Meh, I don’t know about you… but summer running really isn’t my favorite thing ever. Give me a good fall running day where I can rock some capris and a long-sleeve shirt, and I’m a happy camper. Which is weird to think considering I lived in both Texas and Florida and somehow managed to run throughout most of the year when it’s hotter than what would be normal for a Midwestern summer.
But during that time, I learned a few summer running hacks that make it a little bit easier for me — and hopefully for you too! Here are the top 5 ones I’m sharing today:
1. Lighter is better
It really makes a difference what color shirt or tank you run in… the lighter it is, the better. I try to avoid any and all dark clothes when I run in the summer months, even if it means that I have to skip half of my running wardrobe.
2. Pour some water on me
When it’s really hot, I make sure I choose a trail (like West River Parkway above) that has bubblers (water fountains for you non-Wisconsinites) along the way so I can stop and grab a drink, plus pour some water on the inside of my wrists. I once heard that this is the most effective way to cool yourself down (not sure how true it is but it seems to do the trick)… and I love that it doesn’t mean that my clothes get weighed down from being wet.
3. Morning is better
It’s tough to get up early, but it makes such a difference to run early in the morning instead of waiting until the end of the day. It cools off a bit at dusk, but I think it feels the best in the mornings because it’s still chilly from the night before.
4. 5ks are GREAT motivators
I absolutely love running summer 5ks… they are easier to recover from, give you a chance to focus on speedwork and they keep you motivated to run — even when it’s super toasty. I think I’ll be adding a few to my calendar over the next few months, once Grandma’s Marathon is off my brain.
5. Grapes and/or watermelon are saviors
My favorite summer running treat after a hot run —> green grapes or watermelon. I love them both because they have high water content, give me a hint of sweetness and well, they are pretty good for you! Guaranteed my fridge will be stocked with one or both of these all summer. 🙂
Need some more summer running tips? Check out my other posts:
- How to amp up your running this summer
- How to get off the summer running struggle bus
- 8 essentials to survive summer running
- 5 things I love about summer running
- Summer running resources
What are your favorite summer running hacks?
What’s your ideal running temperature?
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