If you are just starting to venture out of air-conditioned cardio rooms, you will discover very quickly that no run is climate controlled. No excuses!- With the right gear and smarts, you can make every day a running day
- Sunscreen- Everyone wants that glowing summer tan, but while you are on a run, you can’t just go inside when you think your skin has had enough. Sunscreen also helps prevent awkward watch and short tans. (Don’t forget the back of your neck).
- Lose the sleeves and invest in some good running shorts- I have found that running in a loose fitting tank top keeps me much cooler than a T-shirt, and if you don’t have any running specific clothing, shorts are a good place to start. The Nike shorts that everyone wears now are breathable, come in a lot of fun styles, and are easy to roll up.
- Lighten up-The darker the color, the more heat it will attract. On super hot days I stay away from dark colors. This rule also goes for socks. From experience I know that it is not fun running when your feet feel like they are burning off.
IT’S RAINING-I love running in summer rain because I don’t overheat and it distracts me during hard workouts. With the right outfit you will only feel like a soggy mess after you have stopped running.
- Slap on a Hat -a hat will keep wind and rain out of your eyes. This is especially important if you wear contact lenses.
- Dress Light
- - Too much soggy clothing will only weigh you down and cause chafing. Ditch the hoodie, and go with shorts and a top.** You don’t need to go out and buy a running top with special fabric. It has actually been proven that most runners perform better in wet cotton T-shirts.**
-If it is chilly and you need another layer, a water resistant windbreaker will keep you comfortable and is also light enough to tie around your waist. This is another item that you might want to invest in. Brooks makes some great options that last forever.
- Socks- The right pair of socks will make or break your rainy run. Look out for sock brands like Drymax that will keep you comfortable in wet weather.
Getting your run in at night (or in the early morning) is a great way to avoid the summer heat. Here are some ways to stay safe during any evening adventures.
- Reflectors- It might seem nerdy, but you might want to get a reflector vest, or a “blinky light“ to make sure that cars can see you in the dark.
- Bug spray- Avoid those mosquitos.
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