Let’s face it – there’s nothing sexy about summer running. No one wakes up and says “I’d love to drown in my own sweat during today’s long run in 95 degree weather.” It’s hot, sweaty, hard to breathe and uncomfortable, but we suffer through summer running because it makes us stronger runners. Earlier this month I wrote about ways to modify your summer running. Today I’ll discuss a few tips to make summer running a little more enjoyable.
Body Glide is Your Best Friend
Trust me, you want to invest in Body Glide and you want to do it now. Let me tell you a little story. The date was July 19, 2015. I just finished the ridiculously hot and humid RnR Chicago Half Marathon and I just wanted to take a shower. I didn’t know that I had experienced chafing during the run, but as soon as the water hit me, I panicked. I had NO clue why areas of my body were stinging so much. After a quick Google search, I learned what had happened. After that day, you will NEVER catch me without Body Glide, especially for summer runs.
This might just be a weird thing that works for me, but I find that chewing gum (peppermint, spearmint) makes me feel just a little bit cooler on my runs. I also like the mint flavored RunGum because it tastes good and gives you a little kick of caffeine.
A cooling towel is a great way to get instant relief from the heat. To activate the cooling quality in the towel, you wet the towel, ring out the water and then snap it. I’ve used it two different ways. You can run with the towel around your neck for a mile or two OR you can cool down with the towel after your run. I prefer the later option because I’m always a hot mess after a run so the cooling towel allows me to clean off my face and get some coldness all at the same time. I own two cooling towels from Coolcore and I love them.
Freeze Your Handheld
I started doing this during marathon training last year and it makes a huge difference! Do you run with a handheld? Do you ever get annoyed that it doesn’t keep your water cold? Here’s a nice trick. The night before your run fill your handheld halfway with water and whatever electrolyte replacement you use (Vega, Tailwind, Nuun, etc). Throw in 2-3 ice cubes and place the handheld in the freezer. Then the next day, right before your run, fill the rest of your handheld with cold water. As you run, the ice will thaw and keep your liquid cool for at least an hour. Having ice cold liquid helps to cool you down on the run.
Rock Your Hats
You’ll never catch me running outside in the summer without a hat or a visor (usually a visor). Having a cool head can you make you feel more comfortable during a run. Not only does a hat or visor help block the sun from your eyes, but it cam stop sweat from dripping into your eyes as well. One more reason I love hats and visors is that they come in tons of colors and designs! I only wear Headsweats visors and I purchased a few in different colors earlier this year.
Do you have any summer running tips? Let me know in the comments!