Happy Friday! Today is the first day and first Friday in July – so we’re talking fitness. I thought I’d share five tips for summer running since we are in the thick of it here. I hope those of you in the U.S. have a great long weekend and enjoy the 4th of July safely! Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating!
- Start early or late. This is my number one tip – I run early in the summer and for a long run, I start at the crack of dawn. It’s not fun to go to bed at 9:30pm on a Friday night (oh, who am I kidding, I don’t mind at all) – but it is nice to be done with runs before most people have even woken up.
- Liquids are your friend. Hydrate hydrate hydrate. Carry water with you and don’t forget to drink it often. Heat stroke is real, y’all.
- Chase the shade. When I’m running in the heat, I will eye both sides of the street to find the side that is more shaded. I am all about chasing shade on the run. In the same vein, I’ll often wear a visor to help keep my face cooler. It can make a big difference! Also consider running on shaded trails if at all possible!
- Embrace the suck. I don’t ever like to look at the weather before going on a run in the summer because I know that 9 times out of 10, it’s going to be hot and humid. Seeing that forecast just bums me out before the run even begins and that puts me in a negative head space before I’ve even taken one step. So I don’t check the weather in the summer and I try not to focus on how much the weather sucks. I focus on my surroundings and friends and what I have to do later in the day. I accept (or try my best to accept) that summer running is often uncomfortable and hard and hot. And I pray for rain and sprinklers, haha.
- Be smart. Don’t be a hero. Sometimes it’s just too dang hot. And in those cases, be safe. Seriously.
What are your summer running tips? Any fun weekend plans?