I am NOT going to lie. Summer running in this humidity is pretty awful.
But it is not snowing. I don’t have to layer clothes to not freeze to death while also sweating like a pig underneath so that the sweat freezes to you. If I’m too much of a wimp to run outdoors in the winter, then I sure as heck can’t also complain in the summer that it’s too hot. So, running I must do.
Become a morning runner. Running after work was just not working. It was just too hot. Since I’ve switched to the morning running life has been a lot better. If morning doesn’t work, check the weather in advance and see what time of day will be the coolest. Try to schedule your runs for the coolest part of the day, or even during or after those afternoon rainstorms (obviously, not if there is lightning!)
HYDRATE. Being that I’m getting up so early means I don’t have a full day to hydrate, so I have to be hydrated all the time. If I drink a full 100oz. every day I feel so much better. I don’t really carry any water with me on my run so on really hot mornings I make sure I run past a public facility that has water fountains in the lobby for a quick water break. This same facility also has sprinklers watering the grass some mornings. I’m not ashamed to say, I run right through these to cool off.
Hat or visor are required. Keeping the sun off your face and the sweat out of your eyes is really important!
Cool down slowly. Cooling down too fast gives me a headache! I cool off with some stretching on the front porch before I go inside the air conditioned house. Then after I’m inside I’ll drink some water I stashed in the freezer before I left. After that – I’ll jump in a cool shower.
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