It’s Friday so I’m linking up with Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five linkup! Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostess and visit some other bloggers. (This is a re-post with some updates.)
Summer is finally upon us. And I am loving it. (Really I am!)
Here are some of MY personal tips to enjoy it even more.
1. Stop complaining and posting about the temps and humidity.
Ok, I do it too. But it’s early in the summer and I am sick of reading about how the heat has affected your speed and stamina.
If the heat bothers you:
- Don’t run.
- Run earlier or later in the day.
- Run indoors.
- Run slower.
- Run fewer miles.
Do you enjoy running in the summer or just do it because you have to?
2.Wear Compression Calf Sleeves.
I know it sounds crazy but it is so buggy in the summer. Besides protecting your legs from injury, it will help ward off ticks and mosquitoes. With all that rain, this summer, the bugs are insane.
Do you protect your legs from ticks and mosquitoes?
3. Wear a Baseball Cap.
It keeps you cool (if you have thick hair like me). It shields your face from the sun and most importantly, it protects your scalp from the sun. Most runners neglect to put sunscreen on their head and a visor will do zero for you there.
What do you wear on your head to protect it from the sun?
4. Plan your Hydration.
That doesn’t mean that you have to carry water. I don’t usually.
I mean, how much can you really carry during a hot weather run, anyway? An everyday runner does not have to purchase a hydration vest.
But you need to drink even if you think that you are not a heavy sweater.
I usually plant water somewhere on my route or loop my runs so I pass my car (where I have water). I have even stopped a local convenience store during my run and bought a bottle of water.
Or you can buy the Long Haul skirt from Skirt Sports. It has two pockets in the back that each hold a small water bottle.
How do you make sure you drink enough water during your summer runs?
5. Sign up for Races.
You knew this one was coming.
The adrenaline of the race will make you forget about the heat. There will be water stops along the course and maybe even watermelon or ice cream at the end of the race.
Ok not as comfortable as sitting in your air-conditioned home or floating around a pool but better for you and much more fun.
Do you run a lot of races during the summertime?
Happy Running! Any other tips for enjoying the summer run? Please share.