Happy Friday, y’all! After the heat wave we experienced in DC this week, this week’s theme is particularly fitting! Per usual, I’m linking up with Mar and Cynthia and we are all pretty pumped about this week’s topic! Enjoy and make sure to link up your Friday Five post. You can read our linkup rules here. Please note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link.
Let’s be real…it’s getting real hot, real quick. But that doesn’t mean you have to bag your workout. Here are five ideas for helping you to (attempt to) beat the summer heat:
- You have to literally beat the sun. That means you should try and wake up early and get out for your runs before the sun rises. It’s not fun getting up super early but it is the best chance you’ve got at not being completely overwhelmed by the heat. My run buddy Julie (who y’all heard from while I was off doing wedding stuff)
- Freeze your water overnight before you head out to run – it will melt quickly, giving you cold water for the majority of your run. I recommend a Camelbak for long runs — not only can you carry more water, it will stay cool longer because the water is covered in your pack. This was KEY in my running last summer. Keeping the water cold as long as possible really makes a difference.
- I keep popsicles stocked in the fridge for a post run treat! It’s something to look forward to and it’s also really really yummy. It doesn’t help during a workout but for me, just knowing I have an ice cold popsicle waiting for me, helps!
- Swim. Yep! Sometimes you gotta switch up your cross training and just give in to the heat and get in the pool (or ocean). I plan on spending a good bit of time in the water this summer.
- Keep it short.There’s no shame in cutting a run short or dialing back your workout in response to the heat. You gotta listen to your body and respect the crazy ridiculous heat and humidity. I, for one, am happy that my plan only requires three hard runs a week. Any more than that and I might melt.
and I are moving our run meet up time back earlier and earlier. It’s a must do!
How do you handle the humidity, heat and general unpleasantness of summer running?
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