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With running you get to witness the seasons shift in real time, feet on the ground watching the changes slow and subtle. Each season presents its challenges when it comes to running, but summer is probably one of the most challenging.
Adapting to warm weather running is critical and a struggle for many-I know this is true of myself! Making smart choices throughout the summer can make the difference between enjoying the run and suffering through every sweat-soaked mile.
Here are a few tips that will keep you prepared for the warm weather and training hard throughout the summer:
Run Before the Sun
One of the best ways to stay cool and avoid overheating and dehydration is to run before the heat of the day. Set out your running clothes and head to bed a little earlier so you can get out the door first thing in the morning. Logging your run when it’s cool is not only beneficial in avoiding heat, but frees up the rest of your day!
Pre-Cool with Dr. Cool Cooling Towels
If you do have a mid-day training run planned or a race that happens to fall on a really warm day, try pre-cooling with Coolcore/Dr. Cool Cooling Towels.
Soak your towel in cool water and place in a ziplock bag in your freezer over night. Remove the towel 15-20 minutes before your run or event and place the towel on the back of your neck to help cool your body. Starting with a lower body temp will help negate some of the impact of heat on your performance.
Eat and Drink your Hydration
Staying hydrated doesn’t just mean drinking lots and lots of water. You can get creative and give your water a flavor-twist without added sugar by adding drink slices of citrus or cucumber to a large pitcher of water.
Then be sure to fill multiple water bottles at the beginning of the day with your water so that they are easy are easy to grab and go when you need them. You can also eat your hydration with fruits like watermelon and grapes, or veggies that have a high water content like cucumbers.
Stay Sun Smart
Be sure to wear sunscreen or UPF rated clothing like the CoolCore Crush It t-shirt which provides UPF 30+ sun protection. You can also try to pick a route that is mostly shaded and avoid running on concrete and pavement in high exposure areas.
Stay Cool and Happy Running!
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