Just started running and nervous about running in the summer? We got the tips you need to know!
Here are eight tips to keep you running cool all summer long.
- Run early.
Morning temperatures are usually the coolest during the summer. It also will give you a break from the strongest hours of sunlight.
- Less is best.
Wear as little clothing as legally possible. Also stick to light-colored, loose, wicking material. Now is not the time for wearing all black.
- Protect yourself.
Even if it’s early morning or partly cloudy, protect yourself from skin cancer and other skin damage by using sunscreen.
- Slow down.
Run for time and effort rather than distance and pace.
- Start slow.
Always warm up before a run, especially when the temperatures are high. You want to gradually increase your heart rate rather than starting out too fast.
- Hit the trails.
When the temperatures rise, asphalt and concrete absorb heat and radiate it back into your face. Trail running usually offers shade from trees. It also forces you to slow down. Bonus if the trail has the perfect place to jump in a lake or river along the way.
If you are running more than 75-90 minutes, carry a hand-held water bottle or a hydration pack with you or stash water bottles along your intended route ahead of time if you don’t like carrying anything in your hands. Plan your route along accessible drinking fountains.
- Take it inside.
If it’s really hot and humid and your only option to run is at the hottest part of the day, take it inside to the treadmill.