flops, shorts and tanks. I find it very relaxing to sit outside on the deck or by the pool sipping a nice cold drink. However, when it comes to summer running, the heat and humidity just zap my energy and take some of the joy out of running. So what’s a mother runner to do? How to survive summer running?
How to survive summer running (and make it to fall)
Get up early(er)
Anyone who knows me knows that I am not an early bird runner. However, I’ve adapted to get up and out there a little bit earlier in the summer and it makes all the difference. Even a few degrees of cooler temps can be a life saver in the quest to survive summer running.
Last summer, on the weekends, our running group started to meet up at a local pool. We would “pre-cool” by swimming a few laps and then immediately head out to run. Starting our runs with a cooler body temp really helped! Other options would be to run through neighborhood sprinklers or stick your head into a water fountain. Desperate times 🙂
Icy Towels are a must
I have kept a few old race towels (the small ones they hand out at finish lines). On hot days, I wet them and place them in ziplocs with ice. Coming back to my car to find these little gems is a nice gift.
Hats and visors
In the past few years, I’ve come to appreciate how helpful a great hat or visor can be. These are 2 of my favorites. The Lululemon Baller hat is super light and has a nice big pony tail opening in back. The Brooks “run happy” hat just makes me smile.
A great pair (or 2) of sunglasses
I received a pair of knockround sunglasses as part of the Bibrave ambassador program. These have quickly become my go to pair. They are light as can be and I often forget that I am wearing them at all. I love all the great color and style options and at a ~$20 a pair they are a steal. Polarized and stylish. Grab yourself a pair too at 20% off with “Bibraveknocks2”.
Adjust your expectations and cross train
Summer is the time that I cut myself some slack on paces and distances. Some days it’s just so hot and humid that the plan goes out the window. These are days that I cross train with biking, swimming or an indoor workout.
These are my best tips on how to survive summer running and make it to fall. Summer running leads to fall PR’s-or so they say! What are your best tips?